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DOE announces plans for summer, student support

HONOLULU — The state Department of Education has announced summer-school plans and supports for students, to be delivered through multiple platforms including in-person and distance learning as well as mobile support for students and families. 

Traditional summer-school programs will be done primarily via distance learning, with some face-to-face options available for high-need students to comply with COVID-19 guidance from government and health officials.

“The state’s transition from the safer at home phase to this new act with care phase comes at a time when our complex areas and schools are preparing for blended summer learning plans,” said Dr. Christina Kishimoto, DOE superintendent.

”The focus of our programs over the next two months is targeted toward our high-need and hard-to-reach students, with added opportunities for credit advancement for our secondary students,” she said.

“We are also assessing where we can expand on system- and school-design models that allow for continued distance learning opportunities into the fall, including the permanent expansion of e-school programs and community-centric mobile learning labs.”

Plans for summer programs include summer school, the summer feeding program and internships. The department has also launched a multi-phase, distance-learning survey for teachers, secondary students and families to learn more about the progression of distance learning and areas of need across the state. Surveys were distributed to all DOE teachers on May 18, and a survey link was distributed to eligible secondary students. The family survey will be available in early June. Survey results will inform the department of needed training, resources and support as schools plan for reopening.

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Source: The Garden Island

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