Our community finds itself in unprecedented times, so I want to take a moment to provide you with an update on Kamehameha Schools’ response to COVID-19.
Let me start with some facts that we know. Every day, every hour, there are more COVID-19 cases being discovered in our community — that seemingly distant train has arrived.
Now is not the time to let worry set in, but there is new urgency, and there are things each of us must do. Right now, our social distancing, our health practices, and our support of our community leaders, first-responders, and essential service providers cannot be half-done. We must be excellent, if we are going to protect the health and lives of our loved ones.
And to that end, our Board of Trustees and I are determined to have Kamehameha Schools be excellent for our community.
Last week, to support social distancing, most of our employees began working at home, while our teachers and students continued their spring break. Starting this week, all our offices and campuses will be closed. Other than our most essential staff, all our employees will be working from home.
However, please know that our work and service to our communities continue:
At Kamehameha Schools and in Hawai‘i, our community has always come together in times of crisis. We will confront this challenge in the same way that we have so many others — with faith in Ke Akua, compassion, grace and aloha. And, I have no doubt we will emerge better and stronger as a people and as a community.
Mahalo for your support and contributions during this challenging time.
Me Ke Akua Pū,
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