It's the start of the new school year for thousands of DOE students statewide

It's the start of the new school year for thousands of DOE students statewide
Updated: Aug. 6, 2018 at 9:53 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Monday marks the start of a new school year for public and charter schools across the state.

Teachers have been busy preparing their classrooms to welcome thousands of students statewide.

The new school year however was pushed back for students at Leihoku Elementary. The DOE closed the campus Monday in light of massive brush fires burning on the Leeward Coast.

In total, the DOE system encompasses 256 public school campuses, 36 charter schools and roughly 180,000 students.

"We've been working with our teachers, our principals, our complex area superintendents to really focus on hands-on learning opportunities. We're rolling out a new computer science standard, new opportunities for schools to really look at their school design and their motto so they can really focus on students first," DOE Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said.

She added educators are constantly exploring new ways to engage students in the community.

The school year is starting amid active and quickly changing conditions in weather and mother nature; i.e. The eruption on Hawaii Island, brush fires on Oahu's west side, ongoing flood recovery efforts on Kauai's north shore, and of course, Hurricane Hector.

DOE officials are closely monitoring the conditions for any possible changes. Kishimoto said the DOE is in touch with the proper agencies to make the appropriate calls if needed.

"We're tracking it, we've been talking to the other agencies about decisions we need to make along the way, but right now, we're starting school and that's what we're going to focus on," Kishimoto said.

Below is a look at the official 2018-2019 DOE calendar.

This story may be updated. 

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