Fairbanks North Star Borough School District moves to Red Zone due to COVID-19 case counts

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(Courtesy FNSBSD)(Fairbanks North Star Borough School District)
Published: Aug. 31, 2020 at 4:53 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, in consultation with their School Medical Advisory Committee, is moving into the Operational Red Zone effective 4:00 p.m. Monday, August 31.

Operational Red Zone is implemented when there is widespread community transmission and high amount of laboratory confirmed cases. This means that, among other things, all organized sports are cancelled at this time.

The guidelines from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development’s (DEED) Alaska Smart Start Restart/Reentry Plan for the Red Zone are:

  • Establish and maintain communication with local and state authorities to determine current mitigation levels in your community.
  • Implement multiple social distancing strategies with EXTENDED SCHOOL DISMISSALS, closing school buildings to students.
  • Cancel all field trips, inter-group events, sports events and extracurricular activities.
  • Implement distance learning until minimal community spread and local health officials recommend school re-opening.
  • District may decide that even in a high risk environment, select vulnerable students may need in-person education in very small cohorted groups.
  • Follow guidelines from local and state health authorities on school re-opening.

Following ASAA’s guidelines for all school activities and sports, fall sports will change as follows:

  • ASAA Return to Events Protocols:
  • All in person events cease
  • ASAA Return to Practice Protocols:
  • Outdoor practices are preferred with 10′ maintained between all individuals Indoor practices may occur with the following protocols in place
  • Single entry/exit point
  • Isolate practice area from rest of facility
  • Individual skill development and conditioning only
  • No contact, must maintain 10′ between all individuals
  • No shared equipment (wrestling mats are not considered equipment)
  • Screen participants prior to each session. Includes a temperature check, questions and phone number/email. Information should be recorded and stored to help facilitate contact tracing of a confirmed exposure.

At the regularly scheduled school board meeting on Tuesday, September 1 at 6:00pm, Dr. Mishelle Nace, physician chair on the Medical Advisory Committee, and Superintendent Karen Gaborik will provide an update.

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