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Emergencieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/EmergenciesEmergenciesAll schools and state offices have emergency plans and our staff practice required drills annually; plans are reviewed and updated based on recommended improvements. Drills, which include first responders, are routinely evaluated to improve readiness. Parents/guardians, please familiarize yourselves with emergency preparedness plans at your school.
Safety at Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/SafetyAtSchoolSafety at SchoolStudents need to feel and be safe at school. Research demonstrates a strong correlation between academic achievement and a safe school environment. Employees also deserve a safe workplace.
Anti-Bullying Workhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/AntiBullyingWorkAnti-Bullying WorkThe Department is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable learning atmosphere for students, families and educators. We work to reduce bullying and cyberbullying by emphasizing a culture of respect, responsibility and resiliency, using a frame work of prevention, response and follow-up. We work with communities to promote understanding, and investigate incidents to ensure student safety.
Report an Issuehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/ReportAnIssueReport an IssueWe expect our staff and our schools to be held to high standards of integrity. Here, you will find information about how to report concerns relating to civil rights, fraud or unethical behavior.
Kilauea eruption updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Kilauea-update-18-19.aspxKilauea eruption updateInformation for the public regarding the latest developments on the Kīlauea eruption and its implication for our schools, students, staff and families, with links to partner resources. The new school year begins July 31 for staff and Aug. 6 for students (check with your home school for its official start date). Please check back often as information on this page will be updated, or follow the Hawaii DOE on Twitter and Facebook: @HIDOE808.
School's out for summer, but eruption vigilance continueshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/CAS-Farias-Kilauea-eruption.aspxSchool's out for summer, but eruption vigilance continuesComplex Area Superintendent Chad Keone Farias of the Ka'u-Kea'au-Pahoa Complex Area authored this piece about the ongoing eruption at Kīlauea and preparing for the upcoming school year. It ran in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today.
Internet safetyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/AntiBullyingWork/Pages/Internet-safety.aspxInternet safetyInternet safety is being aware of victimizing issues online such as being ripped off, disrespected, bullied, harrassed, scammed or stalked while online. We nurture a safe digital learning environment in our schools. This means promoting the idea of digital citizenship, defined as being a responsible, safe and ethical user of digital and internet technologies.
Supporting children: Policies and resourceshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/Pages/policies.aspxSupporting children: Policies and resourcesTo support and develop the academic achievement, character building and social-emotional well-being of all children, the Board of Education develops policies and the Department cultivates and curates aligned resources for students, employees and the public school system.
National Student Walkout movement guidancehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/Pages/walkouts.aspxNational Student Walkout movement guidanceHIDOE has advised schools to consider creating a designated area and encourage students to share ideas for improving campus safety and culture. HIDOE supports Constitutional rights to peaceful assembly and free expression. Disorderly conduct that disrupts school operations is not acceptable. Students who leave school will be marked with an unexcused tardiness or absence. Participation in an organized walkout is voluntary.
Acceptable Use Guidelineshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/AntiBullyingWork/Pages/Internet-and-computer-use-rules.aspxAcceptable Use GuidelinesEmployees, contracted workers, volunteers and all other non-student and non-parent users of the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) network, Internet services and digital devices must adhere to the Acceptable Use Guidelines. Violation could result in the termination of the account and/or other punitive measures.
E Ola Pono winners cultivate positive school culturehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/E-Ola-Pono-2018.aspxE Ola Pono winners cultivate positive school cultureThe 11th annual E Ola Pono campaign honors student- and teacher-led support programs that foster and promote belonging, care for each other and the environment, and positive school culture. Eight schools earned recognition and monetary awards.
Bullying: What staff should know and can dohttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/AntiBullyingWork/Pages/staff.aspxBullying: What staff should know and can doEveryone has a role to play in bullying prevention and response, and to promote a culture of respect, responsibility and resiliency. Staff have a key role in this effort and must take action when a bullying incident happens.
Bullying: What parents and families should know and can dohttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/AntiBullyingWork/Pages/parents.aspxBullying: What parents and families should know and can doEveryone has a role to play in bullying prevention and response, and to promote a culture of respect, responsibility and resiliency. Parents and families are central to this effort. Here’s information about what parents and families can do to prevent bullying, and what happens when bullying is reported to the school.
A reminder about emergency preparedness at schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/Emergencies/Pages/false-alarm-event.aspxA reminder about emergency preparedness at schoolsRelating to the events of the statewide false alarm on the morning of Jan. 13, 2018, a letter to parents and guardians is being sent about emergency preparedness at our schools. Helpful guidance from the Hawaii Association of School Psychologists is also provided.
Bullying: What students should know and can dohttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/AntiBullyingWork/Pages/students.aspxBullying: What students should know and can doEveryone has a role to play in bullying prevention and response, and to promote a culture of respect, responsibility and resiliency. All students should understand that bullying is not acceptable. There is information here for all students involved in bullying situations geared toward solutions.
Supt's Corner: March 2018http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/0318.aspxSupt's Corner: March 2018In February, the security of our schools came under scrutiny following the mass shooting in Florida, which left many of our students, staff and parents shaken. Here and across the country, school districts are dealing with rumors or threats being made against school campuses. Police officials reinforced the fact that our schools are safe. The well-being of our students is a community effort and it takes all of us to keep all of our students safe.
March 2018 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0318.aspxMarch 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Aiea High's Ken Kang wins the Milken Educator Award and Keolu El's Bianca Yanuaria is named Hawaii's School Counselor of the Year, Jack Johnson and friends celebrate the ‘Aina Pono program at Mililani High, new student learning approaches at Kea‘au Elementary, Supt. Christina Kishimoto addresses safety on school campuses, more stories.
Department to begin school safety drillshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Department-to-begin-school-safety-drills.aspxDepartment to begin school safety drillsThe Department is ramping up its school safety drills in partnership with the Honolulu Police Department (HPD). Beginning this week, the Department and HPD will conduct safety drills at several high schools on Oahu.
Iroquois Point Elementary unveils 'Ocean of Aloha'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/ocean-of-aloha.aspxIroquois Point Elementary unveils 'Ocean of Aloha'Anti-bullying, the arts and environmental sustainability converge in an inspirational student-led exhibit on the Ewa Beach campus. Mahalo to the PTA, Re-use Hawaii and Iroquois Point Elementary staff for making it possible.
Hawaii student advocates call for end to dangerous, distracted drivinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Dole-Middle-Traffic-Safety.aspxHawaii student advocates call for end to dangerous, distracted drivingDozens of Dole Middle School students were sign-waving today to implore drivers and passengers to reduce risky behaviors while on the road with the “Stop If You Love Me” campaign.
Parents encouraged to remind children about “Stranger Danger” and reinforce tips to stay safehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Stranger-Danger-tips.aspxParents encouraged to remind children about “Stranger Danger” and reinforce tips to stay safeHIDOE encourages parents to talk to their children about “stranger danger” and highlight measures that students can take to stay safe.
'Happy to be back' at Keonepoko Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/principal-eisenhour.aspx'Happy to be back' at Keonepoko ElementaryAfter several months shuttered due to the lava flow that threatened Pahoa town, and the relocation of students and staff to other campuses, Keonepoko reopened for School Year 2015-16. New Principal Kasey Eisenhour reports that despite significant work involved in reopening, everyone's happy to be back. "It's like being back at home."
Department announces it will reopen Keonepoko Elementary for next school yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/keonepoko-open.aspxDepartment announces it will reopen Keonepoko Elementary for next school yearThe status of the Puna Lava Flow that threatened Pahoa town has been downgraded from "warning" to "watch." The Department will work with unions and other organizations to reopen Keonepoko Elementary, which was closed in October 2014 due to the lava threat.
Department of Education announces contingency plans for lava flowhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/lava-update-102714.aspxDepartment of Education announces contingency plans for lava flowThe DOE is closing some schools ahead of the rapidly advancing Kilauea lava flow on Hawaii Island to help staff and students prepare for displacement. Keonepoko Elementary will close indefinitely as it is in the projected path of the lava flow.
‘Safety First’ priority earns Mililani Uka Elementary safety awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/MililaniUkaSafety.aspx‘Safety First’ priority earns Mililani Uka Elementary safety awardThe American Society of Safety Engineers honor Mililani Uka Elementary for the school's dedication to its students, staff and visitors.
All Department schools have emergency measures sethttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/All-DOE-schools-have-security-and-emergency-measures.aspxAll Department schools have emergency measures setHONOLULU – The Department's Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Branch this morning met with Honolulu Police Department officials to review security procedures for the state’s public schools.
HIDOE public schools on the Big Island to proceed with normal schedules until further noticehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Big-Island-public-schools.aspxHIDOE public schools on the Big Island to proceed with normal schedules until further noticeAll HIDOE public schools on the Big Island will be open on Monday, May 7, and operate on normal schedules. All school bus transportation will also be in operation. Hawaii State Department of Education structural engineers performed site inspections at all public schools in the Hilo-Waiakea and Kau-Keaau-Pahoa Complex Areas over the weekend and found no significant structural damage from recent earthquake activity.
Big Island eruptions and earthquakes result in public school closures and early releaseshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Big-Island-school-closures.aspxBig Island eruptions and earthquakes result in public school closures and early releasesHIDOE closed three Pahoa area schools early Friday morning due to volcanic activity in the area. HIDOE will be assessing damage to school facilities in response to earthquake activity in the East Hawaii region.
Earthquake preparedness starts with educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/hawaii-shake-out.aspxEarthquake preparedness starts with educationThe Great Hawaii ShakeOut is part of an international event to boost earthquake readiness. HIDOE schools and offices participated by practicing "Drop, Cover and Hold On."
​​Hawaii clubs win top awards at National Student Safety Conferencehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/nssp-2015.aspx​​Hawaii clubs win top awards at National Student Safety ConferenceThe annual conference focuses on student-led safety solutions to provide ideas for safety program implementation at schools nationwide. This year's theme was, “Driving Toward Excellence."
Farrington High School evacuation drill to temporarily close North King Street section on Wednesdayhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Farrington-evacuation-drill.aspxFarrington High School evacuation drill to temporarily close North King Street section on WednesdayNorth King Street will be temporarily closed in both directions between Kalihi St. and Houghtailing St./Waiakamilo Rd. on Wed., Mar. 9, between 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. for an emergency evacuation drill at Farrington High School. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes to avoid traffic.
Jefferson Elementary kicks off Tsunami Awareness Month with evacuation drillhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Jefferson-Drill.aspxJefferson Elementary kicks off Tsunami Awareness Month with evacuation drillStudents at Jefferson Elementary School took part in a campus wide tsunami evacuation drill today to help the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) kick off Tsunami Awareness Month.

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