Discipline and School Rules
The Department of Educationâ€™s Chapter 19, Student Misconduct, Discipline, School Searches and Seizures, Reporting Offenses, Police Interviews and Arrests, and Restitution for Vandalism and Negligence, governs â€˜Aikahi and its students.
- Violation of rules will be handled according to progressive discipline guidelines (see the Chapter 19 brochure sent home at the beginning of the school year).
- Consequences for student misconduct may include: counseling, reprimand, detention, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, crisis suspension, disciplinary transfer to another school, and/or dismissal.
- All of the â€œschool rules,â€ whether they are State law, Department of Education rules, or â€˜Aikahi Elementary School rules, are in place to provide a safe, secure environment for all students and staff.
All school rules apply to students on campus and at all school-sponsored events during school and non-school hours, such a field trips, overnight trips, camps, and school performances.
The following actions are prohibited:
- Using profane language.
- Running on lanais or sidewalks.
- Littering school grounds.
- Climbing or sitting on second floor railings.
- Standing on and/or jumping from benches.
- Climbing and/or swinging on poles.
- Riding bikes, skateboards, roller blades, heelies, scooters or any other wheeled vehicle on school property during school, non-school hours, holidays and weekends.
- Walking through planted areas that are designated off limits (students are to stay on walkways when going from one building to another or out to the field).
- Picking flowers or leaves from plants on campus.
- Playing or loitering in, or defacing restrooms.
- Insubordination to faculty or staff members.
- Bullying other students.
Playground Rules: During morning and lunch recesses, the following rules must be followed:
- Follow all directions of supervisors.
- Students are not to be in the classrooms or hallways without a teacher present or without a teacherâ€™s permission.
- Covered footwear must be worn on the playground. Students without covered footwear must sit on the wall or bleachers for the duration of the recess, or take advantage of the structured recess in the cafeteria, when offered.
- Toys and balls (with the exception of Nerf-type balls) brought from home are prohibited on the playground.
- When the recess bell rings, all students will freeze until a supervisor blows the whistle. When the whistle is blown, students are to walk to their designated areas.
- No contact sports/play is allowed.
- No running on or within the sidewalk area of the front playground.
- No tree climbing is allowed.
- Throwing rocks, sand, or sticks is not allowed.
Cafeteria Rules: Breakfast and lunch provide opportunities for students to get nourishment and socialize with others. To maintain order and keep all students safe, the following rules will be enforced:
- Students will follow the directions of adult supervisors.
- Students will line up in an orderly fashion. No pushing, shoving, or playing will be allowed.
- Students must sit at assigned tables.
- Students with home lunches will enter the cafeteria and wait for a few members of their class to receive their lunches before moving to their tables.
- Parents are welcome to join their children for lunch. We have reserved visitorâ€™s tables nearest the serving line where parents and their children can eat. Your child may choose one other student to join them at the guest tables.
- Students must eat their own food. They are not allowed to share food from their trays or lunch bags.
- Students must use quiet voices, keep their hands and feet to themselves, not leave their tables without permission, and raise their hands for assistance.
- After being dismissed, students will scrape their trays and take them to the dishwashing area.
- Students who are still eating when the class is dismissed may stay to finish their meals.
- Upon exiting the cafeteria, students will walk to the playground using the sidewalks surrounding the cafeteria.
- Students who arrive at lunch without their name tag will be asked to wait until students with name tags have had their purchases scanned. This prevents a delay in the lunch line due to the need to manually enter student data for students who do not have their id tags. Progressive consequences will be administered to students who continually come to lunch without their id tag.
Assembly Rules: During assemblies and performances, students are expected to be a considerate audience by:
- Sitting quietly in assigned areas.
- Facing the stage or performance area.
- Not obstructing the view of others.
- Being attentive and politely clapping for presenters.
Contraband: Contraband is any item found to be disruptive, harmful, unsafe or likely to be stolen. Contraband includes but is not limited to the following items:
- Guns/Knives/Pepper spray
- Illicit drugs/Alcohol
- Dangerous instruments like slingshots, matches, and fireworks
- Toy weapons
- Toys from home that may be considered valuable
- Marbles, trading cards, or other current fad toys
- Electronic games or devices (such as Gameboys, iPods etc.)
- Cell phones
- Gum, dry saimin noodles, sunflower seeds, Chinese seeds, lollipops
- Edible dry powders such as pixie sticks, Kool-aid, chocolate mixes, etc.
Students may pick up confiscated contraband at the end of the day unless the item is deemed dangerous. Parents are to pick up contraband that is dangerous (unless confiscated by HPD) and contraband that has been confiscated 2 or more times.
Gun-Free School Act (1984) and(1995) State Act 148: â€œAny student who is found to be in possession of a firearm, air gun or crossbow while attending school shall be excluded from attending school for not less than one (1) year.â€
1990 State Act 90: â€œAny student found to be in possession of a dangerous weapon, switchblade, knife, intoxicating liquor or illicit drugs while attending school may be excluded from attending school for up to ninety-two school days, as determined by Administration and approved by the Complex Area Superintendent. The exclusion of a student found to be in possession of a firearm might be modified by the State Superintendent on a case-by-case basis. Substitute educational activities or other appropriate assistance shall be provided to the excluded student.â€
Pepper Spray (Honolulu City Ordinance No. 95-49): â€œIt is unlawful for a minor to purchase possess or use any pepper spray in the city.â€