Physical Health &
Safety For All
The main objective of the Hawai’i Department of Education (HIDOE) is to create and maintain optimal learning
environments for all students while minimizing the risk of spreading infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
With that said, there are a few assumptions that must be made in order to achieve this objective:
1. COVID-19 will not be totally eliminated, there will always be cases in our communities.
2. Every COVID-19 case cannot be prevented; need to manage the spreading of the disease.
3. Development of a vaccine would greatly reduce disease incidence.
Source: HIDOE Return to Learn: School Reopening Plan: Health & Safety Handbook
July 2020, v.1)
It is extremely important for everyone to understand that we are working with children on a daily basis and
although we need to ensure the physical health and safety of all, a child’s emotional health is equally important.
All children need to feel loved and safe.
At no time will ANY employee of Keaukaha Elementary School make a child feel uncomfortable, fearful, or
ashamed during these challenging times. We will continue to take care of our students, love them and treat them
as we’ve always done -” like they are our very own!”
Here at Keaukaha Elementary, we are a FAMILY and we will get through this pandemic TOGETHER!
Keaukaha Elementary School’s Vision:
E hoe i ka wa’a! E ho’olokahi e!
“Let’s Paddle Our Canoe Together!”
The following safe practices were considered and addressed in our reopening plan to stop the spread of germs
on our school campus.
● Physical Distancing
● Mask Wearing
● Regular Cleaning
● Staying Home When Sick
Signs are posted in highly visible locations throughout the campus to promote protective measures on how to
prevent the spreading of germs and to keep everyone safe.
In addition, physical guides, such as floor markings, will be used to remind staff and students of six foot
distancing and one-way traffic patterns around the campus.
All individuals, adults and students, are encouraged to adhere to signage posted throughout the Keaukaha
Elementary School campus for the sake of all.