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Our kula's direction - Hybrid learning model with choice

Sept. 25, 2020

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

Aloha nui e ko Kamehameha Hawaiʻi ē,

Kau ‘ia ka manaʻo i ka maikaʻi a me ka pono o ‘oukou. I hope that each of you are in good physical, emotional, and spiritual health. I want to extend my sincere gratitude to all members of our kauhale for your aloha, responsiveness, and resilience in the face of change as we work together to provide positive learning experiences for our haumāna.

This information is a follow up to the message just shared by our CEO, Jack Wong. Kamehameha Schools (KS) recognizes that each community is unique, and thus a variety of factors are considered in determining how we move forward. We are excited to move forward with Hybrid Learning in the second quarter. This message provides additional context and information specific to our kula’s direction. In alignment with our Roadmap to Reopening, our hybrid learning model “enables a combination of face-to-face interaction and distance learning as appropriate at each school level.” As we start, these interactions will be limited in size and scope, and voluntary for students, faculty, and staff.

While distance learning will be the primary method of instruction through the calendar year, we are eager to begin to gradually and intentionally welcome groups of students back to campus on a voluntary basis for face-to-face instruction, co-curricular activities, counseling, academic tutoring, and social activities. Over time, we plan for these face-to-face opportunities to increase, building upon one another. We all share a desire to return to campus life safely, and hybrid learning is how we will move forward.

We recognize the need for choice and heard your voices through our surveys and focus groups. Haumāna, ʻohana, and kumu have identified support needs, and we’re committed to doing all that we can to provide the best experience possible. Po’o kumu will be working with their faculty to identify groups to invite for face-to-face interaction and details about hybrid learning opportunities will be shared directly by your poʻo kumu by Friday, October 2.

From the beginning, we have kept each other connected and informed. Our ʻohana engagement sessions are accessible and participation has been high. As we explore additional digital tools to support successful learning and improved student interaction and pilina, our continued conversations will be an important facet to ensuring meaningful experiences for our keiki.

Our kauhale is firmly committed to supporting the needs of all our learners. While this pandemic has brought unexpected challenges, the lessons we learn will build solid footing in future designs. In the coming weeks, there is much work to be done. Please be on the lookout for additional communication from your division poʻo kumu.

‘O au iho nō me ke aloha o ka pono o kākou ē,

M. Kāhealani Naeʻole-Wong
Poʻo Kula, Kamehameha Hawaiʻi

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