Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)

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School district risk level update and upcoming events

School District Risk Levels

The southern, central and eastern regions of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District all remain in the high-risk zone in terms of community spread of COVID-19.

Regions of the peninsula are put into low, moderate, substantial 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. Any closures will be on a school, classroom or cohort level.

As of Wednesday, the southern peninsula (from Ninilchik south) is in the high-risk category with 130 new cases in the last seven days. The southern peninsula is in low risk if it has had zero to nine new cases in the last 14 days, is in moderate risk if there have been 10 to 49 new cases in the last 14 days, is in substantial risk if there have been 50 to 99 cases in the last 14 days, and is in high risk if there were 100 or more new cases in the last 14 days.

The central peninsula, including Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Sterling and Kasilof, is at high risk with 211 new cases over the last seven days.

The eastern peninsula is at high risk with 42 new cases identified over the last week.

Seven schools within the district are operating under universal masking because of local health authority mandates, including Seward Elementary, Seward Middle, Seward High School, Moose Pass School, Port Graham School and Susan B. English School in Seldovia across Kachemak Bay, and Tebughna School in Tyonek.

Nanwalek School will operate in a remote instruction status through Sept. 7 in response to a “hunker down” order issued by the local community.

Homer Flex School

Sept. 6: No school

Sept. 13: District School Board meeting at Homer High School

Sept. 15: Early release day

TBD: Flex Advisory Board meeting

Fireweed Academy

Sept. 6: Labor Day, no school

Sept. 13: Academic Policy Committee Meeting

Sept. 15: Early release day; LFW Open House; Annual Title I meeting

Sept. 16: BFW Open House; Harvest Festival

West Homer Elementary

Sept. 7 – Oct. 14: Cross Country Running starts, every Tuesday and Thursday

Sept. 8 – Oct. 13: Soccer starts, every Monday and Wednesday

Sept. 24: School pictures

McNeil Canyon Elementary

Sept. 6: No school

Sept. 14: Site Council meets at 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15: Early release day

Sept. 16: After school learning lab starts

Sept. 17: Talk and dress like a pirate day

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