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Students now out of school until April 30

The Maui News

The closure of public schools has been extended from April 7 to April 30, based on guidance from health officials and elected leaders, the state Department of Education said Tuesday.

The department and charter schools will be sending out information about enrichment opportunities, including online resources and printed material resources, such as instructional packets, the department said.

Tips and tools gathered by the department’s Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design also are available at bit.ly/HIDOEVirtualLearningParentResource.

By the end of this week, the department said it will have specific plans to ensure that the 10,000 eligible high school graduates can earn diplomas. The department also will provide more information based on planning by schools, complex areas and state offices for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Students have been out of school since the beginning of spring break on March 16.

“I want to thank each and every one of the department’s 44,000 employees for working in new ways during these unprecedented times,” state schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said. “These are uncertain and anxious circumstances for everyone in our communities, and we sincerely appreciate your patience as our response to this health crisis continues to evolve, and we make the needed adjustments for health and safety.”

Schools will ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to the same enrichment opportunities as their peers, the department said. Services that can be provided via telepractice will be considered on a case-by-case basis for students who have qualified for these services.

When school resumes in its traditional manner, Individualized Education Program and Section 504 teams will meet to determine if there was a loss of skills as a result of the extended school closure and the need for compensatory education, the department said.

For more information and updates, to go the department’s website at hawaiipublicschools.org.

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