The latest reopening plan for public schools was unveiled after education officials struck a new agreement with the teachers’ union.
Hanahauoli School, a private elementary school, said its tuition-free virtual summer school for DOE kids is made possible by a donation from a local family.
Three Filipina teachers are working on one of Hawaii’s smallest inhabited islands, while a fourth is on Oahu after a journey interrupted by COVID-19.
Christina Kishimoto faced intense criticism from the teachers’ union and principals over what they said was a failure to present a clear strategy for dealing with the pandemic.
Christina Kishimoto has called criticism of her leadership style “a distraction,” saying she needs to focus on more important issues.
The guidance comes after several behind-the-scenes meetings involving the Department of Education and other state leaders.
Private pre-kindergarten programs have lost $7 million in tuition as fewer families send children to school, according to the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.
The ceremonies must be held outdoors or in a place with “adequate ventilation” and adhere to other strict COVID-19 safety protocols.
Iolani School’s high teacher vaccination rate and plans to soon offer free coronavirus testing to students set it apart from public schools.