Maryknoll School will continue with Out-of-Classroom Learning through the end of the school year, ending June 5, 2020.
School campuses will remain closed.
Updated: April 20, 2020
Updated: Monday, April 20, 2020
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Additional Updates and Highlights
Maryknoll School's campus closure and Out-of-Classroom learning have been extended through the remainder of the school year, ending on June 5, 2020. All events, activities, and athletics through the end of the school year have been canceled. Our campuses and offices will remain closed. Only essential personnel and staff will be permitted on campus.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation, we have not yet made a decision regarding our summer programs. In the meantime, we ask that you please continue to register for summer programs as you normally would. However, you will not be required to submit any payment to hold your child’s spot, as a result of the fluid nature of our plans.
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:
Maryknoll will continue with Out-of-Classroom Learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, ending on June 5, 2020. Please know that we have come to this decision after receiving guidance and counsel from the Hawaii Catholic Schools Office, as well as state and local authorities and health officials. As you know, the safety and well-being of our school community is our highest priority.
While this news is disappointing, we remain committed to ensuring that your children receive the best possible academic experience through our distance learning plans. We are amazed at the innovation and creativity stemming from our students and faculty and are grateful for your understanding as we work to continuously improve your child’s distance learning experience.
While our school campuses may be closed, please know that our entire faculty and staff are ready to support you and your child. While your child’s teacher(s) is/are your primary point of contact, below you’ll find other ways to communicate with the school.
When calling the numbers below, please keep in mind that while every attempt will be made to take every call, we may be unable to do so at certain times. If you’re not able to reach someone, please be sure to leave a detailed message and call-back number, and our staff will return your call promptly. Note: The best way to communicate with us during this time is via email.
Additional contact information can also be found on page 11 of our Out-of-Classroom Learning Plan and School Directory. Note: Voicemail messages left for faculty and staff members are sent via email to the person you are trying to reach.
Our administration and faculty deans have developed our Out-of-Classroom Learning 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.
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
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), all spring season sports and athletics have been canceled.
If you have any questions regarding athletics, please email the Maryknoll Atheltic Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
Extra-Curricular Activities and Student Clubs
All extracurricular clubs, activities, and events for the remainder of the school year have been canceled.
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 email@example.com.
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
As we navigate challenging times, it is important to check in with our individual selves, to understand what thoughts and emotions come up for us. It is natural to feel and experience stress. Here are some tools to help you identify what stress and anxiety look like for you, how to relieve this stress, and how to seek out support.
Our high school counselor, Ms. Tara Niedermeier, M.Ed., has developed a self-care guide for students, parents, faculty, and staff. We hope that you can use this as a resource as we continue with distance learning and the potential challenges and pressures that come along with the current COVID-19 situation.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation, we have not yet made a decision regarding our summer programs. As city, state and federal officials continue to review and update social distancing and health guidelines, we will keep you apprised as to whether we will be moving forward as planned, modifying our summer programs or adjusting to full distance learning for the summer. Please know that we are developing plans for different scenarios to ensure we are prepared for all contingencies.
In the meantime, we ask that you please continue to register for summer programs as you normally would. However, you will not be required to submit any payment to hold your child’s spot, as a result of the fluid nature of our plans. If you have any questions related to our summer programs, please email Dan Nagami, Director of Extended Learning, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-952-7340.
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.
The Kupuna Needs Project is a service for elderly (62 years or older) and immunocompromised individuals on Oahu, who are at risk of the dangers of the COVID-19 virus, to get necessities such as food, toiletries, & cleaning supplies delivered to their residence. Visit kupunaneedsproject.com for more information or to volunteer to serve our kupuna.
Resilient Hawaii Resource Page
Resilient Hawaii is a crowdsourced information hub related to COVID-19 resources, information and community engagement opportunities. Visit resilienthawaii.org to learn more and to see how you can get involved in helping our communities.
Maryknoll 'Ohana List
We recognize that many Maryknoll parents work at or own businesses that remain open under the essential services provisions of the current stay-at-home orders. To help support our Maryknoll families, we will be developing a list of Maryknoll-affiliated businesses on our school website that remain open during this challenging time.
Note: While we are glad to help collaborate on this endeavor, Maryknoll School does not explicitly endorse any individual business or workplace. Rather, we are developing this list as a resource for our community to know and recognize Spartan-affiliated places of business.
To add your essential business or place of work to our Maryknoll Ohana List page, please fill out the below form:
In addition to sharing your Out-of-Classroom Learning experiences with us, we’d also like to hear about the stories of inspiration, care, compassion and Noblesse Oblige that are happening in your homes, your community and your families. Whether it’s something amazing that’s discovered in the process collaborating remotely on a school project or seeing the smiling face of your family member coming home from a long shift at a hospital. These stories of inspiration and hope will continue to bring us positivity and light during this challenging and uncertain time.
Maryknoll School is grateful for the many sacrifices our families and students are making. If you have photos or videos of your child learning at home, ideas that you’ve discovered that help your child thrive, or would just like to share an inspiring or special moment with our school community, please let us know!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 the date of self-quarantine and observation requirements
• If you or a family member has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Please include the 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.