MES Return to Learn: Reopening Parent Handbook SY 2020-21
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Return to Learn:

Reopening Handbook

 ✯ School Year 2020-2021 ✯

IMPORTANT NOTE:  All of the information in this handbook is subject to change at any time. School policies and procedures  may need to be adjusted due to changes in Hawaii Department of Education directives as well as the impact level of the public health emergency identified for the community. Mahalo for your patience and understanding during this transition period.

Table of Contents

SECTION

PAGE

Introduction

Vision, Mission, Core Values

2

Directory

3

Reopening Plan Guiding Principles

5

HIDOE Core Assumptions for Reopening Schools

6

School Model 

7

Gradual Transition Plan for In-Person Learning

8

100% Distance Learning Option  

12

Bell Schedule

13

Health and Safety

15

School/Families/Community Partnerships

23

Campus Operations

23

Technology

29

Resources

30

FAQs

33

Our Vision

Moanalua Elementary is a model community of 21st-century learners, contributing to the global society with compassion, integrity, and aloha in the pursuit of one’s purpose, passion and dreams.

Our Mission

Moanalua Elementary School empowers students to engage in a rigorous and relevant curriculum while exploring their passions and dreams in a safe, supportive, nurturing environment.

Our Core Values

Moanalua Elementary School

Directory

OFFICE

Main

305-1200

Fax

831-7877

Attendance

305-1200

Meal Program

305-1200

Health Room

305-1273

Kama’aina Kids After School Program

342-2288

Kalihi YMCA Morning Care

848-2494

Roberts Hawaii Bus

832-4886

Administration

Principal Lynda Galera

305-1200

Vice Principal Brian Carpenter

305-1200

Counselors/SSC

Audrey Chinen (Gr PreK-2)

305-1232

Jay Nakasone (Gr 3-6)

305-1253

Student Services Coordinator Matrix Dumlao

305-1270

MES Technology Help Desk

Website

http://bit.ly/MES_Help_Desk

Email

mestech@moes.k12.hi.us

Other Helpful Websites

Hawaii State Department of Education Website

www.hawaiipublicschools.org

Moanalua Elementary School Website

www.moanaluaelementary.org

MES PTO Website

www.moanaluapto.org

Online Meal Account Payments

www.ezschoolpay.com

Free & Reduced Online Application

EZMealApp.com

 

The Guiding Principles

At the June meeting of the Board of Education, the members unanimously passed a resolution to provide guidance to the Department of Education as it prepares for the reopening of public schools.  In the resolution, the board acknowledged that all members of the school community can contribute to a culture of care and collaboration by applying three (3) simple principles: giving hope, acting with kindness and working toward togetherness. 

As our school continues to make decisions about the 2020-2021 school year, the three (3) principles will help to shape our plan for reopening.  Moving forward with a comprehensive plan will make true the words in our alma mater, “Surfriders’ future will be bright!

The Guiding Priorities

Moanalua Elementary School’s plan for safe school reopening addresses four (4) priorities identified by the Board of Education.

Priority 1:  Ensuring the health and safety of students and staff is the most important concern.

•We will provide safe and secure environments to foster a feeling of security.

•We will consider the emotional and psychological needs of all members of our school community.

•We will implement appropriate measures to mitigate health risks including but not limited to training, disinfecting, social distancing, mask wearing.

Priority 2:  Addressing the needs of students who are the most vulnerable to school closures and disruptions to learning.

•We will identify and accommodate students who require assistance to succeed in a learning environment that includes different instructional delivery methods and social distancing.

Priority 3:  Providing as much in-person instruction as practicable in a safe manner throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

•We will continue with daily, on-campus learning for grades kindergarten through 2nd and vulnerable learners (SpEd, EL)

•We will implement a blended model of face-to-face and distance learning for grades 3rd through 6th.

Priority 4:  Ensuring all students have access to devices and connectivity.

•We will loan HIDOE-owned devices to students to facilitate distance learning, if needed.

HIDOE Core Assumptions for Reopening Schools

The Core Assumptions for Reopening Schools shall serve as the guiding principles to support decision-making throughout the HIDOE tri-level structure as schools, complex areas, and state offices navigate the changing circumstances in Hawaii and collective impacts on our public school system.

Core Assumption 1:  The core operations of public education and school models must be adjusted according to the Impact Level of the public health emergency identified for the community. Impact levels may vary by County. The matrix below displays the five levels of impact as described by the Governor’s Reopening Hawaii Plan and the potential changes in the HIDOE’s operations in opening schools.

Core Assumption 2:  The SY 2020-21 will include 180 instructional days with an array of delivery instructional models that are developmentally appropriate to the needs of learners, adhere to the health and safety guidelines, and consider the unique conditions of the community regarding the impact of COVID-19.

Core Assumption 3:  School models will reflect a culture of care that is consistent with the BOE principles of Giving Hope, Acting with Kindness, and Working toward Togetherness. Thus, school models will demonstrate:

Core Assumption 4:  Accommodations, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), will be provided for teachers, administrators, school staff, and students who are at heightened risk for severe illness from COVID-19 due to their age or other health conditions.

MOANALUA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MODEL

The Moanalua Elementary School adopted a blended rotation model.  The teacher delivers instruction using both in-person and distance learning methods. We strived to maximize the in-person, face to face instruction to the extent possible based on the school facilities and staffing while adhering to the BOE Reopening Resolution, the HIDOE Reopening Guidelines and the Department of Health Safety guidelines. All classrooms will be operating at 50% capacity with students six (6) feet apart in order to social distance to the greatest extent possible.

Our school model reflects the high priority HIDOE placed on PreK-2 and Vulnerable Learners for in-person, face to face learning.  Students with special needs (SpEd) and English Language (EL) learners will be on campus daily for face to face learning.  Other vulnerable learners such as students with a 504 plan, or at-risk due to socioeconomically disadvantaged status, significant learning gaps, homeless situations etc. will be prioritized by the classroom teacher for additional face to face and virtual support.  To ensure equity, we will loan devices to students engaging in distance learning (grades 3 - 6).

In the classroom, we used 6 ft social distancing as the goal and the starting place when spacing student desks.  A significant increase in enrollment may impact our ability to provide the 6 ft social distancing between student desks with the existing school model and adjustments may be made, as needed.

  1. PreK-2 and Vulnerable Learners (SpEd, EL)
  1. HIDOE prioritized PreK-2 and Vulnerable Learners for face to face learning on campus.  
  2. PreK-2 and Vulnerable learners (SpEd, EL) will attend school on campus daily.  Full school days on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and half school day on Wednesday.  
  3. Other vulnerable learners such as students with a 504 plan, or at-risk due to socioeconomically disadvantaged status, significant learning gaps, etc. will be prioritized by the classroom teacher for additional face to face and virtual support.
  1. Grades 3-6
  1. Students rotate in two (2) groups for face to face learning on campus.  Students on campus for face to face learning two (2) days a week and off campus distance learning three (3) days a week.
  1. Group A:  On campus Monday, Thursday
  2. Group B:  On campus Tuesday, Friday
  3. Both Group A and B:  Off campus Wednesday Distance Learning
  1. Students off-campus, distance learning may order and purchase a Grab and Go breakfast and lunch.

Moanalua Elementary School Model

*school model developed in accordance with the HIDOE guidelines to prioritize PreK-2 and Vulnerable Learners for face to face learning on campus

Monday

7:50 am - 2:05 pm

Tuesday

7:50 am - 2:05 pm

Wednesday

7:50 am - 12:00 pm

(12:45pm - 1:45pm Asynchronous Learning from Home)

Thursday

7:50 am - 2:05 pm

Friday

7:50 am - 2:05 pm

Gr K-2

On campus daily

On Campus Daily

On Campus Daily

On Campus Daily

On Campus Daily

On Campus Daily

Gr 3-6

On campus two (2)  days/wk

Distance Learning Three (3) days/wk

On Campus Group A

On Campus Group B

Distance Learning

Virtual Small Group Instruction w/ Teachers

Scheduled

On Campus Group A

On Campus Group B

Vulnerable Learners (SpEd, EL)

On Campus Daily

On Campus Daily

On Campus Daily

On Campus Daily

On Campus Daily

Gradual Transition Plan to In-Person Learning

Moanalua Elementary School will gradually transition students to in-person learning until we are able to fully implement the Moanalua Elementary School model.  The plan to gradually transition students to in-person learning is included on the following pages.

Links for Gradual Transition Plan to In-Person Learning:

100% Distance Learning Opt-In Form First Semester

100% Distance Learning Opt-In Form Second Semester

Return to Learn Reopening Handbook 2020-2021

HIDOE Health and Safety Handbook

        100% Distance Learning Option

Moanalua Elementary understands the various needs of families and would like to offer 100% distance learning as an option to our school model.  We will offer a 100% distance learning option that allows parents and guardians to continue their children’s education while keeping them at home.  Opt-in to 100% distance learning by completing the commitment Google form by November 16th for semester two - 100% Distance Learning Opt-In Form SECOND Semester.

Students will be assigned to a distance learning teacher who will meet synchronously and asynchronously throughout the year.  Students may also be asked to meet virtually with the teacher individually or in small groups.  

Families who opt-in will ensure the following:

For more information on 100% distance learning, please refer to “Moanalua Elementary Distance Learning Plan”

To participate in this program please complete the 100% Distance Learning Opt-In Form First Semester by July 27, 8:00 am October 21st for semester one and by November 16th for semester two - 100% Distance Learning Opt-In Form SECOND Semester.

Commitment Form Link:

100% Distance Learning Opt-In Form First Semester

100% Distance Learning Opt-In Form Second Semester

Weekly Bell Schedule

Bell Schedule

Moanalua Elementary School

School Year: 2020 - 2021

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Grades K - 2

On campus, full-day, face-to-face daily instruction

Grade K & Grade 1

Grade 2

7:50

Warning Bell

7:50

Warning Bell

7:55

Flag Bell

7:55

Flag Bell

7:55 - 9:30

Homeroom / Instructional Period

7:55 - 9:30

Homeroom / Instructional Period

9:30 - 9:45

Recess - Gr K Group 1, and

Gr 1

9:30 - 9:45

Recess

9:45 - 10:00

Recess - Gr K Group 2

9:45 - 10:30

Instructional Period

9:45/10:00 - 10:30

Instructional Period

10:30 - 11:15

Instructional Period

10:30 - 11:00

LUNCH

11:15 - 11:45

LUNCH

11:00 - 12:00

Instructional Period

11:45 - 1:00

Instructional Period

12:00 - 12:45/1:00

Instructional Period

1:00 - 1:15

Recess

12:45 - 1:00

Recess - Gr K Group 1, and

Gr 1

1:15 - 2:05

Instructional Period

1:00 - 1:15

Recess - Gr K Group 2

2:05

School Dismissal

1:00/1:15 - 2:05

Instructional Period

2:05 - 2:50

Teacher Prep

2:05

School Dismissal

2:05 - 2:50

Teacher Prep

Grades 3 - 6

2 days/week: On campus, full day, face-to-face instruction (Group A - Mon/Thur; Group B - Tues/Fri)

3 days/week: At home, distance learning (Group A - Tue/Wed/Fri; Group B - Mon/Wed/Thur)

Grade 3

Grade 4 - 6

7:50

Warning Bell

7:50

Warning Bell

7:55

Flag Bell

7:55

Flag Bell

7:55 - 9:45

Homeroom / Instructional Period

7:55 - 9:00

Homeroom / Instructional Period

9:45 - 10:00

Recess

9:00 - 9:45

Instructional Period

10:00 - 11:15

Instructional Period

9:45 - 10:00

Recess

11:15 - 11:45

LUNCH

10:00 - 10:45

Instructional Period

11:45 - 1:00

Instructional Period

10:45 - 12:00

Instructional Period

1:00 - 1:15

Recess

12:00 - 12:30

LUNCH

1:15 - 2:05

Instructional Period

12:30 - 12:45

Recess

2:05

School Dismissal

12:45 - 1:30

Instructional Period

2:05 - 2:50

Teacher Prep

1:30 - 2:05

Instructional Period

2:05

School Dismissal

2:05 - 2:50

Teacher Prep

WEDNESDAY

Grades K - 2: On campus, half-day, face-to-face instruction

Grade K & Grade 1

Grade 2

7:50

Warning Bell

7:50

Warning Bell

7:55

Flag Bell

7:55

Flag Bell

7:55 - 9:30

Homeroom / Instructional Period

7:55 - 9:45

Homeroom / Instructional Period

9:30 - 9:45

Recess - Gr K Group 1, and

Gr 1

9:30 - 9:45

Recess

9:45 - 10:00

Recess - Gr K Group 2

9:45 - 10:30

Instructional Period

9:45/10:00 - 10:30

Instructional Period

10:30 - 11:15

Instructional Period

10:30 - 11:00

LUNCH

11:15 - 11:45

LUNCH

11:00 - 12:00

Instructional Period

11:45 - 12:00

Homeroom / Instructional Period

12:00

School Dismissal

12:00

School Dismissal

12:45 - 1:50

Distance Learning (asynchronous)

12:45 - 1:50

Distance Learning (asynchronous)

12:15 - 1:00

Teacher Prep

12:15 - 1:00

Teacher Prep

1:00 - 2:50

Faculty Meetings/Articulation/PD

1:00 - 2:50

Faculty Meetings/Articulation/PD

*Grades 3 - 6 (DISTANCE LEARNING)

7:50

Warning Bell

7:55

Flag Bell

7:55 - 9:45

Distance Learning

9:45 - 10:00

Recess (at home break)

10:00 - 11:15

Instructional Period

11:15 - 11:45

LUNCH (at home)

12:00

School Dismissal

12:45 - 1:50

Distance Learning (asynchronous)

12:15 - 1:00

Teacher Prep

1:00 - 2:50

Faculty Meetings/Articulation/PD

*Grades 3-6 vulnerable learners attend on campus, full-day, face-to-face instruction Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri, and half-day on Wed.

Health and Safety  

Latest COVID Reference Chart

Due to the constant changes in policies surrounding COVID-19, please use the link above the graphic for the latest flowchart.

Daily Wellness Check at Home

All HIDOE staff, contracted service providers, visitors and students must complete a wellness check each morning before going to school.

STEP 1: Check for Symptoms of Illness 

If you/your family member has any symptoms of illness - do not come to school. Check for the following:

STEP 2: Check for Recent COVID-19 Exposure Do any of the following apply to you or your child? If yes, do not go to school.

      ❏ Recently tested positive for COVID-19

      ❏ Waiting for COVID-19 test results

      ❏ Self-quarantining due to possible COVID-19 exposure (e.g. travel quarantine)

      ❏ Living with someone with COVID-19

      ❏ Been in close contact with someone with COVID-19

* Someone who is fully vaccinated or has had COVID-19 and recovered within the past three months is not required to quarantine following exposure to COVID-19 and may go to school/work as long as they do not develop new symptoms.

A printable Wellness Check visual has been created for awareness to help keep our schools safe.

Notifying School of Illness

When a parent reports their child is sick at home, our office staff will ask them further questions to determine next steps.  If any of the above symptoms are reported, the student may return to school:

without the use of fever-reducing medication AND symptoms improved. 

fever-reducing medication AND symptoms improved. 

use of fever-reducing medication AND symptoms improved. 

Screening for Potential Illness at School

Universal symptom screening is no longer required upon arrival at the school or office.

asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic, and some mildly symptomatic cases of COVID-19.

and, at times, unrelated to any infectious illness.

not have COVID-19 or any contagious illness. This may worsen disparities in students

who already miss school frequently because of chronic medical conditions.

Symptoms screening shall be conducted for anyone who is showing signs of illness at school. Screening is not specifically for COVID-19 and must be performed in a safe and respectful manner. Any designated adult can perform the screening. In a well ventilated area, interview and observe the individual from at least 6 feet away or behind a physical barrier, using the following symptom checklist:

❏ Feverish, unusually warm, or flushed cheeks

❏ Chills

❏ Cough

❏ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

❏ Fatigue (tiredness, weakness)

❏ Muscle or body aches

❏ Headache

❏ New loss of taste or smell

❏ Sore throat

❏ Congestion or runny nose

❏ Nausea, vomiting (stomach ache)

❏ Diarrhea

If any of these symptoms are present, the person should go home immediately. A student’s parent/legal guardian will be contacted to pick up the student. If someone who is ill is not able to leave campus immediately, he/she must wait in a supervised area that is isolated from those who are well.

When A Student Becomes Sick at School

When a student shows signs of illness at school, send the student to the Health Room wearing a face mask.

student’s parent/legal guardian to pick up the student.

supervised area.

hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND symptoms improved.

of fever-reducing medication AND symptoms improved.

without the use of fever-reducing medication AND symptoms improved. 

COVID-like, respiratory illness, or influenza, he/she may return to school when

symptoms are resolving and he/she has no fever for at least 24 hours without

the use of fever-reducing medication.

recommendations above.

Temporary Exclusion from School. 

Household Members of Individuals Who Become Sick at School

If someone is sent home from school with COVID-19-like symptoms, siblings shall also be sent home and should remain home with all household members until the ill person receives a COVID-19 test result, a doctor’s clearance, or at least 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared.

If the COVID-19 test results are negative:

● Siblings may return to school if they are symptom-free and household members no longer need to quarantine if they are symptom-free.

If the COVID-19 test results are positive:

● Siblings and/or household members are considered close contacts and must remain at home until 10 days have passed since they had contact with the person with COVID-19, or until 10 days after the person with COVID-19 is released from isolation if there is ongoing contact.

If the household member of someone who is ill has been fully vaccinated or has had COVID-19 and recovered in the past three months, he or she may continue to go to school/work as long as new symptoms do not develop.

Health Room Service

When a student becomes ill at school, the student will be sent to the Health Room. If there is no school health aide on campus, the student will be sent to administration.

Frequent Hand Washing and/or Sanitizing

Hand-washing or sanitizing stations will be available at the entrances of school, near or inside of classrooms, and in all meeting areas (e.g. library, dining hall, offices).

Promoting and Practicing Personal Hygiene

Students, faculty and staff will be encouraged to follow personal hygiene practices to reduce the spread of germs.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is not listed as a Core Essential strategy, but should be implemented to the greatest extent possible. The combination of multiple mitigation measures gives schools the flexibility to achieve safe learning environments even when not every measure can practically be met. On Friday, March 19, 2021, the CDC recommended that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three (3) feet in classroom settings.

● In elementary schools, all students remain at least three (3) feet apart in classrooms where mask use is universal — regardless of whether community transmission is low, moderate, substantial, or high.

● Establish clear policies for student entry and dismissal from campus that ensures physical distancing to the greatest extent possible between individuals. Consider staggering drop-off and arrival times for students, so that large groups of people are not arriving and leaving at the same time to minimize overcrowding and human contact in confined areas.

● For younger children, minimize those times in the classroom when instruction or social skill development activities make it difficult to maintain physical distancing to the greatest extent possible between students, especially when teaching or practicing necessary social skills of personal space, sharing space, and safety.

● Teachers shall be provided at least six (6) feet of distance between their desk and the nearest student desk (refer to Memorandum of Understanding addendum dated March 14, 2021 between BOE and HSTA).

Minimize the sharing of items that are difficult to clean or disinfect. Have a cleaning schedule for any equipment, materials and assistive devices that must be shared.

● Each student’s belongings should be separated from others; kept in individually-labeled containers, cubbies, or areas; and taken home each day to be cleaned, if possible.

● Ensure adequate supplies to minimize sharing of high-touch materials to the extent possible or limit the use of supplies and equipment to one group of children at a time and clean and disinfect between each use.

● Avoid sharing electronic devices, toys, books, and other games or learning aids.

● If food is offered at any event, have pre-packaged boxes or bags for each attendee instead of a buffet or family-style meal. Avoid sharing of foods and utensils.

Consider each class as an ʻOhana Bubble for elementary schools and Cohorts for middle and high schools. Interaction should be limited and controlled between ʻOhana Bubbles and Cohorts.

● Mask wearing is required at all times, except during mask breaks, regardless of cohorts.

● For elementary schools, it is advised to keep classes in their respective ʻOhana Bubbles when using the playground. Restrict interaction between different ʻOhana Bubbles while on the playground.

Maintain at least six (6) feet of distance:

● In common areas, such as school lobbies and auditoriums.

● During activities when increased exhalation occurs, such as singing, shouting, band practice, sports, or exercise. These activities should be moved outdoors or to large, well-ventilated spaces whenever possible.

● In community settings outside of the classroom.

Face Coverings

All students and adults will cover their mouths and noses with a mask or face covering while on campus and in classrooms.  

Cases of COVID-19 on Campus

If a student or employee either tests positive for COVID-19 or has been identified as a close contact or household member to someone who has tested positive, the school will work with the Department of Health.

Identifying Close Contacts

Determine if the COVID-19 case had any close contacts on campus during the infectious period:

● The infectious period begins two days prior to the onset of symptoms, or if the individual is not exhibiting any symptoms, two days prior to the positive COVID-19 test specimen collection date.

● A close contact is someone who was exposed to the individual who tested positive with COVID-19 during their infectious period:

○ Within 6 feet for a combined total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

○ In direct contact with secretions (e.g. being coughed on).

● The determination of close contact should be made irrespective of persons wearing face covering/masks.

If a school can clearly identify which persons meet those criteria, all persons in the class may not be identified as close contacts. Instances where all persons in the class would be considered close contacts includes:

● Cohorts in classrooms that spend the entire day together and interact with others within the cohort (typically younger grade levels);

● Classrooms that do not have assigned seats and/or students are frequently moving around in class;

● Cohorts that engage in activities that may increase the risk of transmission (e.g., eating/drinking, singing, using musical instruments that require blowing).

Instances where all persons in the class may not be considered close contacts include:

● Classrooms with assigned seating and students remain seated throughout class.

Steps to take when there are close contacts (also see Return to School/Work Criteria):

Communications Procedure for Cases of COVID-19

The District COVID-19 Response Team will support the principal, supervisor or designee on messaging to close contacts, staff, parents and the broader community. Below are considerations that will be followed for the various levels of notification:

Notifying potential close contacts 

Notifying the school community (not close contacts)

The notification should not be posted on the school's social media platforms or website as those communication channels are open to the broader community and would affect the Department's ability to protect and balance the individual's privacy interests with the public's need to know. The Attorney General's office supports the Department's reporting of cases at the Complex Area level as a way to balance the personal privacy interests with the public's interest.

Notification templates are available, click here. Notifications in other languages are available at the same link. A final copy of the notification(s) should be emailed to the COVID-19 Response Team for the Department’s records.

For cases where an individual was not on campus for two weeks or more prior to the start of the infectious period or COVID-19 test, a notification is at the discretion of the principal since there is no impact to staff or students while at school.

COVID-19 Point of Contact

The point of contact (POC) responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns is the school Vice Principal.  If the Vice Principal is unavailable, contact the school Principal.

Daily Cleaning of Facilities

High touch surfaces such as light switches, door handles, desks and chairs will be wiped down at least daily.  Classrooms and restrooms will be disinfected daily.  

Cleaning of Technology Devices

Devices that are loaned to students for distance learning will be cleaned upon return.  Each student will be assigned their own technology device.  There will be no sharing of devices.

Ventilation

Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase the supply of fresh outdoor air when possible. For details, please refer to the HIDOE AC Operation Guideline during COVID-19. Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk (i.e., risk of falling, triggering asthma symptoms) to children using the facility. DOH also recommends:

Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk to children

using the facility.

in or near windows so as not to induce potentially contaminated airflow directly from one person over another (strategic window fan placement in exhaust mode can help draw fresh air into room via other open windows and doors without generating strong room air currents).

current occupancy level for each space.

areas, etc.

Please Note:  As of January, 2021, new health guidelines have changed the 14 day quarantine period to 10 days.  The above chart does NOT reflect this change.

School/Family/Community Partnerships

A healthy partnership between the school and the family is essential for helping students to achieve at their maximum potential and to feel secure while on campus.  All members of the Moanalua Elementary Community are essential to maintaining the health and safety of the school.  

To help ensure a smooth transition back to school we ask that everyone do the following:

We value members of our community--kupuna and volunteers, who help our students and staff.  For now, as we all get adjusted to the new way of conducting school, we ask that all volunteers stay at home until we feel it is safe for you to return.  We are limiting the number of non-essential visitors on campus as part of our effort to minimize health risks.

    Campus Operations

Communications

School Website:

Please continue to access the school website at www.moanalualementary.org  for information.  

Automated Phone Call:

We will continue to use the automated phone call system to communicate with families. Please update your contact with the main office.

MES Text Alerts:

Moanalua Elementary utilizes the School Messenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more.  

* SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM, so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.

* Message & data rates may apply.

Please update your contact with the main office.

Office Business

Business needing the assistance of office personnel requires an appointment.  Please call the office at 305-1200 to schedule an appointment between the hours of 7:30 am - 4:00 pm.  We encourage parents to process lunch payments and bus applications online.  

Visitors on Campus

Moanalua Elementary is a closed campus.  All visitors must report to the office.  Non-essential visitors will be restricted from campus.

Volunteers

We appreciate our volunteers.  Unfortunately, due to health and safety concerns requiring schools to restrict access to campus, all volunteers will be on hold until further notice.  

Arrival/Dismissal

Arrival:  When students arrive at school each day, they must remain socially-distanced by at least 6 feet.  To help manage this, we have placed signs on the surfaces as well as marks on the grass that are 6 feet apart from each other.  For their safety, students will not be allowed to play before school.  When students arrive, they will need to find a sticker or mark on the ground and wait until the bell rings.  

Students will be brought into their classrooms by their teacher socially-distanced.  Students will be limited in what they do before school; therefore, parents are to drop off students no sooner than 7:40 am.

Upon entering the classroom, students will wash their hands.

Dismissal:  In order to keep students apart as much as possible, we are implementing a staggered dismissal process.  

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:  At 1:55 p.m., all students riding a bus will be dismissed.  At 2:00 p.m., all students enrolled in Kama’aina Kids after school program will be dismissed.  At 2:05 p.m., all students who will be picked up or walking home will be dismissed.  

Wednesday:  At 11:50 a.m., all students riding a bus will be dismissed.  At 11:55 p.m., all students enrolled in Kama’aina Kids after school program will be dismissed.  At 12:00 p.m., all students who will be picked up or walking home will be dismissed.

As with arrival, students will be asked to keep 6 feet apart from each other.

Attendance

Daily attendance will be taken for all students.  Students scheduled for face to face in-person learning shall be in class promptly at the start of school by 7:55 a.m..  Students who are tardy will report to the office for a tardy pass.

Students engaging in distance learning being delivered by Moanalua Elementary shall be considered in attendance at a public school for compulsory attendance procedures.  Students must virtually report to class when school starts at 7:55 a.m. for daily check-in with the teacher.  Students logging in after 7:55 a.m. will be marked tardy.

Breakfast/Lunch

All students may participate in breakfast and lunch.  Meals will be charged to student meal accounts.  Dine-in service is for students who are scheduled for in-person learning on campus.  Grab and Go meals are available for those students engaging in distance learning.  

Students will remain six-feet apart to the extent possible while picking up their meals and will be seated six-feet apart on the cafeteria tables for meals.  Windows will remain open and all large ceiling fans will be on.  Tables and chairs will be sanitized between meal services.  Kindergarten students will eat lunch in their rooms socially distanced at their desks for at least the first semester.

Breakfast Grab and Go does not need to be ordered ahead of time.  For those students needing a Grab and Go lunch, please complete a Grab and Go Lunch Order form on the school website by 8:30 am.

When picking up any Grab and Go meals, masks must be worn at all times.

 ***Please be advised that only STUDENTS can pick up their Grab and Go meals in the cafeteria.  All adults need to stay in their vehicles and wait for their children to return per safety protocols.

Special Grab and Go Meal Pick Up Schedule:

August 17 - November 6

Meals

Days

Times

Breakfast

Mon - Fri

7:15 am - 7:45 am

Lunch

Mon - Fri

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Regular Grab and Go Meal Pick Up Schedule

November 9, 2020 - May 28, 2021

Meals

Days

Times

Breakfast

Mon - Fri

7:15 am-7:45 am

Lunch (during each grade level’s lunch time)

M, T, Th, F

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch

Wed

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Use of Facilities

Due to health and safety concerns requiring schools to restrict access to campus, use of facility requests will not be authorized until further notice.

Afterschool Programs

Due to these unprecedented times, this year we will not be able to offer any after school programming until further notice except for before and after school care.  Please note that due to social-distancing guidelines from the state health department, before and after school care will be limited to smaller capacities.

Restrooms

Recess 

Technology

With the adoption of a partially blended learning model, the integration of technology and digital devices will be an integral part of the students daily routines.  

Student devices:

Technology Tips for Distance Learning

  1. Turn off other video streaming applications
  2. Limit the number of devices that are connected to the network at the same time
  3. Clear browser cache
  4. Move closer to the router or create a clear path for the wireless signal

Technology Help Desk

If you are having tech trouble at home, visit the MES Tech Help desk at https://sites.google.com/k12.hi.us/mes-tech-help-desk/home 

Ohana Help Desk

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) launched the nation’s first statewide, comprehensive help desk providing technology support to public school students and their parents as schools offer more opportunities for online and blended learning.

The ʻOhana Help Desk will provide self-service and chat support for families experiencing issues connecting to HIDOE systems remotely from home. The help desk will be able to assist with connectivity-related issues (e.g. network and wifi connectivity), access and security issues, device support (e.g. devices, applications, software updates) and general IT support.

The ‘Ohana Help Desk will be open to support students and parents:

By phone at 643-DESK (3375) Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m. The help desk will be closed on state holidays.

Online 24/7 at ohanahelpdesk.org for self-service support and information.

Covid-19 Resources

Information for Kids and Parents - videos about masks, hand washing and explaining the virus to children

MES Distance Learning  - information about our school’s Distance Learning plan and resources

FAQs for Reopening

SAFETY CONCERNS:

Should a student or staff attending MES test positive, how will parents be informed and will we have the option to switch to distance learning?

Distance Learning Form

If a parent wants to switch to distance learning, they will need to fill out the 100% Distance Learning Opt-In form.  It can be found on the school website.

Cases of COVID-19

If a student or employee either tests positive for COVID-19 or has been identified as a close contact or household member to someone who has tested positive, the school will work with the Department of Health.

COVID-19 Point of Contact

The point of contact (POC) responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns is the school Vice Principal.  If the Vice Principal is unavailable, contact the school Principal.

Is MES stocked with enough supplies to sanitize throughout this pandemic?  

PPE Supplies

MES is fully stocked with supplies to sanitize and keep students and staff safe.  Not only are we provided with PPE from the district, we pre-purchased supplies in anticipation of a safe reopening.  There are also protocols in place through the department to reorder supplies as needed.

Will there be one way arrows marked in hallways to help with congestion?

Social Distancing

All students, faculty, staff and essential visitors are expected to practice social and physical distance by maintaining a six (6) foot distance to the extent possible. Dots are painted on the ground throughout the school campus 6 feet apart on both sides of the walkways to assist everyone in keeping their distance from each other.  Arrows are also placed on each side of the sidewalk indicating which direction to go.  

I’m worried about how many students there will be in my child’s classroom.

Class Sizes

The maximum number of students in person, in class, with desks spaced six-feet apart is 16 students.  All classes currently are below that enrollment.

What safety measures are in place during recess and lunch? I’m concerned about lunch time and kids being unmasked. I feel like this is a critical time where social distancing is most important.

Recess 

Breakfast and Lunch

All students may participate in breakfast and lunch.  Meals will be charged to student meal accounts.  Dine-in service is for students who are scheduled for in-person learning on campus.  Grab and Go meals are available for those students engaging in distance learning.  

Students will remain six-feet apart to the extent possible while picking up their meals and will be seated six-feet apart on the cafeteria tables for meals.  Windows will remain open and all large ceiling fans will be on.  Tables and chairs will be sanitized between meal services.  Masks will be worn while standing in line and walking to/from the lunch tables, and will be removed when seated and eating.

Kindergarten students will eat lunch in their rooms socially distanced at their desks for at least the first semester.

Frequent Hand Washing and/or Sanitizing

Hand-washing or sanitizing stations will be available at the entrances of school, near or inside of classrooms, and in all meeting areas (e.g. library, dining hall, offices).

What other safety precautions will there be on campus?

Screening prior to coming to school

Before arriving on campus, parents must screen their children prior to bringing them to school each day for general symptoms of illness.  If a parent suspects that their child is ill, they should keep the child at home.

Wear a Face Covering:  All students and adults will cover their mouths and noses with a mask or  face covering while on campus and in classrooms.  

Daily Cleaning of Facilities

High touch surfaces such as light switches, door handles, desks and chairs will be wiped down at least daily.  Classrooms and restrooms will be disinfected daily.  

Cleaning of Technology Devices

Devices that are loaned to students for distance learning will be cleaned upon return.  Each student will be assigned their own technology device.  There will be no sharing of devices.

Ventilation

Windows and doors will be opened when possible and as much as possible.  Windows and doors will not be opened if doing so poses a safety or health risk (e.g., triggering asthma symptoms) to children.  Air conditioners and fans may also be used to circulate air in classrooms.

LEARNING CONCERNS

Will my child’s teacher change?

Classroom Assignments

Class assignments and teachers may change depending on the grade level and family responses to distance learning and return to campus responses.  We recognize that this is unfavorable but may be necessary due to space limitations in each class.  

During these times of transitions, family dynamics change and parents change their minds for a variety of reasons as to whether they will return to face-to-face learning or decide on 100% distance learning.  As a school we too have to adjust to our community’s wants and needs.  Our intent is to keep classrooms intact and minimize any changes in teachers as much as possible.  It simply all depends on how many families change their minds on coming onto campus or choose to distance learn.

Will there still be a virtual learning/distance learning option for my child when students return to campus? Can I still keep my child home?

Virtual Learning

Yes.  Parents interested in opting-in for 100% distance learning for the remainder of the FIRST SEMESTER (until 12/18/20) must complete the 100% Distance Learning Opt-In form for FIRST SEMESTER by Wednesday, October 2, 2020.

What is the school doing to fix the issues with poor wifi?

Connectivity

Poor wifi is an issue with the carrier, not the school.  Families who have network problems at home should contact their internet provider, or the DOE Help Desk or MES Help Desk for assistance.  The school however,  is able to loan out a hotspot to families who do not have connectivity at home.  

Is there anything I can do to improve the performance of the school-owned iPad or Chromebook my child is using? 

It is important to close any apps or tabs that the student is not using to free up the device’s memory and processing capability.  Regularly shut the device down instead of just closing the cover.  Keep the device’s battery charged.  Limit unnecessary network traffic (e.g. streaming video, gaming) during learning hours so your household’s bandwidth is available for learning and working from home.

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE CONCERNS

What are the options for before and after school care? How early will students be allowed on campus and how late are they allowed to stay after if no A+ options are available?

A+

After school care will be provided for our community on a limited basis.  YMCA is our before-school provider and Kama’aina Kids is our after-school provider.  Please contact them for information about enrollment.  They will provide limited service for students who signed up, have been approved by the individual provider, and are on-campus during learning times.  

For those students who are NOT enrolled in A+ before/after school care, we ask that students arrive no earlier than 7:40 AM (or as close to our bell schedule as possible), and leave immediately after the bell rings at 2:05 (12:00 PM on Wednesdays).

If students return to on campus learning how would A+ accommodate all the students after school, will they be able to practice social distancing also?

A+ Social Distancing

Our before and after school providers must follow our strict protocols and procedures as well as their own individual protocols and procedures.  Our providers are limited in how many students they can serve based on our social distancing limits in the cafeteria.