Previous Health Updates

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The previous COVID-19 updates from ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY are shown below.

COVID-19 UPDATE (04/24/20)

COVID-19 Updates

Dear Parents, Families and Students of ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY,

We hope this letter finds you and your family remaining safe and staying healthy. As we continue to deal with the various Federal and State directives to remain at home, on behalf our entire faculty, staff and administrators, we thank you very much for your continued support and understanding for the continued efforts of our faculty, to do their best job, to provide our students, with our best efforts, a quality educational experience through our Distance Learning program.

Thank you very much for your responses to the Distance Learning program surveys that were sent to students and parents. We received great constructive feedback on the effectiveness of our Distance Learning program. At this time, I have asked our Principals in both divisions, to work with their faculty to review the feedback and make applicable revisions and re-evaluate our efforts to our Distance Learning program.

With this task in mind, our Elementary and Secondary Divisions will be utilizing Friday, May 1, 2020, normally our May Day program, as a professional development day, with no student instruction happening on this day. Our intent is to use this day to re-evaluate, reassess our teaching practices and strategies, and to revise and recalibrate our Distance Learning program and assessment/grading process for the remainder of this school year. Our Distance Learning program, for our K-11 students, will restart on Monday, May 4, 2020.

As many of you know, over the years, there have been some shifting and ground movement issues under the Elementary building. The structural stability and integrity of the building itself has never been an imminent safety issue for our students or faculty and staff. This stabilization project has been on our school calendar before the onset of the Coronavirus situation and was contingent on IPA acquiring loan approval to fund this project. Our loan request has recently been approved and with campus being closed for the remainder of the school year, we are able to address any further shifting and ground movement issues, with this building stabilization project, earlier than originally planned. We will commence this stabilization project on or around May 4, 2020. This project will only impact the exterior structure of the Elementary building. The completion of this project is anticipated before the start of the new school year.

In addition, Administration is in the process of planning a year-end retrieval of student items and belongings as well as a time to clear out items from the students’ lockers. As details are finalized, we will let you know the day and time that it will be scheduled in the month of May.

Lastly, information for IPA’s Summer distance learning program will also be forthcoming, as we are finalizing the details and information.

Thank you for your continued commitment to ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY where values truly matter and where we, as a school community, will continue to go forward with confidence. Please continue to stay safe, healthy and take care of each other.

With Sincere Appreciation,

Gerald Teramae
Head of School

COVID-19 UPDATE (04/20/20)

COVID-19 Updates

Dear Parents, Families and Students of ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY,

In a place and culture “where values matter”, I want to thank each of you for your support, patience and understanding as we “go forward with confidence” and “empower our students to unlock their potential by providing a well-rounded college and career preparatory education that values each student’s individuality, builds confidence and character and inspires future success as engaged citizens and life-long learners” even in these very unsettling and uncertain times.

I am truly saddened to inform you that Governor Ige and the Hawai'i State Department of Health continue to impose a stay-at-home order for the State of Hawai'i. Additional data projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) anticipate the instances of COVID-19 to have peaked on or around April 18, with a continuing presence of the virus in our community through May 16.

Given this information, and in conjunction with our primary concern for the wellness and safety of our students, families and all employees, IPA’s campus will remain closed and we will continue our K-12 Distance Learning Program for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The official last day of school for students K-11 on campus would have been on Friday, May 29, 2020.

We remain committed to maintaining the highest quality educational curricular experience, through our Distance Learning program, throughout the remainder of our extended school closure which is through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Therefore, as teaching and learning continues for our students, my position along with our Board of Trustees’ support, remains that there will be no tuition reimbursement for the 2019-2020 school year.

For school programs and events such as Senior commencement ceremony, After School Enrichment programs, and Extended Day programs, that were canceled due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus and/or Governor Ige’s “Stay At Home Order”, appropriate partial or full refunds may be made in accordance with Administrative decisions on each specific program or event.

Thank you to the many students and parents who completed our Distance Learning survey. We appreciate your feedback. We will be perusing the data and working on modifying parts of our Distance Learning program in response to your comments.

Mr. Ross, our Elementary School Principal and Mrs. Bradley, our Interim Secondary Principal, will be sending updated divisional letters specifically outlining their plans for continuing our Distance Learning program for each division.

For IPA’s Summer Enrichment program, our IPA Leadership team is currently researching and investigating various summer enrichment options. We will update you regarding these options as we monitor the state's progress in mitigating community transmission of COVID-19.

On behalf of our faculty, staff and administrators, we sincerely thank you for your trust, belief, patience and understanding in our school’s decisions during these very turbulent and uncertain times. Our highest priority will continue to be the health and safety of our entire school community.

Sincerely,

Gerald Teramae
Head of School

COVID-19 UPDATE (03/27/20)

COVID-19 UPDATE (03/27/20)

Dear Parents and Families of ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY,

We hope everyone is doing well in these very turbulent and uncertain times with the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation. We, at ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY (IPA), continue to follow and monitor the US Federal policy, guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health as to the status of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Hawaiʻi.

On March 17, 2020, I informed you that we would implement our distance learning programs from March 30 through April 9, 2020, with the hope that we could return to school on Monday, April 13, 2020. With the current state and situation of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Hawaiʻi, I have decided, at this time, that IPA will extend our distance learning programs and school closure until Thursday, April 30, 2020, which will be aligned to our State of Hawaiʻi’s Stay at Home order. This will optimistically allow us to resume school on campus on Friday, May 1, 2020. Our Divisional Principals, Mr. Ross and Mrs. Bradley, will send divisional letters specifically outlining their plans for continuing our distance learning program for each division.

Please be reminded that if extraordinary circumstances require your child to travel off the island of Oʻahu, you must notify the school prior to your child’s return to Oʻahu. Your child will be expected to observe a minimum 14-day self-quarantine period, as required by state health officials. If your child should be experiencing flu-like symptoms upon return, in addition to the mandatory quarantine, your child will be required to be seen by a physician for a medical clearance before returning to school.

Please also continue to follow the websites listed under the Online Resources section on this page that provide important information about the spread of this disease along with overseas travel guidelines.

For those of you that are interested or have questions regarding summer enrichment at ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY, we are still planning to continue our summer enrichment program on our campus. This being said, much will depend on the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Additional information regarding the summer enrichment program will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

On behalf of our faculty, staff and administrators, we sincerely thank you for your loyalty, dedication, commitment and belief in our very special school community, where values truly matter and where the health and safety of our students, families, faculty, staff, and administrators continue to be our highest priority.

Sincerely,

Gerald Teramae
Head of School

COVID-19 UPDATE (03/17/20)

COVID-19 UPDATE (03/17/20)

Dear Students and Families of ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY,

As we continue to navigate the global pandemic relating to COVID-19, I thank you for your patience, understanding and support for our school community.

President Trump declared a national state of emergency and announced federal recommended guidelines for limiting gatherings to 10 people or less in the face of this global pandemic. The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health also recommended that smaller gatherings held in enclosed spaces that do not allow for social distancing be postponed, canceled or held virtually.

Based on the current information and recommendations from the numerous government agencies, ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY will be closed from Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 10 and re-opening on Monday, April 13. Beginning on Monday, March 30 through Thursday, April 9, IPA will transition our on-site educational programs to a distance learning platform. Keep in mind, Friday, April 10 school was already closed in observance of Good Friday, therefore, distance learning will not occur this day. This campus closure follows our extended scheduled Spring Break from March 16 through March 27.

Students and families may come to school on Friday, March 27 or Monday, March 30 between 8am to 12pm to pick up any materials to complete their online assignments and/or hardcopy assignments and books from their respective divisional buildings.

We will be monitoring the state’s progress in mitigating community transmission of COVID-19 throughout this test closure and we will provide you with frequent updates regarding the possibility of extending the closure indefinitely.

We understand and empathize with all our families in knowing that a campus closure is not the most ideal situation for students and families. We thank you for your patience, support and understanding in this decision in the best interest of our students' health and safety. We remain strongly committed to providing our students with the highest possible quality educational experiences and learning opportunities, whether on campus or by means of a distance learning format. Our divisional Principals have recently shared information as to the format and functionality of their distance learning and traditional learning formats.

All educational and co-curricular events and activities are being cancelled until further notice. Our weekly eNews announcements will also be suspended until further notice. At this time, our Golf Tournament is being postponed, however, we will keep you informed if anything changes and this event can continue as planned.

Please continue to monitor your email and/or voicemail for updates and information regarding the imminent status of our school.

Thank you again for your patience, understanding and support in these very uncertain and trying times as we continue to focus on providing your child with the highest quality educational experiences and opportunities.

Mahalo. Take care, be safe and stay healthy.

With Much Aloha,

Gerald Teramae
Head of School

COVID-19 Update (03/13/20)

COVID-19 Update (03/13/20)

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY continues to follow and monitor the US Federal policy, guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hawai’i State Department of Health as to the status of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hawaii. We will continue to update information regarding this health situation, as deemed necessary, by our school administration and our registered health nurse.

In the event that we will need to close school for an extended period of time, our entire school community will be notified in a timely manner by our administrative team through our emergency notification protocols and processes. Please continue to monitor your email and voicemail for updates and notifications.

SPRING BREAK

As we begin our Spring vacation from March 16 to March 20, 2020, we would like to reassure everyone that the health and safety of our school community continues to be of primary importance. Therefore, Spring vacation will be extended to March 27, 2020. Our faculty and staff will continue their professional development day on March 27, 2020, as originally planned. Therefore, school will resume on Monday, March 30, 2020 instead of Monday, March 23, 2020.

In addition, we have taken measures to cancel all events and programs from various organizations and agencies that were planning to use our school facilities over the Spring vacation.

LEARNING TRIPS

Also, all learning trips for our students have been cancelled. At this time, we are reviewing the feasibility of our school events, so as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and if any changes to school events should occur, we will keep you informed.

FAMILY TRAVEL

If extraordinary circumstances require you to travel to a Level 3 country, you must notify the school prior to your return to Oʻahu. You will be expected to observe a minimum 14-day self-quarantine period and be seen by a physician. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms upon your return, you may be required to undergo a mandatory quarantine by state health officials.

As a global outbreak, classified as Level 2, please practice enhanced precautions. If additional countries become reclassified as Level 3 while you are traveling, you will be expected to notify the school upon your return and self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.

ATHLETICS

The ILH has suspended all athletic activity, effective Monday March 16 until Monday April 13, at which time they will reevaluate the situation.

The matches/meets that are set for this weekend (03/13 – 03/14) will go on as scheduled.

During the time from March 16 – April 13, the league has restricted contact between coaches and players.

If you have an athlete currently in season, please communicate with your coach this weekend about a workout plan that can be done without the team, in hopes that we are able to finish any games/competitions at the end of April.

Please contact the Director of Athletics if you have any questions or concerns.

STUDENT HEALTH

Please continue to be reminded that the flu season is still upon us. Please continue to follow school protocols, in that any student exhibiting a fever or flu-like symptoms, should stay home and receive appropriate medical diagnosis and treatment.

DISTANCE LEARNING

In the event that we will need to close school for an extended period of time, a modified teaching and learning technology platform will be implemented for the purpose of continuing a quality educational experience for all our students.

COVID-19 Update (03/06/20)

COVID-19 Update (03/06/20)

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY has been closely following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation from a global perspective. Our positive thoughts are with everyone who has been negatively affected by this outbreak and tragic situation globally.

We are following US Federal policy, guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health. We will continue to update information regarding this health situation, as deemed necessary, by our school administration and our registered health nurse, Katherine Hew Len.

 

SCHOOL TRIPS

Most recently, the CDC has identified China, Iran, South Korea, Italy to an alert level 3, which recommends that travelers avoid nonessential travel to these countries. The CDC also has classified Japan at, or remaining at, an alert level 2, exercise increased caution in travel. The Japanese government has also elected to close all schools in the country until early April.

IPA has plans for our students and school chaperones to travel to Washington D.C. and an international trip to Australia, Fiji and New Zealand in the month of March 2020. Both destination locations are currently at a level 1 designation, at this time.

We will be closely monitoring the risk assessment level status as it relates to our students’ travel plans to these locations. If the risk assessment level moves to a level 2 or 3, we will be postponing all travel plans for these trips. If the risk assessment level does not change, students and chaperones will continue to be allowed to attend these trips.

Please know that if one or both of these trips are postponed or canceled, the travel companies will work with families, who have already financially committed to these travel experiences, to best remedy the financial impact of trip postponement or cancellation.

In April, the school will be hosting several students/chaperones from Instituto Thomas Jefferson school from Queretaro, Mexico. We are closely monitoring this situation as well and will keep families informed as to the status of their visit to IPA.

 

FAMILY TRAVEL

IPA will be on Spring vacation from March 16 to 20. If you and your family will be traveling, IPA’s recommendation to our school community are as follows:

  • All nonessential travel to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea (Level 3) should be avoided. If extraordinary circumstances require you to travel to these countries, you must notify the school prior to leaving and upon your return. You will be expected to observe a minimum 14-day self-quarantine period and be seen by a physician. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms upon your return, you may be required to undergo a mandatory quarantine by state health officials.
  • If traveling to Japan (Level 2), please practice enhanced precautions. If Japan becomes reclassified as Level 3 while you are overseas, you will be expected to notify the school upon your return and self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.

 

STUDENT HEALTH

Please be reminded that the flu season is still upon us. Please continue to follow school protocols, in that any student exhibiting a fever or flu-like symptoms, should stay home and receive appropriate medical diagnosis and treatment.

 

DISTANCE LEARNING

Our faculty, administrators and technology department are working to develop an online learning plan and process, using iPads and online teaching tools, to continue teaching and learning at IPA. This work is being done as a precautionary step in case we need to close school for an extended period of time. Our families will be notified if this process needs to be implemented.

ONLINE RESOURCES

The following websites provide important information about the spread of this disease along with overseas travel guidelines: