The department is spending millions of dollars on laptops and mobile hotspots for low-income families but some devices have yet to arrive.
Though most DOE public schools will be online-only for the first four weeks, hybrid models initially presented tough choices for parents.
Union officials say many schools are telling teachers to come back to campus Monday but department administrators insist it’s just for short online training for students.
The pandemic is allowing private instructors to offer small group lessons to parents who are wary of children returning to school campuses — and who can afford it.
Most neighbor island schools will now start with all distance learning as HSTA pressures the administration.
Parents may have to sign off that they “voluntarily assume the risk” of their child contracting COVID-19 in the classroom.
University researchers have produced estimates, visualized by The New York Times, that show how school size relates to COVID-19 infection rates.
The modified start follows a strong union-led push to provide more time for more teacher training and preparation.
The pandemic is spurring candidates to focus on how the Legislature and DOE will use limited funding for safety measures and access to distance learning.