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Parent Information » Reopening of Schools: 2020-2021

Reopening of Schools: 2020-2021

The following is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Please use the link to find the most up to date information. You can also check the school social media accounts for more information.

FAQs Sheet


  1.  Why do students finish early during the first 2 weeks of school?
  • August 4 - August 14 have been designated as half days with students to assess learning needs (due to the closure of school), conduct reviews of daily operations and introductions to new procedures.
  • The other half of the day will be used to adjust school protocols, train staff and prepare for blended learning (face-to-face and online instruction).


  1. What type of model will Waiakeawaena be using?
  • Waiakeawaena Elementary has chosen to go with Option B: Blended Learning.
  • Under this model, students will be on a rotation (A/B)
  • One group of students will be present on campus receiving face-to-face instruction while the other group(s) participate in distance learning.
  • Our proposed model is A/B/A/B with everyone participating in distance learning on Fridays.

Note - we will be posting our daily schedule within the next week

  • Students who are siblings have been grouped together


  1. What if I am uncomfortable sending my student to school?
  • A parent may choose either of the following options:
    • Online Learning 
    • Homeschool
  • Online learning will be provided by the school to support social distancing while ensuring academic learning continues.
    • If a parent selects the virtual-only option, they must do so for the entire quarter.
  • Parents who are reluctant to send their child(ren) to school due to COVID-19 may choose to homeschool their child(ren).  
    • Homeschooling is a parent-initiated educational alternative 
    • Parents are responsible for curriculum and assessments
    • Form 4140 must be filled out and submitted to the school


  1. Will students be allowed to wear a face shield in lieu of a face mask?
  • Yes


  1. Do students have to wear face masks in the classroom?
  • No
  • Face coverings must be worn when outside the classroom, especially when distancing is difficult.
  • In the classroom setting, where the class is considered a cohort, it is not required.
  • Students who may have an issue with touching their face are encouraged to wear a face covering.
  • Special considerations are given for younger aged children and those with disabilities that may affect their ability to wear a face covering.


  1.  Will someone be taking temperatures every morning before school starts?
  • Schools will be employing a visual screening for employees, students and visitors for overt signs of illness.  Signs include:
    • Feverish or unusually warm (flushed cheeks)
    • Coughing/sneezing
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
    • Headache/stomach ache/nausea
    • Muscle pain/unusual fatigue
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • If any of these symptoms are present, the individual will be sent home immediately.
  • Multiple infrared thermometers are available on campus.


  1. What will the sanitizing policies be for each classroom?


  1. Will there be afterschool care available?
  • At this time, we have not heard from A+ regarding afterschool care


  1. Will everyone be in the cafeteria at the same time?
  • No
  • Students will eat in their classroom to maintain social distancing


  1. Will parents be able to walk their child to class?
  • Unfortunately, no
  • During the first 2 weeks, Kindergarteners will start later to safely accommodate parents walking their child(ren) to class.


  1.  Will there be specific drop off and pick up areas?
  • Yes.  More details on this will be forthcoming


  1.  Where will students wait in the morning?
  • Designated waiting areas will be assigned by grade level
  • Areas are predetermined in alignment with social distancing guidelines


  1. What time can I drop off my child(ren)?
  • There is no supervision on campus prior to 7:10 am.
  • In the past, students dropped off prior would be allowed to wait in the cafeteria
  • Due to social distancing guidelines, students will not be allowed to wait in the cafeteria this year.
  • We highly recommend that students are dropped off no earlier than 7:15 am.  This would greatly help with our ability make sure everyone is safe.


  1.  Is bus transportation still available?
  • Yes
  • We are awaiting an updated application and instructions from Student Transportation
  • Bus riders will have a separate designated drop off and pick up area at the school to lessen traffic congestion


  1.  What happens when a student becomes sick at school?
  • Student will be sent to the Health Room
  • The School Health Assistant (SHA) will call the student’s parent/legal guardian to pick up the student.
  • While waiting to be picked up, the student will be isolated from those who are well (an isolation room has been set up).


  1.  If my child is sent home sick, when can they return to school?
  • If a student is experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness or influenza, he/she should take the following precautions:
    • Isolation and exclusion from school should be continued for 7 days after the illness onset or  until 24 hours after the resolution of fever and respiratory symptoms, whichever is longer.
  • If a student is sent home due to any illness symptom other than a respiratory illness or influenza, he/she should be excluded from school until fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.


  1. What happens if a student or employee either tests positive for COVID-19 or has been identified as a close contact or household member of someone who has tested positive?
  • The Department of Health (DOH) will conduct an investigation, and those individuals involved will be directed to a 14-day home quarantine or isolation.
  • The DOH will work with the school principal if it is identified that someone at the school is affected.
  • The DOH will send a letter to the principal with start and end dates of an individual’s quarantine or isolation.  The affected individuals will also be sent a letter from the DOH.
  • Communication will be sent to the school community if COVID-19 affects the school.


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