The change gives school staff an additional nine days for training and preparation before students to return to class.
The Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) has scheduled a special meeting Thursday to take action on a number of scenarios that would give educators more time to prepare before students return to class during the pandemic.
James Sunday, Radford High School principal, submitted testimony to the BOE that said, “Although we are expected to be ‘good soldiers’ who follow directives, we can not in good conscience move forward without expressing the concerns we continue to have in regards to reopening our schools. The depth of these concerns keep us up at night as we hold the health and safety of our individual communities in our hands.”
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.
We know our public schools serve as not only hubs of learning, but as safe spaces that provide much-needed stability for our keiki. The recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has fractured this stability, and we are working hard to pick up the pieces.
The rally, attended by students, teachers, and parents, was organized by Jahstyce Ahulau, a 14-year-old Campbell High School freshman who founded the group Fighting for Our Future, a student-led and driven committee to advocate for higher teacher pay.
Six public school teachers were recently honored by PBS Hawaii for exceptional digital media storytelling in the HIKI NO program.
Oahu students from public, private and charter schools islandwide wanting to help their schools or communities go green now have a chance to earn funding to back their big ideas.