The safety and well-being of the students in our care is our highest priority. We take seriously our kuleana to do everything we can to ensure that safety is a reality on our campuses and in our programs.
One of the first and most important steps is prevention – finding more ways to stop unsafe conditions from being created. We are taking action in several areas to bring peace of mind to those who rely on us to keep their keiki safe.
Here are details about what KS is doing right now:
Ensuring that learning environments are safe and healthy
- Emergency preparedness and planning
- Emergency operation plans at every education site now follow a consistent template.
- Campus sites are continuing to conduct regular drills for fire, active shooter/lockdown and bus evacuation.
- Staff are currently developing a preparedness plan for a nuclear attack.
- Regularly scheduled safety inspections of playgrounds, classrooms and classroom labs
- Introduction of centralized electronic health records for use by nurses, athletic trainers and outreach counselors. A portal for parents will go live in April 2018, allowing parents to access their child’s record beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.
Reviewing our policies and procedures
- Improved education procedures in multiple areas including:
- Appropriate interaction with students
- Mandatory report of child abuse or neglect
- Student sleepovers
- School field trips and activities
- Water-related activities
- Concussion prevention and management
- Health services for students
- Tuberculosis screening
- Background checks on all new employees and specified volunteers
- Enhanced fingerprint background checks implemented for anyone with regular or unsupervised contact with students
- Repeat checks made on staff in positions such as dormitory advisors and adults living on campus
Enhancing training requirements for staff
- Continued requirement for all employees to complete Our Kuleana training and additional training for education staff on rotating topics that include:
- Student harassment, intimidation and bullying
- Reporting and minimizing violence
- Students with disabilities
- Alcohol and drug testing
- Search and seizure
- Two-hour in-person training for all employees on prevention of sexual misconduct, beginning in February 2018
- Training on response to thoughts of suicide and development of response protocols
- Request for proposals for a learning management system to improve the delivery, tracking and reporting of training
Improving our ability to identify and minimize risks
- Development of plans for increased, overnight supervision by dormitory advisors and security
- 24/7 staffing with full-time personnel at Hale Ola, the KS Kapalama on-campus health facility
- Expansion of depression screening to health rooms at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama middle and high school campuses
- Depression screening pilot program in health rooms at Kamehameha Schools Maui middle school and high school campuses. Students found at moderate to severe risk have been connected with outreach counselors
- Formation of a Safety Steering Committee that will meet monthly beginning in February 2018 and report directly to the CEO leadership team. The committee will review past incidents and proactively identify and mitigate risks.
- Plans to regularly administer the Youth Behavioral Surveillance Survey, as one way to hear from our students
- Risk mitigation via updated policies and procedures, training, student education and ʻohana engagement