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HSTA and HIDOE reach agreement on distancing of students in classrooms

HSTA and HIDOE reach agreement on distancing of students in classrooms

6 feet will be the rule with HSTA approving any exceptions

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.

  Monday, July 13, 2020  /  Number of views (7492)
Frequently asked questions relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools

Frequently asked questions relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools

Information is accurate as of our latest update and subject to change

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is working hard to ensure that our members' health and safety remain a priority, our contract and employment rights are preserved, and information is being communicated in an accurate and timely manner.

  Friday, July 10, 2020  /  Number of views (15364)
BOE defers approval of school reopening agreement

BOE defers approval of school reopening agreement

A record number of educators submitted testimony concerned about distancing, mask 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.

  Thursday, July 9, 2020  /  Number of views (10179)
HIDOE memos related to coronavirus (COVID-19)

HIDOE memos related to coronavirus (COVID-19)

A roundup of updates issued by the Hawaii State Department of Education

This page contains updates issued by the Hawaii State Department of Education related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

  Monday, July 6, 2020  /  Number of views (7582)
HSTA: Allowing 3-foot distancing in classrooms is ‘dangerous’

HSTA: Allowing 3-foot distancing in classrooms is ‘dangerous’

Union president calls on parents, educators to email testimony to BOE asking for 6-foot requirement

“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.

  Thursday, July 2, 2020  /  Number of views (12240)
HSTA offers guidance for teachers with health concerns during COVID-19

HSTA offers guidance for teachers with health concerns during COVID-19

Protection and support options for educators who may be at higher risk for severe illness

As COVID-19 is a new disease, there is limited information regarding risk factors and the research continues to evolve and change. Our FAQs are provided as a reference and should not be considered exhaustive as each individual's situation may differ.

  Thursday, July 2, 2020  /  Number of views (5332)
HSTA reaches school reopening agreement with state of Hawaii

HSTA reaches school reopening agreement with state of Hawaii

Crucial details and contract modifications you must read now

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.

  Sunday, June 28, 2020  /  Number of views (16452)
NEA offers virtual micro-credential professional learning communities

NEA offers virtual micro-credential professional learning communities

You must be an HSTA/NEA member to register

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.

  Wednesday, June 24, 2020  /  Number of views (1133)
HSTA: HIDOE needs to clearly explain school reopening plan

HSTA: HIDOE needs to clearly explain school reopening plan

Superintendent says she will release detailed plans in two weeks

The HSTA Negotiations Team meets for an hour and a half with top HIDOE officials Monday to begin detailed bargaining about reopening schools.

  Friday, June 19, 2020  /  Number of views (4375)
An elementary school teacher reflects on distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic

An elementary school teacher reflects on distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic

Kipapa Elementary teacher Coby Thornton says ‘It has been a very unusual time in my educational career’

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.

  Thursday, June 11, 2020  /  Number of views (1383)
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