Class Policies

The Folk School does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of instructors, volunteers, and vendors, and provision of services to our community. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, instructors, volunteers, and staff.

Registration in a class is not complete until payment is received by The Folk School, either online through PayPal, or by check, cash, or Folk Bucks. Online registration requires payment via PayPal (you don’t need a PayPal account to pay online with a credit card) to complete the registration. If you wish to pay any other way, please stop by our cabin at Pioneer Park during office hours (and we’re often here for a while before each class starts as well) to register and pay in person. If you don’t find any time that works for you, please either email us at or call (907) 457-1219 and we’ll do our best to find a time to meet you.

In any event, a registration will not be held until payment is completed and received. If the class fills, we will cancel the registrations of anyone who has not paid so that we can allow others to register. We’re really sorry, but we’ve had far too many people promise to pay on the day of class and then not show up. That denies a spot to another person who might have taken the class, and wastes the time of the instructor, who often has spent time preparing materials for the number of people in the class.

We can sometimes accommodate registrations after a class closes, in very rare cases. In the event we are able, there will be a $15 late fee charged to cover the additional staff time needed to make it happen.

If a student owes The Folk School money, any new payments will be applied first to outstanding obligations.

Students who cancel their registration more than 14 days prior to the first day of the class will receive a refund less a $25 administrative fee per student. Students cancelling their enrollment 14 days or less prior to the first day of the course are not eligible for a refund. If the Folk School Fairbanks cancels a course, students will receive a full refund.

Temporary COVID-19 cancellation policy for in-person classes: If you feel ill or are in any way concerned about taking an in-person class, you may cancel with a full refund until the first session of the class begins, as long as you let us know before class starts. Email is best: Please let us know as early as possible, so someone else has a chance to take that spot.

For the safety of instructors and participants, if four hours prior to the start of a class or activity the temperature at the Fairbanks Airport reads 40 below or colder, classes will be canceled. We will do our best to re-schedule classes in this case. If this is not an option, registrants will receive a full refund and instructors will not be paid.

If you agree to the Folk School Fairbanks’ photo/video release policy, you authorize the Folk School Fairbanks to use, reproduce, and/or publish photographs and/or videos that may pertain to you including your image, likeness, and/or voice without compensation. This material may be used in various publications, public affairs releases, public service announcements, or other related endeavors. This authorization is continuous and may only be withdrawn by your specific rescission of this authorization. The Folk School Fairbanks may publish materials, use your name, photograph, and/or make reference to you in any manner that the Folk School Fairbanks deems appropriate to promote and/or publicize their mission.

In exchange for participation in the course you have registered for, you are agreeing to the following statements:

  • You agree to observe and obey all rules and warnings given by the instructor, staff, representatives or agents of the Folk School Fairbanks.
  • You recognize that there are certain inherent risks associated with courses and you assume full responsibility for any personal injury to yourself, and further release and discharge The Folk School Fairbanks and the instructor of this course for any injury, loss, or damage arising out of your use or presence on the facilities used for this course, whether caused by the fault of yourself, The Folk School Fairbanks, or third parties.
  • You agree to indemnify and defend The Folk School Fairbanks against all claims, causes of action, damages, judgments, costs or expenses, including attorney fees and other litigation costs, which may in any way arise from your use of or presence upon the facilities provided for the course you have registered for.
  • You agree to pay for all damages to the facilities provided for this course caused by your negligent, reckless, or wilfull actions.


Click on the link below to view The Folk School’s Protection of Minors Policy.
TFS Protection of Minors Policy

Click on the link below to view The Folk School’s Food Safety Policy.
TFS Food Safety Policy

Click on the link below to view The Folk School’s Firearms Policy.
TFS Firearms Policy

Any questions? Just contact us at 907-457-1219 or