Schools prep for new year, finalize plans for in-person learning

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Maud Gooch smiles while closing a new machine that will be used when students perform chemical experiments in her new science classroom at Hilo High School on Friday. The school was able to upgrade all the science classrooms this year.

With less than two weeks until students are set to return to classrooms, state health officials are working to finalize updated safety guidelines for schools and educators are preparing for the new year.