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Six Maui County schools are offering distance learning programs

The Maui News

Six Maui County schools will provide distance learning programs once daily in-person learning resumes with the new school year in August, according to the state Department of Education.

The distance learning options will include a mix of teacher grading and at-home instruction and different levels of live or self-paced learning. The schools in Maui County are:

• Lahainaluna and Molokai high schools, which will offer distance learning programs in which the teacher only grades and a “caring/responsible adult at home” facilitates instruction.

• Lihikai Elementary, which will offer a program in which the teacher provides either “synchronous,” or real-time instruction, or “asynchronous” instruction, in which students would learn the materials on their own time.

• Wailuku Elementary, which will have teacher-provided real-time instruction 75 percent of the time or more.

• Iao School, where an advisory teacher will check in daily with a student, and if support is needed, a distance learning teacher will provide office hours for support.

• Kalama Intermediate, where students will check in with their teacher once daily for attendance and school announcements. For the remainder of the day, the student will log into an online program and complete coursework for core and elective classes. The independent coursework can be done at flexible times throughout the day and evening. A certified teacher will be available to all students throughout the school day, and virtual and in-person counseling will also be available.

Of the six schools, only Lahainaluna offers geographic exceptions for students who live outside the school’s district.

On July 15, the state Board of Education called for the superintendent to develop and maintain an easily accessible list of schools that offer distance learning programs and geographic exceptions.

Complex areas that have determined that it is not feasible at this time to offer a school- or complex-based distance learning option due to low demand or capacity can partner with the state Department of Education “to pool resources and expertise and reduce the burden on individual schools,” according to the resolution.

These complex areas currently include: Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui, Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai (elementary grades only), Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani, Hilo-Waiakea, Castle-Kahuku and Kailua-Kalaheo (elementary grades only).

Interested families will need to work with their child’s school principal to discuss eligibility criteria. There are limited seats on a first-come, first-served basis. The principal will make a referral to the state for eligible students.

For more information, visit hawaiipublicschools.org/Pages/DistanceLearning.aspx.

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