Maui Coronavirus Updates

HIDOE Statement re: “Non-Essential” State Employees

March 17, 2020, 10:33 PM HST
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Pictured: Superintendent Dr. Kishimoto

The Hawaiʻi Department of Education released a statement on Tuesday afternoon regarding Gov. David Ige’s announcement as it relates to non-essential employees.

During an afternoon press conference, Gov. Ige announced that all “non-essential” state government employees who can work remotely are being directed to work from home for 15 calendar days to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. “However, the governor explicitly stated that his directive does not apply to the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education,” HIDOE said in a statement.

“At this time, this means that all HIDOE employees are required to report to work as normal unless they feel sick, have been instructed by a health care provider to self-isolate or self-quarantine at home, or made alternative arrangements with their supervisor,” the statement said.

Superintendent Dr. Kishimoto scheduled a meeting on Wednesday with key leaders to do some “critical decision making.”

“We will continue to keep our employees and families updated during this fast changing environment,” according to the HIDOE.

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