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Hurricane Hector Update & News for Waimea Middle School 'Ohana-8-7-2018

posted Mar 15, 2019, 11:30 AM by Steven Smith   [ updated Mar 15, 2019, 11:30 AM ]

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 5 p.m. - Hurricane Hector Update & News for Waimea Middle School 'Ohana: 

Aloha Waimea Middle School Families - We hope your student had a great first day for the new school year!  

We have two important messages for you:  First, we continue to monitor weather reports for Hurricane Hector.  A Tropical Storm Watch has been declared and all of us should be securing objects in our yards and work places in anticipation of strong winds.  We also should anticipate dangerous surf conditions.  

Please stay safe.  

Here is a link to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center webite, which has many "live" links for tracking the storm:

There will be school tomorrow unless conditions change, in which case we will advise families by calls/emails home via "School Messenger" and also will post information on our Facebook Page ( and here on our website.  You may of course always call the school office too: 887-6090 Ext. 222 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.  

And second...we are having a challenge with student transportation and wanted to let families know the situation.      

For the short term, the middle school is operating with only one bus and one driver.  The second bus is in the shop and we are trying to hire a bus driver.  

So here’s The Plan:  

Every morning for the next several weeks, the one bus we have will pick up students on the "wet side" as usual.  

And...every morning, middle school students living on the "dry side" -- from Kawaihae up into town -- will share a Roberts Hawaii bus with elementary students.  

This is clean and simple.  But come afternoon, it’s a bit more complicated.  

The middle school’s one bus will make two trips.  

The first Trip will leave campus about 2:20 - it’ll be very full with students living on the "wet side" of Waimea. 

This bus will return to campus and as quickly as possible at about 3:15, it will head out for a second Trip to take students home on the "dry side" - down to Kawaihae.  

There will be adult supervision for students waiting on campus for the 2nd bus.  

We apologize for this - we are doing our best to find an affordable solution and hire needed drivers.  We ask your patience.  Most important to us is your child’s safety.    

Also, if you or someone you know is job hunting and has a clean driving history, with or without a CDL license, please urge them to come to campus and fill out an application.  We also need van drivers -- these would be casual hires and no CDL is required.   As with all school staff, these positions undergo fingerprinting and an ECRIM check to ensure the safety of our children.  

One last note:  Thursday, Aug. 9 will be Student Picture Day -- it will be a Free Dress Day though the school Dress Code applies.  That’s this Thursday, Aug. 9.   

Mahalo and please remain safe.  

Janice English