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Health and safety

KSK’s approach to safety
KS COVID-19 health risk levels

All of our measures and protocols have been developed with a focus on the well-being of our entire campus community. Mitigation strategies like face coverings, distancing, hygiene, health screenings, etc., all contribute to the effective management of virus transmission.

KS has developed a table of information that outlines the different health and safety measures and risk factor metrics associated with different tiers of risk. Please take a moment to review the chart linked below.

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 symptom screenings and/or individual temperature checks upon the arrival of all students, staff, and visitors to campus.

All families are required to complete an online Daily Wellness Check-In for any Kamehameha Schools students that may be participating in onsite learning or other activities. The check-in is not required to be filled out if the child is not physically onsite at school or participating in onsite learning or other activities.

Parents must 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. Kamehameha Schools has established a cross-functional COVID-19 Response Team that will direct next steps in accordance with CDC guidance. For more information refer to our Student Exposure What You Need to Know web page.

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 face shields will be required in classrooms. Students and staff who have medical reasons that prevent them from wearing a face mask must provide a doctor's note and will be allowed to use a face shield. Face coverings must be worn at all times when on campus except when sitting alone in an enclosed space, walking alone outdoors, or eating. We are exploring solutions that are safe and practical for our campus community, so both a face mask and a face shield will be required while in class. We will reassess that requirement at a future time.

See our health hygiene sheet for more information.

Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting

All classrooms and common areas will be cleaned and disinfected daily per CDC guidelines. Similarly, our buses will be sanitized before and after commutes.

To comply with CDC recommendations for ventilation, air conditioning systems have been improved to include air cleaning technologies like UV lights and/or bipolar ionization.  Additionally, in lieu of air conditioning, windows and doors may be left open to increase circulation of outdoor air in rooms where 100% natural ventilation is prudent. 

Sharing items will be discouraged, and each child’s belongings will be separated from others’.

See our Common area cleaning protocols and Classroom cleaning protocols info sheets for more information.

All three of our KS K-12 campuses and Kawaiaha‘o Plaza are using aqueous ozone to supplement the routine cleaning and sanitizing that already occurs at KS work sites throughout the workday. KS will also continue to clean and sanitize using additional EPA approved commercial products as part of its daily cleaning process after the work/school day ends.

Enozo Pro’s Aqueous Ozone cleaning solution has been through testing and has been proven to reduce 99.9% of Human Coronavirus in 30 seconds.
All three of our KS K-12 campuses and Kawaiaha‘o Plaza are using Aqueous Ozone to supplement the routine cleaning and sanitizing that already occurs at KS work sites throughout the workday. KS will also continue to clean and sanitize using additional EPA approved commercial products as part of its daily cleaning process after the work/school day ends.

Ozonated water isn’t new. It is a common cleaning and disinfecting solution that has been used since the late 1800s and was FDA cleared in 1996. KS has reviewed the effectiveness of Aqueous Ozone at eliminating the Coronavirus and other microorganisms such as E. Coli, Staph A. and Salmonella and we feel confident that this technology will support safely returning to school and work.

We also recognize that during these challenging times we will be cleaning and sanitizing surfaces more frequently in the presence of kumu and haumāna. Because of this, we need to ensure our staff and students are not exposed to harmful chemicals which sometimes require a dwell time (“the amount of time that a sanitizer or disinfectant must be in contact with the surface, and remain wet, in order to achieve the product’s advertised kill rate”) before wiping down. With Aqueous Ozone there are no harsh synthetic chemicals or fragrances added, it leaves no residue, and it takes only 30 seconds to clean and sanitize a surface. Therefore, in addition to Aqueous Ozone’s effectiveness eliminating microorganisms including the coronavirus, it is also a safe and easy to use solution for our KS schools and worksites.

Stanford University; University of Wisconsin; University of Michigan; Honolulu International Airport; ‘Iolani School, Clinton National Airport; Sports Center of Richmond (SCOR); University of Toronto; Toronto Pearson International Airport; Middle Tennessee State University; Aetna Home Offices; Florida Hospital System; Yavapai County Facilities and Parks and Rec Department; Horizon House CCRC; Clarke County School District Athens, GA; Norco College; Wesley Hotel UK; QHotels Four and Five Star Hotel Group UK

The Aqueous Ozone data and efficacy information is provided in this PDF and you can also refer to these sites for additional information: https://enozo.com, Ozone in Water Treatment and Ozone History.

Please contact the COVID-19 Response Team with questions anytime at COVID19HELP@ksbe.edu.


Vaccination

With respect to the COVID-19 vaccine, what’s important to know is that Kamehameha Schools respects everyone’s ability to make choices about their own personal health and encourages our KS ‘ohana to stay informed about the latest developments regarding vaccination.

Vaccination is not mandatory, but strongly encouraged for our KS ‘ohana when vaccines become available to them, especially teachers, other front-line staff, and employees in high-risk categories. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided specific information on the different COVID-19 vaccines currently being used.
We continue to follow the latest guidance from public health officials in order to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for our students and employees. Our schools also will continue to follow the robust set of health and safety measures in place, including voluntary COVID-19 testing, use of face masks, temperature screening and physical distancing. Families may choose between full distance learning or hybrid learning, which enables a combination of face-to-face interaction and distance learning as appropriate at each school.
KS follows the guidance set forth in Hawai‘i state laws, which requires that all students meet physical examination, immunization, and tuberculosis clearance requirements before they may attend a childcare facility, preschool, or public or private school in Hawai‘i. Students are not currently required by state law to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
With the limited supply of vaccines available at this time, KS will follow the state’s prioritization plan for distribution. Individuals should contact their health care provider for information on the phase in which they will be eligible for vaccination as well as distribution locations.

Vaccine rollout information

For the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations available across the pae ‘āina, visit the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine information page, or the following healthcare system websites. For questions specific to your ‘ohana, contact your primary care physician.


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.

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.

See our KS COVID-19 student exposures: What you need to know info sheet for more information.


Food and health services
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.

See our Cafeteria and grab-n-go protocols info sheet for more information.

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.

See our KS COVID-19 student exposures: What you need to know and being healthy at school info sheets for more 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