COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

MARYKNOLL SCHOOL STATUS

Extended Spring Break: Monday 3/23 to Friday 3/27

Campus Closed / Out-of-Classroom Learning: Monday 3/30 to Thursday 4/30

Updated: March 25, 2020

Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Important Updates and Highlights
  • Maryknoll School's campus closure and distance learning have been extended through Thursday, April 30th. All events through April 30th have also been canceled or postponed.
  • Father EJ and Sacred Heart Parish will be live-streaming daily Mass and prayers through social media and the parish website.
  • The ILH has extended its suspension of athletic activity through April 30th.
For additional information, click here to view our COVID-19 Update #9 from school president Perry Martin. 

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  • General COVID-19 Information and Resources

    Updated: 3/25/2020

    Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is updated frequently and regularly. For the latest guidance from these health organizations, please refer to their respective websites below:

    Hawaii COVID-19 Information Page

    City and County of Honolulu COVID-19 Resource Page

    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Hawaii State Department of Health
  • School Closure & Schedule Changes

    Updated: 3/25/2020

    Maryknoll Campuses Will Close March 30th through April 30th. To ensure the continued safety and well-being of our students and the entire school community, we will be closing our campuses, effective Monday, March 30th. At that time, our Out-of-Classroom Learning Plan will be implemented. We anticipate that the campus closure and distance learning will continue through at least Thursday, April 30th. However, due to the fast-paced nature of the COVID-19 situation, distance learning may need to take place longer.

    Please know that this decision to close our campus comes after significant discussion with our health team, school physician consultant and collaboration with the Hawaii Catholic Schools Office and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools. I recognize the impact that closing our school will have on every family, but we take this action with the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff as our highest priority.

    Important Note: Monday, March 23rd to Wednesday, March 25th will still be used for faculty and staff professional development and training days. Students will not have classes or any academic obligations during this extended spring break period. Thursday, March 26th and Friday, March 27th were previously scheduled no-school days, in observance of the Prince Kuhio Day holiday.

    Out-of-Classroom Learning will begin on Monday, March 30th
  • Out-Of-Classroom Learning

    Updated: 3/20/2020

    Click here to view important information about book pickup instructions and distance learning technology readiness

    3/19/2020 Update

    We sincerely appreciate the feedback and comments shared with me and our administration team regarding our Out-of-Classroom Learning Plan. We believe that this guiding document will serve as the basis for success as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters together.
     
    As we had mentioned in our message to you all when sharing our distance learning plan with you, we will be faced with many challenges and obstacles that we will overcome together – students, parents, and teachers. That being said, I anticipate our ability to engage with your child to grow and improve as we move forward with our campus closure. It is my hope that you continue to share your feedback with us and continue to have open minds and hearts while we traverse this journey together.
     
    On Friday, March 20th, we will be sharing important information regarding student books and learning resource pickup. We will also be providing more specific details and information about the implementation of our Out-of-Classroom learning plan next week. Please be sure to check your email and/or our Health and Wellness page for the latest information.


    3/16/2020 Update

    Thank you for your continued patience and understanding while awaiting our finalized Out-of-Classroom Learning Plan. Our administration and faculty deans have developed this plan carefully and collaboratively, ensuring that all those involved in its success – students, teachers, staff and parents – are able to appreciate both the opportunity and challenges such learning can present.
     
    While nothing can fully serve as a substitute for the enriching, attentive and collaborative environment a classroom setting can provide, we have developed this plan to ensure that as much learning can take place at home as possible. The COVID-19 situation we currently face is a daunting one, and one that can at times be demoralizing or frightening for all those impacted. However, we hope that with our Out-of-Classroom Learning Plan, we can at least provide the stability of academic enrichment to your children, delivered by our talented and dedicated faculty.
     
    As with any newly developed plan, we anticipate there being hiccups, challenges and a few setbacks. Please know that we recognize this at the forefront and ask for your assistance and support through this process. This is an unprecedented undertaking at Maryknoll School, with nearly 1,100 students learning and studying across the island, and one that will test the limits of our academic reach. Should you have issues or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of our school community.

    Click here or on the image below to view our Out-of-Classroom Learning Plan


  • School Attendance

    Updated: 3/25/2020

    As we transition to Out-of-Classroom Learning, please continue to inform us if your child is not feeling well and will not be participating in distance learning due to illness. Be sure to inform your child's teacher(s) of their illness as well. 

    Grade & Middle School Attendance Line:
    (808) 952-7102

    Grade & Middle School Attendance Email:
    gsattendance@maryknollschool.org

    High School Attendance Line: 
    (808) 952-7202

    High School Attendance Email:
    hsattendance@maryknollschool.org
  • Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

    Updated: 3/25/2020

    Athletics

    The safety and well-being of our scholar-athletes, coaches, parents, and Maryknoll School community is always our highest priority. In response to the emergency stay-at-home orders, the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) has extended its league activity suspension to Thursday, April 30th. Per the ILH, “during this time of suspended league activity, students may not receive coaching or condition/workout training from school personnel in any ILH sanctioned sport”. We understand that this may come as more disappointing news, but please know that these decisions are made in the best interest of our entire athletic community. 
     
     
    If you have any questions regarding athletics, please email the Maryknoll Atheltic Department at athletics@maryknollschool.org. Thank you for your understanding and continued support. 
     
    Extra-Curricular Activities and Student Clubs
    For the time being, all extracurricular clubs, activities, and events will be canceled or postponed until Thursday, April 30th.
  • Spiritual and School Counseling Support

    Updated: 3/25/2020

    Spiritual Resources and Support

    While we work toward adhering to the government safety policies regarding COVID-19, it’s important to remember that we must also take care of our spiritual needs in the same way we take care of our physical and emotional well-being.
     
    Father EJ Resinto, pastor of Sacred Heart Church and Maryknoll School, would like to remind our entire school community that in the ever-changing world that we are living in, so also has the call to ministry changed too. The new norm now is celebrating Mass without the people but thanks to technology, the Church continues her mission in bringing the message of Jesus Christ to all.
     
    During this challenging time, Father EJ will be live-streaming daily Mass at 5:00PM and Sunday Mass at 8:00AM, along with daily reflections. These live streams will be made available on the Sacred Heart Church website and social media channels. Should you have any questions, please reach out to Father EJ at ejresinto@rcchawaii.org.
     
    Sacred Heart Parish Website: www.sacredhearthnl.org


    Emotional and Counseling Support

    An important component of overall health is mental wellness. We understand that children may be experiencing increased stress and/or anxiety about COVID-19 and may have questions about how this could continue to impact our daily lives. We are here to support your children in navigating any and all emotions that may be present for them at this time. Counseling Services have been and will continue to be made available for students across grades K-12. If you feel your child could benefit from additional support, please contact their respective School Counselor:
     
    Mr. Michael Moskal -Gr. K-8, Grade & Middle School
    Phone: 808-952-7114
     
    Ms. Tara Niedermeier - Gr. 9-12, High School
    Phone: 808-952-7223

    Students are also welcomed to seek out counseling support directly from their School Counselor, as needed.
  • Summer Programs 2020

    Updated: 3/25/2020

    At this time, there have been no changes to our Summer Programs registration or courses. We will update this section when more information becomes available. 

    Please visit the Summer Programs Extended Learning page of our website for more information.
  • Updated Emergency Notification Information

    We want to ensure that your emergency contact information is up-to-date and current. If your phone number has changed since the start of the current school year, please take a moment to update using the below form. Maryknoll School utilizes Blackboard Connect to contact families in the event of an emergency. The system will call all parent phone numbers and send text message notifications (if you have opted-in to receive emergency text message notifications in Blackboard).
     
    We will be using the Blackboard Connect Notification System, in addition to myMaryknoll, emails and updates to our website, in the event Maryknoll School needs to close. If you would like to update your emergency phone number and/or opt-in for emergency text message notifications, please complete the below form.
     
  • School-Related Travel Guidelines

    Updated: 3/25/2020
     
    School-Related Travel

    After consulting with our school physician and health team, and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to suspend all school-related travel for the remainder of the school year, in addition to our already announced suspension of school-related international travel. No new school-related trips will be booked or confirmed.
     
    While we recognize and understand that many will be disappointed with this decision, it’s important to emphasize the priority we have always placed on student health, safety, and well-being. The safety of our community, including students, parents, faculty, and staff, will always be our priority and we will never take any actions that place their safety and well-being at risk.
     
    Moving forward, we are currently working with airlines and travel partners to recover costs associated with the suspension of school-related travel. We will be reaching out to the individual groups and families affected by these cancellations and will be providing updates as we receive more information.
     
    If you have any questions related to our travel guidelines, please email Naomi Saito at naomi.saito@maryknollschool.org or call 808-952-8453.
  • School-Related Events and Gatherings

    Updated: 3/25/2020

    We recognize that many upcoming events have been canceled, postponed or changed due to the fast-paced nature of the COVID-19 situation. To ensure you all have the most up-to-date information on our events, we are currently organizing a comprehensive list of all remaining events for the rest of the school year. All events through April 30, 2020 have been canceled or suspended. 
     
    Below, you'll find updates regarding three major upcoming events:

    • High School Prom (April 25) - Postponed (New Date TBD)
    • Kekumano Award & Scholarship Dinner (May 16) - Postponed to October 10, 2020
    • Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony (June 5) - Currently Scheduled / No Change
    Please know that the above events, as well as many others, are subject to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 situation and we are doing our best to reschedule events, if possible.
     
    Terra Nova Testing and AP Testing
     
    At this time, Terra Nova testing for students in Gr. 2-8 has been postponed indefinitely. For students enrolled in high school AP courses, their AP teachers will be following up with them. College Board also has a COVID-19 resource page on its website for additional information.

  • Personal Travel Guidelines and Safety Requirements

    Updated: 3/16/2020

    As a reminder, per the Hawaii Department of Health: “Any passengers having travel history to areas with widespread sustained community transmission are being asked to stay home and monitor their health for 14 days from the time they left the affected area.”
     
    Based on the Hawaii Department of Health guidelines, and out of an abundance of caution, we are requiring that all those that have traveled or plan to travel to Level 3 and (previously) Level 2 countries or U.S. cities/states with sustained community transmission, to self-quarantine for at least 14 days upon their arrival back in Hawaii.
     
    In addition to the above self-quarantine guidelines, please be sure to email healthwellness@maryknollschool.org if any of the below applies to you or your household family members. Please notify us immediately if any of the below applies to you and/or your family, if you have not already done so:  
     
    • If you plan on traveling out of state or have traveled out of the state. Please include travel dates and city/state(s) of travel

    • If you or a family member is under self-quarantine by the Hawaii DOH and/or U.S. CDC. Please include date of self-quarantine and observation requirements

    • If you or a family member has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Please include diagnosed date and contact with any Maryknoll School individuals
     
    Regardless of travel, please keep your child at home if they are not feeling well. If your child is kept home, due to our quarantine guidelines or illness, our faculty and staff will work with each family on an individual basis to ensure coursework and learning continues while they are away from school. Students and employees returning to school after a 14-day self-quarantine or illness will need to see the School Nurse or Health Aide for a temperature check before reporting to their classes.  
  • General Health and Wellness

    Our school nurse, technology department and facilities team, have been working closely to take proactive steps to promote health and wellness at Maryknoll School. These proactive steps include:

    • Formation of a Maryknoll Health Team to actively meet as new developments arise
    • Increased disinfecting of door handles, water fountains and other common areas
    • Placement of hand sanitizer stations at key locations across campus
    • Complete wipe-downs of common use laptops, iPads, and other shared learning tools
    • Encouraging more frequent and proper hand-washing techniques amongst students, faculty, and staff
    • Posting of proper handwashing and coughing techniques around campus
    • Encouraging families and faculty/staff to stay home if they are feeling ill
    • Placed orders to fully stock cleaning, hand soap, and other health-related products
    • Working with Sodexo and our food and beverage vendors to ensure proper practices are being maintained and executed
    • Sharing all Maryknoll School related actions and steps taken related to COVID-19
    • Responding as promptly as possible to all parent inquires and concerns

    In addition, we ask for your assistance in taking the below steps to encourage wellness and health with your families and children:

    • We encourage all families and students to get a flu shot if they haven’t done so already.
    • If your child is sick or is not feeling well, please keep them at home and inform the school in a timely manner of their absence
    • Please help in encouraging proper handwashing, coughing techniques and general wellness at home
  • Additional Resources and Future Updates

    We will continue to provide updates as necessary through email and the Health and Wellness page on our school website. 
     
    The following websites and resources also provide the latest information about the spread of this disease, travel guidelines and other important information on how to keep your family healthy:

This page will be updated regularly with the latest information regarding Maryknoll School's response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). 

Questions and Concerns: 

For any questions or concerns regarding Maryknoll's coronavirus response, please email: 

healthwellness@maryknollschool.org

Helpful Resources:


Maryknoll Health Staff:

Mrs. Marianne Guevara, BSN, RN
School Nurse
Phone: 808-952-7116 
Email: maria.guevara@maryknollschool.org

Mrs. Marisa Wong
High School Health Aide
Phone: 808-952-7216 
Email: marisa.wong@maryknollschool.org

Mr. Michael Moskal
Grade & Middle School Counselor, Grades K-8
Phone: 808-952-7114

Ms. Tara Niedermeier 
High School Counselor, Grades 9-12 
Phone: 808-952-7223

Previous Updates and Messages

COVID-19 Update Message #9 - March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update Message #8 - March 20, 2020


COVID-19 Update Message #7 - March 19, 2020


Out-of-Classroom Learning Plan - March 17, 2020


COVID-19 Update Message #6 - March 16, 2020


COVID-19 Update Message #5 - March 13, 2020


COVID-19 Update Message #4 - March 12, 2020


COVID-19 Update Message #3 - March 10, 2020


COVID-19 Update Message #2 - March 9, 2020


COVID-19 Update Message #1 - February 28, 2020
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Tel: 808.952.8400