Alaka‘i returns students to campus

  • Courtesy of Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i Charter School

    Jon McCallister puts finishing touches on a new sign on campus at Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i Charter School at Kahili Mountain Park near ‘Oma‘o.

‘OMA‘O — Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i Charter School will be returning its student learners to in-person education starting Tuesday, said David Adams, school director.

“We have already welcomed back our kindergarten, grade one, grade two and SPED student learners on campus,” Adams said. “Next week, we will add our grade three to grade six student learners back.”

Student learners in grades three to six will come to the campus located at Kahili Mountain Park, at the foot of Mt. Kahili, for one full day each week, to receive face-to-face enrichment education in Hawaiiana, physical education and art, specific to the seven habits.

“Given the outstanding response by the good people of Kaua‘i to flatten the COVID curve on our beautiful island, we feel comfortable to ease our students back to campus, always being mindful of safety,” said Adams.

“The kindergarten to grade two classes will stay in their current format on campus,” Adams said. “We are excited to have all of the student learners back on campus again starting next week.”

On Tuesday, grade three students return to in-person enrichment education as well as grade four student learners. Wednesday will have grade five students on campus, with grade six student learners to campus on Thursday. Friday is reserved for package pickup and drop-offs.

“If this model works successfully, then we plan to return all of our students back to on-campus, face-to-face education for full days following the first quarter of this school year,” Adams said.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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