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Public schools to resume this week

More students set to begin blended learning schedules on campuses

As Maui County public school students head back to class this week to begin the second semester, many will be entering blended learning schedules where students will receive both in-person learning as well as virtual learning.

The second semester for Hawaii public school students begins today, although today will be a work day for teachers with no students, according to the state Department of Education calendar. Parents, guardians and students should check with their individual schools for return days.

“Blended learning is planned at all Maui District schools in the second semester. Each school will be allowed to determine their own schedules, so dates may vary,” the DOE said in an email recently.

The department explained that blended learning will include staggered schedules to keep a smaller portion of the student body on campus at any given time and allow parents to opt-out if they choose to keep their children at 100 percent distance learning.

Prior to the winter break, nearly 20 Maui District schools had already announced their blended learning schedules, with a handful of remaining schools to have contacted parents over the break with announcements.

At Maui High School, the county’s largest, schedules and a letter to parents was sent home Dec. 17.

The school has broken down students physical attendance days to four groups via last name.

The period rotations are also noted.

Schools are also reminding parents and students to perform a daily wellness check of those that go to campus.

Those that attend school should be checked for symptoms of illness as well as checked for recent COVID-19 exposure, such as waiting for COVID-19 test results and if they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. If illness or COVID-19 exposure is found, DOE says do not go to school.

According to a weekly DOE report last week, there were no COVID-19 cases reported at Maui County schools from Dec. 25 to Thursday. Students were not on campus due to the winter break.

* Melissa Tanji can be reached at mtanji@mauinews.com.

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