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UPDATE: Distance Learning Program

Aloha KCS 'Ohana,  Jan 7th 2021

In light of the lieutenant governor's call for a 2-week moratorium on social gatherings, we have decided to shift to a K-12 distance learning program starting on Monday, January 11th.

We will reinstate the same distance learning program that was offered to start the school year. Furthermore, we will continue to provide in-person special education services for all qualifying students.

Our goal is to resume our K-5 face-to-face and 6-12 blended programs on Monday, January 25th.

More details on the distance learning programs will be shared by our divisional directors shortly.

We will be sure to keep everyone updated with any new developments.

Mahalo for your understanding as we navigate these tumultuous times together.

Take care,

The KCS Team

Aloha KCS 'Ohana,  Jan 1st 2021

We hope the winter break was a special time for you and your families. 

Today we would like to share an update on the furlough developments and some general reminders about our program.


As you may know, Gov. Ige announced that he will delay his state furlough plan due to the passing of the COVID-19 relief bill. Thankfully, we are able to reinstate our teacher workday on Monday and do not expect to lose any additional instructional days for the duration of this school year.

Learning Program

We are also aware of the slight increase in COVID-19 numbers over the holiday break. Please know that we are monitoring this situation very closely. We will be sure to give our staff and families advance notice if any changes need to be made to our program.

As of now, we will proceed with our K-5 face-to-face and 6-12 blended programs to start the second semester. The first day for elementary and high school students will be Tuesday, January 5th. Middle school students will return on Wednesday, January 6th.

Safety Plan

Lastly, we kindly ask that everyone familiarize themselves with the attached KCS Family Safety Resouce Guide. In particular, please continue to screen your children daily for symptoms and be sure to contact the school immediately if you have any questions or concerns. 

As always, we will continue to provide updates on any new developments.

Mahalo for your support each step of the way.

Happy New Year,

The KCS Team

Community Survey Takeaways


-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.


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. 


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."


Food service will continue at the KCS campus. Boxed meals will be available to go.

Please notify our food service department (foodservice@kiheicharter.org) in advance if you are planning to pick up meals. This will help to prevent waste and ensure that the appropriate number of meals are produced.

Breakfast and lunch will be offered from 7:30 am - 8:30 am and 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, respectively.

Parents and guardians need to provide identification if they wish to pick up the meals without their children present.

Contact our front office at 875-0700 if you have any additional questions.

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.

Free Grab-and-Go Meals Extended

The Grab-and-Go school meals program currently running at 203 public schools has been extended through June 30, 2021, by the US Department of Agriculture and will continue to provide free meals to children ages 18 and younger.

Children can receive free meals regardless of whether or not they are enrolled at the distribution site, are public school students, or are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch programs. Meal distribution will continue at lunchtime onlyPlease contact the school for meal serving times

Pick-ups will include one lunch for that day and one breakfast for the following, day per child. The distribution will be available Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and designated school breaks, at drive-thru lines at the campuses listed below and walk-up lines where possible. Dine-in options will not be offered.

Meals may be picked up without children present but parents and guardians must provide one of the following verification documents:

  • An official letter or email from the 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.

Social distancing is required and masks must be worn at all times. There will be no personal interaction between the serving staff and the community. All meals will be placed in to-go containers. 

Families have the option to visit their nearest participating school to ensure that sites can prepare the appropriate number of meals consistently each day to prevent shortages or waste. Only one meal pick up will be allowed per child per day at these locations. Parents may contact the school of their choice for more details. 

Meals will be provided 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.

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

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