Homer High School


Click on the audio for this Back to School edition of Coffee Table.

Join host, Kathleen Gustafson and guests:

Pegge Erkeneff ; Spokesperson for Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

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Rain or shine, the Class of 2021 graduates tonight. Homer Flex School will celebrate 5 seniors tonight on the Quarterdeck at Land's End Resort and the Mariner football field, 86 seniors will turn their tassels.

Homer’s COVID Unified Command made their regular report to Homer City Council Monday night.  Mary Darbonne, Public Health Nurse at the Homer Public Health Center and Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, cited current, State figures on number of vaccines distributed from Ninilchik South and across the bay.

Nurse Darbonne says the total vaccinations, administered so far is, 9,381, and the total number of people fully vaccinated is 4,442. That's 30% of the total population of the Southern Peninsula vaccinated, so far.


Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 fall on Tuesday, May 18 for Homer High School and Homer Flex School.

Like last year, there will be a caravan of graduates down Pioneer Avenue around 8:30 p.m. after Mariner graduation ceremonies conclude. But this year, plans are to get out of the parking lot and on to the playing field to allow for more guests to attend.


Registration begins today, Monday, March 1 at noon for the next COVID-19 vaccination clinic organized by Homer Incident Command.

There are over 500 appointments available for a clinic on Friday, March 12 at Homer High School, and 200 appointments available at South Peninsula Hospital's COVID Vaccine and Test Center on March 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17.


The State of Alaska has expanded vaccine eligibility as of today, February 11. To find out if you're eligible and to learn about vaccine availability in your area, go to the State's COVID Vaccine Status page. 

Classes re-open to students -- half-at-a-time

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There will be a larger number of students attending school starting today in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
    In an effort to keep the spread of Covid-19 down, each grade at Homer Middle and Homer High schools will be split in two, each of which will attend on alternating days, with 100 percent remote learning on Wednesdays. Principal Keri Denderent explained on Thursday’s Covid Brief.

Weekly Covid Brief: January 7th, 2020

Jan 7, 2021

On this week's Covid Brief, fill-in host Jay Barrett welcomes SPH's Derotha Ferraro, the City of Homer's Jenny Carrol, Homer High School Principal Douglas Waclawski, and Homer Middle School Principal Keri Denderent to discuss the coronavirus vaccine situation and an increase in classroom learning to start on Monday.

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Students at Homer area schools are under remote learning this week after Covid-19 cases in the Southern Kenai Peninsula continued to rise.
    Homer High School Principal Doug Waclawski posted a video to students and parents on Wednesday discussing the change.
    “We were doing so well. Even though the Covid19 numbers were increasing in the community, there was never a known transmission of a Covid-19 case in Homer High School," he said. "This means that mitigation plans were working.”


When the tsunami warning sounded this afternoon, KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson moved to higher ground, Homer High School, to meet the evacuees for this audio postcard.


 Cathy Flores. Thanks for talking to me. You've got three cars and six people and a dog.

  This is my family. This is my son. This is my daughter, Serena, my granddaughter Mia, daughter Rosie. My daughter, Sarah, over there, and the dog, Buddy. We all live in different places. I live on Landing. She lives on Maddox. She lives on Klondike. 

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Fundraising for sports and other school activities is a ritual all student athletes -- and their parents -- undertake each school year. Until 2020.

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*UPDATE* Second coach tests positive.

No students have tested positive as of yet for Covid-19 among Homer High School football players, after they were ordered into quarantine following a positive test result that showed up in a coach or other adult associated with the program on Tuesday afternoon. School officials wouldn’t say exactly who the infected person was, but it is clear it wasn’t a student.  

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Teachers and administrators are already back to work. They're preparing for students to return to classrooms on August 24. How will schools be able to keep students and workers safe?On this weeks COVID-19 Brief,  Principal Kari Dendurent from Homer Middle School, Pegge Erkeneff, spokesperson for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and Doug Waclawski, principal at Homer High School take questions from the listeners.

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Graduation Day for Homer High School and Homer Flex School is Monday, May 18.
You can hear the ceremonies on KBBI.
The Flex graduation program is prerecorded and begins on KBBI at 5 p.m. Monday.
Homer High School Graduation begins at 7 p.m. 
You can also watch the Homer High ceremony and a prerecorded presentation by the teachers on the HHS You Tube Channel. 
Everyone is invited to line Pioneer Avenue after the ceremony to cheer on the graduates as they roll in procession through Homer.
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While the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District prepares to stage a completely new kind of graduation ceremony, one graduating senior has a few words for her fellow students.

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For a complete list of graduation ceremonies and activities, go to kpbsd.k12.ak.us.