Kaua‘i Complex Area revising distance learning plans
LIHU‘E — For the upcoming second semester of school, the Kaua‘i Complex Area and Department of Education are revising distance learning models through the third quarter.
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Paul Zina is a former principal, but he seems utterly oblivious (or perhaps grossly negligent) to just how devastating distance/blended learning has been to our keiki.
In Kauai, public school student scores have plummeted since Covid, while depression and anxiety among children has increased to unprecedented heights. They also no longer have any outlet for physical activities, since all PE and sports programs have been canceled.
And yet, there’s no legitimate reason to keep our students at home. The island’s Covid case rate has been low enough that we could have kept our schools open had Zina and Kawakami really wanted to. A face mask, temp checks and hand sanitizer would have worked.
But they and Ige buckled under the threats by HSTA – because the teacher’s union wanted to give their teachers and HI DOE workers a paid staycation at home (in order to boost their union membership, and thus, their self-serving dues revenue).
It’s a farce and a tragedy that Kauai students are not back in school full time yet, and likely will not be next semester either. Shame on you Paul Zina!