Officials finalize in-person learning plans

Vice principal Jason Trimble walks past the freshly painted lunch tables at Hilo High School on Friday. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Maud Gooch walks around her new science classroom while preparing for the first day of school at Hilo High School on Friday, July 23, 2021.

Maud Gooch smiles Friday while closing a new machine that will be used when students perform chemical experiments in her new science classroom. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

With less than two weeks until students are set to return to classrooms, state health officials are working to finalize updated safety guidelines for schools and educators are preparing for the new year.