By Eileen Carr

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I live on a remote island in Hawai’i. We have one gas station and zero stoplights, Starbucks or skyscrapers. Teaching on a remote island in Hawai’i has its benefits, even now. Fresh breezes blow through from the mountains, our open campus provides plentiful options for nature breaks, and most importantly, our isolated island has maintained an incredibly low case count (at the time of writing, four total since March).

All of our state’s public schools started the school year virtually, except for my island’s (and two on Maui). My school, because it’s public charter, started before anyone else.

My school officially reopened its physical doors at the beginning of August. I’m the full day teacher for all in-person 4th graders. We are one of five DOE schools in the entire state that are open for live instruction. There are nearly 300 schools in the Hawai’i DOE, and every other school has been ordered to close its doors and provide distance learning until October. …

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