Daily school district COVID-19 risk levels: Aug. 1

Risk levels are based on COVID cases reported in a community and determine how schools will operate.

Image via Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Image via Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Central Peninsula — Medium Risk

The central peninsula, or Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Sterling and “other North,” had two resident cases reported by the state Saturday for a total of 40 cases in the last 14 days.

The central peninsula is high risk when there are 52 or more cases in the last 14 days, medium risk when there are 51 to 27 cases in the last 14 days, and low risk when there are 26 or fewer cases in the last 14 days.

According to the district’s Smart Start plan, at medium risk, “Buildings are open with possible social (physical) distancing protocols in place. Parents may select for students to learn remotely.”

For sports, the Alaska School Activities Association allows practices and competitions to take place at medium-risk level, but more restrictions are in place than at low-risk level.

Southern Peninsula — Medium Risk

The southern peninsula, or Homer, Fritz Creek, Anchor Point and “other South,” had six resident cases reported by the state Saturday for a total of 16 cases in the last 14 days.

The southern peninsula is at high risk when there are 20 or more cases in the last 14 days, medium risk when there are 19 to 11 cases in the last 14 days, and low risk when there are 10 cases or fewer in the last 14 days.

According to the district’s Smart Start plan, at medium risk, “Buildings are open with possible social (physical) distancing protocols in place. Parents may select for students to learn remotely.”

For sports, the ASAA allows practices and competitions to take place at medium-risk level, but more restrictions are in place than at low-risk level.

Eastern Peninsula — High Risk

The eastern peninsula, or Seward, had no cases reported by the state Saturday for a total of 14 cases in the last 14 days.

The eastern peninsula is high risk when there are seven or more cases in the last 14 days, medium risk when there are five or six cases in the last 14 days, and low risk when there are four or fewer cases in the last 14 days.

According to the district, at high risk, “Buildings are closed to students and learning is 100% remote. Possible exception for ‘vulnerable populations’ of students individually or in small groupings.”

For sports, ASAA says sports competitions cease at high risk. Indoor practices also cease, with outdoor conditioning with 10 feet of distance between all participants still possible.

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