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Spring Break March 16-28, 2016 No School

Observance of Kuhio Day March 28, 2016 No School

Student Return to School March 29, 2016

August 13, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As a parent/guardian of a Hawaii Department of Education student, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teacher(s) and the educational assistant(s) who instruct your child.  Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teacher(s) and educational assistant(s) and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner upon request.  You have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teacher(s).

Whether the teacher has met licensing criteria and has earned the designation of Highly Qualified for the grade level and subject area in which he/she teaches.  Core academic subjects include:

*English/language arts *Mathematics *Science *Civics and Government

*Art *Geography *Economics *Foreign Language *History

1) Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.

2) The teacher’s college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and , if so, the subject of the degrees; and

3) Whether any teachers’ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.


Ann Sugibayashi







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Draw the Line, Respect the Line Grades: 6-8


Draw the Line/Respect the Line is a three-year, school-based sex education program for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. It was evaluated in three school districts in urban Northern California between 1997 and 1999. This program was primarily designed to help young adolescents postpone having sex. Increasing condom use was a secondary goal. The program uses a 19-session curriculum that teaches youth how to establish and maintain limits regarding sexual behavior.

Three curriculum guides are available for purchase-one each fro grades six, seven, and eight. The program was designed to be taught over multiple years(grades six, seven, and eight).

Parent opt-out for child
Before engaging in any lesson or activity that may touch upon potentially controversial matters, teachers must discuss the potentially controversial matters with his or her principal to determine whether a letter concerning a potential controversial topic should be sent out to parents or legal guardians. Parents and legal guardians are afforded the opportunity to opt-out their children from such lessons.

Board of Education Policy 2210
Student discussion of issues which generate opposing points of view shall be considered a normal part of the learning process in every area of the school program. The depth of the discussion shall be determined by the maturity of the students.
Teachers shall refer students to resources reflecting all points of view. Discussions, including contributions made by the teacher or resource person, shall be maintained on an objective, factual basis. Stress shall be placed on learning how to make judgments based on facts.

Opt-out process
DOE Regulation #2210.1 requires instructional staff or administration to notify parents or legal guardians of controversial issues that will be discussed in the classroom or through other school activities. This notification may be done through a general letter about the lesson or activity. Parents or legal guardians may also, on their own volition, write a letter to the school administrators or a teacher to have their child excluded from a specific lesson or activity. If such a letter is received, the student must be provided with an alternative learning activity. The parents or legal guardians have an obligation to notify the school administrator or teacher prior to the lesson or activity.
If parents and legal guardians receive notification from instructional staff or administration of controversial issues to be discussed in the classroom or through other school activities, that noti fication will include an area for the parent/legal guardian to sign in order to exclude their child from the event, instruction or activity. This signed opt-out must be sent even if the parent/legal guardian had previously written a letter to exclude the student from a specific lesson or activity.


Complaint Procedures for Title I Schools: In order to have open communication between parents of students and Title I schools, the Hawaii State DOE has created a formal complaint form that should be filled out by parent when there is a disagreement that arises regarding the school's use of Title 1 funds between the parent and the school. Chapter 41 Civil Rights Policy and Complaint Procedure

BOE Parent/Family Involvement Policy, Form #2403 In an effort to include parents and families in the child's learning, school are encouraged to have open communication with students and their families in order to support the child's academic development. The following hyperlink provides the Board of Education's policy and guidelines regarding the involvement of parents and families, as they work together with the schools to provide support for the children.

Free and Reduced Lunch Meal Benefits: Online applications are available here and will walk you through the easy, step-by-step application process.

Asbestos Inspection: In order to ensure that asbestos-containing materials do not pose a hazard to our students, faculty, and staff, periodic surveillances are conducted twice each year.(more)

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