August 26, 2020
Yesterday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued an emergency stay-at-home order signifying more restrictive measures meant to curb the current surge in positive COVID-19 cases in Hawaiʻi. This order doubles down on the statewide strategy to flatten the curve of infections alleviating the stress on our precious medical and health resources serving the community.
In accordance with this announcement, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama will be closing campus effective Thursday, August 27, for the duration of the current order. During this time, campus will be accessible only to residents, select essential staff, and haumāna who have received special approval from poʻo kumu for distance learning support.
All other haumāna and ʻohana will not be granted access to campus during this closure. We anticipate, however, impact to students to be minimal having started the year in distance learning through the first quarter.
If you have any questions or concerns about this campus closure, please contact your poʻo kumu office.
OUR KULEANA TO OUR COMMUNITY
The decision to start the school year in distance learning through the first quarter, encouraging staff to work from home when possible, and closing campus to reduce density are examples of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama's contribution to keeping our community safe. Success will not come from any individual effort, so we humbly ask everyone in our campus ʻohana to share this kuleana with us. Maintain physical distance with others outside of your bubble, wear your face coverings, wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, and do not go out if you are feeling ill or have knowingly come into contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19. Let us all do our part to help our community through this time.
Ke aloha nui,
Dr. Taran Chun, Poʻo Kula