Updated: April 8, 2020
Decisions and details about campus operations and impact to families can feel overwhelming so our Campus Leadership Team wanted to share this additional information that may help to provide clarity around some of these actions.
KS Kapālama offices and school facilities will be closed for in-person educational and co-curricular activities, as well as non-essential and public services for the remainder of the school year. We believe this is the best way for us to contribute to responsible physical distancing and limiting unnecessary contact within our campus community.
1. Why is campus being closed?
This closure is in response to the escalation of confirmed COVID-19 cases across Hawai‘i and in alignment with guidance from state and federal health officials. By limiting unnecessary personal contact and practicing responsible social distancing during this “stay at home” period, we believe this is the best way to contribute to “flattening the curve” for our community.
This time also allows our campus operations staff to continue with the extensive cleaning and other critical projects without disturbing or distracting any previously planned campus activities.
KS Kapālama will deliver all instruction through distance learning for the remainder of the school year.
2. Is the campus closed to everyone?
Only campus residents and staff members who have been identified as “essential” by their Campus Leadership Team members will be granted access.
Students and families cannot access campus during this “stay at home” period.
3. How long will campus be closed?
The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve at a rapid pace. With state and federal health officials providing information and guidance frequently, it is impossible to forecast how long this closure will last. As of now, campus will be closed for in-person classes and all instruction will take place through distance learning for the remainder of the school year. We are committed to maintaining open lines of communication between kumu, families and school leadership and will be sure to share updates as we continue to monitor the developing situation.
Po‘o Kumu have prepared DLPs for each of their respective schools and online learning will begin on Monday, April 6, and run through the remainder of the school year.
Review our K-12 Distance Learning Plan outlining KS Kapālama’s general approach and expectation for remote learning.
For details about each school’s DLP:
What is the status of KS Kapālama Summer School?
We have made the difficult decision to cancel in-person, on-campus summer school. While we understand these programs offer enriching experiences and provide students with opportunities to make academic progress, the uncertainty of the current situation prevents us from making the necessary preparations for our normal summer school programs.
As an alternative, we plan to offer distance learning education programs during the summer, focusing on incoming grades 9-12. We are taking an inventory of the classes that will be available and are looking into the supports necessary to create a successful program. These programs will allow students to earn and recover academic credits. We will provide information about course offerings and registration as soon as possible.
We are putting considerable thought into the feasibility of summer school offerings for grades 1-8. Once we make that determination, we will be sure to communicate that out.
What about summer programs like Hoʻomākaʻikaʻi?
We are also regrettably canceling all in-person community summer programs, including Hoʻomākaʻikaʻi and Kilohana. We are, however, actively working with our partners to innovate and make available other exciting learning opportunities and resources for our keiki and ‘ohana in the summer months and beyond.
Our community-based faculty and administrators will be hard at work developing these online programs. We will provide you with additional information about course offerings and any additional registration opportunities as soon as it becomes available.