KIHEI CHARTER SCHOOL-KCS

A High Performing Hawaii Public Charter School

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2020-2021 KCS Calendar       Safety Protocol (Details of Our Safety Plan)  

Aloha KCS 'Ohana,   November 13, 2020

Today we write with the latest details on our reopening plan.

With approval from our school board, our administrative team has decided to adjust our learning program based on guidance from the State Department of Health and formal input received from various surveys provided to our students, families and faculty. Consequently, we will be reopening our campus to students with in-person and blended learning models. Furthermore, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 numbers and adhere to all mandated directives from the Board of Education and state of Hawaii.

We understand that some of our 'ohana may still prefer a full distance learning program. Unfortunately, in order to ensure safe and effective face-to-face and blended learning models for our students, we will need to allocate 100% of our staff and resources toward these programs. As a result, we will be unable to offer an additional live and interactive full distance learning program. 

 

Community Survey Takeaways

Students

-95% of secondary students reported that the teachers have been helpful throughout distance learning.

-70% of secondary students reported that they prefer in-person or blended learning to distance learning.

-Students reported that a "sense of belonging" is their greatest need, as the impact of COVID-19 has increased feelings of isolation and depression.

Families

91% of families reported that the teachers have been helpful throughout distance learning.

75% of families reported that they currently have concerns about their child's academic growth. 

74% of families reported that they currently have concerns about their child's emotional well-being. 

Faculty

35% of the faculty reported that they are not fully confident that a distance learning model can meet the needs of the most vulnerable students. 

74% of the faculty reported that they have concerns about their students' academic growth.

94% of the faculty reported that they have concerns about their students' social and emotional well-being.

 

Hawaii State Department of Health

Please review the "Guidance for Schools."

 

Safety Plan

Please review the "KCS Safety Plan - Family Resource."

 

Reopening Phases

K-2

Grades K-2 will return to school on Monday, November 23.

Grades K-2 will receive in-person instruction 5 days per week.

There will be a total of 12 students in each classroom.

The school day will begin at 8:00 am and conclude at 2:00 pm.

 

3-5

Grades 3-5 will return to school on Monday, November 30.

Grades 3-5 will receive in-person instruction 5 days per week.

There will be a total of 14-16 students in each classroom.

The school day will begin at 8:15 am and conclude at 2:15 pm.

 

6-8

Grades 6-8 will start a blended learning program  (50% in-person, 50% virtual) on Monday, December 7.

They will receive in-person instruction on A Days (Mondays, Alternating Wednesdays, and Thursdays).

They will receive virtual instruction on B Days (Tuesdays, Alternating Wednesdays, and Fridays).

There will be a total of 16-18 students in each classroom.

The school day will begin at 8:30 am and conclude at 2:30 pm.

 

9-12

Grades 9-12 will start a blended learning program  (50% in-person, 50% virtual) on Monday, December 7.

They will begin a blended learning program (50% in person, 50% virtual).

They will receive in-person instruction on B Days (Tuesdays, Alternating Wednesdays, and Fridays).

They will receive virtual instruction on A Days (Mondays, Alternating Wednesdays, and Thursdays).

There will be a total of 16-18 students in each classroom.

The school day will begin at 8:30 am and conclude at 2:30 pm.

 

Foodservice

Breakfast and lunch will be available every day for students. 

Breakfast will be offered from 7:45 am - 8:25 am 

Drop-off and Pick-up

The campus will open each morning at 7:45 am. There will be no campus supervision prior to that time. 

Students are to be dropped at the front of the school building off Lipoa Parkway.

Students will be directed by staff members to supervised areas of the campus prior to the start of the school day.

Students are to be picked up at the end of each school day at the same location. 

There will be no after school programs or extracurricular activities on campus at this time.

We request that parents do not arrive early for pick-up as this often creates added traffic and slows the pick-up process. 

 

Special Education Services

Additional in-person special education services will continue to be provided for all qualifying students.

 

In Closing

We look forward to the return of the students and will do all that we can to ensure a safe and effective transition back to school.

Please be on the lookout for further communications as more information will be provided next week.

Lastly, if you or your family are experiencing any major hardships at this time, please reach out to any member of our administration.

Mahalo for your support and please take care,

The KCS Team

Free grab-and-go meals will be available from Monday, October 12 to Friday, December 18 to all children ages 18 and younger. Children do not need to be registered at the school to receive a meal.

Meals, including breakfast and lunch, will be served during lunch hours at the following Maui schools:

Baldwin High
Haʻikū El.
Hāna El. & High
ʻĪao El.
Kahului El.
Kalama Inter.
Kamaliʻi El.
Kamehameha III El.
Kaunakakai El.
Kekaulike High
Kīhei El.
Kilohana El.
Kula El.
Lahaina Inter.
Lahainaluna High
Lānaʻi El. & High
Lihikai El.
Lokelani Inter.
Makawao El.
Maui High
Maui Waena Inter.
Maunaloa El.
Molokaʻi High
Molokaʻi Inter.
Nāhiʻenaʻena El.
Pāʻia El.
Pukalani El.
Puʻu Kukui El.
Waiheʻe El.
Wailuku El.
 
Meals may be picked up without children present, however, parents will need to provide one of the following documents upon pick-up:
  • Official letter or email from school listing child(ren) enrolled.
  • Recent student report card(s).
  • Attendance record(s) from parent portals of school websites.
  • Birth certificate(s) of child(ren).
  • Student ID card(s).
  • Driver’s permit(s)/license(s) for high school students.
  • State-issued identification for the child.
 
Families are encouraged to visit the nearest participating school and not to visit multiple locations to ensure that schools are able to produce the appropriate number of meals per day. Please contact the school directly for the exact serving locations and meal times. Remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing upon pick-up.
 
Families are also welcome to call (808) 784-5500 or email specialdiets@k12.hi.us for any prescribed meal modifications.
 

Food For Families Project
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently experiencing an unprecedented time of hardship here on Maui. In order to support our KCS `ohana, one of our very own 12th graders, Shawn Marks, has decided to spearhead a food distribution project. It is called the We Love Hawaii Food Project and focuses on helping families who are currently struggling due to unemployment. The plan is to give families a $100 food credit to purchase healthy groceries from Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods here in Kihei. 
 
If your family is in need of food, please complete the attached Google Survey no later than Friday, September 11. Once the survey is completed, you will receive a confirmation email shortly afterward. The food credit may then be used at Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods at any time.
 

Feel free to visit the We Love Hawaii Food Project website to see what they're about. 

Website: https://www.welovehawaii.org/

Please contact Shawn Marks at shawnmarks@kiheicharter.org if you have any questions.


Special Education Services

Additional in-person special education services will be provided for all qualifying students.
 
Administration Update
 
Leslie Baldridge will lead the elementary and middle school divisions as the k-8 director.
 
Ellen Federoff will lead the high school division as the acting high school director.
 
Ethan Taylor will lead the special education department as the acting special education coordinator.
 
In Closing
 
We appreciate your adaptability during this challenging and everchanging time. Please know that we will continue to monitor our program and provide updates along the way. Additional instructions for each school division will be shared by directors and faculty shortly. 
 
We will look forward to a new school year and wish you all the best,
 
The KCS Team

Safety will be the #1 priority for the 2020-2021 school year.

Students, staff, and visitors should use face coverings that cover the mouth and nose.

Face masks will be required when 6 feet of social distancing is difficult or not possible.

Students will remain within their cohort (bubble) throughout the day and should not interface with other cohorts. 

Campus sanitation will take place throughout the school every day.

Safety and sanitation products will be accessible in every classroom, meeting room, eating area, and office.

Signage will be posted throughout the campus with proper safety protocol and detailed instructions for social distancing. 

Staff will be trained and students will be instructed on how to be as safe as possible while on school grounds.

Parent Expectations

We request that parents take the temperature of their children each morning before school. If the child has a higher temperature than normal (everyone has a different normal temperature), then the child should remain at home.

We request that parents provide their children with two masks every day. This will ensure that the child will always have a mask in the event that one is lost or damaged. If the child does not have a mask the school will provide one.

If a student displays symptoms of an illness, she or he will be escorted to the health room for a temperature check. At that point, the health aide will determine if the student is ill and needs to be sent home. If so, a parent will be immediately notified to come to the school and pick up the child.

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 we request that you inform the school immediately. That will enable us to conduct contact tracing and potentially quarantine a specific cohort (bubble) away from the campus for a period of time.

We request that you help to educate your child as much possible with respect to the changing times, especially with reminders about the importance of safety protocol. 

We understand that this a very challenging time, and open communication is essential for us all. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our staff, faculty, or administration should you ever need additional support.

In Closing

As you know, we are entering into a new age for education and life in general. We hope to do all that we can to support our students and all our 'ohana. We will continue to monitor our program and adjust as needed. Lastly, we realize that there are many items that we still need to discuss and address in further detail. Consequently, our team will continue providing additional information regarding our program over the next couple of weeks.

We are truly looking forward to a safe and productive school year at Kihei Charter School.

All the best,

The KCS Team

2020-2021 KCS Calendar 

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Our 5th Annual Lu`au Silent Auction Fundraiser is now live, online at: KCS Lu`au Silent Auction

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Cassie Kepler smiles with sons Josh and Pohaku after completing her fourth marathon, the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon.

Cassie Keppler Maui News Article

Congratulations Class of 2020  Graduation Live Here At 5 PM HST

Taylor's Senior Project Video: https://youtu.be/5BrBzScxZPg

Teacher Shout-Out Video: https://youtu.be/6Nq8OOqbQPU

Senior Photo Slideshow: https://youtu.be/Vb50TwPh3ec

8th Grade Promotion Live at 4 PM

Virtual Sports Banquet

Our 2nd Lottery Will Be Held Tomorrow May 6th In The School Cafeteria At 5:30 PM
It Is Open To The Public
Social Distancing Will Be Followed And Temperature Checks Will Be Administered.

School Year 2020-2021 Application Info Session Information

Covid 19 School Closure Information

The Superintendent announced the continuation of distance learning through May 28, the last day of the 2019-20 school year.  Consequently, the KCS campus will remain closed for students and we will continue our distance learning program for the remainder of the 4th quarter.

Attachment

Announcements

2020-21 Student Application

APPLICATION INFORMATION
Application for the 2020-2021 School Year
Directions: This completed application must be mailed or hand delivered
Mail to: Kihei Charter School, PO Box 1098 Kihei, HI 96753.
Hand-deliver to: Kihei Charter School, 650 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei, HI 96753
NO digital or faxed applications will be accepted.

Please note: You must be the legal parent/guardian and a Maui Island resident to apply to Kihei 
Charter School.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Kihei Charter School Student Records will send you enrollment/or waitlist information to your mailing address as soon as it becomes available.
Call 808-875-0700 if you have any questions.

We encourage all families applying to attend one of our Information Session nights located at Kihei Charter School
650 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei, HI
Applications will be available to attendees at the Info Sessions to fill out and turn in.

Info Sessions will be all levels
(K-5) Grades, (6-8) Grades Middle School
(9-12) Grades High School –

March 4, 2020 Wednesday at 5:00 PM March 12th, 2020 Thursday at 5:00 PM March 17th, 2020 Tuesday at 5:00PM March 25th 2020 Wednesday at 5:00 PM
Thank you for your interest and support of Kihei Charter School.

KCS Enrollment and Admissions Policy

Lottery #1

April 06 Monday at 5:30 PM
Kihei Charter School 650 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei, HI 96753
*applications must be postmarked no later than March 31st, 2020

Lottery #2

May 06 Wednesday at 5:30 PM
Kihei Charter School 650 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei, HI 96753
*applications must be postmarked no later than April 30th, 2020

 
 
 

 


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Press Release

Kihei Charter School (A Maui Public Charter School) is pleased to announce that it has been selected as an Amazon Future Engineer (AFE) school - a partnership between Amazon and Edhesive to improve access to computer science education in communities currently underrepresented in the technology field.

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Many students eager to fill that gap and obtain a high paying job in technology do not have access to computer science in their high schools. Often schools want to offer these courses to their students but do not have access to curriculum and/or teacher support materials.

Amazon and Edhesive are partnering to address this gap by sponsoring teachers and administrators who demonstrate this need and are committed to bringing computer science to their school with access to content such as: Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles, or AP Computer Science A courses. This content also includes access to support forums for both students and educators new to learning or teaching computer science,, including how students can access college scholarships and internships at Amazon.

 

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PowerSchool Mobile for Android version 1.1.8 is now available for download on the Google Play Store. Kihei Charter School Code: TTTH
Amazon Future Engineer