School Models

Updated March 17, 2020

The approved school models provide for online and blended distance learning to support social distancing while ensuring academic learning continues in whatever environment students may be provided. All schools are preparing for the possibility of future school closures by increasing device accessibility to students, building teacher capacity for virtual engagement with their students, and course offerings for credits towards graduation. While in-school, face-to-face instruction is preferred, there may be situations in which parents may choose virtual learning only. The Department is ready to support schools with identifying virtual solutions for their students. Working with their home school, once a parent selects a virtual-only option, the parent commits to this selection for the entire length specified in order to earn the credit or grade. 

School communities selected from the following options (for more information about school models, please reference the Principal Handbook):

  • Elementary Models
    • Model A, Face-to-Face Learning (in-person): All students on campus daily (full-time) for face-to-face instruction.

    • Model B, Blended Rotation: One group of students to be present on campus receiving face-to-face instruction while the other group(s) participates in distance learning.

    • Model C, Hybrid (Face-to-Face and Blended Rotation): Lower elementary and vulnerable students will have face-to-face instruction daily (full-time), while upper elementary students will have a Blended Rotation model.

    • Model D, Full Distance Learning Model: Students receive instruction online or through other remote mediums (e.g., paper instructional packets) *Vulnerable students may be on campus.

  • Middle School Models
    • Model A, Face-to-Face Learning (in-person): All students on campus daily (full-time) for face-to-face instruction.

    • Model B, A/B Two-Day Rotation Learning: Face-to-face learning with online instruction that includes synchronous (occurring at the same, assigned times) and asynchronous (online tasks outside of scheduled class times may be completed at different times) learning along with projects and choice boards. Students report to school twice a week. Priority will be given to vulnerable students for daily face-to-face instruction to the greatest extent possible. 

    • Model C, Combination Rotation Learning: This model is similar to the Two-Day Rotation Model. Schools determine the number of days in which students report to campus for face-to-face learning, such as once per week or five days over three weeks, depending on the school context. Priority will be given to vulnerable students for daily face-to-face instruction to the greatest extent possible. 

    • Model D, Full Distance Learning Model: Students receive instruction online or through other remote mediums (e.g., paper instructional packets) *Vulnerable students may be on campus.

  • High School Models
    • Model A, Face-to-Face Learning (in-person): All students on campus daily (full-time) for face-to-face instruction.

    • Model B, A/B Two-Day Rotation Learning: Blended learning strategies will be implemented to deliver lessons to students, Group A and B. One group of students to be present on campus receiving face-to-face instruction while the other group participates in distance learning, rotating twice a week. Principal will have the flexibility to determine the rotational schedule. Possible rotations include, but are not limited to, alphabetical order, grade level, or academies. Priority will be given to vulnerable students for daily face-to-face instruction to the greatest extent possible. 

    • Model C, Hybrid (Face-to-Face and Blended Rotation): Blended learning strategies will be implemented to deliver lessons for the other students. Group(s) of students to be present on campus receiving face-to-face instruction while the other group(s) participates in distance learning, on a rotational basis. Most vulnerable students on campus daily for face-to-face instruction.

    • Model D, Full Distance Learning Model: Students receive instruction online or through other remote mediums (e.g., paper instructional packets)  *Vulnerable students may be on campus.


Multi-track Schools
HIDOE announced on June 8, 2020 that its three multi-track schools will temporarily convert to a single-track schedule in the fall. The change will be in place for at least the first semester of the 2020-21 school year. This means the first day of instruction and the dates for fall break will be the same as all other HIDOE public schools (See revised 2020-21 multi-track calendar here).

Multi-track schools – Mililani Middle, Kapolei Middle and Holomua Elementary – traditionally operate with students staggered on different tracks throughout the year. Click here to view the announcement.

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