Dear Parents and Guardians:
This letter is to address the usage of N95 masks for children.
With the start of the school summer break, students may be spending more time outdoors at home if they are not attending summer classes. The Hawai'i State Department of Health (DOH) is advising parents and guardians to take precautions during ash-fall events and reduce exposure by ensuring their children and infants remain indoors. Remaining inside a building where windows and doors can be temporarily closed will provide protection from ash-fall for children and adults.
Children should NOT use N95 particulate-filtering face masks. N95 certified masks are an adult-size, and will not protect children and infants.
N95 masks provide protection from dust/particulates only, and DO NOT protect against sulfur dioxide (SO2) gases and vapors. Anyone with pre-existing respiratory, heart disease, or other health conditions is advised to consult their healthcare provider before use.
For more information, please visit:
or call the Poison Help Line at (800)222-1222 to talk with a registered nurse or toxicologist 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Bruce S. Anderson, Ph.D.
Director of Health
Precautionary Message in EVENT OF HALEMAUMAU ERUPTION
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has cautioned about the possibility of an explosive eruption at Halemaumau.
This is caused by the withdrawal of lava from Halemaumau’s summit lake, which leads to a steam-driven eruption. Such an eruption could generate ash plumes as high as 20,000 feet. The area affected by ash plumes could be as wide as 12 miles.
Should this occur, the following are advised:
This is precautionary information for your safety in the event that there is a Halemaumau explosive event. We want everyone in the Volcano area to be ready, and to remain safe. Do keep yourself informed and on the alert.
BLUE- Highly sensitive individuals may be affected at lower concentrations
- Little or no risk to healthy individuals- Sensitive individuals should take action to avoid exposure
- Non-effected individuals should always be on alert for changing conditions
ORANGE- Sensitive individuals with respiratory problems may experience health effects and should take precautions to include leaving the area
- The general public may experience minor respiratory issues and should be on the alert while minimizing exposure- Avoid outdoor activities that cause heavy breathing or breathing through the mouth
- Minimize all physical activities
- Take actions to limit exposure by leaving area or going indoors
RED- Severe conditions may exist such as choking, inability to breathe that affects entire exposed population
- Immediate Danger to Health- Take actions necessary to limit further exposure (Leave Area and Remain Indoors)
- Prepare for possible Evacuation
- Seek medical attention if severely affected
Toxic Gas Exposure Policy
sUPERINTENDENT sAFETY mEMO - 3/2/18 - RE: WALKOUTS
March 2, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This letter is to address school safety and upcoming student-led movements known as "walkouts."
Rumors or threats made against school campuses have become a nationwide issue. Here in Hawaii, the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) reported more than a dozen school threats since January. None of the threats were credible and a majority of them were made on social media. On Feb[ruary] 23, I joined the HPD in a news conference to address the seriousness of these threats. Individuals connected to a threat can face criminal charges of terroristic threatening along with school discipline, including suspension.
Police officials also 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.
The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is also addressing the national call for student-led civic engagement efforts, specifically, school walkouts. There are two walkouts being promoted on social media - March 14 at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives lost in the recent Florida high school massacre; and, April 20 at 10 a.m., which falls on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado.
In anticipation of a planned walkout or gathering during school hours, we have advised schools to consider creating a designated walk-out area and encourage students to use the time to share ideas for improving campus safety, security and culture. HIDOE supports students' Constitutional rights to a peaceful assembly and free expression. Disorderly conduct that disrupts school operations is not acceptable and will be appropriately handled in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct. Students who leave school will be marked with an unexcused tardiness or absence. Participation in an organized walkout is voluntary.
What we hope to gain from these experiences are student voices that help to shape how we can better design schools with safety in mind. I encourage you to speak to your child about their thoughts on this nationwide movement and if they choose to participate in a walkout activity. Our goal in responding to walkout plans and other forms of peaceful assembly is to support student and staff safety and keep the focus on teaching and learning.
Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto
cOMPLEX AREA SUPERINTENDENT SAFETY MEMO - 2/21/18 - re: scHOOL THREATS
February 21, 2018
Dear Hawai'i District Families,
The safety and security of our schools cannot be understated. When we received word of threats to Keaau High, Konawaena High and Pahoa High, the Hawai'i Police Department (HPD) was immediately notified. HPD has advised that there is no imminent threat to these campuses; however, out of an abundance of caution additional security measures were implemented including having HPD officers at multiple schools.
While the threat was made to three of our schools, our entire island was affected. We commend our school leaders for taking precautions and working with each other in sharing information to ensure safety measures across all complex schools. Our teachers also played a pivotal role in ensuring learning took place despite the distraction of events.
All threats to our schools or students are taken very seriously and are investigated thoroughly. Terroristic threats are considered Class A student conduct offenses. Penalties can range from detention to dismissal with the possibility of arrest and serious criminal charges. We wanted you to have the facts so you can discuss them with your child and emphasize the seriousness of this issue. We also encourage you to review the letter sent by Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto on February 16, 2018: http://bit.ly/HIDOEParentLetter.
School and student safety is a responsibility for all involved - administrators, staff, teachers, students, families, law enforcement and the broader community. As always, should your child need someone to talk to about recent events that may cause emotional stress, please consult with a school counselor.
Thank you for your support of our schools. Should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to call your school principal.
Arthur F. Souza
Complex Area Superintendent (Honokaa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena)
Chad K. Farias
Complex Area Superintendent (Kau-Keaau-Pahoa
CREDIT RECOVERY & 6TH GRADE SUMMER TRANSITION
Calling all upcoming 6th grade
We would like to invite your child to join us for our KMS 6th Grade Summer Transition Program. The summer program will help prepare students with their transition to middle school and, hopefully, remove their jitters. The two weeks will be filled with fun & interesting classes, and will introduce students to life as a middle schooler at Kea'au Middle School.
Upcoming 6th Graders from Kea'au Elementary & Mt. View Elementary Schools
What: Kea'au Middle School 6th Grade Summer Transition Program
Where: Kea'au Middle School Campus
When: July 2, 2018 to July 13, 2018
(No program on July 4, 2018 - 4th of July Holiday)
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Breakfast - 7:30 am
Lunch - 12:00 pm
Bus transportation, breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge. If you are interested in enrolling your child in our program please fill out the attached forms. Please be sure to completely fill out all forms and return by the deadline of June 22, 2018, Friday as space is limited.
Forms may be turned into your school’s office or at the Kea’au Middle School office.
If you have any questions, you may contact Connie Miyake, KMS UPLINK Coordinator at 313-4886.
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE...GOOOOOO NEW GREENWAVES!!!
*Additional forms were dropped off at your child’s school or can be picked up at our Kea’au Middle School Office.
SUPERINTENDENT SAFETY MEMO - 2/16/18 - re: sCHOOL SAFETY
February 16, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The horrific event that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has had an impact on many parents, teachers and students. Across the country, school districts are dealing with rumors or threats against school safety that is spread via social media. The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is no exception. When a school administrator becomes aware of a threat, police are immediately notified and an investigation is launched.
The safety and security for students and staff are top priorities for HIDOE schools. All schools are required to create and update a safety plan. Additionally, all HIDOE schools are required to conduct five emergency preparedness drills, which include lock-down exercises. HIDOE also partners with county police departments in conducting active-shooter drills.
Terroristic threats are considered Class A student conduct offenses. Penalties can range from detention to dismissal with the possibility of arrest and serious criminal charges.
We encourage you to talk with your child and emphasize the seriousness of these types of threats. If you need assistance in determining what is appropriate, the National Association of School Psychologists provides resources are available here, http://bit.ly/NASPtips.
The well-being of our students is a community effort and we appreciate your help as we work together to keep all of our students safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's school.
Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto Superintendent
February 15, 2018
Aloha Greenwave 'ohana,
Students who lose or forget their bus passes must request a temporary bus pass from the school office. Numerous students come into the office daily for this purpose. In an effort to streamline our procedures regarding temporary bus passes, please note and discuss with your child the following reminders and policies:
If you have any questions, please call Karrin Hauanio (VP) at 313-4887 or Brandon Tanabe (VP) 313-4809.
HAWAII COLLEGE GUIDE
January 12, 2018
The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) received a generous donation of 2017 College Guides from HONOLULU Magazine. College and career counselors and career learning centers are highly encouraged to make the digital edition accessible to students via this website: http://honolulumagazine.com/collegeguide
December 11, 2017
Aloha KMS 'Ohana:
Keeping our students safe and secure is of top priority here at Kea'au Middle School. In recent weeks, we have had several instances of students participating in a "fight club" type situation both on and off campus. These fights are prearranged, some are worth "points", and the students have others video them to post to social media. Our School Resource Officer (police officer) has been informed and we are working together to put a stop to this as quickly as possible. This is extremely concerning and we are asking for your help to resolve this issue.
Please speak with your child regarding the situation. We would appreciate your help in reinforcing to your child the danger and consequences, both physical and legal of these types of activities. Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) 8-19-6 Prohibited Student Conduct, Class Offenses defines fighting as the following:
"Fighting" means instigating or provoking physical contact involving anger or hostility. Fighting includes but is not limited to:
Any Student found to be in violation of this statue will be disciplined according to Chapter 19 guidelines. Dependent upon the severity of the fight and physical injury, other legal remedies may be pursued including arrest. We appreciate your support in ensuring a safe environment for all of our students. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Hauanio (VP) at 313-4887 or Mr. Tanabe (VP) at 313-4809
Karrin Hauanio - Vice Principal
Brandon Tanabe - Vice Principal
Classroom and school-wide screenings are no longer being done since these efforts have not shown to decrease the presence of ukus in schools.
If you would like more information about ukus please call the school health aide
annual notification of privacy rights
Annual Notification of Privacy Rights
What is FERPA?
FERPA is a Federal law that protects students’ personally identifiable information (PII) and any information directly related to a student that is
maintained in student education records. Schools, Complex Area offices, District offices, and state offices in the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) maintain student information in:
These records may contain contact information, enrollment forms, report cards, transcripts, disciplinary letters, and more. PII includes any information which can be linked to a specific student, and which would allow a reasonable person in the community to identify the student.Parents,guardians, and eligible students (those 18 and older) may:
Parents, guardians, or eligible students may make their written requests directly to the school when requesting to inspect, review or amend records or to provide consent to release records.
Who is responsible for protecting student information?
Because employees and volunteers in HIDOE may come across student information, whether intentionally or by accident, everyone in our schools and HIDOE offices is responsible for protecting that information.
Who may have access to student education records and PII?
Generally, HIDOE must have written permission from the parent, guardian or eligible student in order to disclose PII or information from a student's education record to non-HIDOE personnel. However, school officials may, if they have legitimate educational interest or to fulfill their professional responsibility, have access to those records without consent. Some examples:
When is consent not required to release student information?
Generally, PII and information from a student’s education record cannot be shared without consent, but there are several cases where FERPA regulations allow HIDOE to share records without consent. HIDOE makes every effort to ensure student information privacy is protected, and to notify parent, guardians, and eligible students when information is going to be shared and why. The most common situations include:
HIDOE has designated the following information as Directory Information:
If a parent, guardian, or eligible student submits a written request for nondisclosure, sometimes referred to as an “opt out,” HIDOE may not disclose any or part of the student’s directory information per the non disclosure request. The school will accept a signed and dated letter from the parent, guardian, or eligible student.
FULL GUIDE ONLINE
Parent Notification & Guide to
Student Information Privacy in
HIDOE — http://bit.ly/FERPAguide
surveillance cameras on campus