Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Daily school district COVID-19 risk levels

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

Central Peninsula — Medium Risk

The central peninsula, or Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Sterling and “other North,” had three resident cases reported by the state Monday for a total of 47 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 — Low Risk

The southern peninsula, or Homer, Fritz Creek, Anchor Point and “other South,” had a resident case reported by the state Monday for a total of 10 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, a low risk, “Buildings are open and learning is conducted with additional protocols for health, safety, and continuity. Parents may select for students to learn remotely.”

For sports, ASAA allows practices and competitions to take place at low-risk level, with fewer restrictions than at medium-risk level.

Eastern Peninsula — High Risk

The eastern peninsula, or Seward, did not have a case reported by the state Monday for a total of 17 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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