For the next three years.
In a spiteful move, the Hawaii Department of Education (Hawaii DOE) has written in stone that school will start during the hottest month for the next three school years.
To make mattes worse, they pushed back winter break until December 22 -- just three days before Christmas Day! The last winter break started on December 18.
Every teacher that I spoke who leaves Hawaii during the winter break prefers to book a flight on either December 17 or 18, because ticket prices are generally cheaper on those dates due to lower demand. Now they'll either need to use three of their personal days to make that flight, or pay more for their ticket(s).
As a comparison, public schools in Seattle, Washington, will start their winter break on December 17 this year, because they care about what's best for their students and staff...