COVID-19 Updates

Latest Update: September 3, 2020

Aloha Hanalani Ohana,
We are thankful for God’s protection over our families, students, and staff and appreciate the support of our parents and the efforts of our faculty and staff during our first case.  It was an opportunity to assess our readiness and to identify areas to strengthen.
While we would be glad to see the new case numbers lower, community indicators such as a net zero infection rate and lowering percentage of positive cases serve as a basis to welcome students back on campus.   
Campus Reopening:  Having the 3, 4, and 5 year olds on campus has been a bright spot of joy. 
We are ready to welcome all students back next week according to the following schedule:
Lower School
K3-Grade 3
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Grades K3-6
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Upper School
Grades 7-12
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Breakfast and Lunch Order:  Be sure to preorder meals by 8:00 pm the day before meal service is needed. 
COVID Response Team Debrief:
Process to handle a COVID case:
a) Protocols:  Over the summer, our Crisis Management Team developed protocols to guide our response to a case on campus.

b) COVID Response Team:  The team applied the protocols to the situation and found that the protocols provided clear guidelines.  The team updated the protocols as needed.

c) Communication:  COVID Response Team communicated with individuals as per CDC Guidelines--close contact, proximal contact, low to no contact.  The team identified that communication could be more specific for the low- to                  no-contact individuals/families to put people at ease.
Health and Safety Practices: The “I’m Healthy Today Schools” (IHTS) program is proving to be a valuable strategy or keeping campus open.  Positives include:

a) Effective indicator questions,
b) Access to a telemedicine physician, and
c) A daily dashboard of students and staff. Please conduct your IHTS checks during the weekends.
d) Administrators and faculty reviewed divisional safety routines.

3.  Kakou: We, individually and as families, affect each other and the school’s ability to remain open.  COVID is serious.  Our commitment to Wash hands, Mask up, and Distance physically (WMD) and to avoid large gatherings, makes the difference.

As parents express their feelings and thoughts, we hear differing needs, perspectives, and emotions.  Our desire is to be a help to families.  Many parents are essential workers and some struggle to juggle working from home and online education.  Thank you for your support and prayers. 
Take Care,
Mark Sugimoto and the COVID Response Team

Mark Sugimoto
Head of School
COVID Response Team
Bonnie Lee, Lower School Principal
Michael David, Upper School Principal
Melissa Lemon, Lower School Vice Principal
Lynn Finnegan, Assistant Head of School
Connie Carreras, School Nurse
Rae Kaleohano, Marketing & Communications Director

School Updates & Information

List of 7 items.

  • Lower School - 08/25/20 Update

    Recent Emails:    8/18  8/8 

    08/25/20 - Schedule Update

    Aloha, On-Campus Families!
    Thank you so much for all of your efforts to help make the school days, drop off, and pick up go smoothly.  The children are doing really well trying to comply with all of the extra COVID measures.
    As I am sure you are already aware and as our Head of School has emailed, this morning a two-week, stay-at-home order for Oahu was announced.  It was specifically stated that private schools would not be able to offer on-campus learning during this time.  Our OEP students will continue in their OEP with our OEP facilitators and teachers.  To comply with the government order, our on-campus students will be moving to online learning starting this Thursday, August 27.  While this is not our preferred method of teaching and learning, we trust in God's sovereignty, and our team will continue to work hard to provide a great learning experience for your child. 
    On Thursday and Friday, teachers will provide opportunities to meet up virtually with students via Google Meet or Zoom in the 8:00-11:00 am timeframe. Students will not meet with their teacher for the entire time.  During this timeframe students will have at least one Morning Meeting for teachers to check in with the students socially and emotionally.  The rest of the time will look different for each grade level.  Students may also be given assignments to work on in the later part of the day.  Your child’s classroom teacher will provide more details about what the first two days of online learning will look like as well as what the rest of the two weeks will look like.  Starting next week Monday, the teachers and students will embark on “full time” online that will include synchronous (virtually “live”) and asynchronous (not virtually “live”) teaching and learning.
    Tomorrow, August 26, we will continue as planned for on-campus learning.  We will have Picture Day for grades 2-6.  Aloha attire is encouraged for Picture Day.  Students should bring uniform clothes to change to after pictures are taken in the morning.  Picture Day for grades K3-1 will be rescheduled to Tuesday, September 22, which is also Picture Retake Day.
    To recap,
                August 26 - on-campus learning; Picture Day for grades 2-6
                August 27 - Online learning begins; campus is closed; 8:00-11:00 am virtual class time
                August 28 - campus is closed; 8:00-11:00 am virtual class time
                August 31-September 9 - campus is closed; online learning 
                September 22 - Picture Day for grades K3-1 and OEP students; and Picture Retake Day
                  for grades 2-12
    We are grateful for your partnership and support. We hope and pray that we will see our on-campus students back on campus in a couple of weeks.  Be well, stay safe, and may God bless us all.

    Bonnie C. Lee
    Lower School Principal
    625-0737 ext. 451
  • Upper School - 08/25/20 Update

    Aloha Upper School Families,
    As you may already be aware, today the mayor and governor placed Oahu under a 2 week Stay-at-Home order starting Thursday, August 27. While this is not what any of us wanted, we feel we are prepared. Tomorrow we will take the time to share all the information below with your child, but wanted to make sure you received the information today.
    Here are the important details for you to know:
    • Wednesday, August 26 - normal day with students on campus
    • Thursday, August 27 - 2 week Stay-at-Home order is in effect and the Hanalani campus is closed
      -Students will follow their normal schedule but from home via video conferencing
      -This will be like last week with synchronous classes
      -Students will follow uniform dress code and show up on time to each of their classes virtually
    • Friday, August 28 - teachers will have in-service to prepare for the remainder of the Stay-at-Home order
      -Students will not report to classes virtually
      -Students will have assignments given to them by their classroom teachers
    • August 31 through September 9 - Distance Learning for all in person students
      - Students in OEP and OFP will continue their programs as defined
      -Students will follow a Distance Learning Schedule
      -Uniform dress code and attendance will be taken each day
    Mahalo again for all your efforts to keep Hanalani open. The students have done an amazing job learning the new protocols of wearing masks, washing hands, and keeping physical distances. It is my prayer that at the end of this 2 week Stay-at-Home period, we can welcome students back to an in-person education.
    We value your partnership and pray for God to lead our state and nation.
    E launa mai ma ka Hanalani,
    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.