On Monday, July 20, at 3 p.m., Deputy Executive Director Andrea Eshelman will provide an overview of various leave options and information on ADA requests, all within the framework of COVID-19 and its impact on teachers' work environment.
We are pleased to report that the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) and Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto have reached a resolution on distancing of students in classrooms and face-covering requirements.
After a record number of educators and parents expressed concerns about unsafe social distancing protocols that violate a school reopening agreement between the state and Hawaii State Teachers Association, the Hawaii State Board of Education Thursday night voted to defer approval of the deal.
“For the safety of my students, their families and my own family, I implore the DOE to be firm and consistent in their guidance that we will practice physical distancing of six feet whenever possible, even in the classroom,” Nimitz Elementary teacher Logan Okita said.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), the State of Hawaii, and Board of Education have agreed on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to allow continuity of education next school year with certain contract modifications while assuring the safety of educators and students.
The National Education Association will be providing members an opportunity to participate in a virtual Professional Learning Community (PLC) to support successful completion of a NEA Micro-credential from start to finish. Educators who participate in a PLC to complete a micro-credential are more likely to earn their badge the first time.
The HSTA Negotiations Team meets for an hour and a half with top HIDOE officials Monday to begin detailed bargaining about reopening schools.
Coby Thornton is a fourth-grade general education inclusion teacher at Kipapa Elementary School. He shares his experience and reflects on the final quarter of the 2019–20 school year, from adapting to changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic to what he feels needs to change moving forward.
"This week, the Department of Education released the ‘Guidance for Reopening Schools.’ HSTA was not consulted and did not agree to these policies, even though teachers will be the ones most likely being forced to implement these policies,” HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said. “We have many questions and concerns.”
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