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November 2021 Ho‘oha‘aheo, Teacher of the Year editionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Hoohaaheo/Pages/November-2021-Hoohaaheo.aspxNovember 2021 Ho‘oha‘aheo, Teacher of the Year editionOur monthly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. This month's issue features sixteen finalists for the 2022 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year, representing each of our complex areas and one finalist from charter schools.
Kalihi Uka Elementary hosts first HIDOE school-based vaccination clinic for elementary studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kalihi-Uka-Elementary-hosts-first-HIDOE-school-based-vaccination-clinic-for-elementary-students.aspxKalihi Uka Elementary hosts first HIDOE school-based vaccination clinic for elementary studentsMore than 100 public schools are registered to host vaccination clinics in the coming weeks.
HIDOE uses federal funds to offset increase in after-school program feeshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-uses-federal-funds-to-offset-increase-in-after-school-program-fees.aspxHIDOE uses federal funds to offset increase in after-school program feesA+ fees will begin to transition to a new monthly rate effective Nov. 1, 2021; however, families will not be impacted during this stage in the transition.
2020-21 Strive HI performance data reflect national trends of pandemic impacts to student learninghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2020-21-Strive-HI-performance-data-reflect-national-trends-of-pandemic-impacts-to-student-learning.aspx2020-21 Strive HI performance data reflect national trends of pandemic impacts to student learningThe data reflect downward trends in academic performance seen across the nation due to impacts from the pandemic.
October 2021 Ho‘oha‘aheohttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Hoohaaheo/Pages/October-2021-Hoohaaheo.aspxOctober 2021 Ho‘oha‘aheoOur monthly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. This month's issue features keeping schools open and safe for learning and the commitment to help prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Deadline Extended: Stakeholder Survey for the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages Adoptionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Stakeholder-Survey-for-the-World-Readiness-Standards-for-Learning-Languages-Adoption.aspxDeadline Extended: Stakeholder Survey for the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages AdoptionThe Department is advancing to align the World Languages standards to the WRSLL and will be seeking the Hawai'i State Board of Education's approval in the school year 2021-22.
Interim Superintendent Hayashi parent letter regarding Tik Tok challengeshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/10-5-21-superintendent-parent-letter-tiktok-challenges.aspxInterim Superintendent Hayashi parent letter regarding Tik Tok challengesThe Hawaii State Department of Education is aware of the planned Tik Tok challenges that are circulating online, and we are asking families to help us shut these down quickly.
Maʻemaʻe Elementary, Mānoa Elementary, Wheeler Middle schools named 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-National-Blue-Ribbon-Schools.aspxMaʻemaʻe Elementary, Mānoa Elementary, Wheeler Middle schools named 2021 National Blue Ribbon SchoolsMaʻemaʻe Elementary, Mānoa Elementary and Wheeler Middle schools have been named 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the US Department of Education.
BOE approves renaming of Central Middle to honor Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlanihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Keelikolani-Middle.aspxBOE approves renaming of Central Middle to honor Princess Ruth KeʻelikōlaniThe Board of Education approved the restoration of Central Middle School to its former name honoring Princess Ruth Keanolani Kanāhoahoa Keʻelikōlani.
September 2021 Hoʻohaʻaheohttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Hoohaaheo/Pages/September-2021-Hoohaaheo.aspxSeptember 2021 HoʻohaʻaheoOur monthly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. This month's issue features keeping schools open and safe for learning.
HIDOE reports 89% of salaried employees at schools and offices are fully or partially vaccinatedhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-school-office-vaccinations.aspxHIDOE reports 89% of salaried employees at schools and offices are fully or partially vaccinatedThe vaccination rate is as of Aug. 31 and represents 19,559 out of 21,980 active salaried employees at schools and offices statewide.
Department announces 2021-22 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-22-enrollment-figures-for-public-and-charter-schools.aspxDepartment announces 2021-22 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolsEnrollment at Hawaii's public and charter schools for the 2021-22 school year decreased to 171,600 students, compared with enrollment of 174,704 students at the start of last school year — a difference of 1.7%.
SY 2021-22 Student Transportation Updates and Informationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/Offices/FacilitiesandOperations/Transportation/RidingtheBus/Pages/Bus-status.aspxSY 2021-22 Student Transportation Updates and InformationPlease check this page regularly for the updates to bus routes as the Department works to manage staffing and consolidate routes due to a severe shortage of student bus drivers.
HIDOE launches data dashboard to inform public of confirmed COVID-19 cases in schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-launches-data-dashboard-to-inform-public-of-confirmed-COVID-19-cases-in-schools.aspxHIDOE launches data dashboard to inform public of confirmed COVID-19 cases in schoolsDashboard will be updated daily and replace the Department’s weekly case reports.
HIDOE to implement weekly COVID-19 testing requirement for all employees and volunteershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-to-implement-weekly-COVID-19-testing-requirement-for-all-employees-and-volunteers.aspxHIDOE to implement weekly COVID-19 testing requirement for all employees and volunteersEmployees who certify and provide proof of full vaccination will not be subject to testing requirement.
HIDOE implements new safety guidelines with vaccination requirements for athletes, adults to participate in sportshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-implements-new-safety-guidelines-with-vaccination-requirements-for-athletes-and-coaches-to-participate-in-sports.aspxHIDOE implements new safety guidelines with vaccination requirements for athletes, adults to participate in sportsDue to state’s high positivity rate, fall athletic season delayed until all student-athletes and adults working in athletics are vaccinated
Interim Superintendent Hayashi parent letter welcoming students backhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/superintendent-parent-letter-SY2021-22.aspxInterim Superintendent Hayashi parent letter welcoming students backAs Interim Superintendent, my highest priority is ensuring every student has the opportunity to safely return to the classroom.
Public comments sought regarding HIDOE's request for additional fiscal flexibility under ESEAhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/public-comment-ESEA-waiver.aspxPublic comments sought regarding HIDOE's request for additional fiscal flexibility under ESEAThe Department is seeking feedback through Aug. 31 regarding its waiver request for flexibilities afforded under the CARES Act.
Hawaii public school educators eligible for up to $1,000 in DonorsChoose project fundinghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-public-school-educators-eligible-for-up-to-$1,000-in-DonorsChoose-project-funding.aspxHawaii public school educators eligible for up to $1,000 in DonorsChoose project fundingEligible DonorsChoose projects must be submitted before midnight on Aug. 3 to qualify for funding. Donations will be made on Aug. 6 to eligible projects.
All public school students to receive free meals throughout school year 2021-22https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SY2021-Free-School-Meals.aspxAll public school students to receive free meals throughout school year 2021-22All students at Hawaiʻi’s 257 public schools will receive free breakfast and lunch meals for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year, thanks to a nationwide waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Federal funds will reimburse state education departments for meal costs.

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