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Our commitment to student safety and well-being

Caring for the whole child

There is nothing more important to us than our keiki.

Our keiki must be healthy and safe to learn and succeed in school and life. By taking a whole-child approach, we can better support and equip each student with the skills they need toward reaching their fullest potential.

We all share in this kuleana. Support from ‘ohana and our lāhui help to reinforce all of these efforts so that our keiki and lāhui can thrive.

Student safety and well-being framework
Safety and security Cognitive health Physical health Mental health Hawaiian culture and spirituality Environment and school climate
 
 

Environment and school climate

We are grounded by our core values that embody a culture of understanding, openness, inclusivity and acceptance, collaboration, respect and care for one another.

Our commitment:

  • Regularly evaluate our safety and student well-being policies and procedures for updating and improvement
  • Elevate staff awareness and equipping them through required trainings and workshops on student safety and well-being
  • Training days are set on all campuses dedicated to staff well-being training
  • The new Learning Management System provides staff an easy and efficient means to fulfill and track their safety training requirements
  • Increase accessibility and ease of reporting inappropriate or concerning behavior across KS
  • A Multi-Tiered System of Support framework will provide consistent guidelines and processes to support all aspects of a student’s overall well-being
  • Increasing supports and establishing policies to ensure the well-being of our LGBTQ haumāna and staff
  • Strengthened integration between campuses, community programs and business offices
  • ‘Ohana are provided regular updates as well as multiple educational materials and resources related to student safety and well-being via
    • Leadership communication
    • Mālama Ola website
    • Mālama Ola Minute e-newsletter
    • Various school and community events hosted by KS
  • Students and parents have access to Hi‘ikua — an independent reporting service facilitating anonymous reporting
  • KS staff can anonymously report questionable or unethical behaviors through Ethicspoint
  • Established a Volunteer Program across enterprise to ensure a safe and healthy volunteer experience for everyone — haumāna, staff and volunteer
  • Convened an external community advisory council to provide expert advice to KS leadership in trauma, justice and healing
  • The Praesidium Helpline and Ho‘opakele Fund are available to help survivors of past abuse by KS personnel with confidential reporting and accessing support services

Safety and security

We prioritize safety and security across the enterprise, ensuring appropriate structure, governance, planning and resourcing.

Our commitment:

  • Adopt rigorous safety and risk management plans and standards aligned with other top schools across the nation
  • Uplift our health and well-being support for students under the Mālama Ola division
  • Increase security and safety resources across all campuses, preschools and programs
  • Increase security video monitoring at KS Kapālama
  • The Student Safety Steering Committee was established to improve enterprise-wide safety and well-being efforts. The Committee meets bi-monthly, ensuring continued progress.
  • Aligned emergency response plans across all campuses
  • Exploring ways technology solutions can better support enterprise safety and well-being efforts
  • Improved incident reporting and tracking protocols and systems are in place
  • New centralized incident management system will be implemented to better manage and mitigate risks across the enterprise
  • Implement an integrated enterprise-wide emergency communications system
  • Offer safety and well-being training opportunities to KS community collaborators
  • All campuses have completed a Campus Risk Assessment and developed Campus Risk Management Plans
  • Increase staffing for the KS Kapālama Boarding program
  • Upgrading dormitory facilities
  • Require student safety training for third-party contractors

Cognitive health

We use personalized and place-based learning to bolster engagement, academic excellence and social emotional learning.

Our commitment:

  • Incorporate data-proven Social Emotional Learning strategies into campus activities and culture
  • Educate all haumāna about health and well-being through specialized age-appropriate curriculum
  • Implement Tri-Campus Tactical Plan with emphasis on Social Emotional Learning
  • Implement E Ola! Learner Outcomes across KS
  • Students across all campuses receive age appropriate curricula addressing the important topics of sex abuse prevention, substance abuse prevention, social-emotional learning, digital citizenship and safety
  • Campus curriculum is assessed regularly to provide relevant, age-appropriate lessons to students in the future

Physical health

We provide quality care to maintain good health and provide curriculum, activities and opportunities to learn lifelong healthy habits.

Our commitment:

  • Increase medical resources and services for haumāna through the Mālama Ola division
  • Standardize health and medical procedures across all campuses, preschools and programs to streamline support
  • Require annual concussion and heat stroke training for all appropriate education, health service and athletic staff
  • Increased medical staff at KS Kapālama Hale Ola infirmary to provide 24-hour staffing to better support our boarding community
  • New Electronic Health Records System developed to better facilitate health care coordination and communication with ‘ohana
  • Implemented a common set of standing nursing orders and formulary for all campuses
  • At least one employee trained in CPR/first-aid/epi-pen on every field trip if medical care is not otherwise available
  • Immunization policy is compliant with State law and ensures the health of our haumāna and staff
  • Continuous monitoring of our resourcing to ensure the capacity of KS’ Mālama Ola Division meets the needs of our students

Mental health

We employ early detection tools for mental health wellness and provide supports to meet the psychological and emotional needs of our haumāna.

Our commitment:

  • Increase mental and behavioral health support for haumāna through the newly established Behavioral Health Department within the Mālama Ola division
  • Increase Behavioral Health staff on all campuses
  • Depression screening services provided by all campus middle and high school health rooms
  • Psychiatric services available to all campuses to support students in crisis
  • The Multi-Tiered System of Support framework ensures the mental health needs of our haumāna are being met
  • BHS staff completed intensive Applied Suicide Prevention Training
  • Tri-Campus Educators have completed Suicide Prevention 101 Training
  • Hearing and addressing students’ safety concerns and needs articulated in the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey
  • The Mālama Ola Minute e-newsletter is regularly shared with ‘ohana to promote healthy conversations about safety, health and well-being

Hawaiian culture and spirituality

Following the example of Princess Pauahi, we uphold the cultural and spiritual values that instill Native Hawaiian identity and pride within our haumāna.

Our commitment:

  • Ground our focus and work in Hawaiian cultural principles and culture-based education
  • Affirm our commitment to Christian values of aloha for Ke Akua, each other and ‘āina
  • Hawaiian Culture Based Education is at the core of all that we do
  • ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i established as a core graduation requirement
  • Nā Kahu provide guidance to all staff and students across all campuses
  • Baibala Project: utilizing the Baibala in classroom instruction

News & Updates

October 16, 2019

Youth Vaping: Hawai‘i’s New Epidemic

Investigative Reporter Matt Levi gives us an inside look at youth vaping among high school, middle school and elementary school haumāna. Kamehameha Schools sponsored this report as part of its commitment to keeping our keiki healthy and safe.

 

More stories

E-cigarettes – or vapes – have been around for more than a decade, but only in recent years has their use reached epidemic levels among youth. See story »

According to a recent survey, 30% of Hawai‘i high school students reported experiencing chronic sadness over the past year, 16% seriously considered suicide, and 10% attempted suicide. See story »


Safe Schools Week

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Coming together as a community

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Students speak out on a well-being

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A commitment to our haumāna

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Assisting those in need of healing

We recognize our responsibility to provide help and healing to those who experienced harm while in our care. The Ho‘opakele Fund has been established by Kamehameha Schools to provide access to counseling for survivors of past sexual misconduct or physical abuse. A confidential phone line has been set up for those who are eligible to file a claim and access support services.
 

Confidential phone line:
1 (888) 961-9273

Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. HST
Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to noon HST


Voice messages left after hours will be promptly returned.

Get all the facts about the Ho‘opakele Fund here.