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HIDOE publishes new online process for telework applications

HIDOE publishes new online process for telework applications

Educators may want to consider reapplying for telework

The memo responds to testimony from HSTA members that prompted the Hawaii State Board of Education to take important action at their Oct. 1 meeting.

  Friday, October 9, 2020  /  Number of views (1834)
BOE approves streamlined telework protocols

BOE approves streamlined telework protocols

Board requires written decisions from administrators

At a special meeting, the Hawaii State Board of Education Thursday took steps to improve teacher telework approval procedures by requiring administrators to provide reasons in writing for rejecting those requests during the pandemic.

  Friday, October 2, 2020  /  Number of views (572)
HSTA raises concerns that state reopening guidelines are much more lax than federal standards

HSTA raises concerns that state reopening guidelines are much more lax than federal standards

The union thanks the BOE for asking questions about ill-advised, unsafe standards

A day before the Hawaii Board of Education holds a special meeting on several key items including school reopening guidelines and telework for educators during the pandemic, the Hawaii State Teachers Association raised serious concerns that the state Department of Health’s new guidelines for the safe opening of schools are unsafe and much less stringent than federal guidelines.

  Wednesday, September 30, 2020  /  Number of views (292)
Sister, daughter of school clerk who died of COVID-19 make case for telework

Sister, daughter of school clerk who died of COVID-19 make case for telework

Dayna Inouye, Angie Choi worked at Dole Middle School; Cameron Inouye-Ng teaches at Makalapa Elementary

Angie Choi, a school counselor at Dole Middle School, submitted testimony to the Board of Education Wednesday asking them on behalf of her late sister to assure that educators can telework during the pandemic.

  Thursday, September 17, 2020  /  Number of views (7156)
Honolulu mayor: ‘If I had my way, I’d close all schools for two weeks’

Honolulu mayor: ‘If I had my way, I’d close all schools for two weeks’

Caldwell disagrees with Ige’s decision to exempt public schools from stay-at-home order

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Wednesday that he wanted to include public schools in the “Stay-at-Home, Work-at-Home” order that goes into effect on Oahu at midnight, but Gov. David Ige asked that public schools and University of Hawaii campuses remain open. 

  Wednesday, August 26, 2020  /  Number of views (1333)
Board votes to delay students’ return to school until Aug. 17

Board votes to delay students’ return to school until Aug. 17

Educators will have 9 additional days for training and preparation before keiki go back to class

The change gives school staff an additional nine days for training and preparation before students to return to class.

  Thursday, July 30, 2020  /  Number of views (6146)
BOE sets July 30 special meeting to consider school reopening calendar changes

BOE sets July 30 special meeting to consider school reopening calendar changes

Board to consider adding PD days in early August and bringing students back to campuses later

The Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) has scheduled a special meeting Thursday to take action on a number of scenarios that would give educators more time to prepare before students return to class during the pandemic.

  Friday, July 24, 2020  /  Number of views (3196)
Star-Advertiser editorial calls on HIDOE to delay bringing students back to school

Star-Advertiser editorial calls on HIDOE to delay bringing students back to school

The newspaper says there are 'valid questions about feasibility' of reopening schools

"State officials should opt to delay the Aug. 4 start for students by up to a week, while tasking school facilities to hammer out, absorb and train up on more-through plans," the newspaper editorialized Wednesday.

  Wednesday, July 22, 2020  /  Number of views (1670)
HIDOE to continue shortage differentials next school year

HIDOE to continue shortage differentials next school year

The department issued a memo this week updating eligibility criteria

Shortage differentials that the Hawaii State Department of Education began in January for special education classroom teachers, Hawaiian language immersion educators and teachers at hard-to-staff schools will continue in school year 2020–21, after the department confirmed the eligibility criteria in a memo published this week.

  Friday, June 19, 2020  /  Number of views (4664)
BOE seeks feedback from the public, educators about reopening schools

BOE seeks feedback from the public, educators about reopening schools

Email your concerns and questions to the board by Friday, June 5

The Hawaii Board of Education meets virtually Thursday, June 4, and is seeking feedback about reopening Hawaii’s public schools through Friday.

  Monday, June 1, 2020  /  Number of views (2458)
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