Our 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.
Editorial Mission: As the Department’s primary publication, we aim to live up to the meaning of ha‘aheo — to cherish with pride — by bolstering and sustaining pride in public education and touting the successes happening across the system.
Keeping Schools Open and Safe for Learning
Schools have done a tremendous job welcoming students back to campus and are doing everything within their control to diligently implement the core essential strategies set by the Department of Health: Promoting vaccinations for staff and eligible students, staying home when sick, consistent and correct masking, and proper hand hygiene.
School Year 2021-22: In-person Learning and 3-1-1
At the start of the new school year Interim Superintendent Hayashi outlined the 3-1-1 strategy to set initial priorities. To ensure we address our student needs, there are three priority areas we are assessing as students have returned: attendance, academics and social-emotional learning. In order for our work to be sustainable, another priority is supporting and caring for the well-being of staff and taking ownership of our own well-being. Another priority is ensuring the safe return for our entire public school system. This 3-1-1 strategy is helping the Department get a pulse on where our students are, providing support for our staff members and ensuring the health and safety for everyone.
Prioritizing SEL in Our Schools
After a full year of distance learning, Hawai‘i educators have become acutely aware that mental health support is necessary for both teachers and students. Many have reported feelings of isolation, anxiety, or nervousness. As we come together face-to-face this school year, creating spaces and time for building relationships, setting routines and regularly checking in with one another will be paramount.
Well-Being: Even Adults Need It
Educators know the impact of healthy whole-child experiences on our students. With distance teaching and in-person pandemic learning, all educators have been challenged to rise up and do this in creative new ways. I was ecstatic to see Interim Superintendent Hayashi’s 3-1-1 plan. This innovative and compassionate leader gets it. His focus on students, staff and system guides our focus on a healthier future.
» Kyla Musso is a senior at Radford High School. This year she was selected as the Board of Education Student Representative for the State of Hawai‘i, where she will be representing 165,000 public school students across the islands. She found her passion for leadership by being actively engaged with her student body and her local community. Kyla believes in striving for one’s best and especially loves to see students reach their full potential.
Q&A with Interim Superintendent
He took a few minutes to answer some questions to help us get to know him a little better.
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Phyllis UnebasamiDeputy Superintendent
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