LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i Complex Area will be implementing a 100% distance learning model for at least the first four weeks of school beginning next week.
The Kapa‘a-Kaua‘i-Waimea Complex Area will utilize a three-stage distance learning model to start the 2020-21 school year, according to the Hawai’i Department of Education (HIDOE).
Yesterday, the complex area superintendents on neighbor islands announced the distance learning models schools will be implementing on Monday, Aug. 17, similar to that of the model O‘ahu public schools announced it would be transitioning to last week.
School leaders will reevaluate plans for the rest of the quarter during this time.
For this first phase, Aug. 17-20, students will physically return to campus on a coordinated and scheduled basis. During this time, they will connect with teachers, receive training on distance learning and gain access to the technology they may not have.
Beginning Aug. 17, school cafeterias will host grab-and-go style meals for students as dine-in services will not be allowed.
During the second phase, Aug. 24 through Sept. 11, full distance learning will be implemented. Staff will be at designated worksites, and special education services that cannot be performed through distance learning will be available.
Public schools on Hawai‘i Island and Maui County, with the exception of Moloka‘i schools and Hana High and Elementary, also announced intentions to work on the three-stage distance learning schedule, as announced yesterday.
Last week, Kaua‘i’s public schools were still weighing the options of using different models of instruction, including in-person, blended and distance-learning.
Earlier this month, HIDOE launched the ‘Ohana Help Desk, a technology support tool for students and families during the transition to online and blended learning. The desk can be reached at 643-3375 or ohanahelpdesk.org.