Friday, October 2, 2020
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The Hawaii State Board of Education Thursday took steps to strengthen school reopening standards, but did not require the state Department of Education to match federal metrics, which are much more stringent than the state Department of Health’s (DOH) standards.
“We are disappointed that before students return to campuses in larger numbers, there will not be more accountability from schools and complex areas to show that they can meet safety standards,” HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said.
The state DOH’s metrics allow as many as ten times as many positive coronavirus cases in the community compared to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) metrics for school reopening.
“The HSTA is still waiting for clarity from both HIDOE and DOH about whether they will be using the more strict metrics from the CDC,” Rosenlee said.
Here is the final language which the BOE approved about BOE reopening guidance, with amended sections in bold and deleted portions crossed out.
Moved to adopt the following positions as the Board’s directives to the DOE on the use of the DOH Guidance and its subsequent iterations, and direct the Superintendent to incorporate them into the Reopening Plan, Principal Handbook, and Health and Safety Handbook (as applicable) for the 2020-2021 school year:
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