The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD) infectious disease prevention and mitigation protocols are in place to protect the health and safety of our schools and to minimize disruption to teaching and learning. This mitigation plan can be summarized in four levels:
Level 1: Prevention
Level 2: Mitigation
Level 3: Modified Operations
Level 4: Campus Closure
The district’s disease mitigation protocols layer on each other. For example, when a location moves into level 2: mitigation, it adds mitigation measures to the level 1: prevention measures already taking place.
For the purpose of this document and the plans outlined within, the district will not be treated as a whole. Instead, each level of district protocols will be addressed at the community level. Community refers to the school building, the staff, students, programs, and volunteers that function within the building.
Level I - Prevention
FNSBSD uses a layered variety of strategies to help prevent communicable disease transmission.
Students, staff, and visitors may choose to wear a mask while in school buildings or on school grounds. Masks may be requested to be worn in specific circumstances for limited durations, such as in the nurse’s office.. There are masks available in schools and district buildings for any students, staff, or visitors who may want one.
All students and staff should frequently wash their hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will be available for use when soap and water are not available, i.e. the playground, building entrance.
Coughs and sneezes should be covered by an arm or tissue/napkin.
Anyone who enters a district school or building should comply with the Wellness Check screening. This includes students, staff, families, visitors and volunteers. Please do not enter a school facility if you are sick, quarantining, and are waiting for test results for a communicable illness.
According to the CDC, vaccinations are currently the leading strategy to prevent communicable disease. The district recommends families consult with their primary care physician about the appropriateness of various vaccinations for themselves and their family. Certain immunizations are required by the State of Alaska.
Level 2 - Mitigation
To prevent the spread of infectious diseases, if you or someone in your family has been exposed to an infectious disease, or develops symptoms of an infectious disease, the district recommends seeking testing through your healthcare provider.
When there is known transmission of communicable illness identified within a class, team, group or school community, modified operations will involve increased communication and following public health guidelines .
The following steps may be included as part of modified operations:
Encouraging masking for a short period of time for a school, grade band, classroom, activity group, etc.
Limit large group gatherings, such as school wide assemblies
Increase high touch surface cleaning
Limited sharing of classroom supplies
PE instruction outdoors as much as weather permits
Level 4 - Campus Closure
Campus Closure Protocols
On rare occasions, immediate closure and subsequent reopening of FNSBSD campuses during periods of peak communicable disease transmission may be necessary throughout the school year to maintain healthy school environments for district students and staff. District administration will determine whether a campus closure is necessary and school communities will be notified as soon as possible. During school closures, all student activities for the affected school may be canceled until the campus is re-opened for in-person learning. Campus closure is defined as the entire school being closed.