What will fall sports be like for day students?
Are there details about the football season?
Will KSK distance learning students be able to participate in athletics at their home district public school?
What are the details for sports eligibility if students choose to go to a community school for one semester and return to KS the next semester?
Can boarders become “day students” only for the months their sport is in season and remain in distance learning for the remainder of the year?
The guiding principle for length of commitment for students choosing distance learning is an entire semester. Regardless of the length of the sports season, students will need to remain in distance learning for the entire semester.
Please reach out to Ed Paola (firstname.lastname@example.org) for specific questions as each situation will be unique.
Can the boarder allowance be applied if a student becomes a day student at KS Maui or KS Hawaiʻi?
Will the boarder allowance stop if the student decides to become a distance learning student?
Will families need to pay taxes on the boarder allowance?
Can the boarder allowance be used if we transfer our keiki to another private school?
What are the details about the monthly boarder allowance?
If students qualify for Financial aid, why can't a student receive boarder allowance should the student relocate with a parent to Oʻahu?
Will there be opportunities for students to participate in internships and receive credits?
Can we work with programming that already exists?
Is Aka'ula School an option as a KS affiliated private school for Molokaʻi students?
Kamehameha Schools has partnered with Akaʻula School to provide financial assistance to Native Hawaiians through its “Hoʻokahi Ka ʻIlau” (Wield the Paddles Together) program. The school services students in grades 5 through 12. Please contact Akaʻula School directly to submit a financial aid application.
What time will the community learning centers will be open?
If my student attends Island school on Kauaʻi there are no classes for Hawaiian language. Is it possible to have an online Hawaiian language class for Kaua'i students?
Will students be excluded from language at Island School? How would the logistics work? Will it be the same day/time every week?
Will day students be separated from boarders?
No, boarders who choose to become day students will not be separted from non-boarder day students. This is why we are reducing the capacity of our dorms to seniors only.
How is the school addressing the fact that day students are a higher risk than boarders?
The school is adopting and implementing safety protocols and practices that will help to create a safer environment for all. However, despite all of our efforts to keep our community safe, the risk of COVID-19 affecting our community is still present. This is why we are reducing the capacity of our dorms to seniors only.
What will happen if my child interacts with a day student who tests positive for COVID?
Close contact of the person who tests positive. If a boarder has had prolonged close contact with a student who tests positive, they will need to go into a 14-day quarantine. Contact tracing protocols will be implemented at Kapālama. We will provide supervision for students who are in quarantine. The details of this staffing plan are still being developed. Our primary objective is to operate boarding in the safest way possible.
Will there be counseling services available at community centers to provide social emotional support?
Yes, we are working to develop this type of support. Details will be shared at a future time.
Will there be an option for my son the remaining semester?
Yes, students will be given the option to change their mind at the 2nd semester.
How will grading be recorded for distance learning?
We anticipate that grading will look like what it looked like during the school year. Kumu will provide expectations at the beginning of the school year and we anticipate some flexibility that is needed as we adjust.
Can distance learning centers be opened to our boarder students on their home islands?
We are working very hard to make this possible.
If my student attends a community school, will they be able to attend the community center facility to see their peers?
Boarders who choose to attend a community school would not be able to participate in KS sponsored activities hosted through our community center for distance learning boarders.
If students are in distance learning can they still attend campus activities?
No, students on distance learning may not attend campus activities.
Will there be a designated teacher for distance learning?
Yes, depending on enrollment for Distance Learning, we will assign the appropriate teachers to teach in this model. Your child will have each course taught by a teacher with content expertise.
What is being done to support mainland boarding students?
For all distance learning students, we are looking to provide regular, personalized supports. We are looking to assign a learning coach/mentor to each student to check-in on their academic, social, and emotional well-being.
Will all classes be available in distance learning including electives?
Given the nature of distance learning, some elective courses may not be available. In particular, electives like ceramics which require access to a pottery wheel may not be offered in distance learning. However, we are looking into community resources to enhance hands-on and face-to-face learning opportunities for neighbor island boarders.
Will Dual Credit courses be offered in distant learning?
Yes. Dual credit will be available, but we will need to determine which classes will be available to students on distance learning.
Will Kamehameha help families who live in isolated communities find quality education for our child?
Parents in rural and isolated communities will have to choose from one of our three options. Distance Learning will be a good viable option for our haumāna.
What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning?
If a family selects option 2 and makes arrangements with a host family, what steps could they go through to coordinate schedules with their host familyʻs student.
Will the Canvas Managing system give a weekly update to parents like google classroom did. Is there going to be a tutorial?
Will there be a tutorial for parents on the Canvas system?
Does a reduction in student course load mean students will take less credits?
Would homeschooling be acceptable?
If dual credit at Molokaʻi Community College is approved, will KS pay for MCC tuition?
How would credits apply if we do homeschooling?
How will students do lab assignments via distance learning? How will dual credit courses be affected? Honors classes? Via distance learning?
When will the counselors be contacting us to discuss our child's credit/course requirements/options?
If my child chooses distance learning as an option, will they still be able to put themselves on the Hawaii Island campus waitlist should that option become available?
Will high school provide a school supply list to distance learning students?
My child has Dual Credit botany for this year. Will there be an opportunity to have this class in distance learning format?
How are you going to define cohorts? Will you take into account students' preferences?
Are counselors on vacation? We have not received a reply:
Are there any changes to the HPU AA or Dual Credit Opportunities?
What colleges have a partnership with KS?
How will Performing Arts, specifically Concert Glee work this year?
What are the PE requirements?
Is it possible to offer an online Hawaiian language class?
What electives will be available for distant learning?
When will we know if we have received financial aid?
The first round of financial aid awards will be sent out in mid-July.
Will there be a stipend if I want to send my child to a private school on my island?
This is something we are currently looking into to determine if this is something KS can help with.
Will Kamehameha scholarships be honored at other private schools?
Financial aid is specifically awarded to attend Kamehameha Schools. We are currently looking into what type of assistance, if any, we can provide in this situation.
Will there be adjusted tuition for distance learning?
Distance learning students are day students for the purposes of tuition rate.
Day school tuition for the 2020-21 school year is $6,026, which is about 21% of what it actually costs Kamehameha Schools to educate our haumāna.
Financial aid is available to offset this amount to those who qualify.
To apply for financial aid, click here. The deadline to apply for Financial Aid is June 30.
Would families who move to Oʻahu, so their child can attend as a day student, be eligible for the stipend?
The stipend will not be given to boarder families who choose to move to Oʻahu.
Will their be financial assistants for families who elect distance learning but need to pay for wifi connection?
We are current exploring how we might provide assistance for boarder families who do not internet access.
My child will need to stay with a host family who lives closer to the private schools on our island. Will we be eligible for the stipend?
The stipend will not be given to offset living costs for boarders to attend other community and private schools.
If I elect distance learning for my child, will financial aid be awarded to support hiring tutors?
How will performing arts classes be conducted?
We are offering a hybrid model and only specific classes will be offered in performing arts. We will likely not offer a distance learning option.
Will graduation requirements be changed?
Details are forthcoming.
How do we obtain a release from KSK if we elect to send our child to a school on our island?
This is done through the Option to Return (OTR) process. Please reach out to your grade level Vice Principal to request
Will there be a special orientation for new students?
Yes, Kū Mauna will be held virtually. Details are forthcoming.
When will summer school students be required to return their laptops? Will students who attend schools in their community be required to return KS laptops?
More information and details about the laptop process will be forthcoming.
In distance learning, can 7th graders be grouped together in their classes by island so they can work together?
This will depend on the number of students opting in to distance learning. Currently, the plan is to group students by grade level.
What will the dining environment look like?
Lunch will be in cohorts and puʻulu
How will classrooms be set up?
In alignment with CDC and KS enterprise guidelines the following has been done to ensure a safe environment for all students:
What supports will be provided for new invitee middle school students?
What supports will be provided for new invitee high school students?
How will new invitees receive their laptops?
Is there an option to have our keiki live with a host family on Oahu for just one semester, then return to boarding for the second?
Would our keiki be able to do distance learning semester 1, then once we can make arrangements, switch to day student with a host ‘Ohana for 2nd semester?
Is there an option for seniors to stay home for the 1st semester and return to boarding in 2nd semester?
Is there an option for students to attend their home district public school AND distance learning simultaneously?
KS connect doesn’t have the necessary options for boarders
If my child is placed on a waitlist, can they attend a school in our community while we are waiting?
Yes. If your student is on a waitlist at KS Hawaiʻi, they may attend a school in your community while you are waiting to hear back from KS Hawaiʻi.
If students elect to attend a local school, can they still take KSK classes via distance learning (electives and languages?)
This is a possiblity based on enrollment. More information will be provided in early August.
Can a boarder switch back and forth from day student to distance learner?
Students will be asked to make a choice by July 9th. They will have to stick with this decision through the semester due to credit requirements. At the second semester we will reevaluate and students will be given the opportunity to change if they would like.
Are masks provided for day students? Or are there guidelines if we need to purchase our own?
What if we opt out of taking the vaccine? Will my child not be allowed to become a boarder in the future?
Will new students receive laptops?
Who do we contact to get our student’s assigned laptop if we choose the DL option?
Will there be on-island tech support for distance learners? Follow-up Question: In the event laptops don’t work, will we need to wait for loaners to be sent from Oʻahu?
My child has their computer since they came home in March. Is there anything we will need to do with the laptop?
Will instructions for laptop roll-in be sent to students or parents?
Are we able to transfer our student to KS Hawaiʻi?
Are we able to transfer our student to KS Maui next year?
What is the last date to apply for bus transportation for boarding ʻohana who elect Hybrid/Day school?
If our student decides to be a day student for the 2nd semester, will they have the opportunity to apply for bus transportation?
Will bus transportation be guaranteed for students becoming day students?
Will the application deadline be extended for us to continue to determine which learning option we want?
Might the KS bus schedule be modified to include areas closer to the school, say like the Kakaako area?
Do the students have to use the bus stop in the area of their host family or can they use a different bus stop if it's more convenient for the host family?
Will there be bus transporation available to students who elect to become day students? And what are the bus routes?
Bus service is offered to KSK students that will be residing in the outlying areas of O'ahu. Outlying areas are defined as zip codes 96825 and any 967_ _. If the host family’s home residence is in our service area, bus stops and routes can be found in the bus application. The online application will be available through the KSK Transportation website at (http://kapalama.ksbe.edu/transportation/)
Bus applications are closed, will the deadline be extended for boarders who elect to be day students?
The application deadline has been extended until July 1st, 2020. Applications submitted after the July 1, 2020 (Friday) deadline, may be waitlisted until a seat becomes available.
Will there be financial assistance for boarders who elect to be day students in order to cover the bus fee?
We are currently exploring including transportation as part of the monthly boarder allowance for students who live with a host family on Oʻahu.
Will transportation be provided beyond Kaʻu (Ocean View) to Keaʻau campus if the student transfers to KS- H?
Nāʻalehu is the last stop in Kaʻū. Families would need to drive to/ from Kahuku (Ocean View) to Nāʻalehu on their own.
Will tuition be different for distance learning students?
If we choose another KS campus. do we have to apply for financial aid for THAT campus?
Do we need to purchase shorts and dress whites?
When will uniforms be required?
Will there be an option to purchase uniforms mid-year?
Will they need to wear uniforms to the Learning centers?
Will uniforms be required for distance learning?
Yes students must wear their polos when they are on Zoom or in online classes where video conferencing is taking place. Day students will be required to be in full uniform, including masks, when on campus for face-to-face instruction.
Will boarders have weekend privileges?
There will be a separate meeting for seniors and their families to address these specific questions.
Will the senior boarder meeting be held prior to July 9?
A meeting for seniors and their families will be held before July 9. If you did not receive the appointment in your email, please contact the boarding office so we can get you that information.
Hybrid for boarders (seniors), their “off campus” means they’ll be in their dorms?
In our hybrid model for high school, on days when boarder seniors are not in a face-to-face class, an academic space will be provided that will be staffed to provide academic support and supervision. If boarders must remain in their dorms on their distance learning days, we will ensure that appropriate supervision/supports are available to them in the dorms.
How should my student make selections regarding their academic plan for next year?
Families are encouraged to meet with academic counselors as soon as possible to ensure they have the right academic plan. Families can reach out directly to their grade-level counselors to plan appropriately to look at the best path forward.
Is there assurance that we will bring back boarding?
We have a strong commitment to our boarding ʻohana and moving toward the future, and see this as an opportunity to imagine ways to elevate our program. We will be using this time to prepare our program for when we can safely bring all our students back.
Since there are so many empty dorm rooms, any possibility to designate a floor or section that parents can rent while parents attend student athletic or other student events? Or if there is a Covid-19 case to quarantine?
Ensuring that our neighbor island boarding seniors can participate in the boarding program will be our primary focus this year. While the dorms will have reduced capacities, we will not be able to open them up to anyone else at this time.
How will they get their personal items back?
All students' items are being packed up and will be ready to ship at the end of summer. We will email parents when we are ready to ship. At this time, ʻohana can also plan to pick up items if your student will be a day student. More information will be forthcoming.
Will my senior have the same dorm advisors and/or placed in their respective dorm?
The boarding staffing plan has not been finalized. While it is our desire to place students with the same Dorm Advisor and in the same dorm, we cannot guarantee it at this point.
How many students will be in each cohort?
Each cohort, or group, will have approximately 10 students, with the possibility of 6-8 students depending on the final numbers. Dormitories will be operating as cohorts and seniors will operate and function solely in their cohort. All meals and activities will happen within the cohort. Cohorts will not be able to mingle.
How will students know what cohort they will be in?
Placement will be based on the total enrollment in the boarding program. ʻOhana will be informed when placements have been made -- sometime after July 9th.
What will boarding life be like?
The boarding program is undergoing a redesign process taking into account COVID-19 parameters and required procedures. We will share the details of our plan with families as soon as we are able to.
How will off-campus requests be handled?
Currently, off-campus activities will not be allowed.
How will common weekends be handled?
We anticipate travel being handled in the same manner as this past school year. Boarding will continue to make travel arrangements for those who have a travel agreement on file with Boarding.
Will boarders be allowed to use the courts on campus?
Students will be required to stay within their dorm cohort. They will need to follow safety guidelines and social distancing practices.
Will there be pilina building activities available to boarders?
Connections and pilina are so important and we are looking for ways to maintain these connections while we are physically apart. Activities will potentially be made available within individual cohorts.
The Decision to Open to Only Senior Boarders
Why couldn’t this option be made available to Oʻahu boarders? Why are only neighor island seniors given the option to return?
The decision to reduce the number of boarders was a difficult one to come to. The decision to allow only neighbor island seniors to return was twofold:
While dormitory cohorts are not risk-free, reducing our numbers is one way to mitigate this risk as it reduces the potential for transmission.
Is it possible to fill in the space with Juniors if the seniors that choose not to go back?
There are currently no plans to fill spaces of seniors (who may decline coming back to campus) with juniors (or any other underclassmen)
Is there a possibility of boarders coming back in January 2021?
The decision to reopen will be dependant on multiple factors with the primary factor being the creation and availability of a vaccine. Only then will we be closer to safely opening boarding to everyone again. The decision to limit boarding was very difficult to come to as the safety and well-being of our students, is our highest concern. We want to open up at full capacity once it is safe to do so.
Will my child’s space be held so they can automatically return to boarding when it opens?
If the option to defer and return next year is chosen, KS will automatically hold your child’s spot and there is no need to re-test. Students will need to complete and submit an Option to Return (OTR) contract with KS Kapālama to ensure they are on the pathway to graduate when they return.
If the option to become a day student is chosen, status as a boarder will be reinstated when boarding reopens.
How will Lānai boarders receive their belongings?
We will ship student’s belongings to Lānaʻi. Once items have arrived, families will receive a call that their boxes have arrived. Arrangements will be made to deliver items to your home.
Are families able to go to the dorms to pick up the packed boxes of our children’s items?
Pick-up and shipping options are still being arranged. All items will be packed up over the summer and will be available for pickup at the end of July. Please contact the boarding office for pick up information.