School district COVID-19 risk levels
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has mitigation plans in place for what will happen with in-person education when different regions of the peninsula are in low, medium and high-risk levels. Those plans can be found here: kpbsd.k12.ak.us/content.aspx?id=41923
Regions of the peninsula are put into low, medium or high-risk categories based on the number of new cases of COVID-19 identified in the regions over a 14-day period. This model is based on rates of cases per 100,000 population.
As of Wednesday, southern Kenai Peninsula (from Ninilchik south) was in the low risk category with six new cases in the last 14 days. The southern peninsula is in low risk if it has had zero to 9 new cases in the last 14 days, is in medium risk if there have been 10 to 19 new cases in the last 14 days, and would go into high risk if there were 20 or more new cases in the last 14 days.
As of Wednesday, the rural communities category within the school district were also at low risk. That category includes Nanwalek School, Port Graham School and Susan B. English School in Seldovia across Kachemak Bay and in lower Cook Inlet.
The central peninsula, including Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Sterling and Kasilof, was at low risk as of Wednesday, with 16 new cases over the last 14 days.
The eastern peninsula (Seward) was at medium risk as of Wednesday with five new cases of COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
Homer High School
Friday — Powder Puff Games at 2:30 p.m. Swim and Dive meet vs Seward at 6 p.m. No spectators are allowed at this event, but it will be streamed on the Homer Mariners YouTube channel.
Saturday — Cross Country regions at the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna. Varsity volleyball away game in Nikiski. Football homecoming game against Soldotna High School, at home.
Homer Flex School
Friday — End of first rotation
Oct. 16 — Inservice, no school. Staff will be in Medic First-Aid training with Nurse Melisa. They will also review interventions.
McNeil Canyon Elementary School
Friday, Oct. 9 — Community Council meeting at 1 p.m. in the staff lounge. All parents are invited to attend.
Oct. 15 — Order forms for school shirts and hoodies are due.
Oct. 16 — End of the first quarter. No school for students – this is an inservice day for staff.
Oct. 23 — Famous Person Day, sponsored by the Student Council.
Oct. 29-30 — Parent-Teacher Conferences from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8 — Field trip to the Anchor River for the Salmon Egg Take.
Monday, Oct. 5 — Academic Policy Committee Meeting at 4 p.m. via Zoom.
Oct. 16 — In-Service/Work Day, no school. End of the first quarter.
Oct. 21 — No early release — normal schedule.
Math Club — Students are welcome to stay after school for Math Club from 2:15-3:15 p.m. on Thursdays. Program runs Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Snacks provided.
Kachemak Bay Campus
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