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KS Maui’s process: What does this mean for our campus?

As we continue to refine our plans, here are some general ways KS Maui is looking to update operations in alignment with this model.

All of these actions were designed with the well-being of our entire campus community in mind. We will adapt to the needs of our families to ensure that every haumāna can thrive with our kōkua.

Activity

Action

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing and limiting face-to-face contact has been cited as the most effective precaution for preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

The Hawaiʻi Department of Health uses a guideline of 3-6 feet for physical distancing.

Face Coverings

  • Face masks will be required at all times when in proximity with another person, including while on the bus. 
  • In collaborative spaces where face-to-face interaction will occur, students will also wear protective eye wear (face shields, glasses).
  • Masks are not required when sitting alone in an enclosed space, walking alone outdoors, during outdoor exercise or recess or when eating.

Six (6) face masks and one (1) face shield will be provided by the school to all students. Three (3) Face masks and one (1) face shield will be provided to all staff.

KS recommends wearing a cloth face covering, but face shields are also allowed if a student has underlying health conditions or difficulty breathing.

KS’ requires wearing a face covering at all times when on campus except when sitting alone in an enclosed office, walking alone outdoors, or eating is made in compliance with government public health orders. KS is adopting this requirement for the safety of all our staff, their ‘ohana and our communities across the pae ‘āina.

Meals

Individually plated meals will be offered as “grab and go” and delivered to classrooms or eaten in designated spaces with physical distancing precautions.

Cohorts

Students will be divided into cohort groups when necessary.

Bus Transportation

All students, upon boarding their respective bus will be required to pass through a Thermal Screening process.

If a student is identified as having a temperature of above 100.4 degrees, they will be denied further boarding of the bus and will be required to be taken home from the bus site by their parent/guardian.

To ensure that all students are properly screened, parents will be required to wait at the bus site until their child has been cleared to board before departing.

As a reminder, parents are instructed to keep their child at home if they are ill.

Any student with a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater or symptoms of possible COVID-19 virus infection should not be present in school.

Facilities

Signage and equipment will be used to manage large group congregations outside of the classroom following state and county guidance.

Health Guidance

Staff will receive training on what to do in the case of student illness.

Staff and families will be educated about when to stay home if ill and when to return to school after.

Health Monitoring

Staff and students will undergo screening prior to entering their respective division/worksite in a safe and respectful manner. See the “Student and staff screening process” section below.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

KS Maui will deploy enhanced cleaning throughout the campus. See the “Cleaning and Disinfecting” section below.

Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

Soap and water and/or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will be available for student and staff use.

Staff and students will be required to wash or sanitize hands before entering and exiting a classroom, playgrounds, other large communal spaces, before eating meals/snacks, and after using the bathroom.

For other guidance refer to CDC Hand Washing Guidelines

Staff and students are encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wash or sanitize their hands immediately.


Student and staff screening process

Upper Division (Grades 9-12) Process

Morning

  • Facility: Keōpūolani Hale
  • Student bus drop-off shifted from Pākī/Konia to Hale (upper) parking area
  • Staff Parking moved from Pākī/Konia to Hale (lower) parking area
    • All staff and students entering through the Makawao side door; exit out the Kihei side door (single flow of traffic). Those screened with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will be flagged and directed to secondary screening.

 

Upper Division (Grades 6-8) Process

Morning

  • Facility: Keanolani Learning Center.
  • Student bus drop off shifted from Fire Lane to font of “Middle School”
  • Staff Parking remains the same
  • Parent Drop Off remains the same
    • All staff and students enter through the left side of entrance doors, are screened, walk around the reception counter, exit through the right side of entrance doors (single flow of traffic). Those screened with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will be flagged and directed to secondary screening. 

 

Lower Division (Grades K-5) Process

Morning

  • Facility: Hallway in Pai‘ea Administration Office
  • Student bus drop off remains on the Fire Lane
  • Staff parking moves all to the front of Pai‘ea
  • Parent Drop Off remains the same
    • All staff and students enter through the back (Kihei) side door, exiting through entrance doors (staying under the overhang outside) in a single flow of traffic. Those screened with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will be flagged and directed to secondary screening. 

 

Late Arrivals (Staff and Students) and Campus Specific Visitors for All Divisions

  • Report to Division health rooms for screening FIRST then to Division office for assistance

 

Operations

  • Facility: Processed through Ho‘olulu Building.
    • Staff
    • Contractors and KS Service Providers

 

Technology used: https://www.tequipment.net/Fotric/226B/Building-and-Industrial-Thermal-Imagers/

In-action video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG_CoMUOZUw

 

All those who pass through screening will be provided a daily sticker which indicates that they have been “COVID-19 Screened.” The sticker will be displayed on the shirt/top of all students and staff throughout the day. A sample is provided here:


Vaccination

With respect to the COVID-19 vaccine, what’s important to know is that Kamehameha Schools respects everyone’s ability to make choices about their own personal health and encourages our KS ‘ohana to stay informed about the latest developments regarding vaccination.

Vaccination is not mandatory, but strongly encouraged for our KS ‘ohana when vaccines become available to them, especially teachers, other front-line staff, and employees in high-risk categories. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided specific information on the different COVID-19 vaccines currently being used.
We continue to follow the latest guidance from public health officials in order to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for our students and employees. Our schools also will continue to follow the robust set of health and safety measures in place, including voluntary COVID-19 testing, use of face masks, temperature screening and physical distancing. Families may choose between full distance learning or hybrid learning, which enables a combination of face-to-face interaction and distance learning as appropriate at each school.
KS follows the guidance set forth in Hawai‘i state laws, which requires that all students meet physical examination, immunization, and tuberculosis clearance requirements before they may attend a childcare facility, preschool, or public or private school in Hawai‘i. Students are not currently required by state law to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
With the limited supply of vaccines available at this time, KS will follow the state’s prioritization plan for distribution. Individuals should contact their health care provider for information on the phase in which they will be eligible for vaccination as well as distribution locations.

Vaccine rollout information

For the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations available across the pae ‘āina, visit the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine information page, or the following healthcare system websites. For questions specific to your ‘ohana, contact your primary care physician.


Cleaning and disinfecting

  • KS Maui will deploy enhanced cleaning using Electrostatic Spraying technology and disinfecting protocols will be implemented for classrooms, workspaces, and communal areas.
     
  • We will use hospital grade sanitizing disinfecting cleaners in all areas of campus.
     
  • Extra contracted custodial services will be available during the school day to clean high touch areas of campus.
     
  • KS Maui does utilize a high volume air conditioning system (HVAC) with UV light filters in addition to normal filters in the system.
    • To address additional concerns of COVID-19, the normal filter will be replaced by a MERV-13 filter, which is even more effective in catching particles (up to 90% of particles in the air — the highest standard for filtration). 
    • Our HVAC system also introduces 25% of fresh air into the indoor environment.
    • The use of ventilation systems improves Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) by reducing bacteria, viruses and mold that either grow or pass through the air handling systems. 
    • Guidelines follow the recommendations of the American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers for COVID-19.
       
  • All instructional areas provided with EnozoPro Aqueous ozone cleaner for use as needed by students and teachers to clean lab equipment, desks, and other common classroom areas in between classes.
    • The EnozoPro energizes tap water to kill 99.9% of bacteria without the use of toxic chemicals or leaving residue.
       
  • All K-5 classrooms equipped with sinks will be fully stocked with soap and paper towels to facilitate regular washing of hands by students and staff.
     
  • All classrooms without sinks will be provided with hand sanitizer for use by students and staff.

Kawaiaha‘o Plaza

567 South King St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 523-6200

KS Hawai‘i

16-716 Volcano Rd
Kea‘au, HI 96749
(808) 982-0000

KS Kapālama

1887 Makuakāne St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 842-8211

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275 ‘A‘apueo Pkwy
Pukalani, HI 96768
(808) 572-3100