Don't count on the HSTA to do the right thing.

Up to five school days was canceled in Hawaii (depending on the island) in the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year due to two tropical cyclones.

The reality is the first quarter ends in about three and a half weeks; during which, more tropical cyclones could potentially threaten Hawaii.

Considering the state in general is struggling with chronic absentees, those additional five days away from school is catastrophic for students.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) has the ethical responsibility of calling for an emergency amendment for the school year.

Teachers should be asked to vote if they want to either cancel the Fall Break (which takes place on October 8-12), or extend the school year into June. That's what they do in the other states that has higher test scores...

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