Aupuni Palapala embraces a flexible learning mindset and provides opportunities for classroom teachers to share their expertise and engage in broader learning communities with peers on content knowledge, skills and dispositions focused in the areas of Hawaiian language, culture, and history in education.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association recognizes that the coronavirus pandemic has created serious, complicated, and immediate challenges for educators, students and their families, and we are committed to finding a solid, sensible solution.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.