Extreme Winter Weather
Fairbanks can get cold.
During winter, the average low temperatures range from -15 °F to -25 °F, although it's common for temperatures to reach -40 °F, or even -50 °F. The record cold temperature in Fairbanks, according to the National Weather Service, is -66 °F.
The school district will not close schools simply because of cold weather.
School buildings are warm and safe and an ideal place for students to be when it is extremely cold outside.
In rare instances, the superintendent may close schools for safety reasons due to a combination of cold weather, road conditions, and ice fog.
Parents may, at their discretion, keep their child home during cold weather, but they must notify the school of their intent on the day of the absences. Cold weather nonattendance does not relieve the student of his/her responsibility for making up missed work. All school days missed due to school closures will be made up at a later time during the school year.
Students should dress appropriately for Fairbanks' cold weather. The district urges students to wear winter hats, gloves, heavy coats and boots. Frostbite and hypothermia are serious risks in Alaska. Extreme temperatures are hazardous – damage can occur to uncovered skin within minutes.
Outdoor recess is only cancelled when the temperature reaches -20 °F. Students need to be prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing so they can take part in outside recess.
When it is extremely cold, schools arrange elementary school students go outside for recess, even during the winter months. Outdoor recess is only cancelled when the temperature reaches -20 °F.
Students need to be prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing so they can take part in outside recess. When it is extremely cold, schools arrange appropriate indoor recess activities to keep students active.