Comprehensive Discipline Review

  • “I hope to create with our community a healthy discipline system for Fairbanks, including long-term suspensions – beyond a zero tolerance view.”

    -Dr. Karen Gaborik, Superintendent of Schools
    (June 2017)

    About the Discipline Review

    Working with Education Northwest, the district is gathering stakeholder input and community perspectives to improve school climate and discipline.

News & Updates

  • Community Stakeholder Meeting for Discipline Review: data, trends, considerations as we move forward

    Posted by Shaun Kraska on 9/28/2018

    Monday, October 8th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Ryan Middle School, the Fairbanks community is welcome to attend and learn about the work over the last year with our comprehensive review of discipline policies and practices.  The data and input gathered last spring from teachers, parents, students and stakeholder groups will guide us in our next steps as we identify which policies we may want to consider for revision. 

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  • Powerful Practices for Safe and Healthy Schools Webinar Series

    Posted by Rebecca Hurbi on 9/11/2018

    "Powerful Practices for Safe and Healthy Schools" is a series of webinars hosted by Education Northwest. The webinar facilitators are experts in their fields and and will share best practices related to school climate, school discipline, trauma informed practices, and including student voice in discipline policies. These are open to anyone and district staff may earn credit for participating. The webinars are all stand alone, meaning you can listen to one fully independent from the others. Please join us for any or all - we would like as many voices as possible to be included in our District Discipline Review process. If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Superintendent Shaun Kraska.


    Here are instructions for logging on to the webinars each week:


    You are invited to a Zoom webinar on Powerful Practices to Ensure Safe and Healthy Schools 


    When: Sep 11, 2018 3:45 PM Alaska and every week on Tue, until Oct 16, 2018, 6 occurrence(s)

        Sep 11, 2018 3:45 PM

        Sep 18, 2018 3:45 PM

        Sep 25, 2018 3:45 PM

        Oct 2, 2018 3:45 PM

        Oct 9, 2018 3:45 PM

        Oct 16, 2018 3:45 PM


    Please click the link below to join the webinar:


    Or iPhone one-tap :

        US: +16468769923,,948789340#  or +16699006833,,948789340# 

    Or Telephone:

        Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 

            US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 855 880 1246 (Toll Free) or +1 877 853 5257 (Toll Free)

        Webinar ID: 948 789 340


        International numbers available:

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  • Comprehensive Review of School Climate and Discipline Meetings

    Posted by BRENNA CARLSON on 3/1/2018

    Below are the PowerPoints presented at this week's Comprehensive Review of School Climate and Discipline Presentation and the combined Advisory Committee/Internal Leadership Team Meeting:

    Comprehensive Review of School Climate and Discipline PowerPoint

    Advisory Committee/Internal Leadership Team Meeting: Comprehensive Review of School Climate and Discipline PowerPoint


    Community members identifying themes during the discipline review process.

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  • Advisory Committee/Internal Leadership Team Meeting: Comprehensive Review of School Climate and Discipline

    Posted by BRENNA CARLSON on 12/14/2017

    Below is the PowerPoint presented at yesterdays combined Advisory Committee/Internal Leadership Team Meeting:

    Advisory Committee/Internal Leadership Team Meeting: Comprehensive Review of School Climate and Discipline PowerPoint

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  • Advisory Committee Meeting: Comprehensive Review of School Climate and Discipline

    Posted by BRENNA CARLSON on 11/16/2017

    Below are the PowerPoints presented at yesterdays Community Kick-Off Meeting and Advisory Committee Meeting:

    Community Kick-Off Meeting PowerPoint

    Advisory Committee Meeting PowerPoint

    Superintendent Karen Gaborik sharing thoughts during the community stakeholder meeting for discipline review.

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  • Community Meeting

    Posted by Rebecca Hurbi on 11/15/2017

    On November 15, 2017, the school district held a community informational meeting at Lathrop High. Bernie Sorenson from Regional Education Labs hosted the event.


    Event highlights:


    Bernie introduced the timeline of the discipline review process. It will be year-long and changes won't be presented to the Board of Education until December 2018 or January 2019. Any changes approved by the Board would go into effect in the fall of 2019.


    The review is about school climate and discipline and will take a deep look into policy and practices.


    The goal of this process will be to conduct a truly collaborative stakeholder engagement process that will gather community perspectives and input to inform decisions on improving school climate and discipline. The goal is also to create:

    • Practices that meet the different needs of all students
    • Shared vision and policy alignment
    • Adopted discipline approaches that work to develop the conditions for student success and achievement K-12


    There will be an advisory committee of 10-15 members from across the district and community including:

    • Students
    • Law enforcement
    • Parents and PTAs
    • Teachers
    • Counselors
    • Board of Education
    • School administrators


    Input has already been received from 10 focus groups who were asked about school policy, safety, and discipline in the district.


    The district leadership team will offer internal guidance, ensure that everything is feasible, and will be the team to implement any changes.


    Parents and the community will have multiple opportunities for feedback in the form of surveys and community meetings.

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  • 2017-2018

    • Phase 1: November - December 2017
      • Engaging stakeholders in understanding strengths, challenges, and possibilities for the future
    • Phase 2: January - February 2018
      • Engaging stakeholders in setting priorities
    • Phase 3: March - May 2018
      • Affirming direction and raising greater community commitment and awareness
    • Phase 4: May - June 2018
      • Engaging stakeholder feedback (proposals, drafts)


    • Phase 5: July - November 2018
      • Draft policy/practices and implementation/evaluation planning
    • Phase 6: November - December 2018
      • Community commitment and Board of Education adoption
    • Phase 7: February - May 2019
      • Review and update of School Board Policies 1049 (Student Rights and Responsibilities - Alcohol and Other Unauthorized Substance Violations) and 1041.1 (Students Rights and Responsibilites - Freedom of Speech and Assembly)


    • Phase 8: August 2019
      • Implementation of updated School Board Policies 1049 & 1041.1
      • Continued review of Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook and of low level discipline
Last Modified on August 27, 2019