CAS Letter

July 6, 2020

Aloha Parents and Guardians:

As the Aiea, Moanalua, and Radford Complex Area Superintendent, I want to share my gratitude for your support, patience, and understanding as we continue to navigate the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a father of four school-aged children, I empathize with all of you as I truly understand the important role that school plays in the lives of our children and that we are all anxiously anticipating how our educational system will be operating as we begin the start of the new school year with new parameters and procedures in place.

As we approach an unprecedented opening of the new school year, we look forward to welcoming our students back to school beginning on August 4, 2020. As we begin our new year, please keep in mind that learning in our public schools may look different from school to school, and in some cases, from classroom to classroom. Our primary goal during our ongoing planning and preparation period has been to ensure the health and safety for all students and staff members. As a result of following criteria and guidance from the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), many of our schools will be unable to safely bring back all students every day for in-person instruction. Thus, schools will be combining on-line distance learning with face to face instruction and while this is not an ideal situation, all students will be provided instruction, their learning will be assessed, and their work will be evaluated to provide report card grades and credit hours.

Each school principal has worked diligently with their respective school teams to identify a learning model that best fits the context of their school, supports the larger surrounding community, and adheres to the Board of Education requirements as stated in the June 18, 2020 Resolution. I have reviewed and endorsed the selection of each school’s model. While this has been an extraordinary and challenging situation for everyone, I encourage you to stay connected and in regular communication with your child’s school.

In this time of uncertainty, let’s all continue to work together in support of our most precious resource; our children. As our children look to us for encouragement and social/emotional support, we need to continue to remain positive in our message to them that we will overcome the challenges that we are currently facing and will be faced with in the days ahead as we strive to get back to normal.

V/R

John Erickson
Aiea-Moanalua-Radford
Complex Area Superintendent

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