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Kamehameha Hawaiʻi Kula Kiʻekiʻe will be utilizing the kōkua of one of our higher learning partners, Arizona State University, to deliver courses for the Keleaʻo Distance Learning and Teaching Program.

Kelea 'o Distance Learning and Teaching Program - Fall 2020

July 10, 2020

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

Aloha kākou e nā haumāna me ka ‘ohana –

I hope this message finds you all in good health and spirits. 

If you have received this email – you are a student of Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Kula Kiʻekiʻe (High School) and ‘ohana that have elected to participate in the Keleaʻo Distance Learning and Teaching program for the Fall semester of the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

As we continue with this unprecedented and challenging times, the option for students and their ‘ohana to continue their education while still being enrolled at Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Kula Kiʻekiʻe is a viable option given the on-going uncertainty that exists within our island community.

Through the Keleaʻo Distance Learning and Teaching program, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Kula Kiʻekiʻe have solicited the kōkua of Arizona State University (ASU) in providing the high school component for our students with online learning. Students in the Keleaʻo Distance Learning and Teaching program will be enrolled in courses that are aligned to credits towards a Kamehameha Schools Diploma. With recommendation by ASU, students will be enrolled in up to six (6) high school courses with ASU.

Within the next few days, another email will be sent with a link to allow your child to select his/her courses through ASU.

Whereas, the intent is to maintain the current graduation requirements, high school administration will continue to monitor required credits subsequently up to graduation to ensure full completion of expectations.

Please note the following:

  • With online learning, respective high school counselors will also work with students on college and career plans to ensure fluidity with on-time graduation and post-secondary planning.
  • Once enrolled, students will remain within these courses for the duration of the 1st semester of the Fall 2020-2021 school year.
  • A high school staff member will be assigned to monitor and communicate with your child on his/her progress throughout the semester. Therefore a clear line of communication to your child will be expected to ensure academic success and fulfillment of credit towards graduation. This can be done virtually.
  • Where allowable by ASU and our other post-secondary partners, students participation in on-line courses for BOTH high school credit AND college courses through our Kaunaloa Dual Enrollment program may be applied and counted among the six (6) courses that your child enrolls in. Inquiries regarding our KSH HS Kaunaloa Dual Enrollment program can be made to our Dean of Studies, Dr. Clint Anderson, at Note that dual enrollment offerings may have academic requirements for enrollment as well as be for targeted grade levels only.
  • Once a decision on athletics is made by the state and island leagues, students in the Keleaʻo program will be able to participate in athletic sports. Transportation to and from practice and games will be the kuleana of the ‘ohana. Temperature checks when entering the athletic facilities will be done by HS staff members. Parents are asked to wait until cleared with temperature check. In addition to their own face-mask, school will also provide face mask and eyeglasses. Students will be required to wear these items and follow all appropriate health and safety measures required while on campus.
  • Students in the Keleaʻo program are invited to participate in any and all planned school activities announced. Temperature checks will be required upon entering the facility and administered by a HS staff member. Parents are asked to wait until cleared with temperature check. Students will be required to wear their face mask and eye glasses.
  • Given the uncertainty at this time, HS administration will continue to monitor the current status of this global pandemic with preparation of possible continuation of the Keleaʻo program into the Spring 2021.

After reading the above, please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

More importantly, after reading the above, let me know by contacting our high school office if you decide this isn't the right fit and your child WILL NOT be continuing with the Keleaʻo Distance Learning and Teaching program. In which case, your child will be expected to participate in the on-campus educational program beginning August 12, 2020.

If you plan to have your child continue with the Keleaʻo Distance Learning and Teaching program, you do not need to respond to this email and a follow-up email within the next few days with course selection by your child and any up-to-date information will be shared with you.

Me ke aloha nui iā ‘oukou pākahi a pau.

Naʻu iho,

Na Kumu Lehua

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