Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)

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 93 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 387 new cases over the last seven days.

The eastern peninsula is at high risk with 8 new cases identified over the last week.

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

In the past seven days, Homer High School had one positive COVID-19 case, McNeil Canyon Elementary had one and Tustumena Elementary had 5.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s COVID-19 dashboard reports a seven-day summary of 16 staff positives, 29 staff close contacts, 61 student positives and 224 student close contacts.

Homer Flex School

Oct. 28-29: Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences – No School. Please call the school to schedule your conference.

Nov. 11: No School

Nov. 24: End of second rotation

Nov. 25-26: No school

Fireweed Academy

Oct. 28-29: Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 11: No School

Nov. 25-26: No school

McNeil Canyon Elementary

Oct. 15-29: School book fair

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

Oct. 30: Outdoor fall carnival

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