Hawaii’s public schools plan to reopen fully Aug. 3 for in-person classes with 3-foot spacing among students and teachers in classrooms, although ventilation still needs to be improved in some spots.

A report on “Return to Learn” metrics presented Thursday to the Board of Education shows all schools can accommodate such distancing and that nearly 90% of classrooms statewide were “properly ventilated,” with about 1 out of 10 needing adjustments.

Two education advocacy groups, the He‘e Coalition and HawaiiKidsCan, urged the department to offer more remote learning alternatives.

“No one should be shutting families out of the options they believe are best for their children,” David Miyashiro, executive director of HawaiiKidsCan, testified. “The first step in upholding that value is ensuring that virtual learning remains an option for all families who want it this fall.”

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