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Frequently asked questions relating to COVID-19 and schools


The Hawaii State Teachers Association is working hard to ensure that information is being communicated in an accurate and timely manner. We are actively discussing our members' most important concerns with the Hawaii State Department of Education and continue to update our frequently asked questions.

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HIDOE memos related to coronavirus (COVID-19)

HIDOE memos related to coronavirus (COVID-19)

A roundup of updates issued by the Hawaii State Department of Education

This page contains updates issued by the Hawaii State Department of Education related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

  Wednesday, October 28, 2020  |  Number of views (15151)
Leeward lawmakers pledge opposition to teacher pay cuts, furloughs

Leeward lawmakers pledge opposition to teacher pay cuts, furloughs

HSTA members organize talk story to spur action

Educators who teach along the Leeward coast of Oahu gathered virtually this week to share their stories and concerns with area lawmakers who said they do not support educator pay reductions.

  Friday, October 23, 2020  |  Number of views (618)
HSTA: Latest school guidance metrics still fall short of federal guidelines

HSTA: Latest school guidance metrics still fall short of federal guidelines

No immediate changes to second-quarter plans, per HIDOE

According to Hawaii State Teachers Association analysis of the new metrics, the DOH standards are not well aligned with risk-level metrics issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  Friday, October 23, 2020  |  Number of views (1436)
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Featured posts


This section contains a collection of important updates that may be frequently referenced by our members.

HSTA, HIDOE reach agreement on school calendar change HSTA, HIDOE reach agreement on school calendar change

HSTA, HIDOE reach agreement on school calendar change

Read the joint contract interpretation, plus updated FAQs

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HSTA and HIDOE reached agreement on a joint contract interpretation that accounts for the modifications needed to address the operational aspects of what was to be the first nine (9) student days of the school year.

HSTA reaches school reopening agreement with state of Hawaii HSTA reaches school reopening agreement with state of Hawaii

HSTA reaches school reopening agreement with state of Hawaii

Crucial details and contract modifications you must read now

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The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), the State of Hawaii, and Board of Education have agreed on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to allow continuity of education next school year with certain contract modifications while assuring the safety of educators and students.

HIDOE memos related to coronavirus (COVID-19) HIDOE memos related to coronavirus (COVID-19)

HIDOE memos related to coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page contains updates issued by the Hawaii State Department of Education related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Links and resources


Hawaii State Department of Education

Resources to supplement student learning

This page contains resources that can be used to support different areas of curriculum. It is intended to provide resources for all ages and skill levels, however not all resources will be appropriate for all students based on their learning level. Read more >>

Students, educators may qualify for free internet

Charter will offer Spectrum Internet up to 100 Mbps for free, including in-home Wi-Fi, to new subscriber households with teachers or K-12 or college students for 60 days. Read more >>

NEA: Educating through crisis

The latest news, resources, guidance, and support from the National Education Association, along with resources from other health and education organizations. Read more >>

COVID-19 official health information

COVID-19 response in Hawaii


The Hawaii State Teachers Association respectfully asks for your patience during this crisis. HSTA leaders and staff are doing their best to provide you with accurate information, but we often don’t have all the answers when you ask. Our leaders have been in frequent touch with top Hawaii State Department of Education officials and continue to offer feedback and advice on various changes. That being said, we sometimes find out about major announcements only when they are made public. We may need to consult with the HIDOE before we can offer you accurate guidance. Mahalo for your dedication and resilience as we continue to advocate for our members and our keiki.