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School district risk level update and upcoming events

School District Risk Levels

The southcentral region of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is in the substantial risk zone while the central and eastern regions are in the high-risk zone in terms of community spread of COVID-19. However, because of an electronic communication error, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services did not receive complete southern peninsula positive case numbers from last week.

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 seven-day period. This model is based on rates of cases per 100,000 of population.

All students are currently able to attend on-site 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 substantial risk category with 307 cases per 100,000 or 43 actual new cases in the last seven days. This figure corrects a backlog of cases not reported to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services due to a transmission error. The southern peninsula is in low risk if it has had zero to nine new cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days, is in moderate risk if there have been 10 to 49 new cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days, is in substantial risk if there have been 50 to 99 cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days, and is in high risk if there were 100 or more new cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days.

The central peninsula, including Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Sterling and Kasilof, is at substantial risk with 84 cases per 100,000 or 31 actual new cases over the last seven days.

The eastern peninsula is at high risk with 196 cases per 100,000 or 10 actual new cases identified over the last week.

Schools operating with universal indoor masking for staff and students include Fireweed Academy, River City Academy and Tebughna School.

In the past seven days, Homer High School reported four new positive COVID-19 cases, Homer Middle School five, and West Homer Elementary three.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s COVID-19 dashboard reports a seven-day summary of six staff positives and nine student positives.

Fireweed Academy

April 21: Zodiac Trio Performance, 1:30 – 2 p.m. in the yurt

April 26, 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Little Fireweed: Stream Hill Park

Homer Flex

May 6: Flex First Friday

May 18: Graduation

May 19: Last day of school for students

May 20: Staff inservice

Homer High

April 21, Thursday, 7 p.m.: HHS Pops Concert in Theatre

April 25, Monday, 6:30 p.m.: National Honor Society Trivia Night in commons

McNeil Canyon Elementary

April 21 – Kindergarten registration day at 10:50 a.m.

April 22 – Last day to order art note cards

April 22 – Pajama Day

April 28 – 6th grade bake sale during lunch

West Homer Elementary

April 21 – Seabird Program with Ranger Kendra – Allmendinger’s Class

April 21 – Flag Football

April 21 – Volleyball

April 25 – Anchor Kings Wrestling

April 25 – Chess Club

April 26 – Flag Football

April 26 – Volleyball

April 27 – Anchor Kings Wrestling

April 27 – Chess Club

April 27 – Starfish Yoga

April 28 – Flag Football

April 28 – Volleyball