School District 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.
Regions of the peninsula are put into low, medium or high-risk categories based on the number of new cases of COVID-19 identified over a 14-day period. This model is based on rates of cases per 100,000 of population.
As of Wednesday, the southern peninsula (from Ninilchik south) remained in the high risk category with 45 new cases in the last 14 days. The southern peninsula is in low risk if it has had zero to nine 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 is in high risk if there were 20 or more new cases in the last 14 days.
The central peninsula, including Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Sterling and Kasilof, was also at high risk as of Wednesday, with 204 new cases over the last 14 days.
The eastern peninsula (Seward and Moose Pass) was also at high risk Wednesday with 21 new cases of COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
Three of the rural communities within the school district remain at low risk. Those schools are Nanwalek School, Port Graham School and Susan B. English School in Seldovia across Kachemak Bay.
Hope School and Cooper Landing School have been moved into the medium-risk category due to the continued spread of COVID-19 on the peninsula. Tebughna School in Tyonek is at high risk until winter break due to confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case in the community.
The district is still offering free Get-It and Go meals for remote learning students, which can be picked up daily between noon and 1 p.m. Families need to place meal orders by noon on Fridays.
Homer High School
Dec. 21 – Jan. 3 — Winter Break
Both Big and Little Fireweed
Dec. 19-Jan. 3 — Winter Break
Jan. 4 — First Day of the third quarter Remote Learning for all students continues through Jan. 15
Jan. 18 — No School, Martin Luther King Jr. National holiday.
Jan. 19 — In-school learning option begins.
McNeil Canyon Elementary
Dec. 21 – Jan. 3 — Winter break
Jan. 4 — Return to school (first-sixth grade remote, Kindergarten in person)
Jan. 18 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, no school
Jan. 19 — Students return to on-site learning.
Jan. 20 — Early release has been canceled. This is a normal school day.
Kachemak Bay Campus
Registration for Spring 2021 is now open. Kachemak Bay Campus has new classes in business and science as well as the arts, history, writing across subjects and more. Visit kpc.alaska.edu and spend your spring with Kachemak Bay Campus.
KPC is now offering UAA’s fast-track certificate in Business Leadership that students can achieve in one or two semesters! If you are looking for a quick way to boost your resume or to make a career shift, this Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC) is for you. Perfect for individuals in entry-level leadership roles and people wanting to build skills and stand out in a crowd, and for the Spring 2021 term, applicants may be eligible for financial awards up to $1000. The OEC includes six classes that cover key business concepts in business foundations, supervision, selling, computer skills, leadership and communication. Students will also learn principles of finance, establishing goals and problem solving, marketing, and spreadsheet applications. Some of these classes are part of the general education requirement so if you have already taken one or more you are well on your way. General registration began Nov. 23. Interested parties can call KBC at (907) 235-7743 to be connected to an advisor.