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Interim Schools Superintendent on Rising COVID Cases on Campus

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Hawaii State Department of Education
The Hawaiʻi State Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Keith Hayashi as interim superintendent of the Hawaii State Department of Education. (June 17, 2021)

More than 2,100 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Hawai‘i's public schools since July 1. Education officials have been closely monitoring campuses in counties where the delta variant is surging. We caught up with state Department of Education Interim Superintendent Keith Hayashi on Thursday. He just returned from visiting the Big Island where he stressed that vaccinations, masking, handwashing and staying home when sick, are key to protecting our school communities.

The DOE has begun posting the numbers daily on its website. [Link] Hayashi said if parents have concerns they should contact the schools directly.

This interviewed aired on The Conversation on Sept. 3, 2021.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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