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Superintendent announces DOE employee furlough dates

In a letter Monday to state Department of Education employees, Superintendent Christina Kishimoto further outlined the department’s furlough plans for the remainder of the school year.

Gov. David Ige last week announced that state employees will be furloughed two days a month beginning Jan. 1 to help balance the state budget.

According to the DOE’s plan, 10-month employees will have six furlough days and 12-month employees will have 10 furlough days between Jan. 1 and June 30.

All employees will be furloughed Jan. 4 and Feb. 12.

If the state furloughs continue past those dates, the DOE’s projected furlough days for both 10- and 12-month employees are March 1, March 22, April 23 and June 1.

Twelve-month employees also will be furloughed March 15, June 18, June 25 and June 28.

“The department’s furlough days take into account that we lost nine instructional days at the beginning of this school year, and we wanted to minimize any further loss of instruction for students,” Kishimoto wrote. “Your commitment and dedication have remained unwavering throughout this pandemic, and this situation is not a reflection of all the hard work you have and continue to deliver on.”
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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