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State plans to revise school reopening thresholds, skewing toward more stringent federal guidelines

State plans to revise school reopening thresholds, skewing toward more stringent federal guidelines

The metrics will come closer into line with CDC standards, HIDOE says

After the Hawaii State Department of Health’s school reopening metrics came under intense criticism because, among other things, they were as much as 10 times less stringent than federal metrics, the state epidemiologist told state senators Friday that her department is “looking at coming up with a revised draft of the thresholds.” 

  Friday, October 9, 2020  /  Number of views (1108)
Superintendent says DOH took days to respond to Dole positive cases

Superintendent says DOH took days to respond to Dole positive cases

An office employee has died and others from the school are quarantined

Dole Middle School’s principal notified employees about the death via email shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday. The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) has refused to approve telework for any Dole teachers, despite the fact that many of them have no students in their classes.

  Friday, September 11, 2020  /  Number of views (2108)
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 (6053)
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 (3571)
HSTA, educators respond to inaccurate claims by governor, superintendent

HSTA, educators respond to inaccurate claims by governor, superintendent

Ige, Kishimoto completely unaware of what’s planned at public schools

Nothing would make HSTA happier than if their statements were a reality, but teachers have been telling us the exact opposite.

  Thursday, August 13, 2020  /  Number of views (4027)
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 (6066)
Unions submit joint testimony to BOE on school reopening options

Unions submit joint testimony to BOE on school reopening options

HSTA, HGEA, and UPW send in testimony ahead of special meeting July 30

On Thursday, July 30, at 1 p.m., the board will hold a special meeting to discuss school reopening options. The agenda includes three action items that link to background, recommendations, and implications as submitted by the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE). On Tuesday, July 28, we submitted joint testimony with HGEA and UPW on all three action items, which we are sharing below.

  Tuesday, July 28, 2020  /  Number of views (1489)
BOE to consider school calendar changes because of outcry

BOE to consider school calendar changes because of outcry

Teacher, principal testimony helped the board see numerous reopening concerns

BOE Chair Catherine Payne said the board will “hold a special meeting to address the concerns in the testimony about training and health matters that came up. At that point, we could also consider a waiver (of the 180 required student instructional days) for some additional professional development days.”

  Friday, July 24, 2020  /  Number of views (5226)
Shortage differentials to continue following passionate testimony before the Board of Education

Shortage differentials to continue following passionate testimony before the Board of Education

Board takes no action on proposed suspension in light of ‘promises and commitments’

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee says the differentials “worked better than our dreams ever imagined,” and not just by filling the actual positions. Rosenlee says higher education programs that funnel educators into these positions also saw a significant increase.

  Thursday, July 23, 2020  /  Number of views (2930)
HSTA urges state, Board of Education to delay return of students to campus

HSTA urges state, Board of Education to delay return of students to campus

Schools are woefully underprepared to minimize risk of COVID-19

The HIDOE and DOH need more time to properly create and implement health strategies to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and schools need more time to prepare educators for an online environment.

  Tuesday, July 21, 2020  /  Number of views (6508)
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