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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.