Teachers union reaches agreement with DOE on distancing of students in classrooms

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) reached a resolution with Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto on the distancing of students in classrooms.

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Those schools that wish to configure their spaces at less than six feet of physical distance will be required to seek approval.

The resolution finalized today includes the following:

  • All meeting spaces, including classrooms, where students, staff, and/or other individuals gather will be configured to allow a physical distance of at least six (6) feet of separation.
  • If a school seeks to configure meeting spaces at less than six (6) feet of physical distance, they must receive approval via submission of a contract exception no later than Tuesday, July 21.
  • Requests for contract exceptions will be reviewed and approved by a joint committee made up of two (2) representatives appointed by the HSTA and two (2) appointed by the HIDOE. Both sides of the committee must approve any exception.

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