BOE approves delay to start date; students now will return Aug. 17

Vice principal Jason Trimble stands in a classroom that is ready for students at Hilo High on Thursday, July 30, 2020. The desks are usually for two students but will be used for one this year. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

Liz Laliberte, left, and Matthew Masuyana talk about plans for this school year while listening to the Board of Education virtual meeting at Hilo High on Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

Kara Yoshiyama folds Hilo High school t-shirts for this year in the student activities classroom on Thursday, July 30, 2020. The theme of this year is staying together through anything. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

Hawaii’s students will return to school nearly two weeks later than initially planned after the state Board of Education approved a recommendation to delay their start to Aug. 17.