The Hawaii Board of Education will meet virtually on Thursday, June 4, and is seeking feedback about reopening Hawaii’s public schools through Friday, June 5.
In a memo published Friday, May 29, Board of Education Chair Catherine Payne said the board wants to “understand the expectations, questions, and concerns that its members, education stakeholders, and the public have about reopening schools and providing a quality education for students while living the threat of COVID-19.”
Payne intends to use feedback gathered from fellow board members, educators, parents, and others to prepare broad guidance for the entire public school system on the reopening of schools.
“We must move quickly,” Payne said, “and I anticipate having a proposal for the Board for discussion at our next general business meeting,” which is scheduled for Thursday, June 18.
As a result of that deadline, the BOE needs to receive any public comments on the issue by Friday, June 5. Please send any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by this deadline.
You can listen live to this Thursday’s BOE meeting when its members will discuss the request for reopening feedback. The meeting on Thursday, June 4, starts at 1:30 p.m., and you can listen virtually via WebEx.
The BOE has created a framework of major focus areas for reopening public schools:
People. The people and organizations that make up the public education system.
Place. The places where students learn and staff work.
School Design. How schools are designed to educate and prepare students.
For more details on the BOE’s reopening framework, read the full memo.
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