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What is needed to support the students who have fallen behind during the pandemic?

At the beginning of the year, student absentee rates soared above 30% because of the Omicron surge. School bus routes were temporarily suspended due to bus driver shortages, leaving kids at home for long stretches of time. A spike in fights at schools has highlighted the need for more mental health support.

This discussion will explore what supports and systems are out there or needed for students to get back up to speed. Join us for this virtual discussion held on Crowdcast.


Suevon Lee, Education Reporter, Civil Beat

Whitney Aragaki (she/her), Science Teacher at Waiākea High School on Hawaiʻi Island. She is the 2022 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year and a 2022 National Teacher of the Year Finalist

Paula Adams, Executive Director, Hawaiʻi Afterschool Alliance

Pat Ayat, Art Teacher/Counselor at Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School on Hawaiʻi Island.

Civil Beat’s education coverage is supported by a grant from the Chamberlin Family Philanthropy.

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