Teachers Union Applauds Leilehua High School’s Zero-Tolerance Mask Policy
HONOLULU (KHON2) – Starting Thursday, Leilehua High School will have a zero tolerance policy on wearing masks. Some say other schools should do the same, while others say it’s overkill.
The principal sent a letter to parents saying that students who do not wear their masks properly on campus will be cited. Those named risk detention and repeat offenders could be suspended.
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âThey just want to let us wear our masks on our noses. We can’t take it off at recess when we’re running, âsaid student Taimane Docktor.
The teachers‘ union says this is a persistent problem in many high schools and colleges, so the zero tolerance policy should be implemented by the Department of Education (DOE).
âThis is one of the strategies put in place by the Hawaii Department of Education and it is what we are following to prevent the spread of COVID, and therefore every campus should follow this policy,â Logan said. Okita, vice president of HSTA.
She adds that teachers already have a hard time getting students to do everything they are supposed to do, so a stronger message will help.
“They don’t feel supported by anyone when they try to apply the policy, so a policy like that of Leilehua High School would allow teachers to have a certain position when asking their students to remove their masks and wear it. . properly on campus, âOkita said.
Some parents, however, say that punishing students by ultimately suspending them seems overkill.
âI hope no one will threaten my daughter like this because she has the right to do what she has to do. If they have to be strict like that, I’ll just go home school, âsaid parent Zachariah Docktor.
A DOE spokeswoman said all schools should follow health and safety guidelines that include proper mask wearing, but it is up to the principal to know how to implement them. The teachers’ union says the rules should be spelled out as was done last year.
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âHSTA would love to have a conversation with the DOE about masking policies and other security measures as we had in our Memorandum of Understanding which expired over the summer,â Okita said.