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READ: HIDOE statement regarding Gov. David Ige's announcement

March 17, 2020

Gov. David Ige announced earlier today (March 17) that all “non-essential” state government employees who can work remotely are being directed to work from home for 15 calendar days to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. However, the governor explicitly stated that his directive does not apply to the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE).

At this time, this means that all HIDOE employees are required to report to work as normal unless they feel sick, have been instructed by a health care provider to self-isolate or self-quarantine at home, or made alternative arrangements with their supervisor.

Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto scheduled a meeting for Wednesday with key leaders to do some critical decision making. We will continue to keep our employees and families updated during this fast-changing environment.

For more information from the Department of Education, please visit their website at

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