Friday, May 29, 2020

Addressing your questions and concerns about coronavirus at school

There are protections in the contract should COVID-19 reach school campuses in Hawaii

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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Featured posts

This section contains a collection of important updates that may be frequently referenced by our members. Please note, we regularly post additional information relating to COVID-19 in our news feed, which you can view using the button below.

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HSTA and HIDOE sign letter of agreement for Bargaining Unit 05 members

This agreement provides a framework to allow our members to work from home for the duration of preparations and response to COVID-19. Teachers will be engaged in teacher-initiated activities and planning and collaboration activities from a remote location starting March 23 through the end of COVID-19-related school closures. Read more >>

Download: View our letter of agreement (.pdf)

HSTA reaches agreement with HIDOE on end-of-year checkout procedures

This addendum to our original letter of agreement is specific about the need for teachers to return to campuses for a short duration to complete tasks related to end-of-year checkout procedures. It outlines what tasks teachers can and can’t be asked to complete, how teachers will be scheduled to come to campus, guidance on entering campus and workspaces, safety precautions, and an exception process for those who may have health concerns related to COVID-19. Read more >>

Download: View the addendum (.pdf)

Financial assistance, loan options available to HSTA members

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a heavy financial toll on many Hawaii families, our members included. With all that is going on, bills still need to be paid, groceries purchased, and basic needs met. Many individuals and families may also experience changes to employment that can affect household income. HSTA has compiled a list of financial resources and assistance programs, including emergency loans, available through our local financial institutions. Read more >>

Related Post: HSTA emergency loan program suspended through April 2021

How COVID-19 financial relief laws can help Hawaii residents, school districts

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Congress has passed, and continues to craft, legislation to support local communities across the nation, including small businesses, schools, and families. Here's a look at how these relief packages can help you in a number of key areas. Read more >>

Resources to supplement student learning

In this time of uncertainty, you may be looking for resources to supplement your students' learning or, as parents, to support your children at home. This page is intended to provide resources for all ages and skill levels, though not all resources will be appropriate for all students based on their learning level. Read more >>

Related Post: View our open letter to the Hawaii public school community

HSTA members share uplifting stories during the COVID-19 crisis

As we grapple with the far-reaching impacts of coronavirus, the Hawaii State Teachers Association also wants to share positivity and hope. We asked: How are you and your fellow HSTA members supporting each other and/or your students during this difficult time? Our members share their positive stories and photos in this post. Read more >>

Sign up for HSTA's Member Matters e-newsletter

Get the latest updates sent directly to your inbox. Signing up is easy! If you're a member, all you have to do is: 1) register for an account on our website and 2) subscribe using your personal email address. You'll find all the instructions in this post. Read more >>

Contact HSTA

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

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 Today: Schools and coronavirus

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.