KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan School District schools will operate at the high risk level of the district's Start Strong COVID-19 mitigation plan — the highest of four levels — due to the number of active cases reported in the community by Ketchikan Public Health on Friday evening, after one week spent at the substantial risk level.

As of Friday, 94 local cases were reported as active by KPH — more than the 49-case threshold required to stay at the substantial risk level as defined by the district's Start Strong guidelines.

At the high risk level, masks are required for students and staff in school buildings, according to the plan. Visitors are not allowed in the buildings, but a limited number of masked spectators are permitted to attend school activities such as sports or concerts.

The risk level will apply through Sunday.

Since the start of school on Aug. 26, the district has operated at the high risk level for all but two weeks.

— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller