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Hawaii Health Officials Back Superintendent’s Plan To Reopen Schools

Hawaii Health Officials Back Superintendent’s Plan To Reopen Schools

State health officials say kids can be in the classroom as long as precautions are taken. But they expect to see an increase in coronavirus cases, too.

Hawaii DOE, Teachers Union Agree To 6-Feet Spacing Rule Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii DOE, Teachers Union Agree To 6-Feet Spacing Rule

The teachers union and DOE came to an agreement that 6 feet of spacing in classrooms will be the norm, with anything less than that requiring a contract exception.

Hawaii’s Charter Schools Are Listening To Parents When It Comes To Reopening Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Charter Schools Are Listening To Parents When It Comes To Reopening

The state’s 37 charter schools are relying heavily on parent feedback for reopening in the fall but are also worried about funding if the state cuts back its budget.

Proposed Classroom Set-Up Draws Protests From Teachers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Proposed Classroom Set-Up Draws Protests From Teachers

The issue of whether 3 feet is adequate spacing between desks in certain instances caused the Board of Education to seek further clarification from the DOE.

DOE School Bus Passes Can Be Acquired Online Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE School Bus Passes Can Be Acquired Online

The Hawaii DOE is also adjusting school bus plan options to account for the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

School Nurses Turn To Telehealth To Reach Students

School Nurses Turn To Telehealth To Reach Students

The Hawaii Keiki program to expand school-based health options for students started a health hotline after schools closed because of the pandemic.

Civil Beat’s Virtual Education Event Digs Into Distance Learning

Civil Beat’s Virtual Education Event Digs Into Distance Learning

The panel discussion highlighted how Hawaii leaders have an opportunity to “build up something that is more equitable and fair and just.”

Here’s How Hawaii Plans To Bring Kids Back To School This Fall Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s How Hawaii Plans To Bring Kids Back To School This Fall

Individual public schools have until Wednesday to decide whether students will be on campus full time in the fall, or whether they will offer a different learning model.

Student Press Freedom Bill Dies In Committee Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Student Press Freedom Bill Dies In Committee

A bill strengthening Hawaii student journalists’ First Amendment protections was near crossing the finish line.