Dear Kapi‘olani Community College ‘Ohana,
Welcome to Fall 2020! After five months of the “new normal” due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the College is ready to start a new semester. Much has been accomplished over the summer to provide as safe a campus as possible while maintaining the highest quality instruction, which is the hallmark of Kapi‘olani Community College.
As this diagram illustrates, we require all students and employees to wear a mask on campus and to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing at all times. If you are sick, please inform your instructor, counselor or supervisor, and stay home. We also encourage you to wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
Classrooms, offices and public spaces have been modified in many ways. You will see plexiglass barriers in public areas and signage indicating places to stand while waiting in line, occupancy maximums and other instructions. Please know that these modifications have been instituted for all our safety. If you visit the library or computer labs, the seats and computer stations have been spaced to provide 6 feet of distance between each person. The classrooms have been placed on an enhanced cleaning schedule, ensuring that they are cleaned thoroughly at least once a day. Disinfecting wipes or disinfecting spray and paper towels will be provided in each classroom. Upon entering the classroom, after breaks, and when leaving the classroom, students and employees should use these sanitizing wipes to clean their own high touch surfaces upon entering the classroom, after breaks, and when leaving the classroom including computer components, desks, chairs, door handles, etc.
Many of our face-to-face classes were converted to online or hybrid classes as an added safety measure. Even though the class may be delivered in a different way, the quality of instruction remains the same and may, in some cases, even be enhanced. During the summer, faculty had many opportunities to hone their online delivery skills with four comprehensive professional development programs that emphasized sharing of resources to optimize the learning experiences for students. Please note that there may be additional changes during the semester based on information from the Governor of the State of Hawaii or the University of Hawai‘i President. We will keep you informed at all times.
A special note to our students: we are here to help you achieve your goals, whether your goal is to transfer to a four-year institution after receiving an associate degree or to complete one of our Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Even though there have been many adjustments to how you work, learn, and play since COVID-19 began, you must hold on to your dreams, your aspirations and especially your passions. These are the qualities that will bring you and all of us through this period even stronger than before.
Have a great semester! Have a healthy semester!
— Louise Pagotto