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.
John Erickson Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Area Superintendent
Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) students and families will have access to a new health hotline and telehealth services provided by the Hawai‘i Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn Program (HK), effective Friday, May 1. These new services will deliver equitable access to health resources and care for HIDOE students using mobile devices and interactive technology.
The Hawaii State Department of Education announced today the continuation of enrichment and distance learning through May 28, the last day of the 2019-20 school year. All HIDOE employees continue to work remotely with the exception of those who are considered essential and must perform their duties at a campus or office.
We know these are uncertain and anxious times for everyone in our communities and we sincerely appreciate your patience and aloha as our response to this health crisis continues to evolve and we make the needed adjustments for health and safety.
Based on the latest guidance and information from health officials and our elected leaders, the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) will be aligning with the emergency orders directing residents statewide to remain at home and work from home through April 30. This means school facilities will be closed to students until at least April 30 and traditional in-school instruction is on hold until schools reopen.
HIDOE and charter schools will be sending out information about enrichment opportunities, including online resources and instructional packets. We encourage you to look out for information from your child’s school and teachers.
Please know that our public school system is still operating during this crisis. We are using alternative methods as we maximize our telework approach and find ways to remain connected with students. The HIDOE team is actively engaged in providing much-needed, modified services during these unprecedented times, including thousands of meals for children and enrichment opportunities.
We are focused on minimizing disruption for students and supporting their emotional well-being. For tips and tools to navigate and support your child’s continuous learning, please visit bit.ly/HIDOEVirtualLearningParentResource.
By the end of this week, we will be sharing specific plans for our 10,000 eligible graduates. We will also be sharing out next-level information based on the planning work accomplished by our teachers and principals to guide us through the end of the school year.
The Department of Education remains focused on and committed to our educational mission and we look forward to resuming instruction and a sense of normalcy as quickly as possible. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.