Alaka‘i moves to Yellow level

KOLOA — Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i Charter School moved from the Green level on campus, to the Yellow level, effective Monday morning, said David Adams, the Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i director.

“Friday afternoon, the County of Kaua‘i announced the active COVID-19 cases on-island are now at 17,” Adams said. “This information moves Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i Charter School from the Green Level, or on-campus face-to-face daily instruction, to the Yellow level, or hybrid model of education. The levels are outlined in the Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i Charter School revised school opening plan that was ratified by our Board of Directors.”

Under the Yellow level, learners with last names starting with A through M will report to school on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesday will be reserved for cleaning, preparation, staff meeting, and Professional Learning with no learners on campus. Thursday and Friday will have learners with last names starting with N through Z on campus. Dismissal goes back to 2:45 p.m., Fridays.

Adams said that under the Yellow level, there are some teachers who have made minor alterations to the groupings to account for class size, gender equity, and siblings with different last names.

The bus will be operating during the Yellow level of education at Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i.

“We will not be lending out electronic devices to our learning community during Yellow level as we hope to be nimble to change back to Green level, quickly,” Adams said. “If this presents an issue for any of the school’s families, then we kindly ask to please contact us at the school for potential alternative arrangements.”

The Yellow level of our education delivery model will start Monday, and remain in place until we have a Thursday plus Friday County of Kaua‘i announced active COVID cases of 10 or less. At this point, Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i would move from Yellow level back to Green level on the following Monday,

“We do still plan to hold our physically-distanced cross country event entitled the ‘Turkey Trot’ on campus for all of our learners right before Thanksgiving,” Adams said. “We are sad to make this announcement, but understand the importance of our social responsibility to keep our island of Kaua‘i healthy and safe. Our keiki on campus have loving supportive ‘ohana that could be put at risk with a school-wide COVID-19 outbreak so we are mitigating this risk with this move.”

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