In the Same Towns, Private Schools Are Reopening While Public Schools Are Not

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Punahou School in Honolulu, on Mach 9, 2007, will be open full time in the fall of 2020, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. (Cory Lum/The New York Times)
Punahou School in Honolulu, on Mach 9, 2007, will be open full time in the fall of 2020, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. (Cory Lum/The New York Times)

In Honolulu, nearly all public schools are planning to allow students to return for just part of the week. But at Punahou, a private school for grades kindergarten through 12, school will open full time for everyone.

The school has an epidemiologist on staff and is installing thermal scanners in the hallways to take people’s temperatures as they walk by. It has a new commons area and design lab as well as an 80-acre campus that students can use to spread out. There were already two teachers for 25 children, so it will be easy to cut classes in half to meet public health requirements for small, consistent groups.

The same thing is happening in communities across the country: Public

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