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DOE Interview: Asst Superintendent Dann Carlson

Published: Aug. 1, 2018 at 2:06 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 2, 2018 at 10:06 AM HST
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In less than a week thousands of public school students are heading back to class.  Assistant Superintendent Dann Carlson joined us on Sunrise this morning. When we asked Carlson about the warm temperatures of summer, we were concerned with keeping classrooms cool.  Carlson let us know that they are proceeding with "nearly 1400 schools" finished in the process.  Carlson also mentioned that they did it without increasing the energy needed for the process; many of the rooms being powered by solar or other means than energy off the grid.

Carlson also talked about student safety, even before the kids get to the campus.  "See a bus with red flashing lights, do not pass around it..." says Carlson, talking about the need for both parents and students to be safe in getting to campus and class.

Due to the eruption of Kilauea and the East Rift Zone; the Department of Education is working with the Hawaii State Department of Health to make sure that students are safe inside and outside of the classroom; there are monitors at schools on the East and Southeast sides of the island to monitor air quality for those that are doing activities outside.  DOE/Kilauea Eruption Updates

Carlson also says that for those families on Hawaii Island near the volcano, they should make sure their child is registered early, not to wait for first day of school.  School authorities need to find out the potential enrollment in order to make sure they have the appropriate resources.

The Department of Education is also encouraging the use of EZSchoolPay, its app and website to do payments for things like lunches, books or other items.  It's app is available on apple and android platforms.

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