Kamehameha Schools’ greatest priority is to provide a safe learning and working environment for our haumāna and staff. In order to create a strong culture of safety, we expect all employees, with steadfast determination, to exemplify KS’ core values of:
We are grounded by our core values that embody a culture of understanding, openness, inclusivity and acceptance, collaboration, respect, and care for one another.
Kamehameha Schools conducts annual training for its staff and volunteers on creating safe and healthy relationships with students in the learning environment. A centralized online learning management system, Ka‘i Hana, has allowed for the efficient and comprehensive delivery, completion and tracking of all required training using modules that summarize applicable policies and test for general understanding. These trainings are evaluated regularly as part of Kamehameha Schools’ holistic approach to ensuring that all individuals who interact with each other are doing so in a safe and healthy learning environment. These trainings include modules on workplace safety to appropriate interaction with students allows staff an easy and efficient means to fulfill and track their own annual safety training requirements established by leadership. Training is also available to temporary employees and third-party contractors such as consultants and vendors.
Annual Enterprise Student Safety and Compliance Training is required of all KS employees, and is also available to temporary employees and third-party contractors such as consultants and vendors. Our annual, online review of KS policies and procedures helps to ensure that we remain diligent in fulfilling our kuleana and that the safety of all who participate in the learning environment remains at the forefront of all we do.
Kamehameha Schools has a robust Volunteer Program across the enterprise to ensure a safe and healthy volunteer experience for everyone — staff, students and volunteers. To maintain a safe learning environment for everyone, all volunteers who work in close proximity to students for prolonged periods of time are required to undergo a criminal background check, obtain TB clearance, and be supervised by KS staff.
Students and parents have access to several incident reporting systems in the event there is a concern about inappropriate or concerning student or adult behavior. In addition to reporting safety concerns to a supervisor in person, Kamehameha Schools staff can anonymously report questionable or unethical behaviors through our online EthicsPoint helpline which provides the option to report anonymously. This helpline: is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
In the event there are concerns about abuse that occurred in the past by KS personnel, the Praesidium Helpline and Ho‘opakele Fund are available to help survivors with confidential reporting and access to support services.
All Kamehameha Schools Trustees and employees are mandated by KS policy and procedure to report any known or alleged abuse or neglect of a child by a household family member, KS trustee, employee, volunteer, or contractor. Kamehameha Schools also has designated liaisons that can assist employees in making reports to Child Welfare Services or the police and can facilitate additional services for the student as needed.
A Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework described below will provide consistent guidelines and processes to support all aspects of a student’s overall well-being and ensures the academic, social-emotional, and mental health needs of our haumāna are being met. The process consists of the simplest teacher-student support and interventions to more complex supports coordinated through a Student Success Team (SST), which is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of: kumu, ʻohana, school counselor, administrator, and Behavior Health Specialist.
MTSS Levels of Support
KS has a Gender Inclusivity policy and provides supports for students who wish to express their own gender Identity and expression. This effort also includes working closely with staff to build capacity and understanding using both internal and external subject matter experts.
‘Ohana are provided regular updates as well as multiple educational materials and resources related to student safety and well-being via:
Students and parents have access to Hi‘ikua — an independent reporting service facilitating anonymous reporting.
Convened stakeholder advisory group sessions, consisting of students; parents; faculty; administrators; and alumni, to gather perceptions and feedback of the current state of student safety at Kamehameha Schools. Based on the most recent survey, Kamehameha Schools is considered a safe place to go to school and to work.
Background Check Requirements
In keeping with our philosophy of student safety and well-being, KS conducts mandatory pre-employment and post-employment background checks on all of its full and part-time employees.
All new hires are subject to criminal background checks which include FBI fingerprinting and criminal felony and misdemeanor history which also includes the National Sex Offender Registry. Applicable education, reference and regulatory health and physical examinations are also a part of the background check process.
Student applicants and student volunteers, who are 18 years or older, may be subject to applicable background checks.
KS’s policy is to conduct periodic background checks on current employees. Failure by an employee to cooperate in completing the background check may result in disciplinary action.