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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Not everyone starts classes on Thursday

 •  First school bell rings in changes

Advertiser Staff

While the state's 251 public schools are supposed to open Thursday under a unified school calendar mandated by the Legislature, schools still have the option of planning teacher training days, professional development days or orientation days before classes officially begin.

As a result, schools will welcome their first students Thursday, Friday, Monday or even later.

For individual school starting dates, call your school, or check the school calendar online at www.doe.k12.hi.us under "mySCHOOL."

As of yesterday, here are how many schools are opening on each day:

  • Thursday: 49;

  • Friday: 85;

  • Monday: 106;

  • Next Tuesday: seven;

  • Aug. 2: three;

  • Aug. 3: one.

    Before the statewide conversion to a single calendar, almost two-thirds of all public schools had already adopted this year-round version commonly referred to as the "1-3-2" model.

    Among the 27 public charter schools, most chose to follow the new DOE calendar, with only a few remaining on a more traditional schedule.

    The school year already began in late June or early July for four multitrack schools.

    The state has approximately 180,000 public school students.