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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@ STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Students returned to campus at McKinley High School on Jan. 4.
Public school teacher absences hit 2,159 in Hawaii

Hawaii public school teachers who called in absent spiked to 2,159 Friday amid the current COVID-19 surge, the state Department of Education reported. And the state was short 472 substitute teachers to cover its missing classroom educators. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                People lined up for COVID-19 testing Tuesday at the Joseph Rider Farrington Community Auditorium at Farrington High School in Kalihi. Farrington is among several Oahu schools that are offering testing in partnership with CVS for students and staff.
New guidance for Hawaii schools cuts isolation, quarantine in half

The recommended amount of time that teachers and students should isolate or quarantine for COVID-19 has now been cut from the previous 10 days to five, under new interim state rules for Hawaii K-12 schools. But the Hawaii teachers union and other critics feel the change is too little, too late, to keep students and teachers safely learning in person. Read more

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES VIA AP
                                Pedro Martinez speaks shortly after Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced him as the new chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools during a news conference in Chicago on Sept. 15.
No deal, no school: Chicago cancels classes for a 2nd day

Chicago school leaders canceled classes for a second straight day after failing to reach an agreement today with the teachers union over remote learning and other COVID-19 safety protocols in the nation’s third-largest school district. Read more


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