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Superintendent says distance learning decisions up to complex area leaders

Superintendent says distance learning decisions up to complex area leaders

HIDOE, DOH finally working on trigger metrics

Parents, teachers, and even a public school student pleaded with the Hawaii State Board of Education Thursday to continue distance learning at public schools through at least the end of the first quarter, a decision state Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said she’s leaving to the 15 complex area superintendents across the state.

  Thursday, August 20, 2020  /  Number of views (5718)
Special programs celebrate the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage

Special programs celebrate the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s constitutional right to vote

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees and protects women’s constitutional right to vote.

  Thursday, August 20, 2020  /  Number of views (289)
Know Your Rights: Teachers and telework

Know Your Rights: Teachers and telework

HSTA strongly recommends teachers concerned with COVID-19 exposure apply for telework

The Hawaii State Teachers Association believes there is a strong argument for principals to approve teachers teleworking to reduce the number of individuals on campus.

  Thursday, August 20, 2020  /  Number of views (6510)
Senators grill superintendent on teacher telework, PPE

Senators grill superintendent on teacher telework, PPE

Lawmakers have asked the state auditor to probe campus COVID notification process

During a Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 briefing Wednesday, state senators pressed Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto about why more teachers aren’t allowed to telework when students are learning from home, and why educators are spending their own money for protective gear.

  Wednesday, August 19, 2020  /  Number of views (3490)
HSTA identifies holes in latest order, calls for key actions to keep schools, communities safe

HSTA identifies holes in latest order, calls for key actions to keep schools, communities safe

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said these restrictions leave ‘very important decisions unresolved.’

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said, “There are still no metrics from the Department of Health and Department of Education on the requirements for safely reopening schools or when they should close. We are also concerned with the governor’s exceptions to our public school system. In order to reduce transmission, teachers should be allowed to work from home and no students should be coming on campus. Otherwise, he leaves gaping holes in these restrictions.”

  Tuesday, August 18, 2020  /  Number of views (1466)
Email the Board of Education, push for changes to keep our schools safe

Email the Board of Education, push for changes to keep our schools safe

Please advocate for 100% distance learning, telework, and health guidance

Despite our calls to the contrary, many schools across the state welcomed thousands of students on campuses today, and additional face-to-face interactions are planned through the week. This cannot continue if we truly want to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in our communities.

  Monday, August 17, 2020  /  Number of views (1060)
HSTA employee on Oahu exposed to COVID-19

HSTA employee on Oahu exposed to COVID-19

Union tells all Oahu staff to work from home, closes headquarters for cleaning

This employee is currently self-isolating and, out of an abundance of caution, the HSTA closed the building for deep cleaning Monday. Due to strict safety protocols that included mask and social distancing requirements, no other employees were likely exposed.

  Monday, August 17, 2020  /  Number of views (1188)
Days before students return, 7 more COVID-19 cases reported at schools

Days before students return, 7 more COVID-19 cases reported at schools

Health Department has still not provided guidelines for when schools are safe or should be closed

In the last four days, the Hawaii State Teachers Association has received reports of employees at seven Oahu schools diagnosed with COVID-19, even before students return to public school campuses on Monday.

  Saturday, August 15, 2020  /  Number of views (2536)
After HSTA's outcry, schools roll back in-person plans for Monday

After HSTA's outcry, schools roll back in-person plans for Monday

Numerous schools have switched to grab-and-go pickups instead of hours-long classroom sessions

Many principals and complex area superintendents have drastically changed their approach, opting for grab-and-go arrangements to keep the number of students on campuses much lower than originally planned.

  Friday, August 14, 2020  /  Number of views (3126)
HSTA files labor complaint against state over unsafe, in-person instruction plans

HSTA files labor complaint against state over unsafe, in-person instruction plans

Prohibited practice complaint says employer failed to bargain in good faith

The state’s dangerous plans for in-person learning while coronavirus cases are exploding in our state, along with other violations of labor agreements, prompted the Hawaii State Teachers Association to file a prohibited practice complaint with the Hawaii Labor Relations Board against the state of Hawaii.

  Friday, August 14, 2020  /  Number of views (3328)
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