Hawaii’s schools superintendent issued a thank you Wednesday to families, students, teachers and staff for their hard work and dedication during the “unprecedented journey” of the COVID-19 pandemic in a news release that also reminded parents of refund policies for unused services.

With the academic school year ending May 28, public school students will have missed 46 days of classroom instruction, Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said in a video message earlier this week.

The schools chief said in the Wednesday statement summer learning plans will be finalized by the end of May, “ensuring equity and access to all students,” with programs offered at 18 Department of Education school sites.

“Together, we have stepped up … to deliver on what the power and promise of public education means to this community, this state and this nation,” she said in a statement. “We look forward to applying our new and innovative approaches to blended learning to summer learning, the next school year and beyond.”

The DOE reminded parents that refunds will be offered for unused services that were prepaid such as bus passes and after-school programming. New and incoming DOE families will be able to use an online registration system to enroll students for the next school year, which begins August 4.

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