Hawai‘i Department of Health releases updated COVID-19 guidance for schools

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health released updated guidance to elementary, middle and high schools today to help school administrators make decisions to safely transition between different models of learning — virtual classes, traditional classroom learning, or a combination of at-home learning and in-person learning. The guidance is available on the Department of Health’s website at: https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/school-guidance/. “The core considerations for schools, the measures schools must take to prevent spread of disease, have not changed and remain the most important part of any school’s preparations to open for in-person learning and their response to COVID-19,” said Dr. Sarah Kemble, acting state epidemiologist. “Our guidance on what learning model area complexes should adopt is still based on disease transmission rates and the ability of schools to respond to COVID-19.” Updated reopening thresholds for schools now align with reopening plans for Honolulu and Kaua‘i that were approved by Gov. David Ige and apply recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a way that fits our experience with COVID-19 in Hawai‘i. The new reopening thresholds are based on two consecutive seven-day averages of daily new case rates and testing percent positivity by island, a shift from the prior thresholds which … Continue reading Hawai‘i Department of Health releases updated COVID-19 guidance for schools