COVID-19 Updates

Latest Update: Friday, June 26,2020

COVID-19 Handbook: Return to a Safe Campus

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.
 
Please read through the attached COVID-19 Handbook and Campus Map.
 
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.

Take care and God bless,

Mark Y. Sugimoto
Head of School
 

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Online Education - what is the current status?
    We are off to a strong start. On the home front we expect a transition period, as we work to establish a routine and schedule. Please set aside a quiet place for your child to do school, provide ample time away from the screen, and send us feedback on how your child(ren) and you are doing.

    Tuition Assistance Program - Can I still apply?

    Yes, our TAP Committee is convening and our desire is to communicate with families as soon as possible, especially in this COVID19 environment. Please complete and submit your complete financial information to the SSS website (all tuition assistance must apply through SSS). A lack of documents holds up the assessment process.

    COVID-19 Assistance - I lost my job due to COVID-19. Is there help available?

    The Board of Trustees understands that we will need to assist families impacted by the COVID19 measures, so if your family has been financially impacted by COVID19, contact the business office. To expedite the process, provide an employer’s letter stating a loss of job, or documents that explains your business losses due to the pandemic. The TAP committee will review and respond as quickly as possible.

    Royal Merit Scholarship Awards
    RMS Scholarship have been awarded to 69 recipients. Congratulations to the RMS recipient for school year 2020-21!

    Ancillary Fees

    At the end of this school year, the business office will prorate fees for the unused portion of services, such as before/after school care, transportation, etc., and will credit the balance to next year’s SMART tuition account. If you are not returning, the business will remit your balance via check.

    Lunch Coupons

    You may use Lunch Coupon next year or during the summer program. If you are not returning, please mail your unused lunch coupons to the Business Office for a refund.

    Summer Program

    We are gearing up for a great summer program, COVID19 permitting.
  • General Information About COVID-19

    General Information About COVID-19
    The World Health Organization has named the illness/syndrome caused by this novel coronavirus: COVID-19. The virus that causes the illness has been renamed SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. The virus was previously known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

    What is COVID-19 (aka 2019 Novel Coronavirus)?
    2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to- person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, suggesting person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people.

    What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
    Common signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, particularly those in persons with underlying severe and chronic health issues, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

    How contagious is COVID-19?
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health agencies are involved in active investigations to learn more about how this virus is spread. Person-to-person spread has been reported in Asia, though it’s unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people.

    What is the incubation period for this virus?
    The incubation period is the time between exposure to a pathogen and the appearance of the first symptoms.
    The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as many as 14 days after exposure. This is based on the incubation periods for similar viruses.
  • COVID-19 Prevention

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches, elevator buttons, etc.
    • Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.
    • Open doors with your closed fist or hip
    • Use disinfectant wipes at stores, etc.
    • Use hand sanitizer after contacting surfaces and throughout the day
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and disinfect your hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Livestream with Q&A

    View livestream recording
    Recorded: March 17, 2020 6:30 p.m.

    Video Q&A begins at the 30:47 mark. 

    Additional Q&A not addressed on video will be available shortly.
  • Extended Spring Break

    Extended Spring Break: Due to the heightening levels of concern and our need to contribute to efforts to “flatten the curve,” Spring Break is extended from March 18 to April 1.
     
    While starting Spring Break earlier, we believe it important to give families needed time to work with their employers for possible work-at-home arrangements so they can care for their children. Secondly, we are preparing students should we transition to an online format to deliver instruction. Currently, we plan for students to return on Thursday, April 2. We will make the determination regarding online instruction over Spring Break and notify families as soon as possible.

    Teacher Preparation
    Teachers will report to school during non-regularly scheduled Spring Break days to continue their preparations for online learning. Undoubtedly, the best instruction is face to face, but the circumstances may necessitate an online delivery. The school is continually assessing the circumstances and will notify families as soon as possible. 

  • School Events Schedule

    March
    • All travel trips -Canceled
    • Sporting Events (ILH), academic competitions -Canceled
    • Family Fun Day -Postponed
    April
    • Field trips through April -Canceled
    • SAT Testing -Canceled
    • Founder's Day -Canceled
    • Jr/Sr Banquet -Canceled
    • Golf Tournament -Postponed
    May
    • Lei Day -Canceled
    • Evening of the Arts -Canceled
    • Athletics Banquet -TBD
    • Aloha Convocation -TBD
    • Graduation (K5, 6th, Seniors) -TBD
  • Travel Policy & Guidelines

    In an effort to protect the Hanalani Ohana and community . .
     
    If you or a household member* travel through or to/from Level 2+ countries OR a state identified as an ACT, i.e., Washington State, New York:
    • Self-quarantine 14 days (Do not come to campus or attend school-sponsored events) OR get medical clearance from a doctor/DOH public health clearance.
    • While in self-quarantine, self-monitor, use separate bathroom and bedroom, if possible, use tele-med type services, and avoid public places. Symptoms can appear within 4-5 days. Call family doctor for COVID-19 testing sites and further directives.
    • When the traveler clears 14 days of self-quarantine without symptoms, the traveler can come to school.
    • Your child may attend school, if the traveler does not present flu-like symptoms.
    • If the traveler or a household member tests positive for COVID-19, notify the school immediately.
     *This includes students, faculty/staff, family, and visitors staying with you.