Update from the Hawai‘i Department of Education – schools are extending spring break through March 27th. In addition to increasing “social distancing” this will give the schools time to look at possible instructional approach modifications and to thoroughly clean facilities.
In addition to childcare for Hawai‘i families concerns are high for food for children and daytime facilities for the homeless. Civil Beat reports “Close to half of students in the DOE are from economically challenged households, according to the Hawaii DOE’s 2019-20 figures. Nearly 85,000 public school students quality for free or reduced price lunch while another 3,604 students this school year are classified as homeless. Unebasami said the DOE has asked its food services branch to come up with a plan that “ensures we’re reaching our students who rely on free breakfast or lunch” during the four additional days of spring break (the extended week encompasses a state holiday, Prince Kuhio Day, on March 26).