Ladd Elementary in Fairbanks to close for two weeks due to COVID case count

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Published: Oct. 5, 2020 at 4:37 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - According to a press release sent out by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Ladd Elementary will be closing from Tuesday October 6 through Monday October 19 due to a large amount of reported COVID cases.

The District has been monitoring the positive cases at Ladd and is coordinating closely with Dr. Ohlsen with the Department of Health and Social Services, Public Health, and Dr. Nace. At this time, shutting the building to in person business is the most effective way to stop the spread of the virus in the school community.

While the school building is closed, teachers and staff will continue to provide remote instruction on telework agreements from home. Families may pick up meals through Nutrition Services at Tanana Middle School.

Dr. Nace will coordinate with Principal Cori Anthony to schedule Zoom meetings in the next few days for staff and for families to answer questions.

Dr. Nace advises, “Statewide Covid-19 numbers are rising in an accelerated phase over these past weeks. Fairbanks has the state’s highest case rates (25.5) as well as the highest percentage of positivity with testing (10%). Now more than ever we need to pay attention to mitigation steps if we are to see this trend reverse. The school district needs to be vigilant to keep students and educators healthy. By responding when numbers are concerning such as currently at Ladd, the school district is doing their part to help mitigate the spread to keep our community safe. Improving our rates as a community is the best way to help get our students back into in person learning.”

This story will be updated with any additional information that is released. There is also a school board meeting scheduled for October 6 from 6:00 p.m. until business is concluded.

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