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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.
Statement from Supt. Kishimoto on the proposed Aug. 17 start date for studentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-Conditional-Agreement.aspxStatement from Supt. Kishimoto on the proposed Aug. 17 start date for studentsHIDOE leadership has been working with the unions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure our students get the education they deserve and our employees have a safe work environment. A proposed start date of Aug. 17 for students will be brought to the Board of Education on Thursday.
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 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.
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.
HIDOE closing out 2019-20 school year, online registration system available to register new students for fallhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-closing-out-2019-20-school-year,-online-registration-system-available-to-register-new-students-for-fall.aspxHIDOE closing out 2019-20 school year, online registration system available to register new students for fallMay 28 officially marks the end of the 2019-20 school year for HIDOE students. As we transition out 11,000 graduates, we look forward to welcoming our new students. An online registration system is available to enroll students for the upcoming school year.
All students need digital connectivityhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/All-students-need-digital-connectivity.aspxAll students need digital connectivitySuperintendent Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto writes about providing quality education and student education designed around digital inclusion. "Real change stemming from crisis takes root best when executed immediately. Let’s commit now to transition back to an improved normal." This piece ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on May 10, 2020.
Virtual May Day 2020http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/Pages/May-Day-2020.aspxVirtual May Day 2020HIDOE, along with the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace, is celebrating May Day with student and staff performances strung together in a beautiful virtual lei. Watch these beautiful videos at vimeo.com/showcase/virtualmayday.
Hawaii’s public schools unveil plans for Class of 2020 graduation celebrationshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Class of 2020 graduation celebrations.aspxHawaii’s public schools unveil plans for Class of 2020 graduation celebrationsHIDOE public and charter high schools have announced alternative celebrations for the class of 2020 according to safety concerns and social distancing guidance.
Hotline available for HIDOE student-related health questions and telehealth visitshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hotline-available-for-HIDOE-student-related-health-questions-and-telehealth-visits.aspxHotline available for HIDOE student-related health questions and telehealth visitsHIDOE 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 to deliver equitable access to health resources and care for HIDOE students using mobile devices and interactive technology. The health hotline can be reached at (844) 436-3888 (toll free) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
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.
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.
Ewa Makai Middle School Teacher Receives Prestigious $25,000 Milken Educator Awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-Makai-Middle-School-Teacher-Receives-Prestigious-$25,000-Milken-Educator-Award.aspxEwa Makai Middle School Teacher Receives Prestigious $25,000 Milken Educator AwardMiki Cacace, a teacher at Ewa Makai Middle known for her coding classes, has become the latest recipient of the coveted Milken Educator Award.
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.

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