Hundreds of Leeward teachers raise concerns over lack of consistent safety protocols

2021-09-15T19:32:34-10:00September 15, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

About 200 Leeward Oahu educators conducted socially distanced information picketing Tuesday afternoon to raise concerns about a lack of consistent safety protocols and an agreement which would enforce safe practices to keep students, school staff and the community safer during the pandemic. Public school teachers across the state will hold similar informational pickets in the coming days and weeks.

Frequently asked questions relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools

2021-09-15T15:13:47-10:00September 15, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is working hard to ensure that our members' health and safety remain a priority, our contract and employment rights are preserved, and information is being communicated in an accurate and timely manner.

HSTA FAQs on governor’s vaccine, testing emergency proclamation

2021-09-13T19:28:39-10:00September 13, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Hawaii State Teachers Association has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the governor’s emergency proclamation that requires state and county employees to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or submit regular test results.

HIDOE offers few specifics on when school-based testing will begin

2021-09-10T17:14:58-10:00September 10, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Hawaii State Department of Education’s plans for free COVID-19 testing at public schools statewide are eagerly awaited by students, staff, and parents, but at a legislative hearing this week, school officials did not answer key questions about when the program will be available at all schools.

HIDOE dodges lawmaker’s question: ‘When will the DOE sign an MOU with HSTA?’

2021-09-10T14:05:04-10:00September 10, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

“When will the DOE sign an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with HSTA regarding safety protocols to ensure that there is accountability for violations that occur on school campuses?" a state lawmaker asked top state education officials Wednesday.

HSTA files class grievances over unsafe school conditions, testing mandate

2021-09-08T13:39:17-10:00September 7, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

HSTA has filed two class grievances over unsafe working conditions during the pandemic and the state’s directive that unvaccinated education employees must be tested for COVID-19 weekly. Class grievances represent all teachers who have been wronged by action or inaction on the part of the employer.

Lawmakers push health department to do more to keep communities, schools safe

2021-09-05T18:17:33-10:00September 3, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Several state senators Friday raised issues and concerns to Hawaii Department of Health Director Dr. Libby Char over what more the state can do to support schools as COVID-19 cases remain at all-time highs and school clusters have been acknowledged for the first time this school year.

HSTA leaders meet with schools superintendent on COVID-19 issues

2021-09-03T18:42:03-10:00September 3, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, Negotiations, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Despite HSTA expressing serious concerns about inconsistent protocols and reports from members of transmission of COVID-19 on school campuses, interim Superintendent Keith Hayashi continued to assert that health safety guidelines are being followed and that there had been no evidence of transmission or clusters of COVID-19 at schools.

Hiring remote teachers out of state violates state law, despite BOE discussion

2021-09-07T10:58:06-10:00September 3, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Hawaii Board of Education last week asked the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) whether there were ways to allow new teachers from the continental United States to reside there and be able to teach remotely. However, Hawaii law prohibits this type of employment by state or county government workers.

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