Satellite classes for isolated Kauai students set to open as recovery efforts continue

Satellite classes for isolated Kauai students set to open as recovery efforts continue

KAUAI (Hawaii News Now) - The Hawaii State Department of Education is opening up its satellite classes on Thursday at the Hanalei Colony Resort for 51 students in isolated areas on Kauai.

The makeshift classrooms will serve students residing in the Waikoko, Haena and Wainiha areas who were affected by the torrential rains, flooding, and landslides that shut down Kuhio Highway. Students in the satellite classrooms normally attend Hanalei Elementary, Kapaa Middle and Kapaa High schools.

Thursday's classes will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the resort and starting on April 30, classes will run until 2 p.m.

Five teachers in the area will be staffing the temporary campus. The 51 students are made up of 44 elementary school children, two middle school children, and five high school-aged students.

The resort's Opakapaka Restaurant will be preparing and serving breakfast and lunch, and teachers will be responsible for taking students from dining areas to the classrooms.

Parents and guardians will have to provide their children's transportation to the Hanalei Colony Resort for classes, as there is no bus service at this time.

"We truly are thankful for the assistance and support by the many agencies, businesses, community partners, government and other organizations in making these satellite classes happen," said Bill Arakaki, Kauai Complex Area Superintendent, in a news release.

"We thank the administrators, teachers and staff who are there to support our keiki and families," Arakaki said. "This will provide a safe place for our students, bring a sense of normalcy and help to meet their social, emotional, and learning needs."

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