From: Hawaii DOE
Date: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 3:07 PM
Subject: HIDOE extends school closures, implements remote work to maintain essential functions

HIDOE extends school closures, implements remote work to maintain essential functions

Instruction is expected to resume April 7 for students, grab-and-go meal service will be provided weekdays at select schools during closure

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) announced today it will keep all public schools closed for a total of three weeks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition, HIDOE offices except for essential functions will be closed for the next 15 days. School and state offices will continue to provide public services remotely.

“Closing our schools will help safeguard the health of our children, teachers, staff and surrounding communities as we fight against the spread of COVID-19,” Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto said. “We appreciate the support and commitment of our public school ‘ohana as we collectively navigate these uncharted waters.”

Board of Education Chairwoman Catherine Payne added, “Our entire state must band together to combat community spread of the virus and school closures are an important part of the response. We will work closely with the Department and our federal partners to ensure that education requirements continue to be met and students have access to such essential services as meals.”

HIDOE schools and offices
All public and charter schools will remain closed to students through April 6, following the extended spring break period. Barring any future changes, return dates will be staggered as follows:
  • April 3: Custodians, principals and administrators return to work.
  • April 4-5 (weekend): Custodians continue deep cleaning of campuses.
  • April 6: Teachers return to work to prepare classrooms.
  • April 7: Students return to school.
Spring break was originally scheduled to run from March 16-20 for most HIDOE schools. The Department announced last week that the break would be extended by one week through March 27. The state’s three multi-track schools — Kapolei Middle, Mililani Middle and Holomua Elementary — were placed on break for the same dates. The latest closure runs through April 6 for students.

Employees will be working remotely and those who need to perform duties at a campus or office during this period will be limited to those tasks before returning to their telework arrangement.

Student meal service
During the extended closure, HIDOE will continue to provide student meals, including providing grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at select schools to children 18 years and under at the following days and times:
  • Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. for breakfast.
  • Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for lunch.
  • Note: Meals will not be served on Thursday, March 26 in observance of Prince Kuhio Day. Some schools may start serving meals later in the week.
A list of the pick-up sites is available here. The locations were selected based on criteria including a high number of students eligible for the Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program and geography. HIDOE is monitoring the situation and may add additional sites if necessary.

Graduation and other school events
Following earlier guidance, the Department canceled or postponed events involving large groups. Graduation ceremonies, which are normally held in mid-to-late May, have not yet been modified and any necessary scheduling changes will be announced at a future date.

Notification of COVID-19 cases
In the event there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 involving an individual in a HIDOE school community, the Department will not be issuing a notification. This outreach will be done by the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) in order to avoid any potential Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations. We encourage those who are concerned to consult with their health care provider and continue to monitor the DOH website for updates at www.hawaiicovid19.com.

Additional information and HIDOE COVID-19 updates will continue to be posted on the Department’s website at hawaiipublicschools.org.

Student Records Requests
WMS Parent/ Guardian request for records, please click on this document link or scroll to the bottom of the page to download, print and fill out the records request form to submit to the office.

A fee of $5 per record will be assessed for each Report Card or Transcript requested. If, for example, transcripts are requested for more than one year, the fee will be $5 per year. Also, if the same record is to be sent to more than one school or organization, the fee is $5 per record transmittal. Cash or check accepted for record requests.

Families May Now Request Text Messaging Service
Families may now opt in to receive text messages from our School Messenger system about school closings, events, safety alerts, etc.

It's very easy to do: Just send a text message from your cell phone, saying "Y" or "Yes" to our school's short code number: 67587. That's it. You can opt out at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with "Stop." Your information in safe and will never be given or sold to anyone else.

If you need assistance, please call the office.

Student/Family/Staff Compact
A copy of the 2018-2019 STUDENT/FAMILY/STAFF COMPACT compact will be sent home with students to share with their families and they are asked to read it together and sign it and then return it to the student's Advisor will sign it as a collaborative agreement on school-wide expectations. A copy of this compact is included in the Student Planner and available as a PDF by clicking on this link or scrolling to the bottom of the page to download.
WMS STEAM Family Night:  

MAHALO to all who participated!  

WMS First Family Ho'ike Sept. 26 featuring student poetry presentations was a huge success -- mahalo to our students and teachers, and to all who attended!  

Mahalo to all for the great turnout for our 2018 Family Open House/Title I Annual Meeting on Aug. 29!  

Dec 2, 2019, 9:06 AM
Dec 2, 2019, 9:06 AM
Patti Cook,
Jul 16, 2019, 2:55 PM
Patti Cook,
Aug 3, 2019, 1:58 PM
Steven Smith,
Oct 3, 2018, 3:50 PM
Steven Smith,
Aug 9, 2019, 12:54 AM
Steven Smith,
Aug 5, 2019, 7:27 PM
Steven Smith,
Oct 2, 2018, 1:39 PM