Did you get the message? No in-person classes for the first month at Oahu’s public schools. No restrictions for Neighbor Island schools.

But the Big Q is: how are Oahu parents who both work just to keep the family heads barely above water going to handle their very young school-age children remaining at home? And the older ones — will this be an invitation to mischief?

New York’s governor has ordered all public schools there to start face-to-face classroom instruction. We’ll be class-less until at least mid September, meaning students will not get to know their new school year teachers close up and personal. That’s considered a bummer in education circles but our infection rate has zoomed from 2% of those tested to more than 7% and when you start having 200+ daily cases contact-tracing becomes worthless. We’re in an exponential spiral. Obviously re-opened and loosened up too early.

Here’s the announcement:

Governor’s Office 

Governor and Superintendent Announce O‘ahu Public Schools Will Go Online for First Four Weeks

At a news briefing Friday, Gov. David Ige and Supt. Christina Kishimoto announced public schools on O‘ahu would be doing complete distance learning for the first four weeks of the new school year, which starts on Aug. 17. This comes a day after new rules were announced to curb the growing spread of COVID-19 on O‘ahu. Gov Ige said, “I have heard a great deal of concern from parents and teachers regarding the start of the school year… This is a challenging time. And I know that parents, teachers and students are worried. I also realize that keeping students at home is going to be an additional burden on working parents, but because of the recent surge on O‘ahu, I agree that this is the right approach. I know you’re frustrated with all of these measures. Everyone wants our lives to return to normal. But we still need to be vigilant, and taking personal responsibility is still the best way to fight COVID-19.” The plan does not affect schools on neighbor islands. Additional details about the plan are listed in the DOE section of this Daily News Digest.


Published by Bob Jones

Journalist since age 19. St. Petersburg Times, Noticias y Viajes in Madrid, Overseas Weekly in Frankfurt and Paris, the Louisville Courier- Journal, the Honolulu Advertiser, KGMB-TV, NBC News foreign correspondent in Africa and Southeast Asia, and MidWeek columnist. LL.B LaSalle University Law. 3 years in the U.S. Air Force. Covered: Vietnam War, Iraq #1 in 1991. George Foster Peabody Award for distinguished journalism for reporting in China. Married to Denby Fawcett, one daughter. Brett Jones.

One reply on “This Is Going To Be Strange, But Safe!”

  1. It is irresponsible to open schools until this virus is contained. Children & teachers lives should be valued here and the other Islands. Most surely the Gov.. And School Superintendent should have had that indication from get- go. Put Dawn to work.

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