Hawaii Department of Education Cancels Major School Events | Government and politics

Hawaii Department of Education Cancels Major School Events |  Government and politics

HONOLULU (AP) – The Hawaii Department of Education will ban events involving gatherings of more than 20 people for the remainder of the school year.

The ban announced by the department on Tuesday as a precaution against the coronavirus covers events scheduled until June 1, including banquets, May 1 celebrations and proms.

The ministry said it would announce plans for limited in-person opening ceremonies by February 26.

School officials were encouraged to develop alternative ceremonial formats, including drive-thru and online festivities.

“We understand that these are important and meaningful events for our students,” Education Department Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said in a statement.

“This decision was made to avoid planning and the financial hardship that schools and families would experience due to potential last minute cancellations,” Kishimoto said.

The cancellation of the annual balls should also impact the companies that supply dresses, tuxedos, flowers, limousines …

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