All But One Public School Class to Remain Closed 04-07-01

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
FIELD OPERATIONS BUREAU
ASSISTANT CHIEF THOMAS HICKCOX
PHONE: 961-2346
APRIL 7, 2001

MEDIA RELEASE

Only one public school class was scheduled to return to classes Monday (April 9, 2001), the third day of a strike by public school teachers and college faculty members.

As of Saturday afternoon, the State Department of Education announced that students enrolled in the 12th grade class at Laupahoehoe Elementary and High School in North Hilo would return to class. No other classes at public schools were scheduled to open.

Because Hilo High, Hilo Intermediate and Hilo Union Elementary Schools will remained closed, Waianuenue Avenue will be open to two-way traffic on Monday morning. Two-way traffic will be maintained on weekday mornings so long as all three schools remain closed to classes, police said.

A one-way makai pattern is usually in effect from 7:15 to 8 a.m. Mondays through Fridays when school is in session, then reverts to the usual two-way pattern after school convenes.

Meanwhile, parents can check on the status of public schools by logging on to the Web site <doe.k12.hi.us/strike> maintained by the Department of Education. They may also call a DOE number in Hilo at 974-4000.

Police Chief James S. Correa is advising Big Island motorists to drive with caution in the vicinity of school campuses for the duration of the strike.

Motorists should be aware of increased pedestrian traffic and traffic slowdowns in areas surrounding public schools, Correa said.

He urged motorists to exercise extra caution when entering or leaving public school facilities and to watch for pickets.

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