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Student Handbook

Quick Facts

School Hours:        M, T, TH, F        8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

                             Wednesday       8:00 a.m. – 1:25 p.m. (Early Dismissal) 

                             First bell rings at 7:55 a.m. daily

                             Tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. daily

Teachers reporting time is 8:00 am. Supervision is not available before this time.  Parents need to make arrangements for supervision of their children during non-school hours.

Office Hours:     7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily

 Breakfast is served daily at 7:25 – 7:50 a.m.

Phone Numbers

                   School Office:               #733-8455

                   Health Room                 #733-8455 ext. 229

                   Report an absence        #733-8455 ext. 221

                   A+ Program                  #733-8455 ext. 240

General Learner Outcomes (GLOs)

The GLOs are the overarching learner goals of the , Common Core State Standards, Hawaii Content and PerformanceStandards III, and what we desire all students to achieve.

            GLO 1:           Self-Directed Learner:

                                    The ability to be responsible for one’s own learning

            GLO 2:           Community Contributor:

                                    The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together

            GLO 3:           Complex Thinker:

                                    The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving strategies

            GLO 4:           Quality Producer:

                                    The ability to recognize and produce quality performance and quality products

            GLO 5:           Effective Communicator:

                                    The ability to communicate effectively

            GLO 6:           Effective and Ethical User of Technology:

                                    The ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically


Parents must call the office at 733-8455, ext.221 between 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
If a student is enrolled in A+, call 733-4675 ext. 240 and leave a message.
Homework:  If a student is absent two (2) or more days, the parent may request to pick up the student’s homework.  Requested homework will be ready for pick-up in the office after 3:00 pm on the second day of absence.  Call the office first to make sure that the homework is available for pick-up. 

Tardy Policy

The official school day starts at 8:00 a.m.  A student should be in his/her class shortly after the 7:55 a.m. bell rings.  A student who arrives at school after the 8:00 a.m. bell rings is considered tardy and is to report to the office for a tardy slip before going to class.  The counselor or administrator will address chronic tardiness.


The school lunch program provides a nourishing meal for students. All students should eat either the school lunch or home lunch.  Students who eat school lunch should not share food.  Students who bring home lunches must eat with their classmates in the cafeteria.  Nutritious snacks /lunches are encouraged. 

·        Sharing of food is not allowed. 

·        Chips, cookies and soda or caffeinated drinks are not allowed.

Lunchroom adult supervisors help to maintain control and create an atmosphere conducive to having an enjoyable lunch.

Snacks and Beverages Guidelines

No candy (if sugar is the first ingredient – it is candy)

No artificial trans fats

Calories <= 200

Sodium <= 200 mg

Fat <= 8g

Saturated fat <= 2 g

Sugar <= 8 mg

Fiber >= 2 mg

Meal Tracker Account

Please deposit money into your child’s Meal Tracker account by cash or check. Drop box and envelopes are located in the school office.  Cash is not accepted in the lunch line.  Breakfast is $1.00.  Lunch with milk is $2.25 and milk (1/2 pint) is 50 cents.  If a child wants an extra entrée the cost is $1.85.  Free and reduced breakfast/lunch is available to students meeting the Federal School Lunch/Breakfast program criteria.  Students who receive free or reduced priced meals will need to pay for additional meals or entrees consumed on the same day.  Meal prices are subject to change.


Electronic Device Policy

Cell Phones*
  • Must be turned off and remain out of sight during school hours, including during the after-school programs.
  • Students may use cell phones after school to arrange for parent pick up.
  • Cell Phones may be confiscated if:  
    • 1) Cell phone goes off or rings during class or recess.  
    • 2) Cell phone is seen but not in use.  
    • 3) Student is observed using the cell phone to call, to text, or to take pictures. 
  • All confiscated cell phones shall be turned in to school office.  Parent/Guardian must pick up the phone.
For safety and security reasons, the exception to this policy includes the custodians, administrators, and other school personnel.
iPods, iPads, Kindles, personal computers and other electronic devices not approved for use*

  • Encourage students not to bring to school. Students must keep in backpacks and out of sight while on campus. 
  • Electronic items may be confiscated if:  
    • Item is being used on campus  
    • Item is seen but not in use. 

All confiscated electronic devices shall be turned in to school office.  Parent/Guardian must pick up the device.

 *   Non-Hawaii Department of Education electronic items will not be allowed to access the school’s wireless network. 

 Lost and Found

Any found money, jewelry, keys, glasses, and other valuable or important items should be turned in to the office. After 45 days, monies found will be given to the finder.  All other lost and found items (jackets, lunch boxes, water bottles, shoes) should be brought to and claimed from the lost and found boxes in the cafeteria.  The honor system is employed when claiming items from the lost and found boxes in the cafeteria.  Items left in the lost and found boxes after the last school day in December, and at the close of the school year in June will be donated to Goodwill.
Campus Safety - Before and After School Policy

For safety reasons, students should not play, roam, or loiter around the school buildings or grounds and students should not play on playground equipment before or after school, or on non-school days. There is no supervision (school certificated personnel) of students before or after school and on non-school days.

Student Activities

Birthdays and Special Occasions:
Personal invitations to parties or events should be distributed outside the classrooms.  Delivery of special occasion gifts such as balloons or bouquets to students is not allowed.  If you wish to celebrate your child’s birthday at school, please remember that only healthy snacks or non-food items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, small notepads, crayons, bookmarks, etc. are allowed.  Please do not bring sweets such as cupcakes.  Please contact your child’s teacher beforehand if you will something for the class.  Acceptable food items include fruits, vegetables, cheese, tea-size sandwiches (no peanut butter please), fat-free popcorn, graham crackers, and other items that meet the our Snacks and Beverages Guidelines (see above).
Student Council:
The Student Council helps students develop leadership and human relation skills, while problem solving in a democratic setting.  Each class from grades 3 to 5 elects one representative and one alternate to represent them at the monthly Student Council meetings.  A teacher generally serves as the advisor.
The JPOs are responsible fourth and fifth graders who provide traffic assistance to students arriving at or leaving the school.  JPOs monitor the crosswalks at Pahoa Avenue and Moho Street.  The JPOs are under the guidance of the Honolulu Police Department with the administrator generally serving as the advisor.

 Library Service Club:
Students in grades 4 to 5 are eligible to join the Library Service Club. Members of the Library Service Club assist adults and other students in using the library, perform clerical work, and shelve books at least two times during the week during recesses.  The benefit of joining the Library Service Club is that the students become knowledgeable as to the location of information or subjects within a library system.  The media specialist is the advisor.
Office Club:
Fourth and fifth grade students are eligible to join the Office Club.  Members of the Office club volunteer once a week from 7:30 – 7:55 a.m. and at recesses in the office.  The members collate, count, and stamp materials for distribution, deliver messages or items to classrooms, and a variety of other duties.  The administrator and office staff considers the members of this club their “helping hands.”  The school’s office staff oversees the Office Club.

Library Policies                                                                 

Textbook Policy:
Textbooks are to remain free of any marking and should be covered to protect them
from being damaged.  All textbooks shall be returned at the end of the school year or when a
student is released from the school.

 Books & Materials Policy:
Books and/or materials, which are borrowed from the library, shall be returned or
renewed by the due date.  A student will not be able to borrow additional books or materials
if the student has outstanding obligations without authorization from the school librarian.
Lost or Damaged Textbooks, Books, and Materials:
A student will be charged for textbooks, books, or materials, which are
lost or damaged.  The original copy of the bill is issued to the parents via the student.  A
replacement textbook will be issued to student upon payment.  Privileges to borrow library books and other materials will be restored upon payment. A student who returns textbooks, books,
and/or materials, for which the student previously paid a charge, must bring the textbooks, books, and/or materials to the office for a refund.

Student Conduct - Behavior Expectations

Behavior expectations at Kahala Elementary School are based on the Positive Behavior Support (“PBS”) systems approach.  PBS is a proactive systems approach to school wide discipline.  It is a process designed to be responsive to current social and educational challenges for individualized and sustained decision-making, planning, and problem solving. Its action plan is based on data analysis.  Its team-based problem solving approach emphasizes “Respect, Responsibility, and Safety.” 

Dress should be reasonable and prudent. Clothes should also be clean.  No hats, visors, sunglasses, strapless blouses, dress or halters. Hats are allowed for recess, field days, PE, and other appropriate field trips.  Footwear must be worn. 

 The Board of Education’s Student Code of Conduct is as follows:

  • Regular Attendance:  A student is expected to attend school regularly.
  • Punctuality:  A student is expected to attend school on time.
  • Work Habits:  A student is expected to: prepare for and participate in each class to meet performance standards, have the necessary class materials, complete class work and homework accurately and on time, and prepare for quizzes, tests, and examinations.
  • Respect for Self and Others:  A student is expected to be honest, behave with dignity, and treat others with respect and courtesy.  A student’s behavior should not interfere with the rights of others.  A student should use appropriate language, actions, and attire.  A student should not harass others verbally or physically.  A student is expected to come to school free from the influence of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs.  A student is expected not to use or possess such substances.
  • Respect for Authority:  A student is expected to comply with all school rules, obey all laws, and respond in a respectful manner to all adults while under the jurisdiction of the school and while participating in school sponsored activities.
  • Respect for Property:  A student is expected to treat all property belonging to the school and to others with care.
  • Freedom from Fear:  A student is expected to contribute to a safe school environment, which is free from fear.  Acts of violence, weapons, and contraband are never acceptable.
Chapter 19 - Disciplinary Actions:
Disciplinary action shall be taken for Class A through Class D offenses in grades kindergarten through six in accordance with procedures established under Chapter 19 and within the schedule provided below:

Correction and warning             Crisis suspension                            
Conference with student                       Suspension of 1-10 days
Loss of privileges                                 Suspension of 11 or more days
Time away from class/activity   Disciplinary Transfer
Time in office                                         Referral to an alternative education program
Parent conference                                 Dismissal

Student shall be counseled in addition to any disciplinary action taken.  For class A & B offenses, police may be notified under rules of the Department of Education’s Chapter 19 on student discipline.

Class A Offenses:  Unlawful Conduct
Assault, burglary, possession and use of dangerous weapons or instruments, extortion, possession or use of firearms, sale of illicit substances, murder, property damage, robbery, sexual offenses and terroristic threatening

Class B Offenses: Unlawful Conduct
Disorderly conduct, rendering of false alarms, gambling, harassment—verbal, physical, racial, sexual orientation

Class C Offenses: Prohibited by DOE
Class cutting, insubordination, laser pen or pointer use, leaving campus without permission, smoking/tobacco substance use, truancy

Class D Offenses: Prohibited by School
Possession of contraband (electronic cigarettes, laser pointers, matches, etc.), disrespect/non-compliance, dress code violation, inappropriate language, lying and cheating, physical contact, property misuse, and other violations of school rules.