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Kamehameha Schools Preschools

Health updates

In response to COVID-19, we have made adjustments to our daily program operations that integrate preventative practices and strategies. Processes and procedures may need to be adjusted over time to reflect any new federal or state guidance.

The program and operational changes are specific to COVID-19 and align with the following regulatory expectations:

Health screening and preventive hygiene

Coupled with physical distancing, health screenings and preventive hygiene are among the most effective strategies in containing COVID-19.

Safety measures What is happening? How? Why?
Face coverings

It is optional for adults and keiki to wear a face mask, although they should when returning from isolation (Days 6-10).


Mask use can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in certain situations.

Personal hygiene and handwashing

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

Awareness through signage and videos that demonstrate proper hand washing behaviors, and additional training for staff.

We will continue our standard practice of teaching children how to properly wash their hands at the start of the school year as part of the orientation period.

Staff and students will be encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw used tissue in the trash, and wash hands immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Proper hygiene is another level of protection against the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Following CDC guidelines on hygiene is a good practice to reinforce.

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.

Safety measures What is happening? How? Why?
Enhanced cleaning of surfaces

Cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks).

A schedule and checklist for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting will be followed by all staff. In addition, at the end of the day, all preschools will receive regular cleaning by the custodial staff.

Cleaning protocols are informed by CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines.

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 ‘ohana, our students and staff become advocates for maintaining a healthy environment.

Safety measures What is happening? How? Why?

Throughout the school year, various forms of communication will be used to keep parents and employees informed of program and operational changes as the conditions evolve with COVID-19.

There will also be increased signage at preschools.

Parents are responsible for providing the school with the most current contact information as it will be used to provide important emergency announcements, program information and updates. Individual kuleana is to remain maka‘ala for these announcements and follow them accordingly.

Signage will be posted in highly visible locations.

Reinforcing positive behaviors and providing stakeholders with the necessary details to follow proper protocols is important to ensure those protocols are followed.


All staff are required to complete annual training at the start of the school year that addresses health and safety requirements for KS preschools. Additional training has been added this year to address COVID-19 related topics.

During the orientation period, teachers and leadership will provide children and parents with opportunities to learn about the program adjustments and new procedures to support a safe and healthy environment for all children, families and staff.

Here is a list of the training staff will complete at the start of the school year to meet DHS and KS requirements for operating during COVID-19:

  1. Snack and Food Preparation Training
  2. Staff Health and Safety Training
  3. KS Returning to Work Safety Training
    • Personal hygiene
    • Employee health guidelines and kuleana
    • Cleaning and disinfecting
    • Employee support

Required training will help equip our employees to implement and maintain good health and safety practices.


Preschool leaders will be responsible for making sure systems are aligned and coordinated, and will oversee any emerging gaps, adaptation needs, and troubleshooting.

Communication with enterprise Health and Safety and organization leadership on updates to system guidelines. Any updates will be addressed and documented.

Coordination is key to consistency.

Kawaiaha‘o Plaza

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

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

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

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