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Distance Learning: What is your School's Plan?
By News Release @ 1:49 PM :: 3456 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

School Year 2020-21 Models

School leaders created elementary, middle/intermediate, and high school models for the reopening of the 2020-21 year. Models may vary due to number and size of school facilities; ability to accommodate enrollment numbers; and impact of instructional staff vacancies.

News Release from Hawaii DoE, 30-Sep-2020

School Year 2020-21 began with most HIDOE schools providing education via distance learning based on COVID-19 conditions and health guidance at the time. That was anticipated to be in effect for at least the first four weeks of the school year, and was later extended for the entire first quarter through Oct. 2, followed by a one-week fall break. There have been exceptions where schools offer learning hubs on campus to provide in-person educational programming for vulnerable students. (Identified supports for vulnerable students vary among schools and may include, for example, students who require specialized learning services, students who need additional academic support, students in key transition grades, and students who lack internet access.)
Pursuant to the BOE resolution adopted on June 18, 2020:

"BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board decrees that the Department may consider distance learning and hybrid learning equivalent to in-person learning for purposes of calculating instructional days and student hours and meeting the requirements of Section 302A-251, HRS, provided that the Department issues clear directives to schools and guidance to families and the public regarding how Department schools must calculate instructional days and student hours in distance learning and hybrid learning settings…"

School models will reflect a culture of care that is consistent with the BOE principles of giving hope, acting with kindness, and working toward togetherness. Thus, school models will demonstrate:

A. Adherence to the health and sanitation directives to ensure the health and safety of our students, employees, families, and community members. 

B. Priority for students who have challenges with online learning or need additional support to be successful academically for on-campus learning. 

C. Flexibility as schools address facilities and workforce capacity and health and safety guidelines to provide supervision and optimal learning conditions for their most vulnerable students or those identified by schools as high priority (for example, students in grades PreK-1, students who have been difficult to connect with during distance learning). Models will be designed to align within a complex area to support families with learners in multiple schools to the greatest extent possible.

New guidance from the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to specifically assist schools with decision-making during this phase of the pandemic have recently become available. As the Department continues to evaluate and vet these resources, the data provided from these medical sources will be used by HIDOE and complex area leaders to understand the conditions impacting their local communities and their schools.

Complex Area leadership distributed letters to staff and families about quarter two plans. Please see below for links to the letters.


Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area
Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area

Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua Complex Area
Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Area
Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area
Nanakuli-Waianae Complex Area
Campbell-Kapolei Complex Area
Castle-Kahuku Complex Area
Kailua-Kalaheo Complex Area

Hawaii Island

Kau-Keaau-Pahoa Complex Area
Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area (schools sent out individual letters to parents)
Honokaa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena Complex Area


Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Area
Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai Complex Area


Kapaa-Kauai-Waimea Complex Area

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HIDOE Return to Learn Surveys for Teachers, Secondary Students and Families

HIDOE teachers, students and families, your voice matters! Help the Department and your school better support you by sharing your first quarter experiences.

News Release from Hawaii DoE, Oct 1, 2020

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is currently seeking feedback from teachers, secondary students and families to learn more about first quarter experiences of the 2020-21 school year. This feedback is essential as we continue to assess system progress, identify areas where additional support is needed and coordinate resources.

Teacher survey

All HIDOE public and charter school teachers should receive an email with their unique survey link from Panorama Education on Oct. 1. Teachers who did not receive an email from Panorama Education can contact Teri Ushijima at Teachers can share their feedback now until Oct. 23, 2020. Survey questions can be viewed here

Secondary student survey

Middle and high school students in grades 6-12 who are enrolled at any Hawaii public or charter school are invited to share their feedback now until Oct. 23, 2020. The survey is available in 14 different languages (select desired language via the drop down box at the top left corner). Survey questions can be viewed here

Family survey

Parents and guardians of any student enrolled at a Hawaii public or charter school are invited to share their feedback now until Oct. 30, 2020. The survey is available in 14 different languages (select desired language via the drop down box at the top left corner). One survey may be completed per child. Survey questions can be viewed here.

All surveys are completely confidential — no one at the school, complex area or state office will be able to connect responses back to the individuals. 

To help promote participation, please feel free to download and share this flyer.

If you would like to participate but are unable to complete the survey online, please contact the Assessment and Accountability Branch at 808-586-3283. 


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