Weekly Updates, April 13

13-Apr-2022

Our monthly Ho‘oha‘aheo newsletter will temporarily transition to a weekly edition. With COVID conditions continuing to improve, we have shifted away from the weekly COVID updates and will provide a wider range of HIDOE stories and announcements in this space as we adapt to the broader needs of our school communities.


April 13

Editorial Mission: Our monthly Hoʻohaʻaheo newsletter will temporarily transition to a weekly edition. With COVID conditions continuing to improve, we have shifted away from the weekly COVID updates and will provide a wider range of HIDOE stories and announcements in this space as we adapt to the broader needs of our school communities.

Updates from Interim Superintendent Hayashi

Aloha, HIDOE Community!

  • Masking for school events
  • » As we approach the peak of prom and graduation season, it's important to review the expectations for staff, students and parents at such events.
  • » While we are excited that members of the HIDOE community are able to once again participate in these celebrations, the Department prioritizes the health and safety of our students.
  • » Under the current health guidance, universal masking is still required indoors on school campuses and at school-sanctioned events on or off campus. Stay tuned for updates as we continue to respond to the latest data and evolving guidance.
  • 163,000 COVID-19 self-test kits distributed
  • » Of the 750,000 COVID-19 self-test kits that the Department recently acquired in partnership with the state Department of Health, more than 160,000 have already been distributed to HIDOE schools.
  • » School and office administrators were encouraged to submit requests for self-tests to make available for students, faculty and staff who are not feeling well, have recently traveled, or have been deemed as close contacts.
  • » Although the self-tests do not meet the Department’s Return to School/Work Criteria, the tests are aimed at encouraging students and staff to test in situations where doing so is strongly recommended but not required. Access to self-tests will be especially beneficial as we approach graduation season.
  • Join us for Purple Up! Day
  • » Join us in celebrating our students and their military families by wearing purple on Thursday, April 14 for Purple Up! Day.
  • » Hawai‘i is the temporary or long-term home for roughly 100,000 military personnel and their families – many of whom include one or more children enrolled in Hawai‘i’s public schools. Children in military families are subject to a particular set of stressors in addition to the challenges faced by their peers.
  • » The color purple is recognized as a symbol for the military, so we wear it to acknowledge and support our military-impacted students. To learn more, click here.

#PublicSchoolProud  |  By Darin Pilialoha

It does not matter where you come from, it's making the most of what you are given. Taking advantage of opportunities and having a strong network of people has allowed me to give back to a community that I hold dear to my heart.
» Darin Pilialoha is a proud graduate of Nānākuli High and Intermediate and currently the Principal at his alma mater. His family is #PublicSchoolProud – his wife and daughter are public school graduates of Pearl City and Waipahu, respectively.

Question of the Week

Q: Where can I get more information about summer school?

A: For more information on the Department’s 2022 summer school offerings, please visit this page. In addition to the sites listed there, some schools will be offering other summer learning opportunities specific to the needs of their students. Families can check directly with their child’s school to explore these options.

HIDOE Case Counts

A total of 131 confirmed or probable cases were reported across Hawai‘i’s 257 public schools from April 4-8 for a daily average of 26 cases (as of April 11). For the latest case count information, visit bit.ly/HIDOECOVID-19Updates.

April 4-8


News Feed  |  #HI4PublicEd

A roundup of announcements, resources and shoutouts.

» Windward Oʻahu high school graduates are being offered the chance to apply for the Ho‘olei Tuition Award, which covers the entire first year’s cost of attendance at Windward Community College. If you or someone you know might be interested in the Ho‘olei Tuition Award, click here for details.

» A Baldwin High alum who is now operating thriving businesses in Missouri credits a lot of her success to her high school art teachers. Click here for a Hawaii News Now feature on Maui native Chentell Shannon, who hopes to inspire the next generation of young artists.

» Congratulations to Waikele Elementary School Vice Principal Stacy Kawamura, who was named a National Outstanding Assistant Principal of 2022 by NAESP. Honorees are recognized for demonstrating exceptional leadership. To read more about her achievement, click here.

HAWAI‘I STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Keith Hayashi

Interim Superintendent

Phyllis Unebasami
Deputy Superintendent

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENTS

Heidi Armstrong
Student Support Services
Sean Bacon
Interim
Talent Management
Brian Hallett
Fiscal Services
Randall Tanaka
Facilities and Operations

Christine Shaw

Interim
Information Technology Services

Cara Tanimura

Interim
Strategy, Innovation and Performance

Teri Ushijima

Interim
Curriculum and Instructional Design

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Nanea Kalani

Executive Editor

Chanel Honda

Managing Editor

Sara Miyazono
Creative Director

Derek Inoshita

Contributing Writer

Krislyn Yano

Contributing Writer

Cara Phillips
Contributing Writer

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