Over 2,000 Children Missing From Lahaina Public Schools Two Weeks After Maui Fire
On Thursday, the Hawaii State Department of Education released a report (read below) indicating that 2,025 students are missing from the Lahaina public school system. This happened following a destructive fire on August 8 that devastated Lahaina town on Maui Island.
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Before the fire, the Lahaina school district was composed of four schools: two elementary, one intermediate, and one high school. These schools had a combined enrollment of 3,001 students.
Unfortunately, due to fire damage, all the schools are currently closed. One elementary school sustained extensive damage and might not reopen for a while. The other three schools were also harmed by strong winds, debris, and soot. The report does not discuss whether many of the absent children perished in the fire.
According to the report dated August 21, here’s what happened to the 3,001 students who were enrolled on August 8:
538 students have reenrolled in other public schools.
438 students have joined the State Distance Learning Program (SDLP) for English and Hawaiian language learning.
The remaining 2,025 students are not accounted for. They have not re-enrolled in other public schools or chosen distance learning. It is possible they moved out of state or enrolled in private schools.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser shared that a private school on Maui has witnessed a significant influx. They’ve seen around 1,000 fresh applications since the fire incident. However, the article also discussed another private school where the fire had dire consequences. A school with 200 students faced destruction due to the fire (excerpt):
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Government authorities have not been transparent regarding the number of children who lost their lives in the fire. Even after two weeks, they only confirmed 115 documented fatalities, with an estimated 850 to 1,100 individuals of various ages unaccounted for. An inventory of those believed to be missing has not been made public.
On the day of the incident, youngsters attending schools in Lahaina were advised to remain at home. This was due to strong winds from a hurricane offshore. Numerous children were by themselves as their parents were at their workplaces.
The report from the Associated Press on Wednesday featured a father who managed to rescue his own children from the fire. However, he’s deeply tormented because he couldn’t save the kids of his neighbors (excerpt):
Read the document below:
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