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HIDOE News Release: HIDOE schools and offices in Maui County to close Wednesday, Sept. 12

Posted on Sep 11, 2018 in Latest Department News

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HONOLULU — All public schools and Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) offices in Maui County will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 12, and afterschool activities remain canceled for Maui, Molokai and Lanai as the state prepares for impacts from Tropical Storm Olivia.

All other schools statewide will be open Wednesday.

“In order to give our families on Maui, Molokai and Lanai time to prepare, and with the early release time on Wednesday, we will be closing all Maui County schools and offices in anticipation of the storm’s arrival,” said Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto. “We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time as we work with our partner agencies to monitor the storm, and we will continue to make decisions based on the safety and well-being of our students and staff.”

As the situation evolves, HIDOE will continue to provide updates about cancellations and closures on our website and social media — Twitter and Facebook. Parents are encouraged to work with their child’s school to ensure they have the most up-to-date contact information for their household.

Families of students in charter schools are asked to contact their schools directly to learn about closures, or visit the Public Charter School Commission’s website.

Olivia continues to weaken but remains a tropical storm. The potential onset for tropical storm-force winds is expected overnight Tuesday through Wednesday for Hawaii County and Maui Island. The public can follow the progress of the storm on the Central Pacific Hurricane Center’s website.

For evacuation shelter information, please check Maui County’s website.

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Derek Inoshita
Communications Specialist
Hawaii State Department of Education
Ph: (808) 586-3232
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