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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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HSTA has serious concerns about HIDOE’s three-phase reopening plan

HSTA has serious concerns about HIDOE’s three-phase reopening plan

HSTA was not consulted nor notified prior to Friday’s announcement

HSTA was not consulted nor notified prior to Friday’s announcement, and learned of the developments alongside the public. HSTA has subsequently demanded impact bargaining with the employer as the changes would have ramifications on numerous parts of our current contract.

  Friday, August 7, 2020  |  Number of views (7219)
HSTA advocates for 100% distance learning through at least 1st quarter

HSTA advocates for 100% distance learning through at least 1st quarter

Union also demands clear, written guidance, metrics for safe in-person instruction

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said, “Hawaii can no longer pretend we are not in the middle of a pandemic and that somehow our keiki and our teachers are impervious to this virus. As teachers, we know how important education is, but we are most concerned about the lives of every one of our students. Online classwork cannot replace face-to-face learning, but it ensures that learning continues and that our keiki and our communities remain safe.”

  Friday, August 7, 2020  |  Number of views (2686)
Frequently asked questions relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools

Frequently asked questions relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools

Information is accurate as of our latest update and subject to change

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is working hard to ensure that our members' health and safety remain a priority, our contract and employment rights are preserved, and information is being communicated in an accurate and timely manner.

  Thursday, August 6, 2020  |  Number of views (22400)
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This section contains a collection of important updates that may be frequently referenced by our members.

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.

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HSTA offers guidance for teachers with health concerns during COVID-19

Protection and support options for educators who may be at higher risk for severe illness

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As COVID-19 is a new disease, there is limited information regarding risk factors and the research continues to evolve and change. Our FAQs are provided as a reference and should not be considered exhaustive as each individual's situation may differ.

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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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If you have school-specific questions or issues, please reach out to your school-level leaders or UniServ Director for assistance. You can also submit your question or report an issue online here.

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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.