Delayed Start of School

  • If the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District announces a delayed start, the school day will start two hours later than normal start time. If your student rides the bus, arrive at the bus stop two hours later than your normal scheduled time.

    School will end at its normal time.

    Delayed Start Adjustments


    • Students arrive at the bus stop two hours later than your normal scheduled time

    • Morning preschool programs will be canceled

    • Afternoon preschool programs will be canceled

    • Breakfast programs will not be provided, however, lunch will be provided

    • Before-school programs will be canceled

    • Extracurricular field trips scheduled for the day will be canceled

    • After-school athletic programs will maintain normal schedules unless otherwise notified


    • Maintenance, operations, and key staff will report as directed to ensure facilities, parking lots and other areas are safe for school to open

    • Administrators will attempt to arrive as close to normal times as possible

    • Teaching and non-teaching staff will report to work two hours later than the normal time.

    • Schools will identify key staff to be on hand to provide supervision for students who are dropped off early by families

      • Note: This will not be custodial staff, who will be needed to prepare the building for student and staff arrival.

    How will I be notified of a delayed start?

    • The decision to close schools or to open with a delayed start will be communicated as early as possible, but no later than 5:30 a.m.

    • If the decision is made for a two-hour delayed start, but worsening weather requires the closure of schools, an announcement will be made by 8 a.m.

    • As in the past, parents and employees will receive a phone call and text  in the early morning, and information will also be posted on the FNSBSD website and social media pages.

    Update Your Contact Information

    It’s important for schools to have accurate contact information for all families and employees. If your phone number or email address changes, please share that information with your school's main office as soon as possible.

Last Modified on November 8, 2023