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Letter for Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Teleconferences save money, avoid risks

It has come to my attention that some of Kauai’s public school officials travel frequently to Honolulu — often weekly, and sometimes more than once a week. It is no longer necessary to conduct meetings this way, since technology has now made it possible to have productive meetings without everyone being in the same room.

Aside from the time and expense that can be saved by remote meetings, there is now another major reason for the Hawaii State Department of Education to make this change: it will greatly reduce the risk of our school officials becoming ill by contracting the coronavirus.

Just consider the impact if, after a big meeting, it is discovered that even one of the attendees had contact with someone who later showed symptoms of the virus. This risk can now be avoided. So, it’s time for Superintendent William Arakaki to make arrangements for future meetings to be held remotely.

Robert Fitzpatrick, Lihue
Source: The Garden Island

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