We are pleased to share that the Medical Hui has advised that current conditions, data and projections indicate that we can safely begin a phased return to campus (Level 2).
The salient criteria are:
- 14-day continuous decline in New Cases (7-day moving average)
- 13.8 New Cases/100k statewide and lower rates on Windward side (Level 2)
- 3.8% positivity rate for the City and County (Level 2)
- ICU bed capacity used 66% (Level 2)
All students who opted for face-to-face learning will be back on campus by September 21 using a phased return beginning Monday, September 14.
- Junior School students (Grades PK and JK) on Monday, September 14
- Lower School students (Grades K-5) on Wednesday, September 16
- Middle and High School students (Grades 6-12) on Monday, September 21
Your child can choose to opt-out of face-to-face learning at this juncture, if he/she started the school year in-person; however, you may recall that he/she cannot opt-out of distance learning, if that was his/her choice at the start of the year, until the end of the first quarter. For those affected by this option, please let your Division know by Friday, September 11 (JS and LS) and Monday, September 14 (MS and HS). This will allow us to make staffing adjustments accordingly. All families may switch between models (face-to-face and distance learning) on a quarterly basis. Your divisions will be reaching out to confirm your preferences as Quarter 2, which begins on October 19, nears.
At our Hui's urging, let us all reflect for a few moments on the kuleana (responsibility) that returning to campus requires kōkua of our entire community. Our Hui was very clear with their approval today that while it is safe to return, we cannot remove all risk. Together, however, we can substantially reduce the risk of transmission by upholding our community agreements: keeping our social networks tight, staying home when sick, maintaining physical distance and masking in school, and practicing good handwashing hygiene. These simple actions, multiplied, have the potential to transform our school year.
The success of our return--our hopes for another May Day, robotics competition, sports season, performing arts concert/production, and the like--hinges on our ability to keep our community safe. In these weeks of distance learning, we all know what we have lost. There's no recouping those foregone memories and experiences, but we can have a hand in shaping our future. It's never been more true that every person's choices make a difference, so please, let's kōkua like never before.
Lastly, please know that your trust and enduring support continue to make all the difference in this journey, and I am grateful to each of you. I look forward to seeing our LJA 'ohana back on campus together again very soon, and extend our staff's collective aloha and well wishes until then!
Me ke mahalo,