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Shanty Asher      Kaimana Barcarse      Margaret Cox      Lynn Fallin

     Kili Namauʻu     Dwight Takeno     Bruce Voss    

Hunter Harris (student representative)   Captain Lyn Yatko (military representative)

Catherine Payne, Chairperson

Kenneth Uemura, Vice Chairperson


Thursday, September 17, 2020

1:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting


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I.             Call to Order

II.            Executive Session

This portion of the meeting is a closed meeting under Section 924 and Section 925(a)(4), Hawaii Revised Statutes. There will be no audio on WebEx while the Board is in executive session. The Board is planning on exiting executive session no later than 2:15 p.m. 

A. Consultation with the Board of Education's ("Board") attorney on questions and issues pertaining to the Board's powers, duties, privileges, immunities, and liabilities concerning settlement terms and authority relating to Unga v. Board of Education, (Civil No. 20-0000576)

III.          *Public Testimony on Board of Education (“Board”) Agenda Items *New material added 09/15/2020 at 2:02 p.m.*

September 17, 2020 Testimony (Late)

NOTE: Written testimony is strongly encouraged. Anyone wishing to testify orally must sign up in advance and log in to WebEx. Testimony over the phone will not be accepted at this time. See below for more information.

IV.          Approval of Meeting Minutes of July 23, 2020 General Business Meeting, July 30, 2020 Special Meeting, August 20, 2020 General Business Meeting and August 20, 2020 Executive Session

V.           Action Items

A. Board Action on February 6, 2020 Determination of State of Hawaii Board of Education denying petition of Sunny Unga, Petition No. 20-01 and settlement terms and authority relating to Unga v. Board of Education, (Civil No. 20-0000576)

B. Board Action on delegation of authority for interim approvals of School Community Council requests for waivers from policies, rules, or procedures for the 2020-2021 school year

C. Board Action on designation of voting delegate and alternate delegate for the National Association of State Boards of Education's ("NASBE") 2020 annual conference

VI.         Discussion Items

A. Update on implementation on Board Resolution adopted on May 21, 2020 directing the Department of Education to offer summer school in a way that supports students disproportionately impacted by school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure clear coordination between each level of the tri-level system, and to communicate timely and effectively with the public:  Summer school 2020 final report

B. Update on metrics to monitor and evaluate the Department of Education's comprehensive plan for reopening schools for the 2020-2021 School Year, including student access to devices and connectivity; personal protective equipment and sanitation supply needs; student attendance; and student academic status and progress

C. Presentation on Acellus Learning Accelerator distance learning program ("Acellus"): program review process; how Acellus is used by schools; what elementary and secondary students use Acellus for; content and rigor; parent and guardian distance learning election; supports for students, teachers, administrators and parents and guardians

VII.        Adjournment


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                                                                                                                                  Catherine Payne, Board Chairperson