Alaska School Activities Association updates guidelines on sporting events in the red-zone

Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 7:54 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska School Activities Association updated their guidelines for sporting events on September 11, putting a focus on mitigation plans rather than alert levels. These changes were made after discussions with the Department of Health and Social Services and public health officials.

“They didn’t feel like, ‘okay, just because you’re at red you shouldn’t actually have a practice or have a game,’” said ASAA Executive Director Billy Strickland. “You just need to make sure you have strong mitigation plans in place.”

In the Anchorage School District, football games were played with their mitigation plans in place. Their cases in the area have been mostly linked to outbreaks in certain areas while in Fairbanks the cases are linked to community spread. Since August 31, the Fairbanks North Star Borough has been operating in the red-zone due to COVID-19 cases. The threshold for the Fairbanks Borough for cases is at 10 per day average for a 14-day timeline. According to Strickland the thought process is that the DHSS will consult with school districts to develop mitigation plans.

The Fairbanks School District School Board will hold a vote on September 15 to determine if practices can be held in the red-zone for the teams in Interior, Alaska.

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