2020-2021 reopening

Dear Ali‘iolani Families!


We hope everyone is having a great summer. We are excited and can't wait for our school to reopen.

The Hawai‘i Department of Education is working closely with state and federal agencies to safely reopen campuses for the 2020-2021 school year across the state. We have also been working diligently here at Ali‘iolani to finalize our plans and communicate them with our Ali‘iolani ‘Ohana.

This page is dedicated to provide you with up-to-date information regarding the 2020-2021 reopening. Please check this page periodically for updates.

We thank you for your patience! Enjoy the rest of your summer, stay safe, and we'll see you soon!




Here's the last information:


1) If you haven't heard by now, Governor Ige announced at a press briefing today that all O‘ahu public schools will do virtual learning for the first four weeks of school.  For Al‘iiolani, all students (face-to-face and distance learning) will need to come to school sometime between August 17-20, 2020 to meet their teacher, pick up a school device (if needed), and learn how to use the device. Teachers will also be going over their expectations and explain what virtual learning will look like during the 4 weeks.  Next week we will send out a schedule with the designated time and date for your child to come to campus.


If you do not have internet connection at home, your child may come to school to connect with the school wifi to do school work.  If your child will need to use the school wifi, please email me back and we'll set up a designated time for your child to be on campus.


During these first 4 weeks (August 17-September 11, 2020), grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches will be available for pick up.  Breakfast pick up will be between 7:15am-7:45am, and lunch pick up between 11:00-11:30am.  These times are tentative and subject to change.  Student meal accounts will be charged accordingly.  


Just for clarification:

Virtual learning is for the students that were scheduled for face-to-face learning and will now be at home for 4 weeks.  These students will continue to learn from home with their classroom teacher providing the work and following up with them. When schools reopen, your child will be returning to school for face to face learning.


Distance learning is for the students that signed up to stay at home and use the Acellus program, with a teacher from Ali`iolani providing support and following up with them.  When schools reopen, your child will continue with distance learning.


Please know that students will have to stay in the designation learning choice (face-to-face or distance learning) for at least a quarter.  


We will be having a distance learning webinar this Monday at 9:00am.  During this webinar we will be talking about the Acellus program and distance learning in general.  The deadline to opt for distance learning will be Wednesday, August 12, 2020.  All the parents that have signed up for distance learning are highly encouraged to attend.  To participate in this webinar, here is the link:




2) Health Hotline & Telehealth for Hawaii DOE Students

This resource can be found on the DOE website:

"HIDOE students and families will have access to a new health hotline and telehealth services provided by the Hawai‘i Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn Program to deliver equitable access to health resources and care for HIDOE students using mobile devices and interactive technology. The health hotline can be reached at (844) 436-3888 (toll free) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays."




3) Tech Support: Ohana Help Desk

This is a free support for students and parents as schools transition to online and blended learning.



If you have any questions, please call 733-4750 or email Mr. Hosoda.  


Quote of the Week:

"Kindness means taking your positive energy and spreading it with those around you" RAKtivist


Thank you for your patience and flexibility. 




Thank you for your patience and understanding.  Here's the last information:


  1. New start date for all students:  If you have been following the news, yesterday evening the Board of Education voted to push back the start date for students.  The new start date for all of our students (grades K-5, face-to-face and distance learning) is Monday, August 17, 2020.  Due to this change, starting on 17th, all days will be full days of school (8:00am-2:15pm Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri; and 8:00am-1:00pm on Wed).  

  2. Kindergarten Orientation:  The orientation for Kindergarten parents is still scheduled for Wednesday, August 5, 2020 starting at 8:15am in your child's classroom.  When bringing your child's supplies, please make sure everything is labeled with your child's name, except for the manila folders. Also, due to social gathering size restrictions, we kindly ask that only one adult per household attend this event.  Please bring cash or check so you can make a deposit into your child's meal account and/or to purchase a school shirt.

  3. Distance Learning:  If you signed your child up for 100% Distance Learning, please know that you will also have to fill out the other required school forms.  We have hard copies of these forms in the office.  If you can't make it to the office, please email me back and I can email the forms to you.  For those that need to borrow a school device, we will be setting up a couple of dates for pickup very soon.  I will send another email with the dates and times.  We will also be setting up an informational webex webinar for parents on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 9:00am for those that have signed up for distance learning.  We will be talking about the Acellus program and answering any questions you may have regarding distance learning. If you didn't sign your child up for distance learning but wanted to find out more about the Acellus program and distance learning, please email Mr. Hosoda so we can send you an invite to the webinar.


Quote of the Week:

"Kindness is love made visible." H. Swanepoel




Here are the latest updates:


1) For the students entering Kindergarten, testing will still be held tomorrow as scheduled.  


2) Currently, the start date for students in grades 1-5 is August 4, 2020 (kindergarten will be on a different schedule, which was mailed out).  The Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on July 30, 2020 regarding the possibility of pushing back the start date. We will keep you posted if the start date does get pushed back.  



3) If you are thinking about having 100% distance learning for your child, please submit the Opt-In Form as soon as possible.  

  • If you need to borrow school technology for distance learning, please let us know so we can coordinate a pick up time and date.  You will have to fill out a waiver form for this.

  • Also, although your child will be distance learning, you still need to complete all the school forms.  If you can come to the office, we have the forms here for you to fill out.  If you can't make it, let me know and I can email the forms to you.

  • If your child returns for face-to-face learning after the first quarter or semester, your child will need to bring the school supplies at that time.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 




Here is the latest news:


1) On Monday, July 27, 2020, our office will be closed due to the hurricane.  We will be working remotely so if you need to contact us, please send an email to Alliiolanioffice@aes.k12.hi.us


2) If you are planning on signing up your child for 100% Distance Learning, please read the Guidance Document attachment and fill out the Opt-in Form.


  • Please fill out one form per child 

  • If you are unable to print this form, we do have hard copies available in the office

  • As of today, there is no specific deadline to register for distance learning; however the sooner you let us know, the better.  We have to secure licenses for each student, which will take longer once the school year starts.

  • If you start off with distance learning and then need to change to face-to-face learning, you must talk with a school administrator about your situation, and this change will be done after the completion of a quarter or semester.

  • At the beginning of each school year we have parents complete all the required school documents.  If your child will be distance learning, you are still required to fill out these forms.  We will email them to you in a separate email later on next week.  

  • Once we get a confirmation on the students participating in 100% Distance Learning, we will be doing an informational meeting (probably via webex).  We will automatically invite all of those that submitted the Opt-in Form.  This meeting will probably take place sometime next week or the week after (a lot depends on the hurricane).


3) Below is our Reopening Handbook for Parents and Students.  The information in this handbook is constantly being updated as more information becomes available.  If you have any questions about anything in this handbook, please call (733-4750) or email Mr. Hosoda.


4) If you enrolled your child in the A+ program, their morning and after school care will begin on August 4, 2020.  For kindergarteners enrolled in the program, A+ will begin on August 6, 2020.


5) Class lists for grades 1-5 will be posted outside of the office starting next week Wednesday (July 29, 2020).  Kindergarten class lists will be available after testing is completed.


Please stay safe.

Guidance Document

Distance Learning Opt-In Form

Reopening Handbook for Parents and Students [7/24/20]




Thank you for your patience.  Here is the latest information regarding Distance Learning.  


For those of you that want 100% Distance Learning for your child, please read the Guidance Document (attachment below).  


After reading the Guidance Document, if you feel 100% Distance Learning is best for your child at this time, please complete the Distance Learning Opt-In form below.  Please return the completed form to Mr. Hosoda as soon as possible.  After receiving your form, a school administrator will be following up with you to ensure you understand the Guidance Document and what the expectation are for Distance Learning.


Please know that we, and many of our complex schools, will be using a program called Acellus to support your child for Distance Learning.  This curriculum will be different from what our teachers will be teaching face-to-face, however, your child will be receiving instruction in all of the core subjects: Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.  This program also has a Social Emotional Learning component.  


If you decide to sign up your child for 100% Distance Learning, an Ali'iolani teacher (Mrs. Chang) will be checking in and following up with your child on a regular basis.  Mrs. Chang will be your point-of-contact regarding any questions your child may have regarding the material in Acellus.  She can be contacted at Laurie.chang@k12.hi.us


If your circumstances change at any point during the school year, which may impact your child's ability to learn from home, please contact us as soon as possible.  


Please let me know if you have any questions.  


Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Guidance Document

Distance Learning Opt-In Form




We know there is a lot of information out there regarding the reopening of schools.  We wanted to clarify our schedule since every school is doing something different.


Our school schedule is to have all students on campus every day.


For our students in grades K-2, they will be having face-to-face instruction with their teacher every day.  


For our students in grades 3-5, they will be having a rotational schedule. Students will be divided into 2 groups, one group (@half the class) with the teacher, the other (half of the class) participating in distance learning under the watchful eye of our well trained staff in another classroom on campus.  The groups will rotate every other day for face-to-face instruction with the teacher.  


As of yesterday, we also started offering 100% distance learning from home.  Each day more information is coming out about this option so I will be sending out an email next week with more details


We understand there is a lot to consider when making a decision about whether to send your child to school or not.  Many of us are parents as well and are wrestling with the same issues.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.  We will do our best to support you as best we can.


Thank you for being so flexible and understanding during these very challenging times. 


Aloha Parents,


The start of the school year is a little over 2 weeks away.  The first day of school for students in grades 1-5 will be Tuesday, August 4, 2020.  The first 9 days of school will be half days (8:00-12:30).  Starting on August 17, 2020 we will go back to our regular schedule - 8:00am-2:15pm on Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, and 8:00am-1:00pm on Wed.  For the students enrolled in A+, this program will begin when students are released from school.


For students entering kindergarten, you will receive a packet of information in the mail with your child's start date.

August 4-14: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm (includes lunch service)

August 17-28: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (8 am - 2:15 pm), Wednesdays (8 am - 1:00 pm)

August 21 (Friday): Holiday, No School

Distance Learning

Distance learning, although beneficial, does not provide the same quality of education as face-to-face learning.  However, given the current situation, we understand the concerns you may have regarding the safety and well-being of your child.  If you feel it is in the best interest of your child to stay home instead of coming on campus, Ali‘iolani will be offering a 100% distance learning program.  


If you would like your child to participate in 100% distance learning, please reply to this email with your child's name and grade so we can get an approximate headcount for this option.

Please understand, if you choose 100% distance learning:

  • you will need to complete the 100% Distance Learning Form, which will be coming out some time next week

  • once the form is completed and returned to the office, the parent/guardian will be asked to meet with an administrator

  • the decision for a student to continue 100% distance learning will be reviewed on a quarterly basis


Check back next week for additional information about this distance learning option.


Aloha Parents,


If you've been following the news, you know that the opening of schools for this coming fall has been a very hot topic.  Beyond our state, this is a subject that even the top officials in our nation are wrestling with.  That being said, the information we are providing today is what we have planned for the upcoming school year.  Please keep in mind that this schedule is tentative and may change depending on the latest information that becomes available.


For all public school students: the first day of school is August 4th, 2020.  Also, the first 9 days of instruction will consist of half days with students, including meal service.  At Ali‘iolani, we will start school at 8:00am and finish at 12:30pm.  Again, these times will only pertain to the first 9 days of school.

August 4: First day of school

August 4-14: Half days, 8 am-12:30 pm which includes lunch service


After these first 9 days of school, based on our enrollment and classroom space we have available, all students will come to school every day, all day. The school day will start at 8:00am and will finish at 2:15pm on Mon, Tue, Thu, & Fri; and will be 8:00am-1:00pm on Wed (same as in previous years). We will be focused on providing daily face-to-face instruction to our students in kindergarten, first, and second grades. Grades 3-5 will be on a rotational schedule. Students will be divided into 2 groups, one group with the teacher, the other group participating in Distance Learning under the watchful eye of our well trained staff.  Groups will rotate every other day.  We feel that this is a great plan for our students, families, and our community. We look forward to making the best of this situation and moving forward in the best way possible as a school. 

Our top priority is keeping everyone on campus safe. We will be expecting students to come to school with their own face coverings, to practice social distancing, and healthy hygiene. Please continue to practice these at home and in the community. As long as COVID is around, our goal will always be to minimize the risk for everyone.


On another note, if you look at the school supplies list (links listed above), listed are hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes.  If you are unable to purchase these, we understand because these are high demand items.  


As the school year gets closer, we will continue to send out information as it becomes available.


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1240 7th Ave. Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816

Phone: 808.733.4750

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