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Online access has become vital for Hawaii children, now more than ever. COVID-19 has meant distance learning for most of Hawaii’s students.

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About 18,000 Hawaii students attended this year’s public summer school. The programs were to especially help students who were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

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The state Department of Health issued guidance for schools, both public and private, to transition to at least some in-person learning.

Today we’re talking about what needs to happen to return to school safely and ease the fears of families - whether they be of students, teachers or administrators. The academic year would have started this week but the decision was made to put it off until August 17th.

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The Hawaii teachers union called for the public school reopening date to be postponed until critical questions about safety procedures are answered by the state Department of Education and state Department of Health.

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Public school students can expect six feet of space between desks when they return to classes in the fall, and teachers will decide if their students will wear a mask in the classroom.

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Parents can now find out just how their child’s public school will reopen on August 4th.

When Hawaii public school classes resume on August 4th, some schools could hold all in-person classes, others may have more online instruction and still others a blend of the two.

The state Department of Education is expected to issue its plans on how classes will run for the new school year on Thursday. But lawmakers say they are deeply concerned about the DOE’s lack of a clear financial proposal for the fall reopening.

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When Hawaii public schools closed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and moved to distance learning, education advocates warned that students learning English were at high risk for falling behind.

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The state Department of Education recently released guidelines on reopening public schools. However, several members of the state Board of Education and the state teachers union took issue with some of the procedures on Thursday.

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The Hawaii State Department of Education is closing about a third of its grab ‘n go food sites for the summer, and many more are taking a break until June 8th.

Hawaii’s public school students have been learning remotely since March due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, some elementary schools are having an easier time than others because so much depends on a student’s access to the internet. 

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The Hawaii State Department of Education will begin offering summer school on June 1. The classes will be provided with a mixed approach of both distance learning and in-person instruction.

 

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Hawaii’s public preschoolers have not had in-person classes since mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Instead, teachers have been using both take-home resource packets and the internet to continue to teach the state’s youngest learners. But there's a key part of early learning that's been lost.

 

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In-person classes at Hawaii’s public schools were canceled due to COVID-19, but some students are not checking in online, and the state hasn’t been able to accurately account for those who are missing.

 

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Updated: 4/20/2020, 7:25 p.m.

The state expects its unemployment insurance fund to run out and is seeking to replenish it, possibly with a federal loan. 

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Hawaii's coronavirus case count now stands at 151, according to the state health department's latest update. The number of positive and presumptive positive cases represents an increase of 29 from Friday. One of the new cases is a minor. Oahu now has a total of 108 coronavirus cases, Maui 16, Kauai 11 and the Big Island 10. 

 

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Updated: 3/18/20, 6:30 p.m.

See yesterday's updates on governor's call for tourists to postpone visits, strict limits for bars and restaurants, latest coronavirus cases.

Hawaii public school students will not be returning to school after the extended spring break. The Hawaii State Deparment of Education has closed schools until April 7.

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The Hawaii Department of Education has partnered with Island Palm Communities, a private company that leases military homes, in a new initiative that opens military rental housing to public school teachers.

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A proposed Hawaii constitutional amendment would give the state Board of Education power to impose taxes on real property to pay for teacher salaries.

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The Hawaiʻi Supreme Court recently ruled in a landmark case that the state is constitutionally required to provide reasonable access to Hawaiian immersion education. The ruling may be a game changer for advocates of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, the Hawaiian language.

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The Hawaii Department of Education plans to offer free Hawaiian language courses to its employees, officials said.

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Consultants hired by the Hawaii Department of Education are meeting with educators around the state, seeking ways to improve compensation. On the first night they heard from many barely hanging on.

The Conversation: Back to School with DOE

Aug 27, 2019
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Argosy University is expected to permanently close its doors today. The private university has 22 campuses around the country, including three in Hawaii. Earlier this week, Argosy said it would likely cease operations at the end of the week, sending students and faculty scrambling.

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State officials say they are taking steps to manage the environmental hazards found at 18 Big Island schools after a study detected lead, arsenic and pesticides in the soil of the campuses.

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DOE on Gun Safety and Shooter Drills; Big Island Solar Update; DoD Report on False Missile Alert

Town Square: State of Public Education

Aug 3, 2017
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A new school year is about to start, and in Hawaii, it will be the first school year to incorporate new guidelines under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Today on Town Square we’ll host a conversation on the state of public education in the Aloha State.

DOE Launches Connect to Careers Coalition

Apr 13, 2017
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A statewide coalition has joined forces to help public school students prepare for high paying jobs in Hawai’i.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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