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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.
HIDOE statement regarding potential Kualoa Ranch COVID-19 casehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-update-on-potential-Kualoa-Ranch-COVID19-case.aspxHIDOE statement regarding potential Kualoa Ranch COVID-19 caseThe Hawai‘i DOE is aware of a potential COVID-19 case invovlding a Kualoa Ranch employee announced March 16.
HIDOE extends spring break through March 27 for all public schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-extends-spring-break.aspxHIDOE extends spring break through March 27 for all public schoolsThe Department will use the additional time to plan for implementation of social distancing within the school setting, arrange for professional development to support modified operations, and thoroughly clean schools.
Kāneʻohe Elementary Mele Muralhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kaneohe-Elementary-Mele-Mural.aspxKāneʻohe Elementary Mele MuralFollow the students of Kaneohe Elementary through their process of contemplation, design, and creation as they unveil their newest campus mural.
HIDOE update regarding Feb. 24 Mililani High School incidenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Mililani-High-School-Updates.aspxHIDOE update regarding Feb. 24 Mililani High School incidentUpdates regarding an incident at Mililani High School on Feb. 24, 2020.
Compensation study finds cost of living, salary compression top issues for Hawaii’s teachershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Compensation-Study-2020.aspxCompensation study finds cost of living, salary compression top issues for Hawaii’s teachersResults from an independent teacher compensation study commissioned by HIDOE show Hawaii’s cost of living and compression of salaries for experienced educators as the top challenges to recruiting and retaining public school teachers.
Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Sponsors-Summer-Food-Service-Program--to-provide-meals-for-children-during-summer-break.aspxSponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakThe USDA’s Summer Food Service Program is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide children in low-income communities with free meals during the summer months when many schools are not in session.
Moanalua, Hilo High seniors headed to D.C. for U.S. Senate Youth Programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Moanalua,-Hilo-High-seniors-headed-to-D.C.-for-U.S.-Senate-Youth-Program.aspxMoanalua, Hilo High seniors headed to D.C. for U.S. Senate Youth ProgramKate Helbush, a senior at Moanalua High School, and Jennifer Kamimura, a senior at Hilo High School, will represent Hawai‘i at the 58th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington, D.C., this March.
More Hawaii teachers obtain highest certification in professionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Celebrating-2019-National-Board-Certified-Teachers.aspxMore Hawaii teachers obtain highest certification in professionThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is celebrating 54 of its teachers statewide who have earned or renewed their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification – a recognition for meeting the highest standards for teaching. 
Randall Tanaka appointed as Assistant Superintendent for Office of Facilities and Operationshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Randall-Tanaka-appointed-as-Assistant-Superintendent-for-OFO.aspxRandall Tanaka appointed as Assistant Superintendent for Office of Facilities and OperationsRandall Tanaka has been named assistant superintendent for the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education’s Office of Facilities and Operations. He will oversee construction and maintenance of school facilities and operations of food services, transportation and security.
Parents encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SQS-2020-Parent-Partcipation.aspxParents encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolThe Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) released its annual School Quality Survey (SQS) to gather feedback from students, parents/guardians and staff about its public schools.

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