COVID-19 Pandemic: Situation Updates and Resources
Following consultation with the PBA parents, and in light of the sustained increase in COVID cases and the near-capacity demands the surge has placed on Oahu’s health care system and contact tracing infrastructure, I have decided PBA will finish the remainder of Cycle 1 – which concludes on September 10 – using our Distance Learning Program.
I will convene a parent meeting on August 21 to consider whether it is appropriate to resume in-person learning using any attendance structure at that time.
I do not make the decision to switch to Distance Learning lightly. Our goal this year is to maximize the number of in-person instructional days we can manage safely this school year. PBA has adopted numerous measures to ensure the health and safety of our sangha and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Those measures include alterations to the school schedule and programming, significant facilities enhancements, enhanced sanitization protocols, and the uniform adoption of a set of Healthy Practices that the CDC and HIDOH has indicated helps to prevent the spread of the virus.
Nonetheless, as I emphasized to students, parents and personnel in numerous meetings, the likelihood is that the situation of the pandemic on Oahu will necessitate that we switch between program modes routinely. The high rates of infections and projected continued increase of them increases the risks of transmission within our sangha to an unsafe level, and as a sangha, we want to do all that we can to prevent the spread of the virus within our school.
To ensure that PBA maintains continual readiness to switch between program modes, I will ask all PBA teachers to teach classes from the school, maintaining all health and safety measures enacted at the start of the school year.
Lastly, I want to emphasize that the decision to implement distance learning until the end of Cycle 1 is the result of a community health environment that all of us share on Oahu. The utility of this decision is meaningless if we do not follow the advice of community health and government officials when we are away from school. Health officers at the HIDOH have indicated the surge in cases is largely the result of our behaviors – family gatherings, parties, and goings-on about town as we felt we had escaped the worst.
Thank you for trusting us to educate your children.
Distance Learning from August 10 - Sept 10.
Taiko Festival: High quality video production will be available for all ticket holders and sponsors in late August 2020.
For questions regarding tickets/sponsorships please email Rudiger Ruckmann.
Student Admission Visits & Tours: Open for virtual tours and in-person tours.
For questions regarding your scheduled campus visit please email Blanche Yarnell.
Administrators will be working on-campus from 7:30am - 4:00 pm daily. We are sanitizing the Main Office workspace and facilities contact points daily. Deep cleaning happens everyday once the office is closed.
PBA Teachers will be attending campus 2-3 times/weekly. Please contact the teacher directly to schedule appointments.
If you plan to visit PBA, please complete this survey prior to leaving your house. A second temperature check will be administered upon your arrival. Please wear a mask at all times while on campus.
We request that families, students and supporters make appointments by phone or email before coming to campus. Please call (808) 532-2649 to notify personnel you would like to come.
DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN EFFECTIVE AUGUST 10 - SEPTEMBER 10
We adopted the Uniform Weekly Schedule to enable more seamless switching between in-person and distance learning regardless of cohort size. The schedule accommodates in-person learning for all grade levels, should we choose to adopt it, by creating two lunch periods; and the Uniform Weekly Schedule will be used with our Distance Learning Program so that it is more easily remembered by teachers and students.
New PBA teacher Megan Lee helped out by creating a SharePoint site for PBA so families can find school information more easily. The site is still a work in progress, but please let us know what additional information you might like added to the site.
COVID-19 Resources & Support:
- Unemployment Insurance in Hawaii
- Small Business Administration
- Federal Student Loan Payments
- Hawaii Renters Information
- Central Pacific Bank - Assistance Programs
Food Support & Resources:
Opportunities To Help
- Contact Blanche to learn how you can help!
Health System Donations:
Food Supply Donations: