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HSTA: Latest school guidance metrics still fall short of federal guidelines

HSTA: Latest school guidance metrics still fall short of federal guidelines

No immediate changes to second-quarter plans, per HIDOE

According to Hawaii State Teachers Association analysis of the new metrics, the DOH standards are not well aligned with risk-level metrics issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  Friday, October 23, 2020  /  Number of views (1436)
BOE chair recommends suspending in-person learning until directives met

BOE chair recommends suspending in-person learning until directives met

She also proposes teacher telework approvals during distance learning

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting next week during which it will vote on a proposal to temporarily suspend changes to in-person or hybrid learning at schools, set up clearer reopening guidelines, and consider a measure making it easier for public school teachers to be granted telework options during the pandemic.

  Friday, September 25, 2020  /  Number of views (7131)
HSTA members speak out to BOE on telework, SPED concerns, more

HSTA members speak out to BOE on telework, SPED concerns, more

Nearly 200 educators across the state submitted anonymous testimony as a reality check during COVID-19

At Thursday’s BOE meeting, Rosenlee testified about HSTA members’ concerns and said, “The lack of action and transparency from the DOE has put the lives and health of teachers, staff, and our students in jeopardy. This was clearly evident today when the Department of Education and the Department of Health announced metrics for reopening schools. HSTA was never consulted in the creation of these metrics.”

  Thursday, September 17, 2020  /  Number of views (2538)
HSTA submits testimony on behalf of nearly 200 educators who fear retaliation

HSTA submits testimony on behalf of nearly 200 educators who fear retaliation

HSTA Board of Directors supports 100-percent distance learning through at least first semester

In written testimony ahead of the BOE’s general meeting Thursday afternoon, members cited flawed Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) policies and procedures in response to COVID-19.

  Wednesday, September 16, 2020  /  Number of views (2681)
Email the BOE for changes to keep our schools safe

Email the BOE for changes to keep our schools safe

Push for 100% distance learning, telework, and health guidance

We want to inform board members about the real conditions occurring in our schools during the coronavirus pandemic, especially with regards to schools where all teachers are being unilaterally denied telework when requested, and conditions in classrooms with in-person instruction, particularly those involving special education and fully self-contained educators.

  Monday, September 14, 2020  /  Number of views (810)
HSTA pushes HIDOE for COVID-19 guidance, procedures, clarification

HSTA pushes HIDOE for COVID-19 guidance, procedures, clarification

Written request follows class grievance for BU05 members

This formal written request follows the class grievance that HSTA filed Aug. 17 on behalf of Bargaining Unit 05 employees over violations to the HSTA collective bargaining agreement (contract) and memorandum of understanding (MOU) reached with the state of Hawaii in June.  

  Friday, September 4, 2020  /  Number of views (1795)
HIDOE to offer surge testing at Oahu schools this weekend

HIDOE to offer surge testing at Oahu schools this weekend

Employees, families encouraged to get tested

The Hawaii State Department of Education is hosting surge testing sites at several Oahu schools over the holiday weekend to accommodate HIDOE employees and their families.

  Friday, September 4, 2020  /  Number of views (427)
HIDOE employees encouraged to get free COVID-19 testing

HIDOE employees encouraged to get free COVID-19 testing

You may get tested during work hours with supervisor approval and proof of registration voucher

The department is encouraging everyone to get tested, especially if you don't feel well or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19. You may get tested during work hours with supervisor approval and your proof of registration voucher.

  Thursday, August 27, 2020  /  Number of views (738)
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)
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 (6968)
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