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School district risk level update and upcoming events

School District Risk Levels

The southern regions of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District dropped back into the low-risk zone in terms of community spread of COVID-19, while the eastern peninsula is in the high-risk category.

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. According to district data, the eastern peninsula has had no new identified cases of COVID-19 for the last 14 days. It’s the first region of the peninsula to go two full weeks with no new cases.

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 still under medium-risk operating procedures.

As of Wednesday, the southern peninsula (from Ninilchik south) is in the low-risk category with nine 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, is at medium risk with 35 new cases over the last 14 days.

The eastern peninsula is at high risk with nine new cases identified over the last two weeks.

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 — Hockey awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons.

Friday — Vaccinations in the Theatre Wing from 3-8 p.m.

Saturday, March 27 — Vaccinations all day in the Commons. Wrestling vs SoHi at noon in Soldotna.

Homer Flex School

Friday —End of rotation four

Monday, March 29 — Start of Rotation Five

Friday, April 2 — No school

April 6-8 — PEAKs testing for all 9th and 10th graders. Please contact the office with questions.

April 21 — Early Release

Fireweed Academy

Both Big and Little Fireweed

March 15-26 — Artist in the Schools with Sharlene Cline at Little Fireweed.

Friday, April 2 — No school; built-in snow day makeup.

April 5-9 — PEAKS state assessments for grades three-six.

April 5 — Academic Policy Committee Meeting via Zoom at

April 21 — Early Release. Dismissal at 12:50 p.m. for Little Fireweed and at 1:15 p.m. for Big Fireweed.

West Homer Elementary

Thursday — Health Education for fifth and sixth graders.

McNeil Canyon Elementary

Friday — Crazy Hair and Hat Day. Talent Show videos will be posted to the school’s website.

Substitutes are needed for grades K-sixth. Contact Joy at 907-235-8181 for more information.