Whole-Child Supports

Schools use the Comprehensive Student Support System to provide proactive, positive, customized and timely interventions, services and support — compassionately — so all students will succeed to their greatest potential.

​Support for parents

Connect with resources to address your child's challenges.

​​​​​​​​About the CSSS

The Comprehensive Student Support System (CSSS) ensures that ALL students achieve to their greatest potential when school administrators, students, teachers, staff, families, and school communities work together in compassionate, nurturing, and efficient partnerships. 

The major components of CSSS are:

  • High quality instructional leadership
  • Curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • Comprehensive student supports continuum.

It is the skillful integration and the implementation integrity and fidelity of these components that ensures success for the whole child, his/her family and the school community. 

The electronic Comprehensive Student Support System (eCSSS) serves as the database system that allows schools and complexes to identify, monitor and track student concerns over time.


Restraints and Seclusions brochure

Please take a moment to read this pamphlet about the use of Restraints and Seclusions.

Social-Emotional Learning

In addition to subject matter exploration and instruction, schools are using SEL (social-emotional learning) to help students acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Learn more about SEL.

Student Services Coordinators (SSC)

The school's SSC serves as a catalyst for bringing together school-based resources with targeted community resources to support students. The SSCs implement a system to address barriers to learning so all students have an equal opportunity to achieve at school. Success in this role requires interdisciplinary leadership and skills development training to effectively coordinate resources and engage families and communities.

Home-Hospital Instruction

In the event of a sudden or chronic health condition that prevents a student from physically attending shool for a minimum of 10 consecutive school days, the student's parent(s) may complete and submit Sections I and II of this form to the school's SSC to request Home Hospital Instruction Services. A Student Support Team will then be convened to discuss the best means of providing the student with a continuity of educational services between the classroom and the home or hospital.

Staff ​​​resources

DOE employees can access CSSS services and resources​ on the Intranet. Login is required. 

Contact Information

Jennifer Renfro

Phone: 808-305-9787

Email: Jennifer_Renfro@hawaiidoe.org

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