State unveils metrics for school reopening

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Nekisa Mahzad-Nolan teaches English students through Zoom, a video conferencing app, on Thursday at Hilo High School. Mahzad-Nolan facilitated a quiz and discussed writing tactics with her students.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Retired Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Taniguchi teaches students in the JROTC program through Zoom, a video conferencing app, on Thursday at Hilo High School. Taniguchi’s students are projected on a large monitor while he teaches through a webcam.

  • This Department of Health chart cites its metrics for whether schools should have in-person instruction or home- or blended-learning models, based on the numbers of people infected with COVID-19 per 10,000 population during a 14-day period per island.

There is still no set reopening date for classrooms in Hawaii, but the state health and education departments on Thursday provided metrics for how they plan to handle instruction based on the COVID-19 infection rate on each island.