UH campus before and after COVID-19

Comparison between the last day of school before spring break and the first day of school after spring break at McCarthy Mall at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Hawaiʻi announced this morning that all 10 campuses will conduct its courses primarily online for Spring 2021.

“While Hawaiʻi has the best numbers in the country as of this writing, the pandemic is still raging across the U.S. And even in Hawaiʻi, we do not have COVID-19 under control,” said President David Lassner in an email sent to the student body, faculty and staff. 

The university’s telework policy will continue into the spring semester, and campuses will remain closed to the public. 

According to UH spokesperson Dan Meisenzahl, UHM conducted 81% of its classes online, 13% hybrid and 5.5% in-person for the Fall 2020 semester. 

In person classes will continue with appropriate physical distancing, facial coverings and sanitization guidelines. These include labs, clinical experiences, studios and shops. 

“Based on what we know today, we hope for a significant return to our campuses for fall, but if there is one thing we have learned through this pandemic, it is that we must continue to be flexible and adapt to changes not under our control,” he said. 

Lassner hopes the Fall 2021 semester will be a healthy mix of in-person, hybrid and online instruction.

“I know we all yearn to return to pre-pandemic life, but at this point, we must prioritize the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and the communities in which we live and work,” Lassner said.