The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) announced on April 17 the continuation of enrichment and distance learning through May 28, the last day of the 2019-20 school year. The decision was made based on the latest guidance and information from health officials and elected leaders.
“This pandemic has undoubtedly changed the way that education will be delivered at all levels and especially how our Department will operate moving forward,” Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto said. “We have pushed our boundaries and created new ways of delivering on our mission, including expanding distance learning opportunities, establishing an equity of access approach to devices and the internet, and exploring work from home approaches that can help us rethink our real estate footprint for non-instructional staff. I want to acknowledge the resiliency of the HIDOE workforce and thank them for rising to the challenge of looking for innovative ways to move our work forward through this unprecedented time.”
On April 2, the Board of Education unanimously approved the Department’s request to modify high school graduation and commencement requirements for the graduating class of 2020. This approval in part helped finalize plans to utilize grades from the third quarter to determine the final grade for student courses. In addition, an announcement was made earlier this week that traditional commencement ceremonies would be replaced with alternative celebrations due to safety concerns and social distancing guidance. Celebrations will occur in the later half of May.
The Department’s focus will shift in the coming weeks toward a rollout of summer school, which will largely occur using distance learning, as well as creating a plan for school year 2020-21 given the changing parameters of social distancing and opening of businesses and services. In addition, the Department will initiate a health triage hotline and telehealth service by the end of the month through the Hawaii Keiki program, a partnership between HIDOE and the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. The service will provide parents access to a phone line answered by a registered nurse (RN) who can assess physical and mental health needs, connect public school students to services, and follow up with the family to ensure services were received.
School facilities have been closed to students since March 19, but the school system remains open. All HIDOE employees continue to work remotely with the exception of those who are considered essential and must perform their duties at a campus or office.
Schools have launched distance learning opportunities and learning packets are distributed via email, school websites and some in-person. The Department has also stood up a resource for parents available at bit.ly/HIDOEVirtualLearningParentResource.
HIDOE COVID-19 updates will continue to be posted on the Department’s website at hawaiipublicschools.org.
Beginning Monday, March 16, Spectrum is offering free access to internet and WiFi for 60-days for new Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households who don't currently have internet or WiFi service and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. This discount will be applied as a credit for your first two months of internet services. They will waive any installation or pre-payment fees to help get you started.
You can qualify for this offer if you:
Click here for the Spectrum website that has further information.
See the documents below for information on Tutor.com for military families. And now, during this pandemic, DoD-affiliated personnel and their families are eligible to use it as well. Specific information about eligibility and its use is in the documents.
Click here to view and download the FAQ sheet with information.
Click here to view and download the Guide.
Click here to view and download the Subject List.
Aloha Keone'ula Parents
The Kindergarten Teachers have put together a distance learning portal to help keep you informed of weekly lessons and activities. Please use the link below to keep up to date with Kindergarten.
Keone'ula Elementary's Speech Pathologists have created a set of activities and resources for students. Their letter below contain links to their created website as well as some other great websites for your use. We hope this is helpful to your and your child(ren).
We have been working very hard on your student’s communication skills this school year. It is important for your student to practice throughout this period of distance learning in order to maintain the progress he or she has made so far.
We have created a website as a general place for you to find weekly activities and resources to complete during this temporary time of distance learning.
To find activities, locate your student’s class using the tabs on the top right of the webpage. Click on the resource to complete the activity. If your child is working on their speech sounds, these resources can be found under the ‘Articulation’ tab. We have organized speech sounds by developmental age.
After you’ve completed an activity, feel free to tell us how it went. What went well? What can we continue to practice?
For grades K, 1, 3, an Ms. Lynn’s classroom, please contact Ms. Erin.
For grades 2, 4, 5, and Ms. Kelly’s classroom, please contact Ms. Dana.
Ms. Erin and Ms. Dana
Speech Language Pathologists
Keone’ula Elementary School
For Speech Sounds:
http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/?page_id=55 (great printable pictures for specific speech sounds)
For Language Activities:
For General Info:
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