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Lunas asked to rise up this year

By Staff | Aug 20, 2020

It’s great to see the 2020-21 school year underway at Lahainaluna High School – the focal point of our West Side community.

Under the current plans, after a period of Virtual/Distance Learning from Aug. 17 to Sept. 21, students will have the option to go to school on campus from Sept. 22 until the end of the year on May 28.

Also, in a neat display of innovation and flexibility, in five-week blocks, students may attend school face-to-face, virtually or in a blend of both through communicating with their teachers.

Acknowledging the challenges ahead, Temporary Acting Principal Jeri Dean sent a powerful message to the Lahainaluna High School ‘Ohana on Aug. 6.

“As our teachers and staff have, we call on each of our students to rise up and meet these challenging times with courage and resiliency. As Lunas, we will be who we always are… stronger, smarter and better because of what lies ahead. We’ve missed each of you and can’t wait for school to begin!

“Stay Safe, Stay Strong and Stay Positive! Imua Lunas!”

It’s nice to know that students are already back to school at Sacred Hearts in Lahaina and St. Anthony School in Wailuku.

The delay in welcoming students back to campus will provide important time to train staff, establish protocols and procedures, and prepare the facilities.

Hopefully, in the weeks to come, Maui students can return to campus, be with their teachers and friends, and resume sports and activities. It will be a big step toward one part of life returning to normal for keiki and families.