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Email the Board of Education, push for changes to keep our schools safe

Email the Board of Education, push for changes to keep our schools safe

Please advocate for 100% distance learning, telework, and health guidance

Despite our calls to the contrary, many schools across the state welcomed thousands of students on campuses today, and additional face-to-face interactions are planned through the week. This cannot continue if we truly want to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in our communities.

  Monday, August 17, 2020  /  Number of views (1064)
Days before students return, 7 more COVID-19 cases reported at schools

Days before students return, 7 more COVID-19 cases reported at schools

Health Department has still not provided guidelines for when schools are safe or should be closed

In the last four days, the Hawaii State Teachers Association has received reports of employees at seven Oahu schools diagnosed with COVID-19, even before students return to public school campuses on Monday.

  Saturday, August 15, 2020  /  Number of views (2543)
Most neighbor island schools will join Oahu schools with distance learning

Most neighbor island schools will join Oahu schools with distance learning

HSTA called for remote learning on all islands Friday as coronavirus cases spiked

On Tuesday, HIDOE announced public schools on Kauai, Hawaii Island, and Maui County, with the exception of Molokai schools and Hana High & Elementary, will transition to full distance learning for the first four weeks of the 2020–21 school year.

  Tuesday, August 11, 2020  /  Number of views (906)
HSTA alarmed by lack of transparency about coronavirus cases at Hawaii’s public schools

HSTA alarmed by lack of transparency about coronavirus cases at Hawaii’s public schools

“Our principals are not contact tracers and have not been trained to be contact tracers.”

Over the last few days, teachers across the state have contacted HSTA to report confirmed COVID-19 cases at four schools. In each of these cases, teachers were notified, but parents and the greater public were not. This is happening less than one week before students are supposed to return for face-to-face learning and testing on school campuses.

  Tuesday, August 11, 2020  /  Number of views (2777)
HSTA advocates for 100% distance learning through at least 1st quarter

HSTA advocates for 100% distance learning through at least 1st quarter

Union also demands clear, written guidance, metrics for safe in-person instruction

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said, “Hawaii can no longer pretend we are not in the middle of a pandemic and that somehow our keiki and our teachers are impervious to this virus. As teachers, we know how important education is, but we are most concerned about the lives of every one of our students. Online classwork cannot replace face-to-face learning, but it ensures that learning continues and that our keiki and our communities remain safe.”

  Friday, August 7, 2020  /  Number of views (3593)
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 (1411)
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 (5144)
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 (2581)
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 (6425)
Senators express concern about schools reopening Aug. 4

Senators express concern about schools reopening Aug. 4

HSTA seeks answers to critical questions from HIDOE

While the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) believes in the importance of ensuring students are provided instructional services in school year 2020–21, it should not be at the cost of a safe educational environment.

  Friday, July 17, 2020  /  Number of views (4437)
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