Furlough impact on school schedules

Superintendent Pat Hamamoto
Superintendent Pat Hamamoto

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - With furloughs the average teacher will take about a $5,000 pay cut. But parents and students will also feel the hurt of furloughs.

"If we don't do something now, we will run out of the resources we need to continue school," said Hawaii State Schools Superintendent Pat Hamamoto.

The school calendar is shortened 17 days for 10 month teachers and 21 days for 12 month teachers. That comes a slew of questions.

First, the schedule. Teachers won't be at work and that means all classes along with meal service and student transportation will be canceled. Tutoring and after school activities like the A+ program are also off those days.

Athletic events will go on as scheduled but teams can only play and practice after 3pm on furlough days. Scheduled events like dances, performances, plays and the prom will be moved to another day like Thursday or Saturday. If that's not an option, it may be canceled unless the principal allows it to stay on Friday.

Mainland or inter-island professional development trips on furlough days will also be rescheduled. If they can't, they will be canceled as well,unless cleared by the superintendent.

While there are a lot of changes to comprehend, the department of education says furloughs are best option right now.

"One thing you don't want to do in a school system is a layoff. You have less teachers but still have the same amount of students, which means your class sizes will get larger. That makes it harder and the learning loss becomes, I believe, much deeper than what we have now," said Hamamoto.

For a complete list of common questions that you may have about how the furloughs change state schools, click on the link above.