Aloha LJA Families,
It’s my pleasure to share that the LJA Medical Hui has affirmed our downshift to LJA Response Level 1+ effective Monday, October 19th, after what I hope has been a restorative Fall Break for students and families.
Per the LJA Response Framework, Level 1+ will permit us to conduct on-island field trips, inter-school competitions/activities, and resume regular class sizes among other things. In order to preserve the opportunities that Level 1+ affords, LJA will advocate adherence to new COVID norms for all schools--not just LJA--off campus as well as on. At Level 1+, our enhanced campus safety/cleaning procedures and physical distancing norms will be maintained, as will our current mask-wearing practices (excepting time spent outdoors and engaged in sports activities with distancing).
At the Medical Hui’s recommendation, LJA will also be switching to Hawai'i Department of Health (HDOH) data sources from existing COVID tracking websites for future updates. This move should improve the accuracy and timeliness of COVID data that we use.
In the near future, we expect HDOH to publish its revised response framework. LJA appreciates the guidance of HDOH and has reviewed drafts but will continue to follow the LJA Response Framework with minor modifications as needed. The rationale for this decision is that the LJA Response Framework is known to our families and specifically designed for schools of our size, in our region and with considerably more learning space per student.
Finally, in light of recent discussions regarding alternative strategies around fighting viral spread, the Medical Hui has reiterated that while we acknowledge and understand differing views in response to SARS-COV-2, it is in our community's best interest to maintain our existing prevention and mitigation practices and tiered responses to the spread.
The situation remains dynamic, and the Medical Hui will continue to monitor conditions closely. In particular, we will pay close attention to considerations around the availability of rapid testing following the Winter Break, during which time we presume that many families across Hawai'i will be traveling, potentially causing shortages and delays in serial test capacity.
While caution prevails, we are also optimistic in sharing the good news of Level 1+ with you. Our collective well-being is of highest priority as we navigate this next chapter and begin to expand our program offerings to enhance campus life for our students. Mahalo for your continued support and kōkua. Looking forward to your return to campus on Monday!