2020-21 Return to School Plan

  • In partnership with Education Elements, an organization that works with school districts to build and support dynamic school systems, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is developing its return to school plan. Input from a wide range of stakeholder groups will be collected, synthesized, and result in the return to school plan for 2020-2021.

    The work of designing a comprehensive plan that best meets the needs of students, families, and staff has been divided into three "sprints."

    • Sprint 1 | May 18 - June 5
      • Goal: Provide directional clarity to senior leadership team, develop scenarios for reimagining, gather stakeholder input + needs

    • Sprint 2 | June 8 - June 26
      • Goal: Develop a “safe enough to share” Return to School Plan with increased principal involvement

    • Sprint 3 | July 13 - July 31
      • Goal: Refine, share and adjust return plan, finalize guidelines and standard operating procedures

    sprint 1-3

District's Approach to Return Planning

  • The following is how the district is approaching the return planning process.

    1. Identify Unknowns and KnownsGetting comfortable with, and distinguishing between what we know (facts), what we’re expecting (assumptions), and what we think (opinions) will help as we plan in the midst of uncertainty.

    2. Build Scenarios: You might build or develop three common scenarios to start planning for based on the set of knowns and unknowns specific to your context. The goal is not a perfect plan, but rather to uncover differences in an atypical school year.

    3. Recognize Consistencies and PrioritizeBegin to notice trends or topics that need to be addressed in most or all of the possible scenarios. These “big rocks” represent key processes and areas to tackle, redesign, and create for the next school year and will require a prioritization activity to identify what to implement first.

    4. Communicate: Be cognizant of the impact of swift change on the individuals who have taken great pride in this planning work, and impacted stakeholders and when possible, involve them in the problem-solving process either by communicating or asking for feedback.


    4 step approach to return planning

  • Who is involved in the return planning?

    • Project Team: Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, Executive Directors

    • Return Planning Design Council: Project Team + Teachers, Union Representatives, Principals, Support Staff

    • Education Elements

    • Stakeholder Groups: Parents, Students, Employees, Community
Last Modified on June 18, 2020