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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) doing to ensure children have food to eat while schools are closed?

USDA intends to use all available program flexibilities and contingencies to serve our program participants across our 15 nutrition programs. We have already begun to issue waivers to ease program operations and protect the health of participants. See the FNS website for more information.

My organization is interested in providing child care for essential workers. What do we need to do?

For organizations that are interested in operating emergency child care services for essential workers and are not already licensed by DHS to operate a group child care facility, they may submit an inquiry at [email protected] and provide information for DHS to determine whether the program will need to be licensed by DHS.

Is student work being assigned and completed during the COVID-19 closures considered "enrichment" and therefore not graded?

Yes, in place of traditional in-person classroom instruction, teachers are utilizing an instructional enrichment approach that will continue to engage students in a modified approach to learning until school buildings can reopen. This enrichment will involve a mixed methodology approach, such as independent projects, study packets, distance learning, and e-conferencing, with an increased utilization of technology to the extent possible. The Hawai’i Department of Education recognizes that some students will need opportunities beyond enrichment to meet graduation or promotion requirements, and guidance has been shared for providing such accommodations.

How will the loss of instructional time affect students’ preparedness and how will HIDOE address that?

These issues are being discussed by state and complex leadership. More guidance will be provided at a future date as the state moves closer to recovery from the stay-at-home quarantine period. The needed extent of HIDOE actions cannot be fully realized until the length of the school closure period becomes clearer.

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