Guidance for K-12 Schools

The Hawai`i Department of Health recognizes the health benefits of children attending school in person, including the fundamental links between education and long-term health outcomes. The updated Guidance for K-12 Schools provides multiple mitigation strategies that are designed to be layered, flexible, and aligned with CDC guidance, to help slow the spread of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and maintain safe school environments and operations. 

The updated Guidance for K-12 Schools is based on the best available evidence at this time and will continue to be updated as new information becomes available. The most recent key changes to the Guidance for Schools are highlighted in the summary box below.

Summary of Guidance Changes for K-12 Schools, updates as of March 22, 2022

    • Individual case investigation, contact identification, and quarantine of in-school exposures is no longer recommended for K-12 schools when universal indoor masking is implemented.
    • Schools that implement optional indoor masking policies after March 25, 2022 should continue individual case investigation, contact identification, and quarantine of all COVID-19 exposures.

Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs

Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs including DHS Registered Family Child Care Home Providers, Licensed Group Child Care Center Providers, Group Child Care Home Providers, Infant and Toddler Child Care Providers and Before and After School Child Care Providers should refer to DHS Guidelines for Child Care Facilities to Reopen or Continue Care for guidance on COVID-19 and Isolation and Quarantine.

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