LIST: Schools opt for online classes, extend spring break amid outbreak

Hawaii private schools are preparing in case campuses need to close.
Hawaii private schools are preparing in case campuses need to close.(Hawaii News Now)
Published: Mar. 19, 2020 at 4:46 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Schools and universities are scrambling to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, and many have opted to extend spring break or take classes online.

Here’s a look at some of the changes:

  • The University of Hawaii is taking all classes online for the rest of the semester. Chaminade University and Hawaii Pacific University have made similar decisions. For more information on Chaminade, click here. For HPU, click here.
  • Classes for all public schools in Hawaii won’t resume until April 7. More details on the closure will be released Thursday, the state Education Department said.
  • The state Department of Education has also canceled all sponsored student and professional development trips until further notice.
  • All high school interscholastic sporting events across the state have been suspended.
  • Iolani School is temporarily suspending on-campus classes and will switch to online learning.
  • Mid-Pacific Institute is on spring break through March 30, and then will conduct classes online through April 12.
  • Kamehameha Schools Kapalama began spring break earlier than scheduled — on March 17. Students are scheduled to return April 6 via distance learning. KS Hawaii and KS Maui will return March 30 via distance learning. Distance-based educational support begins March 30 for KS Preschools.
  • Damien Memorial School has extended spring break through March 30. The school is also preparing to move to online-only instruction through April 6 if necessary.
  • Maryknoll School will extend its spring break through March 28 to allow faculty and staff to finalize out-of-classroom learning plans. Classes will not meet on March 23 through 25.
  • Punahou School will extend its spring break for students through March 31 to allow faculty to prepare for distance learning. Starting April 1, the school will implement distance learning across the junior school and the academy. The school asks families to prepare for the possibility of continuing distance learning through the end of the academic year on May 28.
  • Hawaii Baptist Academy will extend spring break by two days, until March 31, and use online learning through April 9. Classes are set to resume on campus on April 13.
  • Montessori Community School is extending its spring break through March 27.
  • La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls will extend spring break through March 31, and then conduct classes online through April 12.
  • St. Andrew’s Schools is extending spring break for all three of its campuses and transitioning to online teaching for two of them. The Priory and The Prep will extend spring break through April 1 and will go online. Queen Emma Preschool will be on spring break through April 3.
  • Saint Louis School will extend spring break through March 27. Classes will resume March 30.

This story will be updated.

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