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Distance Learning Plan for ʻOhana has been developed as a guide for how Kamehameha Hawaiʻi will continue enriching, high-quality educational experiences for haumāna through these challenging times.

Working to prepare for Distance Learning - a message to  'ohana

March 24, 2020

Contributed by Dr. Tehani Corcoran

Aloha mai kākou e na ʻohana o ke Kula Waena,

We hope youʻre enjoying the extended Spring Break despite the stressors of the developments across our lāhui and the globe! COVID-19 updates, as they pertain to Kamehameha Schools, continue to be posted here.

Our kumu have been working feverishly to prepare for the launch of the Distance Learning Plan (DLP) this Friday, March 27, 2020. We miss you and canʻt wait to see your faces again, online!

Please review the K-12 Distance Learning Plan (DLP). Kula Waena-specific information can be found on pages 3-5 and 7. However, information specific to each grade-level will be communicated to you via email on Wednesday evening, March 25, in preparation for our launch on Friday.

First and foremost, please let us know immediately if you have issues with your school laptop. Mr. John Nordblom from our HPK can be reached at 982-0466. If tech issues cannot be resolved over the phone, in-person exchanges at the bus ramp can be made by appointment.  

Mahalo to our ʻohana who have responded to the Internet Access survey. If you have not yet completed this, it is imperative that we hear back from you ASAP so that we can troubleshoot in a timely manner.

For those ʻohana who have indicated on the survey that paper packets are needed, Mr. Nordblom will be contacting you individually to see if there are ways that we can assist with getting our haumāna online. Until such time, work will be mailed out to those students each Friday for the upcoming week, so that haumāna will have what they need by each Monday, and can participate as possible. Haumāna are welcome to join sessions by phone when they canʻt get online. Haumāna may also submit pictures of completed assignments rather than worry about returning the paper packets via U.S. postal mail. However, we hope to work with each of our ʻohana with limited or no internet access on a case-by-case basis.

The unknown can certainly cause some angst, but we are working to accommodate for as many situations as possible. Two-way communication will be key as we navigate through this new territory. It may get frustrating, but ultimately we all love our keiki and want them to be successful. Letʻs please continue to work together in order to make that happen. Should you have any questions or concerns, please continue to email your kumu, grade-level counselors, or administration. You may also reach our office at 982-0400.

Me ka ʻoiaʻiʻo,

Heather Tehani Corcoran, Ph.D.
Poʻo Kumu, Kula Waena

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