In a heartfelt message, Superintendent Hayashi provides an update to the staff and families in Maui who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires. Expressing his gratitude for their strength and leadership during this trying time, Superintendent Hayashi assures the employees that their jobs are secure and that they will continue to be paid during the school closures. For those who have been displaced, a relocation process is being prepared, with employment awaiting their return. To the families and students, the superintendent emphasizes the importance of a safe learning environment and announces the reopening of most Maui schools. However, some schools will remain closed until it is deemed safe to return. In the face of such loss and tragedy, Superintendent Hayashi encourages everyone to prioritize self-care and assures them of the ongoing support and resources available. With unwavering faith in the collective strength of the community, Superintendent Hayashi expresses his belief in the healing, rebuilding, and thriving of Lahaina and Maui.
Priority on Employee Support
Assurance of job security and continued pay during administrative leave
During this challenging time, your job security and financial well-being are our top priorities. We want to assure you that your jobs are safe, and you will continue to be paid while on administrative leave when schools are closed. We understand the uncertainty and stress that come with such situations, which is why we want to provide you with the peace of mind that you will still receive your income. We value your dedication and hard work, and we want to support you in every way we can.
Relocation assistance for employees who have temporarily relocated
If you have temporarily relocated due to the wildfires, we understand the additional challenges you may be facing. The Office of Talent Management is working on a reassignment and relocation process for any team members who need it. We want to ensure that you have the support you need during this period of transition.
Employment will be there when the time is right for you to return, wherever that may be. We understand that your circumstances may have changed, and we are committed to providing the necessary assistance to help you settle into your new location. Our priority is your well-being, both personally and professionally.
Pending payments for casual hires
For casual hires who are awaiting payments, we want you to know that we are prioritizing your pending payments. We understand the importance of timely compensation, especially during uncertain times. Our finance department is actively working to ensure that you receive the payments you are owed. We appreciate your patience, and we will keep you updated on the progress.
Point of contact for personnel-related information
We recognize that you may have questions and concerns related to personnel matters. To provide you with the information and support you need, we will soon share more personnel-related information, including next steps and a dedicated point of contact. We want to be available to address any inquiries you may have and provide the guidance necessary to navigate through this period. Please prioritize taking care of yourself and your loved ones during this time, and rest assured that you have the full support of our team.
Ensuring a Safe Learning Environment
Reopening most Maui schools this week
We are pleased to announce that most Maui schools will be reopening this week. We are eager to welcome our employee teams back on Monday and our students on Wednesday. We understand the importance of providing a safe learning environment for our students, and we have taken the necessary steps to ensure their well-being.
Closure of King Kekaulike High, Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary, Lahaina Intermediate, and Lahainaluna High
While we are reopening most schools, we regretfully have to inform you that King Kekaulike High, Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary, Lahaina Intermediate, and Lahainaluna High will remain closed for the time being. The safety and security of our students and staff are of utmost importance, and we are working diligently to assess the damage at these campuses and determine the appropriate time for reopening. We will keep you updated on any developments regarding these schools.
Assessment of damage at closed campuses
As mentioned earlier, we are currently assessing the damage at the closed campuses. This evaluation will help us understand the extent of the impact and plan for the necessary repairs and renovations. We are committed to ensuring that our students have access to safe and conducive learning environments, and we will do everything possible to expedite the recovery process.
Exploring options for displaced students from King Kamehameha III Elementary
Unfortunately, King Kamehameha III Elementary on Front Street has been damaged beyond repair. We understand the challenges that displaced students may face during this time, and we are actively exploring alternative options for their education. Our team is working diligently to identify suitable arrangements for these students, ensuring that their educational needs are met despite the difficulties they are currently facing.
Encouragement for displaced students to enroll in neighborhood schools
For students and families who have been displaced by the wildfires and are living outside of Lahaina, we encourage you to enroll your children in the neighborhood school where you are currently staying, even if your housing situation is temporary. We believe that continuity in education is crucial, and by enrolling your children in nearby schools, we can provide the necessary support, including meals and mental health assistance. We understand the importance of stability during these uncertain times, and we are here to help you through the enrollment process and provide the resources your children need.
Support for Displaced Families and Students
Enrollment support for displaced students in temporary housing
We recognize that displaced students may face unique challenges when it comes to enrolling in schools while in temporary housing. To alleviate any difficulties you may encounter, we are committed to providing enrollment support. Our dedicated team will guide and assist you in the enrollment process, ensuring that your children have access to quality education despite the disruptions caused by the wildfires. We are here to support you every step of the way.
Provision of meals and mental health support for students in school
We understand the importance of addressing the basic needs of our students, especially those who have been displaced. As part of our commitment to supporting them, we will provide meals to ensure they have access to nutritious food during the school day. Additionally, we recognize the emotional toll that such experiences can have on students, which is why we are establishing mental health supports in the form of in-person and telehealth counseling. We want to provide a safe and nurturing environment where students can thrive academically and emotionally.
Establishment of dedicated phone line for questions
We understand that you may have questions and concerns regarding the current situation and its impact on you and your family. In order to provide you with the information and assistance you need, we are setting up a dedicated phone line. This line will serve as a point of contact for any questions you may have related to the wildfires and their aftermath. Our team is here to listen, address your concerns, and provide the necessary guidance to help you through this challenging time.
Set up of mental health supports and counseling resources
We recognize that the emotional well-being of both students and families is crucial in the healing process. As such, we are actively working to set up mental health supports and counseling resources. These resources will be available to both employees and students, ensuring that everyone has access to the necessary care and support. We understand that recovery involves more than just physical rebuilding; it requires tending to the emotional needs of those affected. We are committed to providing the necessary resources to support your mental health.
Recognition of Leadership
Recognition of Canoe Complex Area Superintendent Rebecca Winkie
In times of crisis, exceptional leaders emerge, providing guidance, strength, and compassion to their teams and communities. It is with deep appreciation and gratitude that we recognize Canoe Complex Area Superintendent Rebecca Winkie for her leadership during this tragedy. Her dedication and commitment to supporting her team and community have been invaluable. We are honored to have her guiding us through these difficult times.
Acknowledgment of Lahaina principals Jennifer Everett, Gary Kanemori, Stacy Bookland, and Richard Carosso for their compassionate leadership
Compassionate leadership can make all the difference in times of crisis, offering support and guidance to those who are most affected. We want to acknowledge and express our gratitude to the principals of Lahaina schools: Jennifer Everett, Gary Kanemori, Stacy Bookland, and Richard Carosso. Their unwavering commitment to their teams and communities, even in the face of personal loss and tragedy, is truly commendable. Their compassionate leadership has made a positive impact on the lives of those affected, and we are grateful for their resilience and dedication.
Healing and Recovery
Acknowledgment of the long road to recovery
Recovering from a disaster of this magnitude is not a simple or quick process. We understand that the road to recovery will be long and filled with challenges. It is important to acknowledge the enormity of what lies ahead and to recognize that healing takes time. We want to assure you that we are committed to supporting you every step of the way. Together, as a community, we will navigate this journey of healing and recovery.
Expression of faith in collective strength to support one another and students
During times of adversity, the collective strength of a community becomes a beacon of hope. We have faith in our collective strength to support one another and, most importantly, our students. As we come together to heal and rebuild, we will draw upon our shared resilience and determination. Together, we can create an environment where our students feel safe, supported, and empowered to overcome the challenges they have faced. We believe in the power of unity, and we are confident that, as a community, we will emerge stronger than ever before.
Commitment to heal, rebuild, and thrive as a community
Our commitment to you extends beyond this immediate period of recovery. We are dedicated to not only healing and rebuilding but also thriving as a community. We will work tirelessly to restore the sense of normalcy and security that has been disrupted. Our focus is on creating a safe and nurturing learning environment for our students, providing them with every opportunity to succeed. Together, we will rebuild our schools and communities, stronger and more resilient than ever before. We are here for you, and we stand united in our commitment to your well-being and the well-being of our community.
Appreciation for Educators
Recognition of educators as beacons of hope and resilience
Educators play a vital role in the lives of our students, providing them with guidance, knowledge, and support. In times of crisis, educators become beacons of hope and resilience. They stand alongside their students, offering stability and reassurance. We want to recognize and appreciate our educators for their unwavering dedication to their students, families, and communities. Your commitment to fostering a positive learning environment, even in the face of adversity, is truly inspiring.
Thanking educators for dedication to students, families, and communities
On behalf of the entire education community, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to our educators. Thank you for your unwavering dedication to your students, their families, and our communities. Your impact and influence reach far beyond the classroom, and your commitment to supporting and guiding your students through difficult times is commendable. Your compassion, resilience, and unwavering dedication make a lasting difference in the lives of those you serve. Thank you for being the true champions of education.