Sept. 17, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for your continued support, cooperation and flexibility throughout the school year. On Monday, September 13, 2021, information about Mid Quarter Progress Reports, Federal Survey Impact Forms, Out-of-state travel return guidelines and Governor Ige’s September 9, 20201 Executive order was sent. We are a week closer to the end of the quarter. Please continue to encourage your child(ren) to reach out to his or her teacher, counselor, and/or administrator for any questions, concerns or assistance with improving the quarter grades.
In addition to academic success, the safety and emotional well-being for your child(ren) is(are) equally important. The core values and initiatives of Kapolei Middle School are to promote life-long learning, academic and social growth in an enthusiastic community. Our priority of creating a sense of belonging that emphasizes dignity is the cornerstone of respect, validation and collaboration. If your child(ren) has/have concerns about safety (physical/ emotional) and/or social issues, please have them inform an adult on campus immediately so that support and assistance can be provided. Their Advisory teacher, content subject teacher, counselor, grade level Vice-Principal and I are always available and able to respond and support your child.
As we close the week and begin the weekend, I wanted to share key information happening at Kapolei Middle School.
Tik Tok Challenge Concern
I have been made aware of a Tik Tok challenge called Devious Licks, which promotes and encourages students to steal random items on campus. It appears that this is an issue that schools across the state and nation are dealing with. At Kapolei Middle, the concerns have been most prevalent in our 8th grade building. The most common items that have been stolen are soap in the bathrooms and door stoppers. Vice-Principal Ostovich has been working with the teachers and students. Fortunately, most of the soap has been returned. We are still looking into recovering the door stops.
Next week, morning announcements and messages in advisory will address responsibility, care and pride for school, and review the Chapter 19 disciplinary consequences that students can receive for stealing school supplies. Over the weekend, may I respectfully ask for your support in speaking to your child about the strain on resources, the impact to safety and the consequences of these actions. While soap was stolen from the bathrooms, Vice-Principal Ostovich did have soap in her office (which is located in close proximity to the bathroom) for students to use. Soap and hand sanitizer were also available in the classroom.
Social Distancing During Lunch
This week during lunch, I have noticed the need to speak to and remind students more frequently to ensure that there is a 6 foot social distance between themselves and their neighbor while eating lunch outside of the cafeteria. While the primary enforcement during morning recess and unstructured time before and after school is the use of a mask, during lunch, while students are eating and have their mask off, they must remain 6 ft. apart. Students are needing less reminders while eating inside the cafeteria. Please remind your child(ren) to maintain at least a 6 foot distance from others while eating in order to keep everyone on campus safe. Adults during lunch supervision will continue to remind and enforce this expectation.
Updates to Governor Ige’s Executive Order
As stated in my letter on Monday, September 13, 2021, Governor Ige issued an executive order that requires government contractors and visitors to state facilities to show proof that they have been vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19. Here is an update to our policy:
Parents/ guardians conducting school business in the office for less than 5 minutes will not need to produce proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.
Parents/ guardians visiting campus for parent meetings or other school business for more than 5 minutes will need to produce proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result. Our office staff will note the information.
Thank you again for your support and understanding. Please continue to stay safe and let me know if you have any additional questions.
Sincerely, Richard Fajardo, Principal