The announcement by Hawaii State Department of Education Superintendent Christina Kishimoto on Friday, April 17, of the continued closure of school buildings through the end of the school year 2019–20 resulted in the need for HSTA to engage the HIDOE in discussions regarding the many questions about what will not be a normal end-of-year.
The unprecedented statewide closure of facilities for the remainder of the school year has necessitated creative new ways to accomplish routine tasks, including the End-of-Year Checkout Procedures (EOYCP) for SY 2019–20. Normally, EOYCP involve activities such as closing up of classrooms, and students taking home their belongings, as well as returning books, equipment, and other resource materials.
The current agreement reached last month remains in place through the end of the school year. However, the HSTA and HIDOE have also finalized an addendum to the March 19 agreement, which was released on Friday, April 24. Classroom teachers will continue to work from remote locations and provide students learning and enrichment activities for the rest of SY 2019–20. Non-classroom teachers will continue to complete their essential work tasks in consultation with their administrators.
This addendum is specific about the need for teachers to return to campuses for a short duration to complete tasks related to EOYCP. 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.
Administrators will be provided this addendum along with their own memo outlining their expectations.
Members should know that much of the agreement is formulated in a manner to keep our members, colleagues, students, and community safe. Here are some important highlights:
In the next couple of weeks, administrators will announce schedules and activities related to EOYCP. Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact your HSTA school level leaders or HSTA UniServ Director for assistance.
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