School announcements

School district risk level update and upcoming events

School District Risk Levels

The southern, central and eastern regions of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District all remain in the high-risk zone in terms of community spread of COVID-19.

Regions of the peninsula are put into low, moderate, substantial or high-risk categories based on the number of new cases of COVID-19 identified over a seven-day period. This model is based on rates of cases per 100,000 of population.

All students are currently able to attend onsite education five days a week in district schools. Any closures will be on a school, classroom or cohort level.

As of Wednesday, the southern peninsula (from Ninilchik south) remains in the high-risk category with 98 new cases in the last seven days. The southern peninsula is in low risk if it has had zero to nine new cases in the last 14 days, is in moderate risk if there have been 10 to 49 new cases in the last 14 days, is in substantial risk if there have been 50 to 99 cases in the last 14 days, and is in high risk if there were 100 or more new cases in the last 14 days.

The central peninsula, including Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Sterling and Kasilof, is at high risk with 539 new cases over the last seven days.

The eastern peninsula is at high risk with 57 new cases identified over the last week.

Schools operating with universal indoor masking for staff and students include Fireweed Academy, Paul Banks Elementary School, Port Graham School, River City Academy, Susan B. English School and Tebughna School. Homer area schools, except for Fireweed Academy and Paul Banks Elementary School, have dropped mask mandates.

In the past seven days, Homer Flex School had one positive COVID-19 case, Homer Middle School had one, McNeil Canyon Elementary School had one, Paul Banks Elementary School had one and West Homer Elementary had two.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s COVID-19 dashboard reports a seven-day summary of 14 staff positives, 20 staff close contacts, 77 student positives and 305 student close contacts.

Homer High School

Oct. 1: Homecoming Parade at 6:30, Bonfire in lower lot at 7 p.m.

Oct. 2: Homecoming Festival

Oct. 4: Big Booster Club meeting in Commons

Homer Flex School

Oct. 1: End of first rotation

Oct. 15: Inservice, no school

Fireweed Academy

Oct. 4: Academic Policy Committee Meeting at 4 p.m.

Oct. 15: Inservice, no school

West Homer Elementary

Soccer continues Mondays and Wednesdays through Oct. 13

Cross Country continues Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 14

McNeil Canyon Elementary

Oct. 4: Title I parent meeting at 3 p.m.

Oct. 15: Inservice, no school

Oct. 15-29: School book fair

Oct. 28-29: Parent Teacher conferences; no school