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October 2, 2020

Aloha Seasider Ohana,

We are nearing the end of the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year. Following next week’s Fall Break, quarter grading will be completed. This year, we will combine Back to School activities with parent/teacher conferences through virtual sessions. Those sessions will include a discussion of your student’s classroom performance as well as MAP assessment results. More details to follow.

On September 17th, The Hawaii Department of Education released new metrics on the reopening of schools. Whereas prior guidance followed the Hawaii Department of Health “Reopening Status” protocol in determining the stages in which schools would move from one learning model to another, this new metric from the HIDOE utilizes specific numerical values of COVID-19 positivity rates to guide schools. This shift in approach to determining when schools are safe for students to return from distance learning is not without disagreement. The Hawaii State Teachers Association has expressed concerns, and the Hawaii Board of Education (BOE) has not yet adopted the HIDOE Guidance. The issue will be a topic of the October 1st BOE meeting.

As you know, LCPCS is currently delivering instruction through a Distance Only model (with certain necessary exceptions). For Quarter 2, the tentative plan is to begin on October 12th with the same Blended Blue/Gold model that we started the year with. The student day will again be 7:55 am -12:30 pm. Blue group students will be on campus on Mondays and Wednesdays. Gold on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If and who will be on campus on Fridays is to be determined. All safety protocols (masks, distancing, sanitation) from August will resume for Quarter 2.

I must emphasize the word “tentative” when addressing our plan. We have all experienced the yoyo of life and education during a pandemic. Your frustration with all the changes are not lost on me. Can we send our kids to school? Can I go to work? Must I quarantine? What if I’m sick? Should I test What if my child won’t wear a mask? How do we know if it’s safe? In Person Learning? Distance? Blended... The unknown of all this has been overwhelming for our entire community. But as much as I would like to be able to say that our plans are certainties, unfortunately, the pandemic has proven that it doesn’t concern itself with our plans. If all goes well, we will start with Blue/Gold Blended learning on the 12th of October with the intention of continuing in that model through Quarter 2.

Regarding that Return to Blue/Gold, these are a few reminders and requirements for that learning model: 
- School devices and chargers currently in possession of families must be brought to and from school by all students. (This may change after a week or two depending on student needs and availability of devices in the home)
- A family review of COVID-19 protocols (attached) from our original Blue/Gold August opening will be enforced during a return to campus.
- An understanding that Grab and Go school meals will cease with the resumption of the Blue/Gold model. Meals during the Blue/Gold model will be provided on campus in accordance with COVID-19 protocols (ie PPE, social distancing, daily health checks, hand washing, contact tracing)..
- Daily delivery of instruction, regardless of whether a student is on campus or off campus as dictated by the Blue/Gold Schedule (attached), will continue to rely heavily on LCPCS’s distance learning platforms and resources (ie Google Classroom, Seesaw, IXL, Gradpoint, Achieve3000, etc). 
- All instruction and assignments during the Blue/Gold model is compulsory for students and will be utilized for the purpose of determining performance and attendance. Tasks assigned are not optional for students and completion of those tasks is required, regardless of whether a student is on campus or working from home.

We have scheduled Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences for the week of October 26th. Those conferences will include a discussion of current progress, MAP performance and the corresponding student goals, and classroom norms for each of our potential learning models, platforms, and resources. Those conferences may also include the delivery of information regarding campus-wide programs and initiatives as would have normally been delivered during our annual Back to School Night. More information will be forthcoming.

For Secondary and Middle School families, we will be providing a Zoom presentation for either group on Tuesday the 27th and/or Thursday the 29th. The presentation will focus on the norms of each division. This will include general information about learning platforms and resources, grades and credits, strategies for parents to track their student’s successes and challenges, the importance of MAP assessments, and potential enrichment and intervention opportunities for students. Following these general sessions, individual parent/teacher conferences will be available by appointment. More information will be forthcoming.

As I have done before, I would like to close this letter with an acknowledgement of the difficulties that this pandemic has presented our community. These challenges have fallen hardest on our students and their families. I am overwhelmed with the efforts of you all. It’s not enough to say “distance learning is difficult” or that the economic, social, and personal issues related to COVID-19 have been hard. The weight of this pandemic has rested itself firmly on your shoulders as parents, and you are carrying it with amazing strength. I wish I could say that the struggle is over, but that is out of all of our control. What we can do is continue to push on and overcome. These last couple of weeks have been remarkable with so many families becoming connected who had previously not been able to access distance learning. Many of you have made the time to schedule times to work with our staff in overcoming your connectivity and device issues. Students are using our learning hub with regularity. Learning is happening! I would also like to pass along the excitement our teachers have expressed about your students returning to campus. They are dearly missed and our staff is thrilled to see them all again.

Thank you all for your flexibility and support, and most importantly, for your commitment to your students.

Kurt Rix
Director of School
Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School 
[email protected]

To contact LCPCS, email [email protected]

Please follow emails or LCPCS website at www.lcpcs.org for further developments. Stay safe Seasiders!

FAQ - Transition To Distance Learning
This video will answer FAQs that middle and high school students and parents may have about LCPCS’ transition to distance learning.

LCPCS Grab-And-Go Meals

On August 31, 2020, Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School will be implementing the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) as approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs, to provide free, pre-packaged Breakfast and Lunch grab-and-go meals for students during the Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School Virtual Learning program.

These meals are available to all students currently enrolled at LCPCS for the 2020-2021 school year.

Parents or Caregivers must be accompanied by the students receiving the meals, per USDA guidelines. If students are not with parent, parent must have school issued documentation (School Summary Report) or School ID to prove students are currently enrolled.

There will be no personal interaction between LCPCS employees and the community. All meals will be placed in containers. Meals will be distributed at the front of the school, outside the main lobby and handed to the driver or passengers in vehicle. Please use the turnaround to drive up and receive meal. Do not exit your vehicle.

For special diet accommodations, send an email to [email protected].

Service Hours

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
For food safety, meals must be consumed by 2 p.m.
Excluding Holidays

Updates will be posted via OneCall, email, text, and website www.lcpcs.org


This memo is to familiarize you with the entering campus procedure when we start welcoming back our students on August 17, 2020 (Blue Team), August 18, 2020, (Gold Team): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WuqjcGxJHrhtNeR2z-DwKoJeSXRMk2Tr-khQ4FUEnXU/edit?usp=sharing

Aloha Seasider Parents,
August 14, 2020

Thank you all once more for your patience and understanding during these extraordinary times.  I very much appreciate the questions, concerns, and suggestions I have received from you in the past few weeks.  This has been a journey into the unknown for all schools, and I have been fortunate to have your thoughtful input.

After much debate at the State level, and considering our options as a charter, we have decided that the following plan for a limited on-campus Distance Readiness program followed by Full Distance Learning utilizing our classroom platforms will be our approach for the first quarter.

What this will look like:
1. All students will be divided into Blue and Gold groups as previously determined. 
2. Between Monday August 17th and Thursday August 27th, all students will participate in four days of on-campus Distance Readiness training 
3. Beginning August 28th and continuing for the remainder of the first quarter, all students in both the Blue and Gold groups will participate in Distance Learning from home.
-Full Distance Learning will correspond with school device delivery and the beginning of learning hub availability.

Distance Readiness
-On-campus training by teachers into that class’s online and/or printed resources  
Full Distance Learning
-100% delivery of instruction via online and/or printed resources 
-Essential data collection including class pre-assessments, MAPs, and subject specific assessments
Socially Distanced Lunch and Breakfast
-PreK, kinder, and elementary will have breakfast and lunch delivered to the classroom area with expanded social distancing requirements enforced
-Middle school students will have breakfast in the socially distanced cafeteria and lunches in the classroom area with expanded social distancing requirements
-Secondary students will have breakfast and lunch in the socially distanced cafeteria  
Campus Device
-Chromebooks or other devices that will be provided to families without connectivity issues, who have completed necessary Distance Readiness Training, and who have a need of such device
Learning Hub
-Beginning August 28th, an on campus space will be made available for students unable to participate in our online platforms due to connectivity issues.  More details on this will be forthcoming
Special Education
-In order to comply with the requirements of individual academic plans, contingencies and exceptions to many of the Distance Learning procedures will be made for special education students to insure equitable access to education.

Additional specifics regarding procedures and COVID-19 protocols are included in the attached reopening plan

Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you may have.
I want to thank you once more for sticking by LCPCS during all of this uncertainty and tell you once more that our staff and myself personally have the greatest respect for each of you as we find your way through these most difficult of times. 


Kurt Rix
Link to the full schedule for August 17 - 27, 2020: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mi_Z-vDp5Gqqh7_hQ2wpEmcH4H4XDNK8azwVQLZlcNk/edit?usp=sharing

Seasider Ohana,

As most of you surely know, things are changing, not for the better, in the State's battle with COVID-19.  Yesterday, the Governor announced significant measures to control the spread on Oahu island.  The inter-island travel quarantine has been reinstated as well as numerous measures regarding Oahu parks and beaches.   
As of yet, there have been no changes announced regarding opening schools, and Hawaii as a state is still considered to be in the yellow level, although I've heard we may be downgraded to orange soon. 

State Roadmap to Recovery and Resistance

As long as we remain at the yellow level, our current Blue/Gold, blend of on campus and distance learning will remain in place.  If downgraded to orange we will need to consider implementing a our distance only approach to start the year.  
I realize that all of this uncertainty is very difficult on our families and I sympathize.  Many of you have reached out to our office or me personally with questions and concerns.  Please continue to do so, and check your email as well as our social media outlets frequently.

Mahalo and please stay safe.
Working plan to reopening LCPCS in August (click into each thumbnail to view the document in its entirety):

Working Plan for School Re-OpeningWorking Plan for School Re-OpeningWorking Plan for School Re-Opening

Blended Learning Calendar and Schedule (Revised 8/5/2020):

Calendar Schedule


Valuable Link for Families to Access Important Resources During The COVID-19 Pandemic LINK

HIDOE COVID-19 Information & Updates LINK


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Coronavirus (COVID-19) LINK

World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak LINK

Spectrum offers free internet so students can do classwork at home LINK


 Grab-and-Go flyer

Important information regarding the Grab-and-Go Meal Program available to families during extended Spring Break:

Grab-and-Go Important information regarding the Grab-and-Go Meal Program available to families during extended Spring Break.

10 Things Taking Care COVID19 2020-03-15-Spring-Break-Extension-All-Schools-LTP.