Fairbanks school district lifts mask mandate for adults and students 16 and older

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(Courtesy FNSBSD)(Fairbanks North Star Borough School District)
Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 3:59 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - According to a press release issued on Thursday, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is lifting its mask mandate for adults and students 16 years or older, in line with the CDC guidelines that were released earlier in the day on Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.

The district will not be requesting or requiring information from staff, parents, students or community members regarding vaccination status. The policy change goes into effect immediately; adults and high school students age 16 and above will no longer be required to wear masks or social distance in schools or at district events and activities. District administration will be in contact with schools in order to adjust guidelines for activities and events at different grade levels.

At this time there is no plan to lift the mask mandate for those students at the middle school and elementary school level through the end of the school year.

Vaccinations also recently became available for students ages 12 and above. The CDC is expected to update its guidance for schools and summer camps soon. For more information about vaccine clinic opportunities go to the State of Alaska vaccine website.

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