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ʻĪao School Updates 8/4/20
Families of ʻĪao School,
August 17 Start Date - The first day of school for all students is Monday, August 17.
Campus Visits - We will not be able to have a traditional orientation this year for 6th graders or new students. Since campus will be restricted to visitors after August 17, we are inviting families to visit campus from 8/5 to 8/14 to locate classrooms in preparation for the first day of school. Visits are allowed from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For those who choose to visit, children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, masks must be worn at all times and 6 ft. distancing is required. Visits are self-guided and families have been asked to please respect staff who are working hard to prepare for the school year. Face-to-face contacts with teachers or administration are by appointment only.
Deadline for opt-in to Distance Learning is August 6 - Our 100% Distance Learning Program allows students to learn from home without attending school in-person. The deadline to opt-in to our 100% Distance Learning Program is this Thursday, August 6 at 12:00 PM. Please visit this link to acknowledge the Distance Learning Expectations and to select this option for your child. Children of families that do not opt-in by this deadline will be placed in our Blended Learning Program. If you already selected the Distance Learning option and received a verification email from VP Richard Young you do not need to complete this form.
Blended Learning - Blended Learning is a combination of attending school in-person and learning from home. Students with last names A-L will attend in-person Monday and Tuesday with their first day August 17. Students with last names M-Z will attend in-person Thursday and Friday with their first day August 20. Students identified as “Vulnerable” will attend school 1-3 additional days each week. If your child meets this criteria you will be contacted with more information.
'Īao School Program Information
Families of ʻĪao School,
With the upcoming school year quickly approaching, 'Īao School is in the process of developing a safe and positive learning environment for your child(ren). We are working closely with the State of Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) to prioritize for the health and safety of our students, staff and community.
Our safety guidelines will include but not be limited to: 6 foot social distancing (both in and outside of the classroom), children and staff wearing masks, increased hand washing/sanitizing, visitors and parents restricted from entering campus (by appointment only), wellness screening for students and staff, and appropriate cleaning of campus facilities.
We are asking that parents do their part in keeping school safe. Please speak with your child(ren) about the importance of following safety guidelines and proper mask wearing. We also request your cooperation in completing a wellness check on your child each morning at home before determining if your child should attend school. This wellness check should include the following observations and if any of these symptoms are present children should not attend school in-person:
o Feverish, unusually warm or high temperature
o Sore throat
o Shortness of breath/Difficulty breathing
o Headache/Stomach ache/Nausea
o Muscle pain/Unusual fatigue
o New loss of taste or smell
Putting health and safety first means that we will not be able to accommodate all of our students on a full-time, face to face schedule. Our plan is to offer students the following options which have been coordinated with other schools in the Baldwin Complex Area.
****Please understand the below learning options are subject to approval and can change at anytime.****
BLENDED LEARNING (combination of Face-to-Face and Virtual)*
- Students will be on an A / B rotation schedule
- Group A (Last name A-L) attends school Monday, Tuesday and has virtual learning Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
- Group B (Last name M-Z) attends school Thursday, Friday and has virtual learning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.**
*Students identified as "vulnerable" may be required to attend school in-person on Wednesday or on additional days.
**If your household has children with different last names that result in them being in different Groups, you may request that they attend together later in this survey.
DISTANCE LEARNING (all virtual learning from home)
- Full time virtual learning (No in-person or face-to-face) led by 'Iao teachers utilizing coursework through various online curriculum, the Acellus online learning program and real-time video conferencing with students.
- Quarter-long commitment - Daily sign on requirement
- Virtual learning will include a combination of real time (synchronous) and self-paced (asynchronous) activities.
Mahalo for your patience. Serving students, families, and our community continues to be our absolute priority.
HIDOE launches ‘Ohana Help Desk to support students and families with distance learning
The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) today launched the nation’s first statewide, comprehensive help desk providing technology support to public school students and their parents as schools offer more opportunities for online and blended learning.
The ‘Ohana Help Desk will be open to support students and parents:
By phone at (808) 643-DESK (3375) Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m. The help desk will be closed on state holidays.
Online 24/7 at ohanahelpdesk.org for self-service support and information.
Coming to ʻĪao School in the Fall? Check out the 6th grade Welcome Video below!
Main Office Hours (7/1/2020): During the Summer break, our Main Office windows will be open for business from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Visitors are asked to wear a mask and maintain 6 ft. of distance from others at all times. Please do not come to campus if you have a fever, cough or other symptoms. Information about the July registration events can be seen above.
School Community Council (7/1/2020): We are seeking two Parent and two Community volunteers to serve as members of the School Community Council (SCC). The SCC meets frequently throughout the year to discuss school issues, advise the Principal and make decisions that impact students, families and the community. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to serve on the SCC, please email Principal Dillon at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 17.