Our departments have implemented plans to strategically address the changing needs of our school during this time.
This team is charged with ensuring the school is equipped with the digital technology and infrastructure, equipment, and software to support learning to immediately execute a high quality response to each scenario.
At Hawaii Baptist Academy, the health and safety of our students are one of our top concerns. To minimize the transmission of COVID-19 through shared devices, HBA is expanding its one-to-one access of devices to Kindergarten through 12th grade.
One-to-One—Students in grades JK-3 will be assigned an iPad, and grades 4-12 will be assigned a Chromebook. Under normal circumstances, elementary students will not take these devices home, but may do so if “stay at home” becomes necessary. Middle and High School students will continue with their current one-to-one program.
Shared Devices—While on campus, the sharing of computers (laptops and desktops) will be minimal. We will follow sanitizing protocols for all shared devices.
The Athletics Team is charged with ensuring the athletic programs and services offered to the school are responsive to the needs of the changing situation.
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS
Hawaii Baptist Academy values the role athletics can play in the holistic education of our students. The Athletics Team is committed to developing a plan for RTP (Return To Play) protocols that will meet or exceed COVID-19 guidelines established by the HHSAA (Hawaii High School Athletic Association), ILH (Interscholastic League of Honolulu), and NFHS (National Federation of High School Sports).
Our RTP guide, and accompanying schedule, will adjust as necessary to mirror any changes made by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), City and County of Honolulu and State of Hawaii DOH (Department of Health).
The Athletics Team hopes to have more detailed information on activities and schedules by the third week of July.
There will not be any organized volleyball or basketball CSAL (Christian School Athletic League) play for grades 5 and 6 this school year. We will be providing intramural opportunities for students in grades 5-6.
The Admissions Team is charged with ensuring that the school is able to continue the vital functions of retaining, recruiting, screening, and accepting students and navigating any changes in relation to COVID-19.
At Hawaii Baptist Academy, your child’s well-being and education are of foremost importance. The HBA Admissions Team is committed to developing a protocol that will meet COVID-19 guidelines. Given the worldwide impact of COVID-19, we would like to answer questions prospective HBA families may have. We know that families are prayerfully considering their options to find a school that best fits the needs of their child. We are blessed to be working with each family and look forward to a lasting partnership.
Hawaii Baptist Academy has been committed to a holistic admissions process, with the Admissions Committee considering all aspects of a child. All students applying to HBA’s Elementary for the Fall of 2022 will be required to take the HBA Achievement and Academic Ability Tests as part of their admissions process. All students applying to HBA’s Middle and High School for the Fall of 2022 will be required to take the HBA Achievement and Academic Ability Tests and submit SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) scores as part of their application. In the future, if testing is impacted to the degree that students are prevented from taking the SSAT due to COVID-19, we will update our protocol.
We are hopeful we can host on-campus admissions events such as HBA Open House, interviews, campus tours, shadow days, and an HBA Eagle Café. These events will be held with a limited number of participants for the year 2021-22. Depending on the state of COVID-19 in Hawaii, we may plan remote/virtual alternatives to help prospective families get to know HBA and our community better in order to complete the application process.
The Human Resources Team is charged with ensuring the school is in full compliance with evolving health and safety requirements, that personnel policies are updated as appropriate to meet the changing situation, and that all employees are receiving the appropriate support and encouragement.
Maintaining a safe environment for faculty and staff is key to providing the caring, nurturing culture we proudly establish at HBA. In response to COVID-19, our Human Resources Team has provided Contact Tracing Discs for all of the campuses, encouraged non-mandatory vaccinations, and the hiring of temporary personnel to address physical distancing.
The Finance Team is charged with ensuring the school is aware of the multiple financial scenarios and takes the necessary measures to maintain our good financial health while supporting the needs of our families and school community.
HBA understands that many of our families are still facing economic uncertainty due to COVID-19. To ensure that families may continue to benefit from being a part of the HBA community, the school is actively looking for ways to support our returning and incoming new families. Please reach out to the Financial Aid Coordinator/Business Office for further information.
The Advancement Team will ensure the school continues to cultivate relationships and philanthropic investments in the school intentionally meeting the needs of the school.
The health and safety of our HBA community of supporters and our alumni is of our utmost priority. The advancement office has transitioned to more frequent communication through a variety of communication channels and a hybrid of virtual and in-person elements that align with the school's health and safety protocols.
We kindly ask that guests who wish to drop off a donation, whether it be monetary or gift-in-kind, please contact the advancement office at email@example.com, ahead of time to schedule an appointment.
During this unprecedented time, we have witnessed first-hand the generosity of our community. In May 2020, we launched our Eagles Kokua Fund to provide additional tuition assistance to families who have been impacted most by COVID-19. Your generous donations help keep families at HBA, where an education built on the foundation of Christ’s love is at the core of all we do. Online giving is safe and secure here.