Clarification of Mayor's Order
On Tuesday the Mayor announced a "stay-at-home, work-at-home" order that suggested that private schools would be required to shut down in-person instruction and care programs. Prior to the signing of the order the following day, however, the Governor had the language changed. LJA is permitted to remain open for First Responder and Staff childcare and, if conditions permit, a return to face-to-face learning for all students.
Status and Forecast
LJA remains at Level 3 due to three factors:
- Statewide New Infections/100K continues to be above our risk threshold for safe return to campus for 1,000 students and staff.
- Statewide Testing Positivity Rate is above our threshold.
- Hospitals report human and facilities capacity issues with dire near-term forecasts, though ICU headroom appears to be at an acceptable level at present.
Looking ahead, we anticipate a phased return to campus as soon as the Governor's/Mayor's order is lifted on September 9th. This projection is optimistic and hinges on the effectiveness of the partial shutdown ordered on August 19th, and this week's more restrictive order. We will not return to campus until the indicators respond favorably.
Together We Can Do This
Our Medical Hui strongly reminds all of us--students, families and staff--that if we want to re-open and keep in-person learning, everyone must remain vigilant and cautious. Complacency literally kills (and shuts down schools), so we need every individual to do his/her part. The re-opening experience of other enterprises and countries suggests that a little bit of prevention by each individual results in a substantial positive return. Mahalo for your kōkua.
First Responders' Childcare
Our Hui tells us of the extraordinarily long and unremitting shifts that our first responders have endured in order to serve those who are suffering. We will, therefore, continue to offer our First Responders' Childcare Program as service to these intrepid individuals and our community. Operating the program also provides us an opportunity to hone our campus safety procedures and protocols. At our Junior School, we are working to enhance the program in two ways (1) additionally including children of essential workers as capacity permits and (2) testing an instructional model that will better support in-person and remote learners when we return to Level 2.
It is our priority to return to campus as soon as safely possible. For us to do so, all of us must work together to guard against complacency. The success of re-opening at LJA--the safety of all members of our community--hinges on the efforts of each member of our ʻohana. Mahalo nui for your support and kōkua.
E mālama pono,