An update on COVID-19

Alert Level as of November 18, 2020

REMAINS AT YELLOW

MSOS 2020 HOLIDAY TRAVEL POLICY AND PROCEDURES  

Aloha MSOS Ohana! 

During the upcoming holiday season, although MSOS strongly advises families against unnecessary out-of-state travel,  we do understand and support the need for travel for unique family circumstances.  With that said, we would like to remind you of our school travel policy, which requires a 14-day quarantine post-out-of-state travel.  The school will continue to follow the State’s quarantine protocol for inter-island travel. 

MSOS is very fortunate to have a planning team who has provided us with clear guidance and support.  We are confident that the school’s strict policies have contributed to being one of the very few island schools that have been able to offer uninterrupted in-person learning since the first day of school. 

Some of you may be wondering why the school travel policy is more strict than what is required by the State? 

  • The State travel policy is influenced by what would make tourists more likely to travel to the State for vacations and does not specifically address the potential for returning residents who are infected to go undetected by a test taken up to 72 hours prior to their return.   MSOS’s requirements are aimed to minimize the likelihood that a long incubation period may have missed an infected person returning to campus. We believe this policy provides the additional layer of safety needed to continue to keep our campus safe. 
  • Many facilities (including various health care and military commands) are requiring a 2-week quarantine. 
  • The winter months will also bring on more respiratory illnesses and non-essential travel could increase the risk to the school community.  The 14-day quarantine is the only sure way to keep travel-based infections out of the school.  That’s because any transpacific flight is at least 5 to 6 hours in duration and often goes through major airports.  

If you are planning to travel throughout the holidays we ask that you complete and submit this MSOS HOLIDAY TRAVEL FORM as soon as travel has been planned. 

Families that may have visitors from out of state staying with them during or after the holidays, including older children returning from mainland colleges, should follow the state policy for out-of-state pre-travel testing or 14-day quarantine requirements. When visitors are quarantining in your home, it is important to keep them separated from other members of the household.  Any person who has traveled out of state should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after arrival. 


Alert Level as of Sunday, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 is YELLOW

The MSOS back to school planning team met to discuss important safety-related updates. 

1.  School Alert Level:  We are shifting our alert level from orange to yellow.  So what does this mean?  

A) MSOS does not have any positive exposures or COVID positive cases.

B) The infection rate on O’ahu is declining and adherence to gov’t restrictions is improving.

C) Hospital resources are currently untaxed

We will continue to offer both in-person or virtual (to our high-risk students or families) in the second quarter

2.  Quarantine policy post Fall break traveling.  

Out of state travel:

1.  Please notify the school office (808)734-0208 if your child will be traveling out of state during the Fall break. 
2.  Any student who leaves the state during Fall break will be asked to quarantine for 2 weeks upon his or her return. (regardless of the State’s protocols) 
3.  Unless special permission is granted, due to a unique circumstance, students will not be placed in the virtual learning platform during a travel-related quarantine. 


Inter-island travel:

1.  The school will follow the State’s quarantine protocol for inter-island travel. 

Second Quarter – After school enrichment

Our after school enrichment programs will remain on hold.  We hope to resume our programs in January.  Kama’aina kids will continue to offer afterschool childcare throughout the second quarter. 


Alert Level as of Sunday, August 31, 2020 remains ORANGE


MSOS Return to School Plan- Updated on Monday, August 31, 2020


Alert Level as of Sunday, August 9, 2020 is ORANGE



Alert Level as of Thursday, July 24, 2020 is YELLOW


Mary, Star of the Sea School will resume full day (7:45 am-2:45 pm) in-person instruction (Monday-Friday) starting on Monday, August 3, 2020.


August 1st, 2020


May 26, 2020

FREE SUMMER ENRICHMENT FOR OUR ENROLLED STUDENTS – REGISTER TODAY!


Mary, Star of the Sea School is very pleased to offer a FREE summer enrichment program to our students who are enrolled in the 2020-21 school year.   We do expect a large interest in the classes so we kindly ask that you register by no later than next week, Friday, May 29,2020. 
Our 4 1/2 week on-line summer enrichment program will take place from June 11 – July 10, 2020.   
We are so proud of our students for adjusting so successfully to a distance learning platform.  We also recognize, however,  that some students had exceptional challenges for one reason or another.  For this reason, we are pleased to also offer 1:1 tutoring sessions (in-person) to students who have had difficulty these past few months.   These classes will be offered based on teacher recommendations only and will abide by state-mandated social distancing protocols.  Parent notifications for 1:1 tutoring will be sent out by June 1, 2020.
More information about the summer enrichment program may be found in the “click here to register” form below. 
Please be sure to complete a registration form for each child you wish to register and do not hesitate to contact either me or Mrs. Muneno [email protected]  if you have any questions.  
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


May 26, 2020

End of the Year Prayer Service and Awards Ceremony~Thursday, May 28, 2020

Dear Parent and Guardians,

Our students and families always look forward to the end of the school year prayer ceremony at which time students are recognized for various high achievements including the citizenship award, first and second honors, athletic awards, and the Principal’s Award. Students will receive their certificates and trophies on their scheduled pick up/drop off day. 
Please join us for Mary, Star of the Sea School End of the Year Prayer Service and Awards Ceremony~Thursday, May 28, [email protected] 9 am
~We are excited to have you join us.  

You may access the live stream link here.


May 14, 2020

Aloha Parents and Guardians, 

I hope this email finds you and your families well.  Our MSOS distance learning program throughout our kindergarten to grade 8 classes is going exceptionally well.  I am so impressed with our dedicated and talented faculty and our students who are persevering through such an unusual circumstance with such positivity and commitment.  With this said, however, we all REALLY MISS the irreplaceable social connections that our school community offers!  

We are uncertain as to what public health conditions will emerge in the coming months, however, our school’s current goal is to begin in-person instruction for the upcoming 2020/21 school year, per our scheduled calendar date, which is Monday, August 3, 2020.  

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will undoubtedly need to make some adjustments to our normal school policies and schedules.   The measures that we put in place will be designed to maximize the safe, in-person learning environment for all students, and take additional measures to prevent vulnerable members of the community (and in their households) from becoming infected.  

Please carefully review the following important school updates: 

Enrollment Packet. By now, you should have received an enrollment packet in the mail.  This packet includes your child’s school contract along with many other important documents that will require your attention to.  Under the circumstances, the deadline to return the forms has been extended to June 03, 2020.  

Financial Aid/Scholarship We would like to open our Mary, Star of the Sea Scholarship to additional families who may be experiencing financial strain due to COVID-19.  Please click on this link Mary, Star of the Sea School Scholarship to apply. 

FREE  DISTANCE LEARNING (DL) Summer Enrichment for all incoming students at MSOS   We are excited to announce that we would like to offer a FREE DL summer enrichment program for students entering 1st to 8th grade.  A registration link with detailed information about the program will be emailed to all our incoming families on Monday, May 17, 2020.  

In the meantime, I would like to extend my sincerest blessings for a successful wrapping up of your child’s current school year, and I look forward to having your family join our MSOS Ohana!  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me should you have any questions or concerns. 

Mahalo!

Margaret Rufo 



April 22, 2020

Aloha MSOS Ohana and Happy Earth Day!

I hope this email finds you and your family safe and healthy.  

I am sure that this will come as no surprise, but all parochial schools in the State of Hawaii, will extend the postponement of  “in person” classes through the end of the 2019-2020 School Year.   We will continue to provide quality distance learning to our students through the end of their individual 2019-2020 school calendars.    Our final day of DL school will be Friday, May 29th.   

It saddens me that we will not be able to wrap up our school year in person; however, this decision, of course, was based on our primary concern for the safety of our students, their families, and our employees and was required by the policy set forth by city and state officials.  I understand how disappointing this is for everyone, especially our 8th graders who always look forward to MSOS’s traditional graduation celebrations.    

Wrapping Up the School Year Plans

We are currently discussing the best and safest plans  for a number of end of year events:

  1. Pick up of personal belongings, including school yearbooks, and the return of borrowed school property (library books, class materials, band instruments, ipads, and chromebooks) is scheduled to take place throughout the week of Monday, June 1 to Friday, June 5. 
  2. Grade 8 graduation – formality and date TBD 
  3. Sports and End of the Year Awards celebration – plans are currently being discussed to recognize student achievements.
  4. Fourth-quarter cafeteria and school enrichment payments will be returned to you by mail. Cash payments will be held at the office and a pickup arrangement will be made with these families.
  5. Silent Auction Donations – All donations will be secured until a final date is set.  

I understand that some families may be leaving the island before Monday, June 1.  If this is the case for your family, please notify the office by calling 808-734-0208 or email us [email protected].  We will be happy to arrange an alternate pick up day for you. 

Summer School

As you know, state policies are changing by the day.  For now, our in-person Stepping Up to First-grade summer program is currently on hold.  A definitive decision regarding how/if this program will take place will be made as we near the end of May. 

In the meantime, we are currently looking into offering FREE distance learning summer enrichment opportunities for our returning MSOS  K-8 students.  More information to come at the beginning of May.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding throughout this period and as always, please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or concerns.

Mahalo,

Margaret Rufo

March 17, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

As you all know, news and updates regarding COVID-19 are changing by the minute.   Mary, Star of the Sea’s continued goal is to ensure the safety of our community and to maintain as normal of a learning environment as possible. 

Mary, Star of the Sea School has made the decision to extend its Spring Break for two additional days and begin a distance learning program for all students on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.  What will a distance learning program look like?  First, the campus will be closed to students until further notice.  Second, all instruction will be given through digital platforms.  

Teachers will be asked to report to work on March 30-31 for distance learning planning.   Please expect to receive an email from your child’s homeroom teacher by Tuesday, March 31, 2020.   It is too early to determine when regular classes will resume. If you do need to come to school to pick up materials, please first make arrangements by emailing the office at [email protected].  

In accordance with CDC’s recommendations for social distancing over the next 8 weeks, we have had to make a difficult decision to cancel our annual Food Festival and May Day Performances.  

Enclosed you will find your child’s third-quarter report card.  Please be assured that we are here to help your child to continue to grow in spirit, body, and mind.  Should you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.   

No doubt, the next few months will continue to be a challenging time; however, may our faith in the Lord fill our hearts and minds with compassion, perseverance, and hope. 

Sincerely, 

Margaret Rufo 

Principal

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

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