The National Education Association will soon conduct a national survey on the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. Only some Hawaii State Teachers Association members, chosen randomly, will be emailed a link to participate.
HSTA’s officers want to hear about front-line teachers’ school reopening concerns in a virtual listening session on Thursday, Sept. 10.
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.
Many principals and complex area superintendents have drastically changed their approach, opting for grab-and-go arrangements to keep the number of students on campuses much lower than originally planned.
Since late April, the Hawaii State Teachers Association has repeatedly asked the Hawaii State Department of Education what model(s) will be used to reopen public schools in school year 2020–21.
The Hawaii Board of Education meets virtually Thursday, June 4, and is seeking feedback about reopening Hawaii’s public schools through Friday.
HSTA President Corey Rosenlee and HSTA Deputy Executive Director Andrea Eshelman provided the latest on everything from teacher evaluation modifications and end-of-year checkout procedures to possible COVID-19 economic impacts in the form of those ill-advised potential pay cuts.
The superintendent answered questions that are on many educators' minds, from a potential pay cut and budget issues to how school might look assuming classes reopen in the fall.
Read specific questions about hard-to-staff, special education and Hawaiian language immersion differentials.