Voyagers returned to campus this month to greet our summer staff that has been hard at work preparing Island School for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. Investments were made in PPE, sanitation stations, temperature scanners, signage, additional cleaning equipment, new covered outdoor spaces, and more to ensure our a healthy learning environment for our community.
Faculty arrived for Prep Week on August 3rd and, in addition to the usual curriculum planning, received training on COVID-19 detection and prevention as well as our new pandemic policies and procedures. Faculty and administration also participated in presentations and exercises surrounding social and emotional health as well as equity, diversity, and inclusion in and out of our classrooms. During the first few weeks of school, educators will focus on implementation of new Corona Virus sanitation and movement guidelines, connecting with our students, and preparing for a possible move to distance learning model should conditions force a campus closure.
High school and middle school students started as our first students to return to Island School on Monday, August 10th with the elementary school returning on Wednesday, August 12th. Na Pua Keiki, our pre-kindergarten program, welcomed back our youngest Voyagers celebrating a continued partnership with Kauai Community College.
Enrollment has fortunately remained steady compared to last year and our lunch, bus, and after school (Do Drop In) programs have returned to full operation. All fall sports are postponed until the spring with the exception of Air Riflery which looks to begin practices in September. As our community continues to navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Island School is working diligently to examine ways our students can safely participate in extra-curricular after school activities. Thank you to our entire community for supporting Island School and navigating these waters with us.