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Health and Safety

While the learning models may vary instruction and approach, one constant that will not change is Kamehamehaʻs commitment to the health and safety of our campus community.

Guiding Principle 3 ("We will follow Enterprise Health and Safety Requirements.") underscores the importance and health and safety protocols, policy and practice.

KSK’s Approach to Safety

Through intensive research and ongoing study of COVID-19, we have developed an approach to safety supported by four pillars:

  • Physical Distancing and Reducing Density
  • Health Screening and Preventive Hygiene
  • Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting
  • Communications, Training, and Coordination

Each pillar helps to shape our risk mitigation strategy to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Physical Distancing and Reducing Density

Schools, by nature of their purpose and function, are social environments with high densities. Physical distancing has proven to be an essential strategy in the containment of COVID-19 and will be a key component of our return to campus plan.

New restrictions on space capacity will have an impact on the school experience for our keiki both inside and outside of the classroom. By maintaining physical distancing and reducing density, we improve our ability to effectively reduce the risk of infection.

  Face-to-Face Hybrid Learning Distance Learning
Distancing n/a Three feet in classroom when students face same direction

Six feet in classroom when students face each other
Density Full capacity School is 50-100% capacity

Buses run at 50% capacity

Health Screening and Preventive Hygiene

Coupled with physical distancing, health screenings and preventive hygiene are among the most effective strategies in containing COVID-19. Please do not come to school if you are sick.

To assist in preventing infection from symptomatic individuals, KS Kapālama will require individual temperature and/or symptom screenings upon the arrival of all students, staff, and visitors to campus.

Increased hand washing, proper face covering protocols, coughing/sneezing into tissues or your elbow, not touching your face are all examples of good preventive hygiene and will be incorporated into the school day routine.

Face masks and shields will be provided by the school and are required whenever in proximity with another person on campus. In collaborative spaces where face-to-face interaction will occur, students will also wear protective eye wear (face shields or safety glasses). Face coverings must be worn at all times when on campus except when sitting alone in an enclosed space, walking alone outdoors, or eating. KS recommends wearing a cloth face covering, but face shields are also allowed if a student has underlying respiratory conditions or difficulty breathing.

If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school, the school health rooms will have a designated area for isolation and care will be administered by Health Services staff .  The Health Services  staff will contact the parents/guardians to pick up the child as soon as possible, within 2 hours of the phone call. If the child has higher risk COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath or loss of taste and smell, parents will need to provide a doctor’s note before their child returns to school and the child should be fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and should not have any signs or symptoms of illness.

For students who are ill and do not come to school, they may return if they are fever free (less than 100.4 degrees) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and they have no other signs or symptoms of illness. A parent note is required if the student returns in within three days and doctor’s note is required if a student is out for four days or more.

Parents should notify the school immediately if their child tests positive for COVID-19 or if the student was in close contact with someone who tests positive (e.g. a household member) and keep their child at home.  The CDC defines “close contact” as a person that has been within six feet of an infected individual for more than 15 minutes or has a direct exposure event such as being coughed on. Kamehameha Schools has established a cross-functional COVID-19 Response Team that will direct next steps in accordance with CDC guidance.

Please note COVID-19 symptoms and the student return to school process after being ill may need to be adjusted over time to reflect any new federal or state guidance.

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

Classrooms and common areas will be appropriately cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected as directed by guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Communication, Training, and Coordination

An informed school community is a safer school community. By providing appropriate signage and collateral materials in key areas and by sharing COVID-19 resources with our campus ʻohana, our students and staff become advocates for maintaining a healthy environment.

Required trainings will help equip our staff and faculty to implement and maintain good health and safety practices.

The Campus Reopening Task Force (CRTF) will be responsible for making sure systems are aligned and coordinated, and will oversee any emerging gaps, adaptation needs, and trouble-shooting.

Specific Areas of Enhanced Protections

Bus Transportation

Physical distancing requirements will have a significant impact on our ability to operate our buses at full capacity. Face coverings will also be required of all riders.

Security and Campus Access

Campus access will be enforced by campus security and restricted to:

  • KS students
  • Employees with a KS employee auto decal and KS ID card
  • Parents/guardians with a specialized parent auto decal available through KS Operations Support Office. Please call 842-8320 or email for more information.

Essential visitors with access include sales vendors, package delivery vendors, service providers, approved contractors, pre-approved students and coaches or sponsors visiting from other schools. Essential visitors will need to complete our KS Visitor Process.

All other visitors will be restricted until further notice.

Cafeteria and Grab-n-Go Food Services

Food services will involve single-serve, self-contained meals and beverages. There will be no self-serve or buffet type service. All students will eat meals in designated areas and abide by physical distancing guidelines.

Hale Ola Health Center, Health Rooms, and Behavioral Health Services

Our health services staff will continue to support and care for students and provide families with health related and COVID-19 guidance when appropriate.

Current risk level: MODERATE

Anticipated learning model for fall 2020: HYBRID EDUCATIONAL DELIVERY



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


Schedules, meals, buses and other school-specific information

Kawaiaha‘o Plaza

567 South King St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 523-6200

KS Hawai‘i

16-716 Volcano Rd
Kea‘au, HI 96749
(808) 982-0000

KS Kapālama

1887 Makuakāne St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 842-8211

KS Maui

275 ‘A‘apueo Pkwy
Pukalani, HI 96768
(808) 572-3100