COVID-19 Updates

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.
Parent Tips
  1. Do Daily Home Health Check & “I’m Healthy Today Schools”
  2. Be Protectively Cautious - Code Yellow: keep your child home and the school will support
  3. Keep Tight Family Bubble: minimize exposure
  4. Practice to Habit WMD (Wash hands, Mask up, Distance physically)
  5. 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.
God Bless,

Mark Y. Sugimoto
Head of School

School Updates & Information

List of 7 items.

  • Lower School - 08/08/20 Update


    Aloha Lower School Families,
    On Thursday at our virtual parent orientation, we shared our plans for re-opening. However, after considerable thought and discussion, and with concerns of the increase of positive COVID-19 cases, we have decided to make adjustments and delay our first days of school.
    We will still be starting school on-campus. The I’m Health Today Schools portal and the multi-layered strategies that we have prepared will help provide a safe return to school. We will still have the Online Education Program (OEP) option for
    the families who prefer not to return to campus.  
    In order to provide a soft start to the school year, we have made the following adjustments to our Lower School calendar: 
         Individual Orientation Appointments:  August 10-14 (extended)

    First Days of School for On-campus Students:
    • Monday, August 17 - K3-Grade 6 students with last name beginning with L-Z
    • Tuesday, August 18 - K3-Grade 6 students with last name beginning with A-K
    • Wednesday, August 19 - All on-campus students report
    OEP First Day of School:  Wednesday, August 19
    Individual Orientation Appointments for on-campus students are pre-scheduled for you through the divisional offices.  Please bring all schools supplies (labeled with your child’s name) to the appointment.  If you did not receive an appointment slip or do not know when your appointment is, please contact one of our secretaries:
         K3/K4, K5 - Mrs. Susanne Martin at
         Grades 1-6 - Mrs. Tina Pardine at
    If you have any questions about the OEP for grades K5-6, please contact Mrs. Lemon at
    We greatly appreciate your patience as we navigate through this pandemic. As you know, this is a constantly changing environment. Please continue to stay tuned to your email for updates.  In particular, more detailed information about
    drop-off will be forthcoming. 
    Mahalo for your partnership as we embark on the journey of another school year!  May God bless us all!

    Bonnie C. Lee
    Lower School Principal
    625-0737 ext. 451
  • Upper School - 08/08/20 Update

    Aloha Upper School Parents and Students,
    Below is some necessary information with regard to the start of school this coming Tuesday. 
    Important Dates:
    • New Student Orientation Monday, August 10, 10am-1pm
    • First Day of School Tuesday, August 11
    • Virtual Parent Night Monday, August 17 (More information coming soon)
    Arriving to Campus Starting Tuesday, August 11:
    • Students in grades 7-9 will be welcomed at both Weinberg second floor entrances to have their health screening, which includes temperature check and hand sanitation.
    • Students in grades 10 and 11 will be welcomed at the two Founders Hall doors that are closest to the main office
      and Room 1 to have their health screening, which includes temperature check and hand sanitation.
    • Seniors will be welcomed at a station by the Academic Counselor's Office on the second floor of the Student Activities Center to have their health screening, which includes temperature check and hand sanitation.
    • Please note, buildings will open at 7:20am daily to begin our morning protocol.  Tardy students will need to report to the Upper School Office for their health screening.
    Clarification on Educational Options: 
    1. In Person
    • In this mode students are taught on campus.
    • If there is a COVID Related Absence (quarantine, yellow on their “I am Healthy Today” app, etc.) we will continue
      the education of the student by supplying missed curriculum through video, audio, or email on a daily basis.
    • We call this supplement to the In Person mode our Online Readiness Program and can last up to 14 days. 
    • Please note, curriculum will only be generated once the school is made aware the absence is COVID related.  
          2.  Online Education Program OEP (Edmentum)
    • This mode is done on a semester basis.  Students must commit to the entire semester. 
    • Hanalani mentor teachers will check in and keep parents aware of their child’s progress.
    • If you are interested in this mode of education for the semester/year, please email Mrs. Mountz AND Mrs. Burns at and  Please include the following information in your email:
      -- Subject line:  first initial/last name for student followed by OEP
      -- Message:  indicate the grade level of the student and any questions you may have
         3. Online Flex Program
    • This is a one-time 30 calendar day option.
    • We will provide curriculum as described in option 1 supplement, Online Readiness Program. 
    • Note: This is a temporary, one time arrangement in which the student will return to In Person education after
      30 days.
    • This option is made available by the Upper School Administrative team on a case by case basis. Here are some of the requirements we are considering:
      -- Must be a returning Hanalani student
      -- Must be in good academic standing
      -- To be considered for this option please email Mrs. Mountz AND Mrs. Burns at
    Again, we thank you for partnering with us. With God’s blessing we anticipate a great and safe new school year. 
    God bless you all.
    Michael David
    Upper School Principal | Hanalani Schools
    (808) 625-0737 ext. 452 | @hanalanischools | #hanalaniroyals
  • I'm Healthy Today Schools Portal

    Introductory Video

    What to Expect Video

    Daily Health Checker Video

    I'm Healthy Today Schools - Self Checker Guide (PDF)

    As explained in our Virtual Townhall meeting and emails, we will be utilizing the I'm Healthy Today Schools app for our daily home health check. Please view the video links above for more details. 

    Hanalani families should have received an text/email with link and username and password for each student. If you have not received the text/email or have questions, please email our Assistant Head of School, Mrs. Lynn Finnegan.
  • I'm Healthy Today Schools Q&A

    I’m Healthy Today (IHT) Accounts and Check-in
    Questions & Answers  
    Q:  Is the I'm HealthyToday program voluntary?
    A:  No. This program is designed to be mandatory for any person, faculty, staff, or student that works on school campus. 
    This is necessary in order for IHT to be effective in mitigating/controlling a COVID-19 outbreak, and to protect the school community at large.  
    Q:  Is IHT an app?
    A:  No, the IHT program is a web-based portal that is accessible at
    Q:  How do I sign up?
    A:  You will receive a text/email with a link. Go to the link (, enter the username and the password that was given to you on the text/email.
    Q:  I did not receive a text or email for the program. What should I do?
    A:  Every student has been entered into the system up until the newest enrollee on August 8, 2020. The system is set up for one log in per student. The login information (username and password) and url ( have been sent to one parent only. Please check with the other parent for the account log in information. If you still do not have the text/email, or you have further questions, please email Lynn Finnegan, our Assistant Head of School, at and she can assist you. 
    Q:  How can both of the parents be able to log in?
    A:  Once the login information is shared by IHT to one of the parents, either parent can use this information to do the student’s daily health check as long as you use the student's username and password. 
    Q:  How can we change the daily reminder to the other parent?
    A:  The parent who is receiving the initial login information will also receive the daily reminders. Please call IHT Tech Support at (305) 614-6913 to get reminder text changed to the other parent. At this moment, IHT is requiring that all updates to contacts be made directly to them.
    Q:  Does changing primary contact information or any other information with IHT mean that I’ll be changing contact information with Hanalani Schools?
    A:  No, currently if you would like to change any contact information with IHT and Hanalani Schools, you will need to
    go through two different processes.
    Q:  When will the reminder text be sent out each morning? 
    A:  The reminder text will be sent at 5:30am Monday through Friday. On weekends, we have asked IHT to send
    the reminder text at 8:00am. Hopefully IHT will be able to accommodate this request.
    Q:  Upon entering the campus, how should my child show the green shield?
    A:   Once a parent completes the Daily Health Check and:
    • If the student has their own device, the student can log in to and show the green shield for the day or the parent can send a screenshot of the green shield to the student via text or email
    • If the student does not have their own device the parent can print the green shield give the hard copy print out to the student
    Hanalani Schools will be checking in each of the students at the different entry points throughout the school. If the student mentions that they have a green shield for the day, but cannot present the green shield, the student will need to stand in line for staff to check them by name.
    Q:  What if I forget to do the Daily Health Check for my student?
    A:  The child will not be able to enter the campus until the Daily Health Check has been completed. We will have to contact you.
    Q:  Can Upper School students do their own health checks? 
    A:  The preferred method is that the parent completes the Daily Health Checker, but if they want to forward the link to the student they should still supervise the process. The parent is responsible for ensuring the student completes it in accordance with the code of conduct. In addition, if the student receives a yellow status, they need to be with a parent when the telehealth-visit is scheduled and the doctor calls to complete the assessment.  The doctor will call the
    parents phone number on record, and the doctor cannot speak to the student without the parent present.
    Q:  Where can I view the I’mHealthyTodaySchools videos that were shared earlier?
    A:  Here are the links to the videos for I’m Healthy Today Schools:
          Intro Video 
          Daily Health Checker Guide 
  • 2020-21 School Events Schedule

    View 2020-21 School Calendar. Notice some events are marked virtual others are TBD based on the COVID-19 situation at the time of the event.
  • 2020-21 Great Start Guides

    2020-21 Great Start Checklist includes links to Early Childhood Guide, Elementary School Guide and Upper School Guide.
  • Travel Policy & Guidelines

    If anyone (student, faculty, and staff) travels to the mainland or internationally, that person needs to home quarantine for 14 days as required by the Hawaii State Department of Health guidelines.