Aloha Kanu Parents and Guardians,
In Governor Ige's live COVID-19 2:30pm press conference today, -the HIDOE Superintendent announced that all Hawaii State Publics Schools will stay closed for the remainder of school year 2019-2020. Students will continue to engage in distance learning enrichment activities, assignments and projects through Friday, May 29th for continuity of learning. (DOE last day of school is May 28th, KANU's last day of school for SY 2019-2020 is May 29th)
Mahalo nui for your support and patience during the past couple of weeks as our teachers and support staff established their distance learning "set-up", routines, and strategies to support your child's academic progress throughout this health crisis. Admin., teachers and support staff will continue to meet virtually each week to collaborate, plan, and check-in with each other to provide weekly enrichment activities, assignments and projects. We also meet to discuss and monitor how our students are doing with their distance learning activities.
Planning for an alternative graduation ceremony and celebration for our class of 2020 seniors is already underway. Kindergarten, 5th grade, and 8th grade teachers and advisors will need some time to think about possible alternative promotion ceremonies for their haumana. Intentional planning to transition students back to campus and from one grade level to the next, after summer break or after it's safe to return, will also need to take place. We will keep you posted with any new decisions or plans as they are made.
We understand and know that this is not an ideal situation for any of you. It is definitely not ideal for us either. We know teaching and monitoring your keiki at home each day can be frustrating. Sometimes technology isnʻt working, we aren't sure what to do, the directions are confusing, or we canʻt motivate our keiki to focus and stay on task. It can definitely be overwhelming. But please, donʻt give up.
We must continue to all do our part and all work together to support all of our haumana. The activities provided by our kumu are to help our haumana retain and enhance content and skills. We expect all of our students to put forth great effort in attempting and trying their best with all activities, assignments, and projects. While we understand that it might be hard, we really do need you to encourage and support your child to do their best. Have your child participate in any virtual classes, check-ins, or office hours. Please reach out to kumu, support staff, or admin. for assistance when needed. Please return our calls and emails when we reach out to you. If you are supplementing their work with other assignments or projects of your own, please communicate this with your child's kumu or with administration so we can track that effort and learning too.
Please be safe and take care. Much aloha,
Allyson Tamura, Campus K-12 Poʻo Kula
Link to HIDOE message regarding Alternative Commencement Ceremonies:
Link to HIDOE message regarding Extended School Closure and distance learning for remainder of SY 2019-20: