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Due to the threat of COVID-19, Governor David Ige issued a Supplementary Proclamation dated March 16, 2020, suspending Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 92, Public Agency Meetings and Records, to enable public boards to conduct business without holding meetings open to the public while considering reasonable measures to allow public participation consistent with social distancing practices


The Board of Education will be holding virtual meetings until further notice. Go to for information on how to listen to these virtual meetings.







Kaimana Barcarse      Margaret Cox      Nolan Kawano

     Kili Namauʻu     Dwight Takeno     Kenneth Uemura     Bruce Voss    

Daniella White (student representative)   Captain Lyn Yatko (military representative)

Catherine Payne, Chairperson

Brian De Lima, Vice Chairperson


Thursday, April 2, 2020

1:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting


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I.          Call to Order

II.         Public Testimony on Board of Education ("Board") Agenda Items *New material added 04/02/2020 at 12:49 p.m.*

NOTE: Only written testimony will be accepted.

III.        Board Action on temporary rules of operation to conduct virtual board meetings

IV.        Approval of Meeting Minutes of February 20, 2020

V.         Action Items

A. Board Action on Department of Education waiver request to cancel federally required statewide standardized assessments for the 2019-2020 School Year, including Smarter Balanced Assessments ("SBA") for English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics, Hawaii State Science Assessments and Biology 1 end of course exams; Hawaii State Alternate Assessments; and the Kaiapuni Assessment Educational Outcomes (KĀʻEO) 

B. Board Action on Department request for waiver of Board Policy 102-15 High School Graduation Requirements and Commencement for School Year 2019-2020 

VI.        Discussion Items

A. Presentation on March 19, 2020 letter of commitment regarding COVID-19 preparation and response from Department Superintendent Christina Kishimoto to Hawaii State Teachers Association Executive Director Wilbert Holck

VII.       Adjournment


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                                                                                                                               Catherine Payne, Board Chairperson