To help clarify some of the expectations involved with reopening, here are some questions that have been asked or are being anticipated as plans are being refined and finalized. Questions are organized by different categories, and we'll continue to update this page as more questions are received. Mahalo!
To reverse it, you would need to contact the front office to have the registrar reverse the election. But making that selection earlier, gives us a better chance to plan if we know if an ʻohana is leaning that way, to which more details can be provided.
If ‘ohana chooses Distance Learning, would they have the same Grade Level Counselor?
Yes. Students will still have the same grade-level counselor.
Is there a school supply list to complete?
This will vary by grade level. Look out for more information from your child’s division. We understand the limitations that may exist around cleaning supplies.
If 'ohana decide that they no longer feel safe sending their keiki to school physically, what options do they have? If the active case number continues to increase, will there be another opportunity to opt out of "in person" school attendance?
If the conditions change in a way that we feel will affect our ability to reasonably and safely execute an on-campus program, then a decision will be made to shift to full distance learning.
What are the cleaning and sanitizing procedures (i.e. bus,etc) and if students will be assigned as cohorts to monitor and limit interactions?
All of the health and safety measures have been posted to our Health and Safety page, with enhanced cleaning and sanitation between groups. Cohorting is one of the strategies that will be used to reduce density and provide for easier contact tracing.
At what point will the school increase to “High” from moderate level and transition to all Distance learning? Is it a certain amount of Big Island cases or what factor will determine that transition of it happens?
We’ll be using a variety of factors and are prepared to adjust as we need to. It won’t just be based on case counts alone but will have to look at what the impact may be in terms of community spread, where those cases are located and overlap with our own campus community. We’re going to move cautiously, but make those decisions using good science and with experts available to our organization.
What is the ratio of students planning to come back vs stay at home, at this time?
Majority of students are scheduled to be in a form of hybrid learning, and about 10% have opted in to full distance learning. That is fairly consistent at each school level.
What are logistics of how elementary will attend school face to face while social distancing?
Cohorting students in groups of no more than 24, arranged by homeroom class. Alternative on-campus learning sites are being used to allow for distancing. Everyone will be required to follow protocols for masking and proper hygiene.
If a student needs to travel outside of Hawaiʻi and the quarantine procedures are still in place, what needs to happen? What are your policies on traveling to outer islands or to the mainland?
We recognize that travel is a personal and discretionary family decision. With current travel monitoring taking place outside of Hawaiʻi, families should follow all procedures around quarantine or COVID-19 testing to avoid quarantine when you return. Please follow the established student travel notification procedures.
What will be the daily sanitization protocol for the classrooms?
Classrooms will be sanitized as groups move from the space and an enhanced cleaning at the end of each day. Students should use hand sanitizing stations or wash their hands (where sinks available) entering and leaving classes.
Can a high schooler wait with an elementary student for after school pick up? In the mornings, Do they have to be dropped off on individual campus?
Elementary students should be picked up by 3 p.m. Drop-offs should be made at individual campuses, though more information on drop off and pick-up protocol will be provided from each school.
Can my child wear a face shield instead of a mask?
Considerations are being made if there is a health consideration, but face masks are the safest option to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
What will be done on campus to maintain social distancing (classroom, outside, meals, etc)
There are a robust set of health and safety measures in place to assist with physical distancing. Training will be provided and everyone must take the kuleana in sticking with these measures so that we can remain healthy and safe.
Is KS putting the proper filter for air conditioning in classroom/pods and/or open windows?
We use an HVAC system that is upgraded to the highest filtering standard.
Will the distance be changed to 6' all-around instead of 3' forward facing?
Yes. Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi has adopted the 6 feet distancing standard.
How the structure of the kula haʻahaʻa day will go: will they be rotating, will they be allowed to leave their seats, will they be allowed to use manipulatives, etc?
The in-school schedule will be both face-to-face and digital. This is to take advantage of the learning opportunities offered digitally as well as have all students prepared to move to DL should that be needed (based on a change in risk level). They will be in cohorts by homeroom class and movement between classes will be minimized with specials courses being provided in the same class.
How long will the keiki be expected to wear their mask at each period?
Masks should be worn whenever in proximity with another person. Only when distancing outside or eating should masks be removed. This is the safest practice, and consideration for how we give “mask breaks” especially when able to go outside, will be given.
Will parents be allowed to walk their keiki to class to help carry school supplies?
Unfortunately no parents are able to enter buildings, but we will have kōkua available for keiki to carry supplies.
I have children on all 3 campuses, will schedules be similar?
All three campuses are going to be on a 7:30 - 3 (roughly) daily schedule. Wednesdays will no longer be early pick-up days.
Will all necessary items be placed at the desk so less walking around & sharing?
Special consideration is being given so supplies are not being shared. Or if shared, PPE will be used or supplies will be sanitized in between use.
Will there be social distancing markings around campus & classrooms?
Yes. Signage and promoting safe practices and good hygiene is a part of our planning.
Will students be contained in one classroom all day, everyday?
There are breaks in between the day, depending on grade level, though emphasis is on limiting movement. Designated areas for lunch would be a movement. More specifics will be shared by the child’s school.
Will any action be taken if a child doesn't wear a mask or doesn't wear it properly or keeps taking it off or what not?
We recognize that this is a major change and that learning and getting used to these changes will take time, especially for our youngest learners. We expect to work with our parents and caregivers in encouraging safe practices and realistically strategize what is the safest way we can make that happen.
Will ASU be teaching at grade level?
What is the process of distance learning? How long will they need to be on a computer when distance learning? Will distant learning have a set schedule for classes?
There will be a schedule, but it will vary by grade level and courses taken. Activities will be both synchronous and asynchronous, but majority of that time will likely be on a device. Find a little more information on our learning model page, but more information would be coming directly from each school.
Will online learning be the same assignments as in person learning?
It will vary from school to school. But generally, there will be different coursework for full distance learning, but the learning objectives will be similar.
Is the bus service set to pick up the Waimea students?
Yes, we will continue to have bus service for Waimea students.
What will bus transportation be like? How will students be arranged on the bus?
Individual bus capacity has been limited to 60%, with students sitting in their own seat. Temperature and wellness check screening will be conducted prior to boarding, so parents must wait until their child boards the bus before leaving. Distancing should be done at bus stops.
If our financial circumstances change later in the year due to COVID-19, can we submit a request for aid based on a change in circumstances and if so, what's the timeframe for receiving a response?
We also recognize that financial circumstances can be volatile in this pandemic. If your financial circumstances have changed, please contact our fiscal administrator, Peter Fuchs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are students going to be able to wear any mask or will Kamehameha be requiring specific masks for uniform? What type of glasses are required for students?
Kamehameha Hawaiʻi will be providing specific uniform masks and face coverings for all students. However, personal masks can be worn as long as they meet the reasonable standard for what is appropriate. Glasses and face shields are supplementary personal protective equipment when in close proximity and will be provided. If a student has a different preference, those can also be worn.
What drives our decisions and actions
Using safety and risk to determine education delivery
What we're doing to keep our keiki healthy and safe
Adjusting to a new campus life experience