The Hawaii Ministry of Education has announced school plans for distance learning options in the new school year, but not all schools offer them. Most teachers only score, so those who do so rely heavily on the online programs purchased by DOE. In this program, the family acts as an adult facilitator for the children.

The department posted all distance learning plans by school and complex area on Wednesday, complying with the school board’s directives to make information more accessible to families. A table of these options shows how each distance program is facilitated, how much teacher participation is offered, and “geographical exceptions” from families outside the area who wish to opt in. Indicates whether to accept.

In most cases, these plans include a “grading-only recording teacher” and require a “home-based caring / responsible adult who provides the main facilitation.” However, some schools may still have teachers who offer live or recorded lessons and teach core content areas.

The director said all schools will be open for full face-to-face instruction by the start of the new school year, August 3. Corey Lamb / Civil Beat / 2021

However, according to DOE, not all 257 campuses offer school-based distance planning “due to low demand and capacity.” This seems to include at least 98 schools in the state.

In May, 257 public schools in Hawaii reopened for full face-to-face learning when the new school year began on August 3, and distance learning will only be offered in very limited circumstances. Said. Exceptions may include, for example, families with children who are medically at risk.

This limited the options for many families who did not plan to provide virtual plans for school switching or homeschooling.

Currently, the COVID-19 vaccine is only available to people over the age of 12. The state is also currently experiencing an epidemic of new coronavirus cases, primarily due to new infectious variants that circulate primarily among non-firing people.

“We are facing this challenge,” said Marika Bertram, the parent of the up-and-coming second-year son and daughter of a kindergarten school in Kailua. Her son is medically at risk and is eligible to enroll in DOE’s new online curriculum option, the K-12 Stride, but his daughter is afraid to take COVID-19 home. I don’t want to send to campus.

“I feel irresponsible to get them back to school until he gets vaccinated. We don’t want to put it at risk,” she said.

DOE has purchased 5,000 student licenses from K12 / Stride Inc. and provided an approved online curriculum for K-8 grades. This year, it will replace the Acellus Learning Accelerator and will be available as an online learning option for families who prefer it.

“It’s either a school / teacher-designed curriculum, especially if the school has a full-time teacher,” said DOE spokeswoman Nanea Kalani on the school’s distance learning program. .. “There is no immediate breakdown.”

Not all of DOE’s 15 complex areas have the ability or demand to provide remote programs on school grounds, so in such cases DOE will partner with these areas to work with resources. It pools expertise and offers some state-wide options.

However, even within these complex areas, distance learning may only be available to selected students at a particular grade level, and families should work with the school principal to determine if their children are eligible to enroll. it needs to be checked.

These complex areas include Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani. Hilo-Wire Care; Castle-Kahuku and Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui offer distance learning for high school grades only. Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai and Kailua-Kalaheo offer distance learning options only for elementary school grades.

In addition, DOE said these state-wide optional seats are limited and will only be available on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

“Family interested in this state-based option should work with the principal of their child’s school to discuss eligibility criteria,” said the DOE site.

The Department of State will also soon announce to schools the latest guidance on COVID-19 precautions for returning to campus.

The DOH said, “To take into account the best practices and lessons learned during the 2020-2021 school year, in line with the updated K-12 guidance of the CDC, which was just released on July 9th.” Revise the guidance.

So far, he said, the school is implementing “four core strategies.” Promote vaccinations for staff and qualified students, stay home when sick, use masks and wash hands.

“Returning our students to our campus is a priority for all schools,” Deputy Police Officer Philis Unebasami said in a statement. “We continue to work closely with the Department of State to ensure clear guidance and COVID-related data to inform school decisions.”