King Kekaulike High School phases in opening

King Kekaulike High School is scheduled to begin a phased reopening with school staff returning to campus on Monday and freshman returning on Wednesday, the state Department of Education said.

According to a Facebook post Friday night, the school said grades 10 to 12 will return on Thursday.

The Kula campus sustained wind damage which includes dislodged roof shingles and downed light poles.

Professional remediation and clean up of facilities and classrooms will continue over the weekend.

Staff at public schools in Lahaina will remain on paid administrative leave from Monday to Wednesday, as crews clear debris and test air and water quality at Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary, Lahaina Intermediate and Lahainaluna High.

The schools remain closed to students and staff; employees must receive express prior authorization to be present on these campuses.

Phased reopening dates with staff returning first will be determined once the campuses are confirmed as safe by county, state and federal authorities, the DOE said.

For Kamehameha III Elementary, which was destroyed by the fire, the DOE is still exploring options for students, including welcoming students to Princess Nahi’ena’ena as well as the potential for a temporary satellite site in West Maui.

In the meantime, students who are living outside of Lahaina are encouraged to enroll at other public schools near their current location so that they have access to in-person services like meals, socialization and counseling.

For families with access to stable internet connection, the Department’s State Distance Learning Program is available to students. With this option, parents may select between asynchronous learning (flexible schedule for accessing lessons and assignments) or synchronous learning (real-time participation in virtual classes through video conferencing). Parents can register their child at bit.ly/MauiDistanceLearning or, for Hawaiian language immersion, at bit.ly/SKDLPMaui.

Approximately 400 displaced West Maui students have enrolled in other public schools. More than 200 students have signed up for distance learning.


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