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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 (6171)
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 (7201)
HSTA identifies holes in latest order, calls for key actions to keep schools, communities safe

HSTA identifies holes in latest order, calls for key actions to keep schools, communities safe

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said these restrictions leave ‘very important decisions unresolved.’

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said, “There are still no metrics from the Department of Health and Department of Education on the requirements for safely reopening schools or when they should close. We are also concerned with the governor’s exceptions to our public school system. In order to reduce transmission, teachers should be allowed to work from home and no students should be coming on campus. Otherwise, he leaves gaping holes in these restrictions.”

  Tuesday, August 18, 2020  /  Number of views (1582)
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 (1146)
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 (2666)
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 (985)
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 (2905)
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 (3768)
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 (1572)
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 (5278)
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