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Kamehameha Schools was founded by the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great.

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Our commitment to student safety
School Climate & Environment

We strive to foster a supportive and healthy learning environment that nurtures each student’s personal growth, holistic well-being, and intellectual development.

In a bold and unprecedented course of action, KS has trained and educated nearly 4,000 of its employees on preventing sexual misconduct, reporting suspected child abuse, and cultivating a culture of safety. Training for parents is coming soon!

The ways in which we are fostering a healthy school climate and environment include:

  • Improving KS policies and procedures to cultivate a healthy school climate and environment. The following policies and procedures have been revised and approved:
    • Appropriate interaction with students
    • Reporting of child abuse or neglect
    The following procedures have been revised and are currently being reviewed for approval:
    • Overnight activities
    • School field trips and activities
    • Water-related activities
    • Concussion prevention and management
    • Health services for students
    • Tuberculosis screening
  • Modifying student safety procedures including student harassment, intimidation and bullying is currently being done. All faculty and student/parent handbooks are being revised and updated to be consistent with the changes to our policies and procedures and to ensure compliance therewith.
  • Conducting reviews of all policies and procedures and any revisions thereto are reviewed by the appropriate groups as well as the Procedures Review Committee, the Legal Group, and external experts when necessary.
  • Equiping faculty and staff with training
    Consistent training and educating of staff on policies and procedures ensures that these policies and procedures are implemented, practiced, and guide behaviors and decision- making to ensure a safe and secure environment. In the past several months, nearly every KS employee has received training on the following topics:
    • Culture of safety
    • Reporting suspected child abuse and neglect
    • Appropriate interaction with students
    • Preventing sexual misconduct with Dr. Alex Bivens
    • Nā kula have committed to a full day of training on issues surrounding safety and well-being prior to the commencement of each school year.
    • Procuring a Learning Management System that comprehensively tracks training compliance for each employee
  • Reporting
    • Providing appropriate avenues so students, staff, and ‘ohana feel comfortable reporting suspected abuse or a risk of abuse, is vital to a safe and healthy school environment. We have improved our existing reporting mechanisms and have clarified our communication processes, both internally and externally, to ensure that all reports are handled with mindfulness and care.
      • Students and ‘ohana can make reports of abuse via any staff member they feel comfortable talking to. All staff members have undergone training on the proper follow-through on any reports received.
      • Each KS site has a designated liaison who is the primary point of contact for all reports of abuse or risk of abuse by an adult and is a resource for all students and staff.
      • If a student or their ‘ohana is not comfortable talking directly to a staff member, they can report the incident via KS’ confidential Hi‘ikua call-line and/or website.
    • All staff can make a confidential report via the Ethics Point call-line and/or website.
    • We are in the process of securing a separate mechanism for the reporting of historical abuse should additional reports be made.
    • We are in the process of vetting an enterprise-wide comprehensive Incident Reporting System that will ensure appropriate, consistent, and timely reporting, information sharing, and response.
  • Community Advisory
    • While it is our kuleana to ensure the safety and well-being of our haumāna, keeping our keiki safe and healthy needs the care and effort of our entire community including their ‘ohana and the community at large. We welcome input from all and are engaging with our community and look forward to collaborating with you in this important work. Some of the efforts thus far include the following:
      • Convened an advisory council – made up of members from various sectors in the community who have expertise in the field of trauma informed care – to provide advice and counsel on best practices in caring for all keiki and ‘ōpio
      • Held ‘ohana meetings throughout the pae ‘āina to hear the concerns of our community on this issue
      • Created the “Our Commitment to Student Safety” web page to keep the community informed and to provide a venue for the community to ask questions and/or express their concerns
      • Consulted with various members in the community to include the Sex Abuse Treatment Center, the Boy Scouts of America and others to learn about best practices to both prevent and address harm
      • Offered Dr. Bivens training on preventing sexual misconduct to parents