Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-07-31 03:49:02 –
Honolulu (KHON2) — The Hawaii Department of Health reported 622 COVID-19 cases on Friday, 25 percent of which were children.
There are some risks to returning to direct learning, but returning students to school is important, officials say.
“Everything is at risk,” said Dr. Libby Char, director of health at the Hawaii Department of Health. “But I think we must recognize that there are no children in school, and that it is costly for children to lag further behind learning and continued social isolation.
According to the Ministry of Education, the school is still scheduled to reopen on Tuesday. However, the number of cases was alarming for some parents, such as Sairee Yahiku, the mother of two young children returning to campus next week.
“When I heard this number today, I stopped my mind, especially because I knew that my children were more affected by this strain,” said Sairee Yahiku. “I was really looking forward to them starting school again.”
Health officials reassure parents that direct learning is safe. The measures taken by the school include all students and staff must wear masks indoors. Proper ventilation is key in the classroom, and proper hand washing is essential.
“If you’re sick, stay home. Even if you’re allergic or snuffing, stay home,” Dr. Char said.
Dr. Char did not expect that bringing 180,000 students back to campus would in some cases be accompanied by the expected rise, despite all safety measures being taken.
“There are some people who show up with COVID, so we see some rise,” said Dr. Char. “We are trying to structure it to minimize the amount of spread in the settings.”
Schools are also advised to consider screen tests of people who are not fully vaccinated, especially for extracurricular activities such as sports and bands.
Jacob Schaefer, Head of Infection Control at Waianae Echost General Health Center, said: “And, of course, the test is vigorously testing school children because many people, especially those under the age of 12, have never been vaccinated.”
I’m worried about the numbers, but some parents are still looking forward to getting their Keiki back into the classroom.
The DOE states that it will continue to monitor the situation and keep in touch with health authorities to ensure the safety of staff and students.
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