Lawmakers override veto, forcing HIDOE to disclose COVID-19 cases by school

2021-07-08T16:26:51-10:00July 8, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The State House and Senate have agreed to mandate disclosure of COVID-19 cases in public schools, overriding a veto by Gov. David Ige which would have kept secret the precise numbers of students and staff diagnosed with the disease, as well as the names of the schools where people were reported ill.

Senate panel approves bill that would end HIDOE’s COVID-19 secrecy

2021-02-05T15:18:17-10:00February 3, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

A bill requiring the Hawaii Department of Education to publish a weekly report naming the public schools that have COVID-19 cases among students and staff unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee Wednesday.

State auditor slams HIDOE for lack of transparency on campus COVID-19 cases

2020-08-29T11:33:00-10:00August 29, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“DOE had not been publicizing positive cases until pressed by HSTA. Then, citing privacy laws, DOE only provided information by large complex areas, prompting the teachers’ union to begin identifying specific schools,” the auditor’s report said. 

Senators grill superintendent on teacher telework, PPE

2020-11-05T15:47:20-10:00August 20, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

During a Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 briefing Wednesday, state senators pressed Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto about why more teachers aren’t allowed to telework when students are learning from home, and why educators are spending their own money for protective gear.

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

2021-02-05T07:17:17-10:00August 16, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

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

2021-07-08T16:33:13-10:00August 12, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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.

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