• Maʻemaʻe Elementary

Letter from Mr. Uyeda - Start of School

Updated: Jul 21

Thank you very much for your patience as we plan for the start of school year 2020-2021. Please understand that we are doing our best and are always considering the health, safety, and learning environment for our students, families, teachers, and staff. The school continues to be notified of many changes and directives from the Department of Education and at times, the media. These changes affect many operational matters at the school level.


On Friday, July 17, 2020, the school submitted a COVID-19 Response Exceptions Request and selected instructional elementary Model A: Face-to-Face Learning Model. We are waiting for approval on this request.


In accordance with the statement made by Superintendent Kishimoto at last Thursday’s Senate hearing, we will be providing some sort of Distance Learning opportunity, however we have not yet selected a program. As of right now, we are looking at using Acellus or something similar to that. Several parents have inquired about this option and are interested in registering for it. Registration for a Distance Learning program will be available soon. Please be on the look out for this. Details about this option will be provided as soon as we have more information.

The dropping off of student supplies is projected for Thursday, July 30 during the day. When finalized, a schedule will be emailed to all families. Drop-off will most likely be divided alphabetically into a schedule by last name, similar to how we did the student belongings pickup at the end of the school year.


Open House and Kindergarten Orientation will not be an in person meeting, but instead a video will be shared on our website under “Mr. Uyeda’s Neighborhood” on the evening of July 30th.


During the first two weeks of school, August 4-14, 2020, dismissal will be:

11:15 a.m. PreK, Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2

11:30 a.m. Grades 3, 4, & 5

If you have more than one child at the school, please make arrangements with your children to be picked up at the latter time. For example, if you have a child in Gr. 1 and another in Gr. 4, both children should be picked up at 11:30am.


Students and parents may not come to campus earlier than 7:15 a.m. and are expected to leave school within 15 minutes of the end of each school day. Exceptions will be made for those who are enrolled in YMCA morning care, which opens at 6:30 a.m., for students who are enrolled in the A-Plus after school program, or those who are on campus for school-sanctioned activities. As of this letter, all other after school activities are being suspended until further notice.


Student pick-up will be like the “airport drive-thru”, meaning there will be no parking or extended waiting allowed by the pick-up areas, driveways, and in the main parking lot. If you should arrive and your child is not available to be picked-up, you will be asked to drive around the block and return back to the school. Limited parking will be available on the Big Field before and after school for the first two weeks only, however please wait in your car until your child’s dismissal time, as no visitors are allowed on campus. Once the Big Field is full, you will be asked to park off campus.


Our staff is working hard everyday to develop a comprehensive plan for the upcoming school year that puts student, staff, and community safety first, however as directives from the DOE are continually changing, our plans have to be revised. As we are able to iron out more details and procedures for the reopening of school, we will share those plans with our Ma’ema’e Ohana. Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we plan for the opening of school.