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Learning Models

Informed by our E Ola! Learner Outcome framework, we have developed three distinct learning models through which we will continue to deliver a world-class Kamehameha Schools education. Each model is tied to an associated risk level and the entire system is intended to provide our kumu and haumāna the mobility to move easily between models as risk levels fluctuate.

Face-to-Face Learning Model: A traditional school experience with students attending school and receiving instruction in person up to five days a week with slightly modified safety practices and guidelines.

Hybrid Learning Model: A model that enables a combination of face-to-face instruction and distance learning as appropriate at each school level. The goal of this model is to provide developmentally-appropriate, valuable interaction between students and teachers while using physical distancing and density reduction to mitigate exposure within our community.

Distance Learning Model: An education delivery model that solely utilizes online or remote interaction between kumu and haumāna. See our revised Distance Learning Plan (2020-21) for more information.

The deadline to designate distance learning as the preferred learning model for the fall 2020 semester has passed. If you did not choose distance learning through KS Connect, we look forward to seeing you in our Hybrid Learning Model.

Each model varies in the school experience and safety implications.

  Face-to-Face Hybrid Learning Distance Learning
State of Hawaiʻi impact level alignment New normal Recovery or Act with Care Stay at Home or Safer at Home
Learning environment Mostly on campus Both on campus and in digital spaces as appropriate at each school level In digital spaces
On-campus density Full density Reduced density in key high-density areas (e.g., boarding, buses)

High - 50% density reduction at any given time; student free periods and lunch periods will be in designated zones
Cohorting n/a Elementary - cohorts in groups of 20-24 aligned with homerooms

Middle - core classes will cohort in groups of 80 aligned with teams
On-campus experience Physical distancing is encouraged

Personal hygiene protocols are encouraged

Cleaning protocols are encouraged
Physical distancing is required

Designated spaces for student monitoring

Personal hygiene strictly enforced

Robust cleaning protocols enforced
Boarding will reopen to neighbor island seniors only for school year 2020-21. All other boarding students will choose from a menu of specially designed options. Boarding students will continue to work with grade-level VPs (high school) and the Dean of Student Well-Being (middle school) to consider options.

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