The state Department of Education announced the cancellation of after school activities and programs including inter-scholastic athletic events beginning Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018.
These activities are canceled for the rest of this week and will resume on Monday, Aug. 27. All school-related inter-island travel this week will be canceled as well.
Hawaiʻi Department of Education Superintendent, Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto issued a letter to parents and guardians today. In it she said, “Please be assured that the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education is monitoring Hurricane Lane as it approaches the islands, and is working closely with county and state emergency response teams to determine potential school closures.”
In the letter, Kishimoto urged families to have an emergency plan in place and to prepare ahead of the storm’s anticipated impact.
The Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency recommends individuals and families prepare an “emergency kit” with a minimum of 14 days’ worth of food, water and other supplies. For other tips and for more information, please visit dod.hawaii.gov/hiema .
“As with any emergency-type situation, we are striving to balance the need for safety with our overall commitment to provide students and families with every sense of normalcy,” said Kishimoto.
Updates on school closures will be posted on HIDOE’s website  and on social media -Twitter and Facebook, @HIDOE808, starting at 9 p.m. this evening.
Some neighborhood schools may be designated as an emergency shelters. Activation is initiated by counties in consultation with HI-EMA. You can connect with your county’s emergency response resources at: