Why more kids aren’t back at school; Despite low COVID case counts, administrators say numerous hurdles remain

  • Ellen Zanetos uses a ring light to brighten her face over Zoom during distance learning at Hilo High School on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Ellen Zanetos talks to students while looking at their artwork during distance learning at Hilo High School on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Despite relatively low COVID-19 infection rates on the Big Island, some schools have opted to continue with distance learning this quarter, while others are working to bring students back to campus.