Latest Update: August 8, 2020
Aloha Hanalani Ohana,
Thank you for joining us for the Virtual Parent Night and the LS/US Orientation sessions. Our desire is to give you a sense of our preparation, answer your questions, and listen for concerns and feedback. A month ago Hawaii residents flattened the curve. However, when the governor began opening up parks, beaches, stores, businesses, etc., our new COVID cases began climbing, to the point that the governor and mayor are shutting down parks, beaches, etc., again.
For the past eight weeks, we have been preparing our campus, schedules, and staff. While we know our systems may need adjustments, our team is vigilant, thoughtful and responsive.
We are concerned about the three-digit daily increases of the past week. Yesterday, our administrative team met to discuss our next steps. Our opening will be a soft opening, designed to help families be comfortable and our staff and students to establish routines. Both Upper and Lower School sent emails last night about orientations and the start of school.
Our partnership with “I’m Healthy Today Schools” is a key factor to help families and staff with our daily monitoring of students’ and staff members’ health. The daily health check is one of the most important measures of prevention. The onboarding for students will begin on tomorrow, August 10. Expect a text message to begin the process. Below is the link for Video #3 that walks you through the Daily Health Checker. Our staff on-boarded Friday, and we have had a couple of days of incorporating the program into our daily lives.
“I’m Healthy Today Schools” is in effect 7 days a week. A text with a link will appear on your phone at 5:30 every morning. Those riding the bus will present the green shield and undergo a temperature check. Students and staff undergo the same daily morning check process. Video #3 I'm Healthy Today Schools
After the Divisions’ Orientations, to maintain our campus bubble, we are limiting visitors on campus. We ask parents to follow the guidelines below.
1. Curbside Service: please call or email ahead, and our staff will prepare and meet you curbside.
2. Health Checker: If you must come to campus, the office will send you a visitor health checker via “I’m Healthy
Today Schools.” When you arrive, show the green shield, and a staff member will take your temperature.
As Hawaii works to lower the COVID count, and as we work to establish a safe campus, please implement the following Parent Tips. Keeping school open will be a daily effort, by each family and staff member. Being healthy is a conscious commitment that necessitates sacrifice.
- Do Daily Home Health Check & “I’m Healthy Today Schools”
- Be Protectively Cautious - Code Yellow: keep your child home and the school will support
- Keep Tight Family Bubble: minimize exposure
- Practice to Habit WMD (Wash hands, Mask up, Distance physically)
- Wash clothes immediately upon return home from school
The COVID-19 pandemic had made its mark on our lives, so we must accept WMD as part of our lives. Simply said,
“It ain’t like it used to be!” We believe that together, we can live with the new COVID-19 safety measures. Mahalo for your support and partnership.
Mark Y. Sugimoto
Head of School