Dearest Anyone Who Cares About The School Children Of Lower Puna:
I noticed in the Hawaii Trib-Herald story this morning, the “schools” that relocated children plan to keep their current arrangements for the rest of the school year. Now, in addition to the little kids from Pahoa and Keonepoko being kept in little pods in Keaau, taking field trips to the bathroom, and hanging out with high schoolers for another 3 months, due to preemptive forced evacuation, some other information has been imparted which you should consider now rather that making everyone suffer through the end of the school year because you can.
It was just brought to my attention that since the mayor reinstated Section 8 housing in lower Puna, lots of folks have moved back, and their kids which should be going to Keonepoko have to go to Pahoa School, and now there are so many little kids in Pahoa School, the older elementary kids are now in classrooms on the high school side, not with their elementary school friends, and exposed to the problems inherent in our high schools.
Why don’t you in charge just take a few days or over the weekend, and open up Keonepoko, and let the kids all go back where they belong??? Why do you make them, their parents and the teachers, stay unnecessarily??? The lava has not really been a threat for awhile now. Could it because you spent way too much money in your panic, and now the kids and parents and teachers have to suffer until the DOE get’s off its okole and decides it is time? If it is not this, than please clarify your reasons for keeping the children where they are for many more months, and please clarify it to the students, teachers, parents and caring community members in writing and in the newspaper, so everyone can know the real reason and try to come to grips with this new “dire emergency” method of dealing with Pele our government is testing out on us in lower Puna..