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Answers to questions about teacher furlough days from the DOE

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Answers to questions about the upcoming teacher furlough days at Hawaii Public Schools. Source: Hawaii Department of Education (DOE)

General

If teachers are on furlough, will classes be offered?
No. Classes will be cancelled.

On furlough days, will any meal service or student transportation be offered to students? No.


Afterschool programs

Will afterschool tutoring or enrichment programs run by the school be offered on furlough days?
No.

Will the DOE A+ Program be available on furlough days?
No. Private providers may apply for Use of Facilities and run their own programs at parent expense on furlough days. Principals will continue to approve/disapprove Use of Facilities requests for their school.

What will happen with the monthly DOE A+ fee?
The monthly DOE A+ fee will be adjusted based on the furlough days.


Athletics

Will athletic events be conducted on designated furlough days?
Yes. Athletic events will continue as scheduled. Athletic events may not be rescheduled prior to 3:00 PM on furlough days.

Will athletic teams be allowed to practice/play on furlough days?
Yes. Teams may practice/play on furlough days after 3:00 PM only.

Will teacher coaches be able to supervise/coach practices and games?
Yes.

Will preseason and statewide tournaments need to be rescheduled?
Preseason and statewide tournaments are under review.



Professional development

How will schools address professional development or conferences on furlough days?
Out-of-state and in-state trips by employees for professional development or to attend mandatory conferences on furlough days should be:

  1. Rescheduled.
  2. If the activity cannot be rescheduled, then professional development or conferences shall be cancelled or evaluated and recommended to proceed by administrator or principal.
  3. Furloughed DOE employees who participate in out-of-state, statewide or district-wide professional development workshops to attend mandatory conferences may be doing so as part of their job responsibilities. *Participation exceptions for furloughed DOE employees may be granted by the superintendent on a case-by-case basis and must be approved prior to the activity date. *Exception procedures will be sent to principals and administrators.

Will DOE workshops for teachers be held on a furlough day?
No. DOE Workshops scheduled on furlough days will be cancelled or rescheduled.


School activities (weekends/holidays)

Will voluntary school activities on Saturdays, Sundays, or school holidays still go on?
Yes.


Student activities and trips

Can schools still conduct afterschool student activities on furlough days?
Student activities (e.g., dances, proms, plays, conferences) planned by schools off-campus or on-campus after 3:00 PM on furlough days should be:

  1. Rescheduled to Thursdays (Thursday is the new "Friday") or Saturdays or another day, if possible.
  2. If the activity cannot be rescheduled, then the event shall be cancelled or approved by principal to proceed.
  3. Furloughed DOE employees who volunteer to participate in the activity will be doing so during non-work hours.
  4. Volunteer parents and guardians may continue to chaperone authorized student activities.

Statewide or district-wide student activities (e.g., conferences, competitions) scheduled involving students and DOE employees on furlough days should be:

  1. Rescheduled to Thursdays (Thursday is the new "Friday") or Saturdays or another day, if possible.
  2. If the activity cannot be rescheduled, then the event shall be cancelled or evaluated and recommended to proceed by administrator.
  3. Furloughed DOE employees who participate in statewide or district-wide student activities may be doing as part of their job responsibilities. *Participation exceptions for furloughed DOE employees may be granted by the superintendent on a case-by-case basis and must be approved prior to the activity date.
  4. Volunteer parents and guardians may continue to chaperone authorized student activities.

Out-of-state and in-state trips involving students and DOE employees on furlough days should be:

  1. Rescheduled.
  2. If the activity cannot be rescheduled, then the trip shall be cancelled or evaluated and recommended to proceed by administrator or principal.
  3. Furloughed DOE employees who participate in out-of state, statewide or district-wide student activities may be doing so as part of their job responsibilities. *Participation exceptions for furloughed DOE employees may be granted by the superintendent on a case-by-case basis and must be approved prior to the activity date.
  4. Volunteer parents and guardians may continue to chaperone authorized student activities.

*Exception procedures will be sent to principals and administrators.



Student support services (SPED/SBBH)

Complex area superintendents and district educational specialists for special education and school-based behavioral health are working with schools to review IEP and 504 modification plans. Parents are asked to work closely with their child's school during this process. Additional information will be provided.

School-based Behavioral Health

My child has a 504 modification plan. What's going to happen on furlough days?
504 accommodations, modifications and related services are provided while a child is in school. Services that would have been provided on a furlough day may be rescheduled.

My child receives school-based behavioral health (SBBH) related services after school. Will services continue?
Services that would have been provided on a furlough day may be rescheduled. Related service providers will also be asked to review and adjust their weekly schedule to ensure the provision of SBBH related services.

Special Education

Should Individualized Education Program (IEP) plans be reviewed to measure the educational impact of furlough days on the student? 
Yes. The IEP team for each student should consider the reduction in instructional days and the effect (if any) the reduction will have on the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

What about related services that are scheduled on furlough days on a school campus?Related service providers will be asked to review and adjust their weekly schedule to ensure the provision of IEP indicated related services. Services that would have been provided on a furlough day may be rescheduled.

Will services be provided to students placed in off-campus placements on DOE furlough days?
Services that would have been provided on a furlough day will be reviewed and may be rescheduled.



Student transportation

Will student transportation fees be adjusted for furlough days?
Yes. The DOE Student Transportation section is working on a furlough adjustment plan. The quarterly fee will be reduced. Fee adjustment information for those who have purchased annual passes will be sent to schools by December 2009.


Waiver days/planning collaboration days

Can schools use Waiver Days (WD) and/or Planning/Collaboration (P/C) Days in place of or to reduce furlough days?
No.

On his or her own, can the school principal make the decision to reschedule a WD or P/C Day?
No. Schools must follow the current process to change a WD or P/C Day by consulting with the School Community Council (SCC), faculty, and staff, and the SCC office.

Can a principal or school decide to cancel a WD or P/C Day?
No. Schools must submit a request to the state Board of Education for a waiver to cancel a WD or P/C day in consultation with the Union.

What choices do schools have in regards to Waiver Days or Planning/Collaboration Days? Waiver Days or Planning/Collaboration Days scheduled on furlough days shall be:

  1. Rescheduled (including any speakers or workshops).
  2. Waived. Schools must submit a request to the state Board of Education for a waiver to cancel a WD or P/C day in consultation with the Union.
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