Aloha, Hanalani Ohana!
We hope you are doing better as we learn to live in our new COVID world.
We are finishing our second week of summer program. It’s great to see the students and to hear their laughter. They are having a wonderful time playing, exploring, and being with each other.
We are learning as well. Their enjoyment of being with each other brings the challenge of reminding them of physical distancing. We have our morning health check in place and are instilling our classroom safety and health practices. We know that you and your families are making adjustments on the home front, and we appreciate your efforts.
Our major summer project has been to prepare the campus and develop plans for a safe return to campus in the fall. Our leadership team compiled a COVID-19 Handbook, purchased PPE and other safety equipment, developed training programs, revised schedules, and implemented many, many more safety measures.
As we developed the handbook, we were challenged with sorting through a plethora of information that changed weekly and sometimes daily. We wrestled with differing expert opinions and state mandates. These factors made our processes of developing our handbook and campus preparations feel like we were trying to place an X in a moving stream. In short, we tried to identify the most reliable information and safety practices. The Hawaii Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hawaii Department of Education, and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools have proven to be very appropriate resources for us.
As the medical and government experts have differing opinions, we understand that families will approach COVID-19 factors differently. Because our goal is to provide a safe campus, we want to hear concerns and will consider suggestions for adjustments.
With the remaining weeks in the summer, we know that information will change, which will necessitate adjustments to our practices. We will make it a point to communicate changes with you.
We are committed to doing our best to keep everyone healthy on our campus. We appreciate your partnership in keeping our school community safe.