Update as of 7.30.20

We are mindfully planning for the start of our 2020-2021 school year. As part of that preparation, we have continued to revise our Return To Campus Plan. We actively continue to watch the events of the day, and follow information from WHO, CDC, HDOH, and DHS, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics to ensure we are providing the best learning environment and opportunities for our school community.

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Update as of 6.29.20

Given the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) crisis that is spreading through our country, we want to assure you that we are monitoring the situation closely. Based on the information we have at this time, we will open with in-person instruction on August 4, 2020. If we are not allowed to proceed with in-person instruction due to a change in the pandemic situation, we will notify you immediately. For the foreseeable future, we will be taking extra precautions to mitigate exposure to COVID-19. We are taking these extra steps to support the health and safety of your children, your family and our staff.

Update as of 4.15.20

We have optimistically waited to decide if it is wise to return to learning in person or to continue Remote Learning for the remainder of the school year. Although it is not what we would wish, it appears the best plan for the school and our community, is to continue Remote Learning for the remainder of the school year. We will continue to provide the excellent engagement we have in these first few weeks and are so impressed with our families who have rallied and modeled real grit for their children.   May we all persevere well through this difficult season.

Events: With the extension of Remote Learning through May, many of our end of year events have been canceled or will be experienced differently.

Canceled: Lei Day, inter-island trips, Fellowship Day

Reimagined: Spirit Days, Step Up Day/ Yearbook Signing, Graduation

Summer Programs: Summer Programs are moving forward as planned.  The Summer Catalog is attached.  You can print out the last four pages of the catalog and register by mail, OR register online from the website here. (Unfolding events may influence this status, so be sure to read these updates.)

Families: KUDOS to YOU!  We are in awe of our families who have adapted to this sudden change to support Remote Learning.  Thank you for your grace, patience, and flexibility.  We miss seeing you all in person and love the pictures you share from home.

Update as of 3.23.20

In accord with the most recent statewide order to remain at home until April 30, 2020, we have extended our Remote Learning Plan to comply with that date.

HNS Remote Learning Plan

Update as of 3.16.20

The rapidly changing developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the increase in cases here in Hawaii, indicate social distancing will play a pivotal role in decreasing the burden on our health care systems.  At this time, no members of the Holy Nativity School community are affected by the virus. However, the timing of social distancing is critical to its effectiveness in reducing illness.  Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to suspend on-campus learning until April 13, 2020.  This will provide a full four weeks of social distancing for our students, faculty, and the greater community.

What does this mean? Spring Break will continue as planned.  During the break our school will undergo a deep clean. On March 30, instead of returning to campus in person, students will begin online instruction.  Parents will receive more detailed information about our online academic plan soon.  Know that we are working to minimize the disruption to learning as we finalize the details of scheduling and train faculty.  We are committed to both the safety and learning of our Holy Nativity School community.

Update as of 2.27.20

The health and safety of everyone is important to us.  We are monitoring developments of COVID-19, receiving local, national, and global updates.  We are committed to addressing future issues as they may arise.

Per the CDC and HDOH, the everyday Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) remain the best preventative actions, and have been in our policy for over a decade:

  • Students and employees must stay home when sick and are not to return to school until fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use at least a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

As part of our culture of health:

  • Anyone with a fever of 100°F or higher must stay home (or go home if the fever is measured while at school).
  • Temperatures are logged in the office.
  • We are flexible with attendance expectations to allow for full recovery of students and employees.
  • We ask that families traveling during Spring Break please share the locations of your travel with the office.  With travel in mind, the CDC has issued travel advisories for countries experiencing sustained community spread of respiratory illness caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19):
    • Level 3 Travel Advisory (avoid non-essential travel) to China and South Korea
    • Level 2 Travel Advisory (exercise enhanced precautions) for travel to Japan, Italy, Iran

Important Links:

State of Hawai’i Department of Health Resources for Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Coronavirus Update

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories

World Health Organization (WHO) – Coronavirus Information