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Education Support Staff Association

Today is the first day many Fairbanks-area elementary students will be returning to in-person learning in their home classrooms. Teachers and Support Staff unions are asking for a review of the workplace safety clauses of their employment contracts. And ahead of tonight’s school board meeting, a group of parents plans to picket the school district building to protest the in-person return as unsafe.


Education Support Staff Association

The leaders of both the Fairbanks Education Association and the Education Support Staff Association are asking the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District to upgrade their employment contracts in the area of workplace safety. Each group is asking the school board at a special meeting tonight, Monday, January 11, to address the risks of children returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fairbanks Education Association

The associations that represent Fairbanks-area teachers, principals and support staff released a statement Friday opposing the opening of schools in January.

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Students in Fairbanks will be allowed to return to classroom buildings in January.
By a narrow 4-3 vote, the Fairbanks North Star Borough school board last night passed a motion to return students to school buildings after a two-week prep and quarantine period.


The School Board in Fairbanks will be working on plans to fully return children to school next month at a worksession tonight (Tuesday). No votes will be taken, and the board may choose not to implement plans that do not conform to CDC guidelines or the state’s “Smart Start” pandemic protocols issued in August.


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With three weeks left until Winter Break, schools in Fairbanks are looking to next semester. At its meeting Tuesday, the school board for Fairbanks North Star Borough School District heard plans for getting more kids physically into classrooms, even while the area is in the COVID “Red” zone. But the board could not agree, and will take up the discussion again next Tuesday night.


FNSB School District

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board will approve another piece of high school curriculum tonight. The English and Language Arts Curriculum for high school juniors and seniors has been revised several times since it was brought before the board in January. It features updated options for African-American Literature and Native American Literature classes.


FNSB School District

The English and Language Arts Curriculum for high school juniors and seniors in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is up for revision. The school board this week heard a report about the months of work put in by a parent and staff committee. But the report was met with more than an hour of testimony from community members either praising the update or fearful of it.


FNSB School District

Families and teachers are feeling pressure to return students to classrooms, in spite of the highest COVID-19 case numbers seen since the pandemic started. The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is operating in the “Red Operational Zone,” with most students learning from home. But the school board is asking for more options.


Public schools in the Fairbanks area are on track to open classrooms to elementary students on October 5 and middle school students October 19. The Board of Education for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District had another late-running meeting late night to hear conflicting testimony from parents, teachers and students. But the issues for returning high school students were too complicated for the board to pick one of two plans and the board rejected both of them.


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