Corona Virus update 3-3-20

Welina ke aloha e ka ‘ohana o Kamehameha,

As part of our commitment to the safety and well-being of your children, we want to keep you updated on the novel coronavirus situation. We are continuing to monitor information provided by the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hawai‘i Department of Health (HDOH). At this time, there have been no confirmed cases reported in Hawai‘i.

Given the evolving nature of this situation, we have identified the following three key principles to guide our decisions as an organization:

  • First, we need to ensure the health of our students, families and staff.
  • Second, as an organization, we have an obligation to do our part to keep our community healthy.
  • Third, we must plan appropriately to fulfill our educational mission and, to the extent possible, continue with normal business operations.

With these principles prioritizing the safety and well-being of our KS ʻohana in mind we are updating travel guidelines for KS students and staff based on recent developments. The following changes are effective immediately:

  • During March, all out-of-state KS education travel, domestic and international, has been cancelled for all KS campuses/preschools and staff. Interisland travel will still be permitted.
  • In the case of a KS business/education-related emergency or if a critical business/education need emerges, employees may be allowed to travel out of state. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

In addition, we understand some families of our students may have already made PERSONAL Spring Break travel plans during March. For the safety and health of our students, families, and staff, we ask for your cooperation for the following:

  • If you are traveling to a CDC Level 1 or higher country or if the country you are traveling to becomes reclassified as Level 1 or higher while you are overseas, we ask that you notify the school prior to leaving and upon your return.
  • If you do travel to a CDC Level 1 or higher country during March, you should also plan to notify the school administrator prior to leaving and upon your arrival and keep your keiki home from school for 14 days following your return.If any symptoms develop during this period, please seek medical attention.
  • If you are traveling domestically to any of the 49 other states, please notify the school prior to leaving and upon your return.
  • Depending upon the outbreak severity at the time of your return, please be aware that upon your arrival, there is a chance that your child may be asked to stay at home from school for up to 14 days for monitoring.If any symptoms develop during this period, please seek medical attention.

This situation is evolving every day.  As more information becomes available, we are committed to providing you with timely, relevant updates about any impact to our preschool operations. Our kumu will be reaching out to you to request information for any travel plans you may have for the month of March. If you have questions, please feel free to talk with your keiki’s kumu or the Hope Poʻo Kumu.

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Mahalo nui loa for your time and kōkua.

E mālama pono,

Shelli Kim

Poʻo Kula