Friday, April 03, 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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Latest updates from HSTA

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2020

HIDOE memo on 3rd quarter report cards, IEP progress reports

The Hawaii State Department of Education posted a memo today regarding the printing and distribution of report cards for third quarter. Per HSTA's discussion with the HIDOE last Friday, some schools have modified their deadlines to later in the month, and this is allowed on a school-by-school basis.

View all HIDOE memos related to COVID-19 >>

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2020

Board approves request that will allow Hawaii public school seniors to graduate on time

This afternoon, the Hawaii State Board of Education unanimously approved a request to modify graduation requirements for the Class of 2020. We are following up with the department to get greater clarification on plans to support students, especially those who are not yet meeting proficiency for graduation, and the expectations of teachers related to those students.⁣ Read more >>

HIDOE memo and leave form posted

View all HIDOE memos related to COVID-19 >>

Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Share your story

As Hawaii and the country grapple with the impact of COVID-19, our members are looking for help and hope. How have you and your fellow HSTA members come together to uplift one another and/or help students? Let us know here.

New website additions: HIDOE memo, financial relief resources

The HIDOE posted a new memo, titled Revised Academic Plan Information and Financial Plan Template Timeline for School Year 2020-2021.

We also added a resource section to the bottom of this page relating to financial relief, which includes an NEA Member Benefits roundup to help manage your personal finances, and a fact sheet on the federal Education Stabilization Fund.

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

New resources added to supplement student learning

We updated our resources to supplement student learning web page to include several new topics:

  • iPad apps for early learners and autistic learners
  • Special education/differentiation
  • Trauma-informed teaching

We also added a "Featured resource" section to spotlight a resource recommended by HSTA IPD Specialist Diane Gibson.

Educators may also want to review a newly added article at the top of our Reading section, titled “Publishers adapt policies to help educators,” which addresses the concern over reading books aloud online and possibly violating copyright laws.

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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)

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

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

COVID-19 financial relief

  • Managing your personal finances: From student debt to taxes to monthly bills, coronavirus is affecting your finances. This roundup will help you find the information you need now. (Prepared by NEA Member Benefits)
  • Federal resources available to Hawaii residents: Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. As a result of this legislation, the federal government is now offering several resources to support families and local businesses during this public health emergency. (Prepared by the Office of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz)
  • Education Stabilization Fund: This fact sheet explains how the CARES Act helps Hawaii’s K–12 education system. (Prepared by the Office of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz)

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.