We will be holding two sessions for families about how to access Google Classroom, the tools associated with Google Classroom, and answering questions about distance learning on Wednesday, October 14 at 12:00 PM and again at 5:00 PM. This meeting will be held virtually.
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On your phone, dial: +1 276-738-2503
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October 12, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) has completed an instructional review of the online curriculum Acellus Learning Accelerator. This review was prompted by numerous parent, school and community complaints around issues of questionable and inappropriate content, rigor and alignment to standards.
Based on its analysis, the review team recommended the program should be discontinued as a primary curriculum resource due to its inconsistency in quality and rigor. The HIDOE recognizes the curriculum does contain content that reviewers found acceptable and aligned to standards, and will be working with schools that use Acellus to identify and leverage such content, as appropriate.
During the summer months, in an effort to respond quickly, Acellus was offered to families reluctant to physically send their child to school when the school year opened. It was also used by schools as a supplemental tool to support distance learning needs during the pandemic.
The Department is finalizing a transition plan for Acellus users. We recognize there are families who will continue to request full distance-learning regardless of their child’s school model.
For secondary students pursuing credits for graduation using this program, the Department does not want to jeopardize students’ current progress. Secondary schools will address issues in collaboration with concerned parents to ensure students are supported through the school year. For elementary students, we are working to provide options schools can offer as supplementary learning opportunities to families whose children are in distance learning.
It is clear this issue has caused disruption, and for that we apologize. We are working to move forward in a manner that supports our students in the least disruptive manner possible. I want to assure you we are committed to providing the best learning experiences possible, especially during these challenging times.
Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto
Starting Monday, October 12, Grab and Go Meals will have one pick up time from 11:30-12:00 at Pahoa Elementary School. Families will be provided a lunch and a breakfast meal for the next day as there will be no service for breakfast. If you have any questions, please contact 313-4300 for more details.
The Hawai‘i State Department of Education is currently seeking feedback from 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.
Dear Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s):
During these uncertain and challenging times, the health and safety of all of our students remain a top priority. We care about your child and we know that there are numerous social pressures and misinformation about the devastating impact of tobacco and e-cigarette products. We want to work with you as parent(s)/legal guardian(s) to keep children away from these products. Please talk to your child about making healthy choices and about what the law states for their own protection. According to Act 206(2018), Section 712-1258, Hawaii Revised Statutes, it is unlawful for any student under the age of 21 to purchase or possess any tobacco product or electronic smoking device (ESD). An ESD is defined as any electronic product that can be used to aerosolize and deliver nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device, including but not limited to an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, or electronic pipe, and any cartridge or other component of the device or related product.
In addition, any tobacco product or ESD found in a student's possession is a violation of Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter 19, shall be seized by school administration, and forfeited to law enforcement. This is pursuant of Act 206 (HB 1895, HD1, SD1, CD1 ), Part II, Section 8(5) effective July 1, 2018.
Should you have further questions, talk to your school administration. At the state office, please contact, Ms. Sheli Suzuki, Educational Specialist, Student Support Section, at (808) 305-9787 or via email, at email@example.com.
Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto Superintendent
We are pleased to announce that HIDOE and the Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services (DHS) will be providing temporary food purchasing assistance to families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals due to the impact of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the 2019-20 school year, eligible families were provided Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) School Meal Replacement Benefits of up to $360 per child due to school closures in March, April and May. This school year, families are eligible to receive up to $286 per child for the months
of August and September.
There is no application specifically for P-EBT. Any child or family who qualifies for free or reduced-price school meals for the current 2020-21 school year will automatically be eligible for P-EBT. Students who attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school and direct-certification students also will automatically be qualified for this program.
HIDOE families that have already qualified for free or reduced-price school meals for this school year and have no changes to their mailing address do not need to take any action; P-EBT cards will automatically be mailed to them. HIDOE will provide eligibility information to DHS, who will distribute
the P-EBT cards via mail.
HIDOE families that are eligible but have not yet applied for free or reduced-price school meals, can still apply by Sept. 21 at EZMealApp.com.
Qualifying families that need to update their primary mailing address should work with their school to do so by Sept. 22.
For any questions about the P-EBT program, please visit https://humanservices.hawaii.gov or contact DHS directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions
HIDOE ESSA Hawaii Qualified Teacher Notice Parent’s Right to Request Teacher Qualifications School Year 2020-2021
Dear Parents and Guardians:
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides parent(s)/guardian(s) of a HIDOE student, the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teacher(s) and if the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so their qualifications. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teacher(s) and paraprofessional(s) and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner upon request.
You have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teacher(s).
If you would like to receive any of this information, please contact our school office.
August 14, 2020
To Whom It May Concern,
The Kaʻū-Keaʻau-Pāhoa Complex Area (KKP CA) vision is “Mohala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua” (Flowers thrive where there is water, as thriving people are found where living conditions are good.) We have a responsibility to make sure that we nourish these waters so that our future flowers of the next generations can bloom and perpetuate the culture.
During these unprecedented times, KKP leaders’ priority has been to continue our model of shared leadership and resourcing for the benefit of all students. Complex area principals have been working tirelessly with their staff to create school systems and schedules that best meet the needs of our students while also ensuring health and safety practices for the wellbeing of students, staff, and families.
KKP schools are aligned with Superintendent Kishimoto’s three-phase plan for distance learning. Principals are working with their staff to coordinate their schedule for the week of August 17, 2020, to minimize the time that students will be on campus with other children and adults.
We thank all of our KKP ʻohana for their dedication and care in continuing to nourish the conditions in which our students can thrive. “Ua Ola Loko I ke aloha - Love gives life within."
I want to first thank you for your patience and understanding as we go through another difficult time together, the COVID19 pandemic. Pahoa has been challenged with many natural disasters and have proven our resiliency time and time again. As Puna has always worked collectively together, we will get through this as we have with all other disasters.
If you have been following the news, things change on a daily basis whether it comes from the CDC guidelines, Governor Ige’s proclamations, Mayor Kim or DOE Superintendent Dr. Kishimoto’s messages. They have worked collaboratively to provide the safest guidelines for the schools to follow to ensure that when we return to school we do it with the best and safest plan that meets the needs of our students, faculty/staff and our community. Rest assured that the priority of Pahoa High & Intermediate is “SAFETY FIRST”.
At this time, based on options provided to the Principals on opening of the new school year, Pahoa High & Intermediate has selected a Hybrid Model that incorporates both distance learning and face-to-face learning. Within this Hybrid Model, we have selected the A/B/C/D rotational model for the following reasons:
The other two options were Face-to-Face Model with all students on campus or half of the students on campus at a time. Both of these options would not ensure 6 ft. social distancing in the classroom, during passing times, recess or lunch. Again, SAFETY must be the priority.
On July 17, 2020, the Registrar’s Office will be sending out your child(ren)’s class schedule along with our bell schedule. It will reflect the first 8 days from August 5 to August 14 in which students will attend from 7:55 am to 11:30 am. Students are scheduled alphabetically to attend certain days. These 8 half days were set by the DOE to provide teachers the opportunity to plan, acquire training and educate students on the behavioral expectations as they navigate the campus, following safety guidelines, health guidelines, etc. Starting August 17, 2020, students will attend full days based on their rotation schedule.
This letter and the Registrar’s information will be posted on our website www.pahoahis.org
It is our goal to have all students return to campus on a daily basis, however, this is the safest option at this time that we can provide to our students. I again ask for your patience, understanding and support moving Onward and Upward. We will get through this together as we are Puna resilient.