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2021 Bus Routes – Letter to Parents and Guardians

OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
September 1, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You are receiving this letter because your child is eligible for student transportation services. The Hawaii State Department of Education (Department) continues to experience a severe shortage of student bus drivers, most notably on Maui, Oahu and Hawaii Island.

For planning purposes, please be advised that you may need to find alternative transportation to and from school for your child in the coming weeks. As the Department manages staffing and works to consolidate routes, priority will be given to special education students.

At this time, we do not know which bus routes will be impacted as conditions are changing rapidly. We will provide updates on impacted routes on our website at bit.ly/HIDOE-Buses. Please check this site for the latest updates, including information on refunds if necessary.

The Student Transportation Services Branch will be offering mileage reimbursement in the event families who qualify for transportation are unable to get bus service. Reimbursement will be made available at the current IRS standard mileage reimbursement rate. The application and voucher form can be accessed at bit.ly/HIDOE-Buses.

The driver shortage is the result of a combination of factors including an overall national and local driver shortage and staffing gaps caused by drivers needing to isolate or quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19. In order to fulfill our duty to provide reasonable supervision of students in our care, the Department has imposed a requirement that all contracted bus drivers be tested weekly for COVID-19 or provide proof of full vaccination as part of our commitment to providing a safe school environment for students.

We continue to explore all options to try to minimize disruption to the extent possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenges.

Mahalo,
Keith T. Hayashi
Interim Superintendent

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Free Grab-and-Go meals program

Launching at 203 public schools this fall

The Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) Grab-and-Go School Meals Program will be launching at 203 public schools during the second quarter starting Monday, October 12, 2020, through Friday, December 18, 2020. This program will provide free meals to children ages 18 and younger. The meals are available to children regardless of whether or not they are enrolled at the distribution site, are public school students, or eligible for the free or reduced lunch program.

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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

attached: PDF letter