HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Interim schools superintendent Keith Hayashi tried to reassure parents and teachers about the in-person tuition on Friday, saying mitigation measures like masks and social distancing are preventing the spread of COVID on campus.
“Right now our schools are safe,” Hayashi said in HNN’s Sunrise. “Personal learning is what we have to do. The data tell us that there is no dissemination in our schools. “
His testimony comes amid a sustained surge in new COVID infections in the islands.
On Friday afternoon, the state Department of Education announced that schools in Hawaii had seen 557 confirmed cases of COVID among staff and students Monday through Thursday.
The DOE also released a new online dashboard showing cases from school to school.
Some teachers and parents are urging the state to reconsider face-to-face teaching – back to distance learning or to a hybrid format.
However, others say measures such as masking help prevent the spread of infection on campus. Hawaii teachers and other school staff are also subject to state vaccination or testing mandates.
Hawaii’s public schools resumed classes on August 3.
This story will be updated.
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