New CDC guidelines for schools, none yet from DOE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new guidelines on how schools can safely operate in person, but the Hawaii Department of Education has yet to reveal any updated plans.

According to those guidelines, most, if not all, parts of Hawaii would fall in low or moderate transmission categories, which the CDC said may allow for full, in-person instruction.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association said Friday it is becoming more open to the idea of in-person learning due to the new guidelines and the increasing number of teachers becoming vaccinated. The biggest concern lies in whether or not teachers can choose to withdraw from in-person teaching if they feel unsafe.

“So in this case, as more teachers get vaccinated, we’ll feel like there will be more comfort,” said Corey Rosenlee, HSTA president. “But we really hope that the schools and the system makes accommodations for those teachers that can’t get the vaccination and allows for some sort of system to be allowed for them.”

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