Ma’ili Elementary

School Closure Update 3-24-2020

Update March 24, 2020
Dear Hawaiʻi DOE staff, faculty, parents and guardians,
 
We know these are uncertain and anxious times for everyone in our communities and we sincerely
appreciate your patience and aloha as our response to this health crisis continues to evolve and we make
the needed adjustments for health and safety.

Based on the latest guidance and information from health officials and our elected leaders, the Hawai‘i
State Department of Education (HIDOE) will be aligning with the emergency orders directing residents
statewide to remain at home and work from home through April 30. This means school facilities will be
closed to students until at least April 30 and traditional in-school instruction is on hold until schools
reopen.

HIDOE and charter schools will be sending out information about enrichment opportunities, including
online resources and instructional packets. We encourage you to look out for information from your
child’s school and teachers.

Please know that our public school system is still operating during this crisis. We are using alternative
methods as we maximize our telework approach and find ways to remain connected with students. The
HIDOE team is actively engaged in providing much-needed, modified services during these
unprecedented times, including thousands of meals for children and enrichment opportunities.

We are focused on minimizing disruption for students and supporting their emotional well-being. For tips
and tools to navigate and support your child’s continuous learning, please visit
bit.ly/HIDOEVirtualLearningParentResource.

By the end of this week, we will be sharing specific plans for our 10,000 eligible graduates. We will also
be sharing out next-level information based on the planning work accomplished by our teachers and
principals to guide us through the end of the school year.

The Department of Education remains focused on and committed to our educational mission and we look
forward to resuming instruction and a sense of normalcy as quickly as possible. Thank you for your
continued patience and cooperation.
 
 
 
March 15, 2020
Dear Hawaiʻi DOE staff, faculty, parents and guardians,

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) is extending its spring break through March 27 for
all public and charter school students. The Department will use the additional time from March 23-27 to
plan for implementation of social distancing within the school setting, arrange for professional
development to support modified operations, and thoroughly clean schools.

Mililani Middle, Kapolei Middle and Holomua Elementary will be off multi-track schedules for two
weeks from March 16-27. Normal school operations for all schools are expected to resume Monday,
March 30. Spring break was originally scheduled to run from March 16-20 for most HIDOE schools, and
Thursday, March 26, is Prince Kuhio Day, which is a state holiday.

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) issued COVID-19 guidance on Friday, March 13, regarding
public events and group gatherings. As a result of this guidance, HIDOE will be canceling
Department-coordinated events that meet this criteria until updated guidance is provided by health
officials.

Official COVID-19 updates will continue to be posted on the Department’s website at
www.hawaiipublicschools.org. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in prioritizing the
health and safety of our school communities.

If you have any questions, please contact your school’s administration.