Aloha LJA ‘ohana,
I hope you are enjoying some quality time with your family this week. As we continue to adjust to our new landscape, I am proud and grateful for the work being done within our community. Thanks to the extraordinary dedication and effort of our leadership team, faculty and staff, we have launched a comprehensive distance learning program and are on schedule to begin lessons on Monday, March 30th. In an effort to support our community, staff have facilitated the donation of cleaning supplies to Castle Memorial Hospital to aid with preparations for a potential influx of COVID-19 patients, and yesterday staff dropped of a supply of single-use food containers to Kailua Elementary to support DOE efforts to provide daily meals for students in need. Teachers took time over vacation to prototype n95 medical masks using 3D printers in preparation for the manufacture and donation of these items to healthcare workers on the frontline. I know each of you has extended yourself to others in your ‘ohana, in your neighborhood and in our community. At times like this, the character of LJA shines brightly.
I also wish to express my gratitude to our parents, who will now play an even more essential role in the learning process. Your support and understanding will make all the difference as we navigate and adapt to distance learning together in the weeks ahead. We welcome your feedback as we seek to use a variety of media to engage your child academically, socially and emotionally.
As we end this week, we find ourselves in LJA Response Level 2 and with social distancing increasingly critical to our well-being, please be aware that all school-related activities and events for the month of April have been suspended/cancelled. We will make announcements concerning graduation, summer programs and other upcoming events by the end of April. Our operations continue in alignment with the latest guidelines, and we will update you in the event that widespread community transmission requires additional modifications to our program.
These are challenging times and while social distancing efforts are in place to keep us safe, I understand this also can exacerbate difficulties and heighten anxiety for some. Know that you are not alone. To inspire continued resilience, strength and good humor, we will be sharing your stay-at-home news, progress and stories in the LJA Weekly beginning next week. If you have a story, videos or photos to share, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to Monday, when our learning continues! Enjoy the last few days of Spring Break and stay well.
E mālama pono,