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HIDOE launches ‘Ohana Help Desk to support students and families with distance learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ohana-Help-Desk-launch.aspxHIDOE launches ‘Ohana Help Desk to support students and families with distance learningThe ‘Ohana Help Desk will provide technology support statewide to public school students and their parents as schools offer more opportunities for online and blended learning.
West Oahu’s new Honouliuli Middle School opens with dedication ceremonyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Honouliuli-Middle-School-Dedication.aspxWest Oahu’s new Honouliuli Middle School opens with dedication ceremonyHIDOE celebrated the opening of the new Honouliuli Middle School on Aug. 3. The first phase of the campus includes an administration building, library, cafeteria, classrooms, covered and open play courts, and a music building. The school will welcome approximately 180 sixth-graders for the 2020-21 school year.
BOE approves Aug. 17 start date for public school studentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/BOE-approves-Aug.-17-start-date-for-public-school-students.aspxBOE approves Aug. 17 start date for public school studentsThe Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) took action today to approve an Aug. 17 start date for Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) students. The delay allows for nine additional days of staff training before students return. Teachers reported back to work yesterday, July 29.
State moves forward with reopening of public schools on Aug. 4http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/State-moves-forward-with-reopening-of-public-schools-on-Aug.-4-for-students.aspxState moves forward with reopening of public schools on Aug. 4In a joint news conference, Governor David Ige, Hawai‘i State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, Board of Education Chairperson Catherine Payne, and Hawai‘i State Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto confirmed the state’s plans to move ahead with school reopening for students on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Teachers return on Wednesday, July 29.
Grab-and-Go school meals program wraps up with over 1.3 million meals servedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Grab-and-Go-wraps-up.aspxGrab-and-Go school meals program wraps up with over 1.3 million meals servedHIDOE's Grab-and-Go school meals program wrapped up today after its final lunch service. Over 17 weeks of operation, the program provided over 1.3 million school meals for breakfast and lunch to children ages 18 or younger at nearly 80 public schools and community locations.
Extracurricular programming to resume Aug. 19 at HIDOE schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Extracurricular-programming-to-resume-Aug.-19-at-HIDOE-schools.aspxExtracurricular programming to resume Aug. 19 at HIDOE schoolsHawaii State Department of Education extracurricular and co-curricular activities are scheduled to begin in person on Aug. 19. All programming will be required to adhere to state and county declarations and follow health and safety protocols in the Department’s Return to Learn plan.
Free and reduced-price school meal applications to be sent home for upcoming school yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Free-and-Reduced-Price-School-Meal-Eligibility.aspxFree and reduced-price school meal applications to be sent home for upcoming school yearApplication forms for free and reduced-price school meals served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program will be sent home with a letter to parents or guardians for School Year (SY) 2020-21. To apply, households should fill out the application and return it to their child's school.
HIDOE Distance-Learning Survey Insights and Findingshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-Distance-Learning-Survey-Insights-and-Findings.aspxHIDOE Distance-Learning Survey Insights and FindingsThe surveys focused on distance-learning experiences during the closure of school buildings following spring break. The feedback gathered from these surveys aimed to both help gauge the Department’s readiness for distance learning and inform future planning.
HIDOE launches new online student bus pass application and payment optionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Online-Bus-Pass-Application.aspxHIDOE launches new online student bus pass application and payment optionHIDOE has launched an online bus pass application and payment feature for parents and guardians. Parents who have an email address in their student’s profile will receive an automated email message today with instructions to apply.
HIDOE Summer Learning Surveys for Teachers, Secondary Students and Familieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-Summer-Learning-Surveys-for-Students-and-Families.aspxHIDOE Summer Learning Surveys for Teachers, Secondary Students and FamiliesHIDOE teachers, students and families, your voice matters! Help the Department and your school better support you by sharing your experiences with summer learning.
Return to Learn: Hawai‘i public schools preparing to safely welcome back students and staffhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ReturntoLearnReopeningPlan.aspxReturn to Learn: Hawai‘i public schools preparing to safely welcome back students and staffThe Department is committed to maintaining the standard 180 instructional days in the new school year while providing learning models that are developmentally appropriate to the needs of learners, adhere to health and safety guidelines, and consider the impact of COVID-19 in communities.
HIDOE announces complex area superintendent appointments as longtime leaders retirehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/CAS-appointments-as-longtime-leaders-retire.aspxHIDOE announces complex area superintendent appointments as longtime leaders retirePaul Zina and Sione Thompson will be stepping into the complex area superintendent roles to guide schools on Kauai and the Leeward Oahu Coast as longtime leaders Bill Arakaki, Ann Mahi and Art Souza retire.
HIDOE releases preliminary results of distance-learning surveyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-releases-preliminary-results-of-distance-learning-survey.aspxHIDOE releases preliminary results of distance-learning surveyNearly 9,000 secondary students and over 61% of teachers, totaling more than 8,300 teachers, completed the surveys.
HIDOE names Brian Hallett assistant superintendent for fiscal services and chief financial officerhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Brian-Hallett-OFS-appointment.aspxHIDOE names Brian Hallett assistant superintendent for fiscal services and chief financial officerThe position is responsible for professionally managing the Department’s budget, accounting, procurement, and financial control systems to serve the needs of schools, complexes, state offices and employees.
Hawai‘i to Provide Cash Assistance for Children Who Receive Free or Reduced-Cost School Mealshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DHS-Hawai’i-to-Provide-Cash-Assistance-for-Children-Who-Receive-Free-or-Reduced-Cost-School-Meals.aspxHawai‘i to Provide Cash Assistance for Children Who Receive Free or Reduced-Cost School MealsThe Hawai’i Department of Human Services and the Hawai’i Child Nutrition Programs under the Hawai’i Department of Education have announced that families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will receive temporary cash assistance for food, due to the impact of school closures during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Department of Health encourages parents to schedule back-to-school vaccination and physical examination appointments nowhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Department-of-Health-encourages-parents-to-schedule-back-to-school-vaccination-and-physical-examination-appointments-now.aspxDepartment of Health encourages parents to schedule back-to-school vaccination and physical examination appointments nowAll students entering schools and child care facilities in Hawai‘i for the first time must meet the state’s immunization, physical exam, and tuberculosis screening requirements.
Hawai‘i public schools will follow single academic calendar for the start of 2020-21 school yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Multi-track-School-Calendar-Update.aspxHawai‘i public schools will follow single academic calendar for the start of 2020-21 school yearThe first day of instruction for multi-track schools – Mililani Middle, Kapolei Middle and Holomua Elementary in Ewa Beach – will be Aug. 4, the same as all other HIDOE public schools.
HIDOE COVID-19 Update with Superintendent Kishimotohttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-COVID-19-Update-with-Superintendent-Kishimoto.aspxHIDOE COVID-19 Update with Superintendent KishimotoSuperintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto hosted four webinars this week with HIDOE employees, the Board of Education, parents, government officials, and business and industry leaders to provide an update on the Department's COVID-19 response.
Unity, bold action needed to break the systemic cycle of racism, intolerance, discriminationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Statement-by-Michael-Casserly-Council-of-the-Great-City-Schools.aspxUnity, bold action needed to break the systemic cycle of racism, intolerance, discriminationSuperintendent Kishimoto shares her thoughts on racial inequality and a commitment to create schools where our culture, language, family, history and contributions are given respect, dignity and the recognition they deserve.
A letter from Superintendent Kishimoto to HIDOE parents and guardianshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Aloha-Parents-and-Guardians-2020.aspxA letter from Superintendent Kishimoto to HIDOE parents and guardiansSupt. Kishimoto personally thanks parents for their support during the transition to distance learning and provides a look back on the Department's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
HIDOE announces summer school plans and supports for students as state transitions to Act with Care phasehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-announces-summer-school-plans-and-supports-for-students-as-state-transitions-to-Act-with-Care-phase.aspxHIDOE announces summer school plans and supports for students as state transitions to Act with Care phaseThe Hawaii State Department of Education today announced its summer programming will be delivered through multiple platforms including in-person and distance learning as well as mobile support for students and families.
Grab-and-Go school meals to be extended at select schools during transition to summer feeding programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Grab-and-Go-meals-summer.aspxGrab-and-Go school meals to be extended at select schools during transition to summer feeding programThe Grab-and-Go school meals program will be extended at select meal sites beyond the end of the school year on May 28 during the transition to the summer feeding program.
Public comments sought regarding HIDOE’s request for greater flexibility under the CARES Acthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-comments-sought-regarding-state-waivers-to-allow-for-greater-flexibility-afforded-under-the-CARES-Act.aspxPublic comments sought regarding HIDOE’s request for greater flexibility under the CARES ActHIDOE has submitted a request for waivers under the CARES Act which will allow for additional time to obligate ESSA federal program funds to address educational needs during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.
Board unanimously approves HIDOE’s request to modify graduation and standardized assessment requirementshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Board-approves-HIDOE-request-to-modify-graduation-and-standardized-assessment-requirements.aspxBoard unanimously approves HIDOE’s request to modify graduation and standardized assessment requirementsThe Board of Education (BOE) unanimously voted today to approve the Hawaii State Department of Education’s (HIDOE) request to modify high school graduation and commencement requirements under Board Policy 102-15 for the graduating class of 2020. The plan recommends utilizing grades from the third quarter, which ended March 13, to determine the final grade for student courses.
School facilities closed to students through April 30 with the exception of grab-and-go meal siteshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/School-facilities-closed-to-students-through-April-30.aspxSchool facilities closed to students through April 30 with the exception of grab-and-go meal sitesSchool facilities will remain closed to students through April 30, based on the latest guidance and information from health officials and elected leaders. Traditional, in-school instruction is on hold until schools reopen. Tips and tools gathered by HIDOE’s Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design are also available for the public at bit.ly/HIDOEVirtualLearningParentResource.
Public comments sought regarding state waiver for ESSA standardized testing due to COVID-19http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-comments-sought-regarding-state-waiver-for-ESSA-standardized-testing-due-to-COVID-19.aspxPublic comments sought regarding state waiver for ESSA standardized testing due to COVID-19In consideration of the health and safety of the students, faculty and staff, HIDOE has submitted its request to waive standardized testing, and associated accountability, school identification, and reporting requirements for school year 2019-20.
HIDOE receives approval to cancel federally mandated testing for school year 2019-20http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-receives-approval-to-cancel-federally-mandated-testing.aspxHIDOE receives approval to cancel federally mandated testing for school year 2019-20The HIDOE received notification this afternoon from the USDOE that its expedited waiver request was approved.
HIDOE employees to begin remote work March 19, schools to close March 30http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-employees-to-begin-remote-work-March-19,-schools-to-close-March-30.aspxHIDOE employees to begin remote work March 19, schools to close March 30HIDOE will close its offices except for essential functions effective Thursday, March 19. Schools will close March 30 following the extension of spring break
HIDOE extends school closures, implements remote work to maintain essential functionshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-extends-school-closures-implements-remote-work-to-maintain-essential-functions.aspxHIDOE extends school closures, implements remote work to maintain essential functionsThe Hawaii State Department of Education will keep all public schools closed for a total of three weeks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
HIDOE statement regarding Gov. David Ige's announcement http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-statement-regarding-Gov.-David-Ige's-announcement-.aspxHIDOE statement regarding Gov. David Ige's announcement Announcement that all “non-essential” state government employees who can work remotely are being directed to work from home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 does not currently apply to the Hawaii State Department of Education.

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