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Large, in-person HIDOE gatherings canceled through June 1, 2021http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Large-in-person-HIDOE-gatherings-canceled-through-June-1-2021.aspxLarge, in-person HIDOE gatherings canceled through June 1, 2021Large, in-person social gatherings including proms, banquets, May Day celebrations, and other school-sanctioned social events with over 20 attendees will be canceled. Guidelines for school commencement events to be made by Feb. 26.
Kihei High School virtual community update scheduled for Jan. 12http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kihei-High-School-community-update-1.aspxKihei High School virtual community update scheduled for Jan. 12A virtual community meeting is scheduled to provide an update on the Kihei High School construction project.
Free Grab-and-Go meals program extended through Jun. 30, 2021 at 203 public schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Grab-and-Go-Extension.aspxFree Grab-and-Go meals program extended through Jun. 30, 2021 at 203 public schoolsThe Grab-and-Go school meals program providing free meals to children ages 18 and younger at 203 public schools has been extended through Jun. 30, 2021.
HIDOE partners with ClimbHI to connect students with career opportunities with new online platformhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-partners-with-ClimbHI-to-connect-students-with-career-opportunities-with-new-online-platform.aspxHIDOE partners with ClimbHI to connect students with career opportunities with new online platformUnder a new partnership between the HIDOE and Hawai‘i workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI, students at public high schools across the state are connecting with career opportunities through a state-of-the-art online portal.
3 elementary schools connected to positive COVID case involving Maui HIDOE employeehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2020-12-5-Maui-District-covid-case.aspx3 elementary schools connected to positive COVID case involving Maui HIDOE employeeWhile it is not standard practice for HIDOE to publicly disclose individual cases, broader notification is made under certain situations, including when multiple campuses are impacted by a single case, such as this one.
Hawaii public school students continue to make progress on AP examshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-public-school-students-continue-to-make-progress-on-AP-Exams.aspxHawaii public school students continue to make progress on AP examsThe percentage of HIDOE students receiving an AP Scholar Award increased by 2 percentage points. Additionally, the total number of students receiving the AP Capstone Diploma increased 82% from 15 to 36 students.
Oahu high school reports 3 COVID cases in the past week, will temporarily close campus facilitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Oahu-temporarily-close-campus-facilities.aspxOahu high school reports 3 COVID cases in the past week, will temporarily close campus facilitiesKapolei High School is transitioning to a full distance learning model for all students and teleworking for all staff, effective Wednesday, Nov. 4 through Wednesday, Nov. 11, with school facilities expected to reopen Nov. 12.
Ala Wai Elementary School's Lori Kwee named 2021 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-Hawaii-State-Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxAla Wai Elementary School's Lori Kwee named 2021 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the YearAla Wai Elementary teacher Lori Kwee was named the 2021 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year. Kwee received the state's top teaching award from Gov. David Ige and Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto during a virtual awards ceremony this afternoon.
Waipahu High School academies receive national recognitionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waipahu-High-School-academies-receive-national-recognition.aspxWaipahu High School academies receive national recognitionWaipahu High School obtains national recognition from the National Career Academy Coalition for three more of their academies. The first in the state to obtain this prestigious honor.
HIDOE finalizing transition plan for Acellus users based on curriculum review findingshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-finalizing-transition-plan-for-Acellus-users-based-on-curriculum-review-findings.aspxHIDOE finalizing transition plan for Acellus users based on curriculum review findingsThe HIDOE is working with complex area and school leaders to finalize a transition plan for Acellus users, with the goal of moving forward in a manner that supports students in the least disruptive manner possible.
Parent message from Supt. Kishimoto regarding instructional review of Acellushttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Parent-message-from-Supt.-Kishimoto.aspxParent message from Supt. Kishimoto regarding instructional review of AcellusIn a letter to families, Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said the HIDOE has completed a review of Acellus and is working to move forward in a manner that supports students in the least disruptive manner possible.
October 2020 Ho‘oha‘aheohttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Hoohaaheo/Pages/October-2020-Hoohaaheo.aspxOctober 2020 Ho‘oha‘aheoOur monthly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. This month's issue is a special Teacher of the Year Edition featuring the 2021 Complex Area Teachers of the Year and what makes them #PublicSchoolProud.
Free Grab-and-Go meals program launching at 203 public schools this fallhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Grab-and-Go-Fall-2020.aspxFree Grab-and-Go meals program launching at 203 public schools this fallUPDATE: The Grab-and-Go school meals program providing free meals to children ages 18 and younger at 203 public schools has been extended through Jun. 30, 2021.
Three Hawaii public schools recognized as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2020-National-Blue-Ribbon-Schools.aspxThree Hawaii public schools recognized as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools​Ernest Bowen de Silva, Liholiho and Waikiki Elementary schools have been named 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the US Department of Education. The three Hawaiʻi schools were among 317 public school and 50 non-public school winners nationwide announced today by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
HIDOE schools will use new COVID-19 benchmarks to plan for gradual transition to blended learning modelshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-schools-will-use-new-COVID-19-benchmarks-to-plan-for-gradual-transition-to-blended-learning-models.aspxHIDOE schools will use new COVID-19 benchmarks to plan for gradual transition to blended learning modelsThe DOH metrics outline five levels of community transmission that would trigger corresponding learning model parameters for schools to consider.
Second round of P-EBT for Hawaii children who receive free or reduced-price school mealshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Second-Round-of-P-EBT-for-Children.aspxSecond round of P-EBT for Hawaii children who receive free or reduced-price school mealsTemporary food purchasing assistance will be available to families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Department announces 2020-21 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2020-21-enrollment.aspxDepartment announces 2020-21 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolsHawaii's public and charter schools combined enrollment for school year 2020-21 totals 174,704 students, compared to 179,331 last year, a difference of 2.6 percent.
Two HIDOE employees test positive for COVID-19, three others in same office test negativehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2-HIDOE-employees-test-positive-for-COVID-19,-3-others-in-same-office-test-negative.aspxTwo HIDOE employees test positive for COVID-19, three others in same office test negativeIndividuals who were potential close contacts were notified immediately and placed on leave, and the impacted areas were professionally cleaned and disinfected.
HIDOE extends Learn from Home distance learning through first quarterhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-extends-Learn-from-Home-distance-learning-through-Q1.aspxHIDOE extends Learn from Home distance learning through first quarterHIDOE schools will continue the Learn from Home phase of distance learning through the first quarter, which ends Oct. 2.
Return to Learn: Q & A with Hawaii's Health Care Professionalshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Return-to-Learn-Q-and-A-with-Hawaii's-Health-Care-Professionals.aspxReturn to Learn: Q & A with Hawaii's Health Care ProfessionalsA virtual panel featuring respected members of Hawaii's health care community recently answered questions from Hawaii State Department of Education employees ahead of the start of the 2020-21 school year. The panel featured members from Hawai‘i Keiki and the Hawaii chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Family Physicians.
Statement from Supt. Christina Kishimoto on HSTA's proposed legal actionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-statement-teachers-union.aspxStatement from Supt. Christina Kishimoto on HSTA's proposed legal actionSuperintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto responds to legal threat from the teachers union.
Neighbor Island schools announce distance learning models to start 2020-21 school yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Neighbor-Island-schools-announce-distance-learning-models-to-start-2020-21-school-year.aspxNeighbor Island schools announce distance learning models to start 2020-21 school yearPublic schools on Kaua‘i, Hawaiʻi Island, and Maui County – with the exception of Moloka‘i schools and Hāna High & Elementary – will transition to full distance learning for the first four weeks of the 2020-21 school year.
O'ahu public schools transition to distance learning for first four weeks of 2020-21 school yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Oahu-public-schools-transition-to-distance-learning-for-first-four-weeks-of-2020-21-school-year.aspxO'ahu public schools transition to distance learning for first four weeks of 2020-21 school yearThe Hawai'i State Department of Education announced a modification to school reopening plans for all O'ahu public schools to align with the new safeguards and restrictions prompted by the increasing number of COVID-19 cases on the island.
HHSAA postpones start of moderate and high-risk fall sportshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HHSAA-postpones-start-of-moderate-and-high-risk-fall-sports.aspxHHSAA postpones start of moderate and high-risk fall sportsThe Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) executive board approved by majority vote to postpone the start of moderate- and high-risk fall sports to January 2021.
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.

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