Pa'auilo Elementary & Intermediate School

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Principal's Message

October 9, 2020

Aloha Pa‘auilo Families,

I hope that you all had time to rest and rejuvenate during Fall Break. I would like to thank you all for all of your support throughout the first quarter and for your input on our quarter 1 parent survey. It allowed us to make some adjustments that will hopefully make things even better going forward. I apologize in advance for the length of this message but please read the whole thing as it contains information about returning to campus, attendance, and our new meal program.


It is our hope that we will begin to slowly transition to in person learning beginning with our youngest learners. All students will begin the second quarter in distance learning mode with the exception of our most vulnerable learners whose parents have already been informed or who were already coming to campus. The transition back to school will be slow to minimize the likelihood that we have to go backwards and further disrupt the routines that have been built for our students.


Provided that we do not see a large spike in COVID cases on Hawaii island this is the schedule that we will implement:

October 26 – Kindergarteners on blended model return to campus - 8:15-11:15 -M, T, Th, F

November 2 – PD Day – No school for students

November 3 – Election Day – No school for students (campus closed)

November 9 – Grade 1 students on blended model return to campus - 8:15-11:15 -M, T, Th, F

November 23 – PD Day – No school for students

November 24-25 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (sign-ups will be via ParentSquare) – No school for students

November 26 – Thanksgiving – No school for students (campus closed)

November 27 – School Holiday – No school for students


After K-1 students are on campus we plan to add on grade levels and eventually begin to extend the time. It is my hope to have K-5 back on campus before Winter break but will make decisions based on the safety of everyone. At least 2 weeks notice will be given to parents. I think we can all agree that it is most important that our youngest students and most vulnerable students need to be on campus to build a strong foundation.


Our attendance procedures for Quarter 2 will be as follows: students will be marked as present if they are present in their scheduled virtual or in-person classes. If the child is in the C group (online only), attendance will be calculated based on work completion and if they are present in their scheduled virtual classes. If there is a problem with attending the virtual classes, please communicate with the child’s teacher to problem solve. Students who are not eating lunch will no longer need to do the daily form to check-in.


In addition, we are excited to announce that Pa‘auilo School is participating in the Seamless Summer Option FREE meal program which will take place from October 12-December 18.

  • All child(ren) 18 years and younger in the community will be served meals at no charge.
  • Our new meal service time will be from 11:00-11:45. (There will no longer be a breakfast pick up time)
  • Students will pick up lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day.
  • The breakfast is intended to be eaten the next school day before school begins.
  • We do want children who are eating lunch to sign up using the new check in form by 8:30am so that our cafeteria staff can prepare enough meals without having a lot of waste.


Lastly, we are excited to announce that the parent or guardian may pick up the meals without the child(ren) being present. They may pick up between 11:00-11:45 every weekday except Federal, State Holidays, and days that there is no school for students. (see above) The parent or guardian is required to bring an approved document of verification to identify the child(ren). Please see link for more information.


If you live closer to Waimea School or Honokaa School, you can also pick up meals there if that is more convenient. Pick up time at Honokaa is from 11:00-12:00 and Waimea is from 11:00-11:30. 


I hope you have a wonderful, safe weekend.


Mrs. Barber