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A culture of kindness, acceptance and alohahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/101618.aspxA culture of kindness, acceptance and alohaEnding bullying is key to having safe, nurturing learning environments. We are updating the student misconduct and discipline code known as Chapter 19 to elevate bullying and cyberbullying at the secondary levels to a Class A offense, the most serious category. We invite all schools, offices and communities to join us in Unity Day — wear orange on Wednesday, Oct. 24 as a statement of support for kindness, acceptance and aloha.
Bullying is not acceptable in Hawai‘i's public school systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranches/Pages/Supt-Kishimoto-091918.aspxBullying is not acceptable in Hawai‘i's public school systemFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: It should go without saying that bullying is not tolerated in an organization or in communities dedicated to educating healthy and joyful lifelong learners who contribute meaningfully to our communities. But to be explicitly clear: Bullying of any kind is not acceptable in Hawai‘i public schools. This piece ran on Sept. 19, 2018 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Public schools and HIDOE offices statewide to resume normal operations tomorrowhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-School-Closures-Monday-Aug-27.aspxPublic schools and HIDOE offices statewide to resume normal operations tomorrow​Hawaii State Department of Education public schools and offices statewide will resume normal operations tomorrow, Aug. 27, with the exception of four schools in Lahaina that will be closed for students. Superintendent Dr. Kishimoto urges school communities to remain vigilant and prepared through the rest of hurricane season.
HIDOE working through the weekend to prepare schools and offices to open on Mondayhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-working-through-the-weekend-to-prepare-schools-and-offices-to-open-on-Monday.aspxHIDOE working through the weekend to prepare schools and offices to open on MondayDue to damage from the storm and brush fires, a handful of Maui campuses will be closed for students on Monday, Aug. 27. Hawaii State Department of Education staff who helped operate public shelters at schools statewide will conduct formal walk-throughs of facilities over the weekend to ensure safety and readiness for students and staff.
HIDOE working closely with Maui County to assess shelter needs in response to brush fireshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/hurricane-update-3-brushfire.aspxHIDOE working closely with Maui County to assess shelter needs in response to brush firesHIDOE is working with Maui County officials in response to brush fires that broke out Friday in West Maui. An emergency shelter for hurricane evacuees at Lahaina Intermediate had to be closed and evacuees were relocated.
All public schools and HIDOE offices to close Thursday and Friday statewidehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hurricane-Lane-update-2.aspxAll public schools and HIDOE offices to close Thursday and Friday statewideHawaii public schools and Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) offices statewide will be closed Thursday and Friday as Hurricane Lane approaches the islands as a powerful Category 4 storm. This will give our school communities time to prepare — the storm is anticipated to impact Oahu Thursday evening and Kauai on Friday — and allow counties to stand up emergency shelters.
HIDOE closing all Hawaii Island, Maui County schools and offices ahead of impacts from Hurricane Lanehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/hurricane-lane-update.aspxHIDOE closing all Hawaii Island, Maui County schools and offices ahead of impacts from Hurricane LaneAll public schools and Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) offices on Hawaii Island and in Maui County will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 22, until further notice, in anticipation of dangerous storm conditions from Hurricane Lane.
Hawaii Island schools addressing air quality issues from Kilauea eruptionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/cas-farias-kilauea-update.aspxHawaii Island schools addressing air quality issues from Kilauea eruptionComplex Area Superintendent Chad Keone Farias of the Ka'u-Kea'au-Pahoa Complex Area authored this update on how Big Island schools have worked to ensure campuses can provide safe learning environments amid the Kilauea eruption.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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