Hāna School Closed on Tuesday; All After School Programs Cancelled on Maui

September 10, 2018, 1:32 PM HST · Updated September 11, 12:37 AM
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UPDATE: 8:46 p.m. HST 9.10.18
*Information courtesy Hawaiʻi Department of Education

Due to the latest forecast of Tropical Storm Olivia, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education will resume after school activities on Hawaiʻi Island on Tuesday, Sept. 11. In Maui County, all after school activities will remain cancelled for Tuesday and Hāna High & Elementary will be closed. 

All other schools statewide will be open on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018.

If Maui County officials activate evacuation shelters at Maui County campuses, those schools will need to be closed to allow emergency management agencies to stand up shelters. Please check Maui County’s website for shelter information.

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Parents are encouraged to work with their child’s school to ensure they have the most up-to-date contact information for their household.

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education advises parents and guardians that public school schedules and after school programming may be modified across the islands this week as Hurricane Olivia approaches the state.

Families of students in charter schools are asked to contact their schools directly to learn about closures, or visit the Public Charter School Commission’s website.

Maui Now was also informed that Doris Todd school will be OPEN on Tuesday, but there will be no after care or activities.  Doris Todd will be closed on Wednesday and will update parents when the school will resume normal operations.

Olivia continues to make its way west at a rate of 10 mph. A continued west to west-southwest motion is expected over the next few days. On the forecast track, Olivia will be moving over the main Hawaiian Islands late Tuesday night into Wednesday. Gradual weakening is forecast over the next 48 hours, but Olivia is expected to remain a powerful Tropical Storm as it moves across the islands and could bring damaging wind, rains, flooding and surf.

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As of now, the only school closure in effect for Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 will be for Hāna High and Elementary School.  Hāna School will be closed on Tuesday to ensure there is safe access in and out of that area.

On Tuesday, all after school programs, including interscholastic athletic events and After-School Plus (A+) Programs, have been cancelled on Maui and the Big Island.

The State Department of Education will make decisions on rolling basis as they continue to closely monitor the advance of Olivia. Department officials say decisions are based on meetings that take place twice a day at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

HIDOE advises parents and guardians that public school schedules and afterschool programming may be modified across the islands this week as Hurricane Olivia approaches the state.

Families of students in charter schools are asked to contact their schools directly to learn about closures, or visit the Public Charter School Commission’s website.  

Maui Now was also informed that Doris Todd school will be OPEN on Tuesday, but there will be no after care or activities.  Doris Todd will be closed on Wednesday and will update parents when the school will resume normal operations.

“We appreciate the scheduling difficulties that school-related cancellations can have, so we ask our parents and guardians to remain flexible and to check HIDOE’s website for the latest updates throughout this week,” said Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto. “The safety of our students and staff is the highest priority and will guide any decision to alter school schedules.”

Education officials say that should the need arise for public evacuation shelters, the department will work with emergency agencies to facilitate the use of designated campuses for shelter space.

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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