Aloha Pūʻōhala ʻOhana,
This is a follow up message to clarify that Pūʻōhala School has chosen Model B, “Blended Rotation,” where all students are on a rotation; priority will be given to K-2 and vulnerable students for daily face-to-face instruction to the greatest extent possible; groupings of students will be based on two groups by alpha last name; where one group of students will be present on campus receiving face-to-face instruction while the other group participates in distance learning.
Due to the constantly changing nature of our Stateʻs health status, all of the information shared is subject to change based on the most current information provided by the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Health. More detailed information will be shared in the coming week, regarding the specific days for your students to attend, our COVID-19 bell schedule as well as our "Shaka distance" safety plan.
Aloha Pūʻōhala ʻOhana,
I have attached a letter from our Complex Area Superintendent.
We are continuing to work on the details for the opening of our school to all our wonderful haumana! Our goal is to bring all students back to school every day if possible, while social distancing within the classroom as well as outside. This is an extraordinary endeavor and we will rise to the challenge!!!! We hope to have more details out to you within the next couple of weeks.
Pūʻōhala Administration, Faculty and Staff
Aloha Pūʻōhala ʻOhana!
I hope your summer has been enjoyable and that many of you have been able to enjoy the outdoors while continuing to social distance and stay healthy! These are times none of us have experience operating in and it doesn't look like this COVID-19 is going away soon. We must keep our guard up, but we have more knowledge now to live life outside our homes' four walls. This includes hand washing, sanitizing, wearing masks, distancing, and staying home when feeling sick. I believe with these and other precautions, we can have our students return to classrooms and attempt to keep COVID-19 at a distance, as best we can.
As you heard in communications from our previous Po'okumu and perhaps others, the HIDOE will be looking for a new Principal/Po'okumu for our school. Until then, we have a temporarily assigned principal, Ikaika Plunkett, effective immediately. He is transitioning over from Kāne'ohe Elementary where he was the vice principal and up until today, working as the summer coordinator there. He will be releasing information by the end of this week, for our school's August reopening plans. We thank you for your patience in this time of transition.
We will be planning and sharing guidance as we receive it from the Hawai'i Department of Education (HIDOE), Department of Health (DOH) as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We know the education of your children is important and returning to in-person instruction is our goal! We will do this with health guidance and keeping in mind our priority for the safety of your/our children as well as that of our staff.
Please know we value your mana'o (thoughts) and if you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to call our school office (808) 305-5900 where you can leave a message for Mr. Plunkett or email me directly.
Mahalo! E malama i kou kino.
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