Kamehameha Schools plans 2nd semester

LIHU‘E — Last week, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama announced in an email for parents to prepare for their new second-semester plans, including opening up boarding for seniors only and announcing a new virus-testing program.

“With excitement and enthusiasm, we are pleased to announce plans to prepare for the second semester,” Kamehameha Schools Po‘o Kula Dr. Taran Chun said.

“If external and internal COVID-19 risk factors are at acceptable levels, we should expect to remain in our hybrid learning model that includes both distance learning and regular face-to-face learning.”

The school is asking families to select between two options for the second semester: hybrid learning, which includes elements of both distance learning and face-to-face learning; or full distance learning.

“To assist our families in making an informed decision, your po‘o kumu office will be offering informational sessions over the next week,” Chun said. “We strongly encourage you to make time to attend the session and learn more about each option before you make your selection.”

According to the school, parents will need to make a selection through KS Connect from Nov. 13 to 20.

“After that window closes, we are asking everyone to commit to their selection, as we will proceed to make the necessary academic preparations with the information provided,” Chun said. “For day students, please note, if you do not make your selection in KS Connect, we will assume you will be joining us in our hybrid learning option.”

Meanwhile, the state Department of Education continues to report COVID-19 cases impacting its public schools and offices. This week’s case report is available at bit.ly/hidoe-covid-updates.

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