School announcements

School district risk level update and upcoming events

School District Risk Levels

The southern peninsula region of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has fallen back down int0 the low-risk category when it comes to the spread of COVID-19, the first major region in the district to do so.

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.

All students are currently able to attend onsite education five days a week in district schools, including when their school region is in the high-risk category. All three of the major regions are also still under medium-risk operating procedures, even though the southern peninsula is in the low-risk category and the eastern peninsula is in the high-risk category.

As of Wednesday, the southern peninsula (from Ninilchik south) is at low-risk category with only seven 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 at medium risk as of Wednesday, with 28 new cases over the last 14 days.

The eastern peninsula (Seward and Moose Pass) is in the high-risk category with 11 new cases of COVID-19 within the last 14 days. The region is still under medium risk operating procedures. The eastern peninsula enters high risk when there have been 10 or more new cases over 14 days.

Four of the rural communities within the school district remain at low risk. The schools in those communities are Nanwalek School, Port Graham School and Susan B. English School in Seldovia across Kachemak Bay, and Tebughna School in Tyonek.

Hope School and Cooper Landing School are both in the medium-risk category.

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

Thursday, Feb. 18 — Parent-Teacher conferences, no school.

Friday, Feb. 19 — In-service day, no school.

March 5 — In-service day, no school.

March 8-12 — Spring Break

Homer Flex School

February 18-19 — Parent/Teacher Conferences – please call the office to schedule a time. No school either of these days.

March 5 — No school, end of third quarter

March 8-12 — Spring Break, no school

Homer Middle School

Feb. 18-19 — Parent-Teacher conferences, no school

Fireweed Academy

Both Big and Little Fireweed

Feb. 18-19 — Parent/Teacher Conferences and in-service

March 5 — No school: End of quarter and in-service day.

March 8-12 — Spring Break

March 15 —Fourth quarter begins

McNeil Canyon Elementary

Feb. 18 and 19 — Parent-Teacher conferences

Kachemak Bay Campus

The Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference returns to Homer and Kachemak Bay Campus virtually on May 15 with a faculty of award-winning authors bringing fresh perspectives and a diversity of ideas. Participants can enjoy four days of classes, conversations, public readings and a panel discussion by writers from the Peabody Award-winning PBS show, “Molly of Denali,” as well as networking and community building activities. Early registration is open now at $80 for the general public, becoming $100 on Feb. 28. Registration for University of Alaska students will remain at $50. Academic credits are available. Visit or call 907-435-7743 to register.