School District Risk Levels
The southern region of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District moved into the medium-risk zone in terms of community spread of COVID-19, while the eastern and central peninsula remain 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. Two of the major regions are under high-risk operating procedures.
As of Wednesday, the southern peninsula (from Ninilchik south) is in the medium-risk category with 11 new cases in the last 14 days, up from five cases last week. 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 high risk with 99 new cases over the last 14 days.
The eastern peninsula is at high risk with 23 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
TBA Thursday, April 15: Track leaves for Kodiak on the Ferry
6 p.m. Friday, April 16 — Wrestling, Senior night: Homer vs. Grace Christian School, Alice Witte Gymnasium, Homer High School
10 a.m. Saturday, April 17 — Wrestling, Homer vs. Grace Christian School, Alice Witte Gymnasium, Homer High School
TBA Friday, April 16: Boys and girls varsity soccer at Kenai
TBA Friday, April 16: Track meet at Kodiak
8 a.m., Saturday, April 17: ACT
Monday, April 19: School picture day
3 p.m. Monday, April 19: Mariners on the Move
Tuesday, April 20: Home — Girls and Boys Soccer vs. Nikiski (dependent on snow conditions)
2:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 21: Early Release
Homer Flex School
April 19: School Pictures – Please call the office for information.
April 21: Early Release
Both Big and Little Fireweed
April 5-9 — PEAKS state assessments for grades three-six.
April 21: Early Release Day. Dismissal at 12:50 p.m. for Little Fireweed and 1:15 p.m. Big Fireweed
West Homer Elementary
April 21: Early Release Day. Dismissal at 1:15 p.m.
2:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday weekly — Cross-country Running through May 14.
2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday and Friday weekly — Coding Club through May 14.
2:30-3:45 p.m. Monday and Wednesday weekly — Chess Club through May 12.
2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday and Friday weekly — Minecraft Club through May 14.
2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday and Friday weekly — Cheer Club – through May 14.
McNeil Canyon Elementary
April 13, 15 – Learning Lab
April 15 — Kindergarten open house. The open house starts at 10:20 a.m. for parents and their children planning to attend kindergarten in the 2021-22 school year. Face masks are required. Bring immunization records and birth certificates if planning to register at the open house. New kindergarteners must be 5-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2021.
Students will be making notecards as a fundraiser for their art program. Please consider supporting the art program by purchasing art notecards. These notecards will have artwork created by tudents specially selected and printed as a set of 12 cards. Sets with envelopes can be preordered for $20 each. Contact Joy or Corise if you have questions or fill out and return the order form along with cash or check by Friday, April 23. Forms are also available at the front office.
April 16 — Mix-it-up Day