Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our students, employees and school communities remains one of our highest priorities.
Along with internal guidelines, the Department's Health & Safety Handbook provides overall direction to schools and offices, including guidance on safety protocols, cleaning and sanitation procedures, and notification steps.
This resource page provides weekly updates to the public on confirmed COVID-19 cases in the HIDOE system. Case counts will be reported weekly by complex area (groups of adjacent high schools and their feeder elementary and middle schools), along with a running statewide total.
The Department’s case count should not be used to determine community spread or sources of an outbreak or cluster. It is informal data based on information provided to HIDOE’s COVID-19 Core Response Team by individuals, parents, campus visitors and service providers. The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) remains the lead agency on reporting official data and case counts.
The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) continues to report COVID-19 cases impacting its schools and offices at four notification levels:
Immediate notification to individuals who may have come into close contact with the infected person about possible exposure while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with state and federal law.
Notification to staff and the school community about the possible exposure and HIDOE activities to contain the spread of infection.
A daily report to the Hawaii Board of Education of confirmed cases.
Weekly public reporting of cases by Complex Area.
Public disclosure is done in accordance with federal and state laws protecting student and staff privacy and medical information. Policy considerations are in place to protect the identity of individuals including protecting minors from being physically ostracized or psychologically harmed by being identified and minimizing disruptions at schools. Schools promptly notify affected individuals directly — staff, families and/or service providers — about positive (or in some cases potentially positive) cases as appropriate.
In some situations, cases are reported to the Department by an individual, pending documentation of the positive result. This does not stop HIDOE's response, and notification may go out to the school community out of an abundance of caution before the confirmation is received. Cases currently being investigated are not included in the count and will be reported in the following weeks when the Department receives one of three official documentation options: lab results, doctor’s note or DOH confirmation.
Cases involving individuals who were not on campus for an extended period of time and where interaction occurred outside, it was determined that professional cleaning and disinfection efforts were not needed and handled at the school level.