Guidance for 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 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 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.
The Hawai`i State Department of Health has developed a data-driven method to assist administrators with their decision-making process to implement COVID-19 mitigation strategies within their schools based on community transmission levels, including 7-day average daily case counts and percent test positivity.
What is the Current 7 Day Average on Each Island?
- Summary Guidance for Hawai’i Schools
- What to Do If You Have Been TESTED for COVID-19
- COVID-19 Contact Notification Guidance for Schools
- Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for Schools
- COVID-19 Close Contact Notification for Schools
- What to Do If a Person at School Has COVID-19
- Hawai’i Department of Health COVID-19 Guidance for Schools
- Identifying and Talking to Your Close Contacts
- COVID-19 Close Contact Report Form
- COVID-19 Home Care Guide
- Middle and High School Cohorts
- Elementary School ‘Ohana Bubble
- Pre-School and Daycare ‘Ohana Bubble
- A Little Book About Coronavirus
- COVID-19 Teacher Is a Hero Poster