As more residents get vaccinated and restrictions ease on public gatherings and other precautions, the Hawaii State Department of Education says all Hawaii public schools will fully reopen for in-person learning next school year.
As a result of the feedback received during Institute workshops from many educators, it was crucial that the EES Joint Committee teacher leaders addressed pressing concerns regarding observations and the use of the newly-implemented AIP to the Hawaii State Department of Education.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association’s proposal to add a nonvoting member to the Board of Education who is a public school teacher received initial approval from the state House Education Committee Thursday.
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.”
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.”