Middle and high school sport programs started back up this week as the Kenai Peninsula School District allowed a resumption of onsite education starting Monday.
At Homer Middle School, practice for Nordic skiing and volleyball started on Monday. At Homer High School, cross-country ski practice had already been taking place, having been approved to start in late December, said Athletic Director Chris Perk. This Monday, practice was able to start for basketball, cheerleading and hockey as well.
The wrestling season has been pushed back to this spring.
While Perk said Homer High is still working through its own plans for how to handle actual sporting events, the plans and mitigation measures for practices have been formed. Student athletes will still be required to complete regular health screenings and temperature checks.
Additionally, face coverings must be worn by the students both during practice and during actual games or competitions. Perk said including this mitigation measure will help eliminate the chance of COVID-19 spreading during practices.
“We don’t have the option to put our teams in a bubble like a professional team,” Perk said.
Once players go home or out in the community, they can be exposed and there’s not much the school can do to prevent that.
“What we’re doing inside our four walls is as good as we can get,” Perk said.
Homer Middle School Principal Kari Dendurent has been involved in district-level planning for school and activities operations since the district formed its Smart Start plan before the start of this school year.