Fireweeed Academy teacher Stephanie Zuniga performs a song for her fifth- and sixth-grade students at the end of the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fireweeed Academy teacher Stephanie Zuniga performs a song for her fifth- and sixth-grade students at the end of the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Fireweeed Academy teacher Diane Ditton and her fifth- and sixth-grade students pose for a photo at the end of the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fireweeed Academy teacher Stephanie Zuniga performs a song for her fifth- and sixth-grade students at the end of the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fireweed Academy and West Homer Elementary School students and teachers walk to school buses on the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. A new traffic system has children lining up and boarding buses at the back of the school by the multipurpose room. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Music teacher Eric Simonson directs students to band and choir classes at the start of the new school year on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at Homer Middle School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Choir teacher Kyle Schneider greets students at the start of Homer Middle School on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Schneider also teaches choir at Homer High School. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Music teacher Eric Simonson directs students to band and choir classes at the start of the new school year on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Homer Middle School in Homer.

Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News

Fireweeed Academy teacher Diane Ditton and her fifth- and sixth-grade students pose for a photo at the end of the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 20 in Homer.

Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News

Fireweed Academy and West Homer Elementary School students and teachers walk to school buses on the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 20 in Homer. A new traffic system has children lining up and boarding buses at the back of the school by the multipurpose room.

Nelton Palma, left, and Megan Palma, right, pose with their daughter Aria after the start of her first day on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at West Homer Elementary School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News

Nelton Palma, left, and Megan Palma, right, pose with their daughter Aria after the start of her first day on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at West Homer Elementary School in Homer.

Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News

Fireweeed Academy teacher Stephanie Zuniga performs a song for her fifth- and sixth-grade students at the end of the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 20 in Homer.

By Michael Armstrong

Homer News

Nelton Palma, left, and Megan Palma, right, pose with their daughter Aria after the start of her first day on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at West Homer Elementary School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Nelton Palma, left, and Megan Palma, right, pose with their daughter Aria after the start of her first day on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at West Homer Elementary School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fireweeed Academy teacher Diane Ditton and her fifth- and sixth-grade students pose for a photo at the end of the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fireweeed Academy teacher Diane Ditton and her fifth- and sixth-grade students pose for a photo at the end of the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Music teacher Eric Simonson directs students to band and choir classes at the start of the new school year on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at Homer Middle School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Music teacher Eric Simonson directs students to band and choir classes at the start of the new school year on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at Homer Middle School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Choir teacher Kyle Schneider greets students at the start of Homer Middle School on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Schneider also teaches choir at Homer High School. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Choir teacher Kyle Schneider greets students at the start of Homer Middle School on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Schneider also teaches choir at Homer High School. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fireweed Academy and West Homer Elementary School students and teachers walk to school buses on the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. A new traffic system has children lining up and boarding buses at the back of the school by the multipurpose room. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fireweed Academy and West Homer Elementary School students and teachers walk to school buses on the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. A new traffic system has children lining up and boarding buses at the back of the school by the multipurpose room. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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