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.

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.

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.

HSTA collecting info for testing mandate class grievance

2021-08-28T13:00:20-10:00August 27, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The system is beginning to buckle under the strain of increased school personnel on quarantine and continued days of record COVID-19 counts.

BOE hears about school safety concerns

2021-08-23T09:27:16-10:00August 19, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Hawaii Board of Education met Thursday afternoon to hear testimony and a presentation from Hawaii State Department of Education officials about school safety issues during the coronavirus pandemic.

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