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Chapter 19 (Discipline Plan)

Use of Technology

Parents/Guardians and students must complete a Technology Acceptable Use Guideline form and abide by it’s criteria.  Students found abusing or misusing computers or sites will lose all computer privileges, as per the TAUG.  Aside from during student free time, students are only allowed to use personal technology with the permission of their Tech Zone Teachers.

The Hilo High School Discipline Plan is aligned with the school's Mission and Belief Statements and the Hawaii Department of Education’s Chapter 19; Student Misconduct & Discipline.

The purpose of Hilo High School’s school-administered discipline is to:

  1. Promote and maintain a safe and secure educational environment;
  2. Teach proper behavior which is beneficial to the educational process and self- development;
  3. Deter students from acts which interfere with the purpose of education or which are self-destructive, self-defeating or anti-social
  4. Maintain proper student conduct to ensure that educational activities and responsibilities remain uninterrupted.

Belief Statement: Given the appropriate environment and support at Hilo High School, every student will be able to learn and become effective career seekers and workers, who can communicate, contribute to society, learn, plan, think, and produce. Our school environment will instill in students a tolerance and respect for all things, all people, and all cultures.


General School Rules: STUDENTS WILL respect the rights, feelings, and property of others; respect school facilities & materials, keep campus clean from litter, keep school furniture in good shape; be personally responsible for his/her actions; obey the laws of constituted authority, Board of Education policies, school rules, and classroom rules; attend school regularly, be in class on time, and observe safe and healthy practices at all times. Teachers are responsible for a classroom management plan that includes regular discussions on classroom rules and expectations with students. Teachers are expected to utilize Comprehensive Student Support System (CSSS) behavioral intervention methods to shape student behavior and achievement to meet established school wide standards. Administration will support the classroom teacher's efforts as our school community teams together.


OFF-LIMITS and/or NO LOITERING AREAS:

  1. Restrooms are for personal/private toilet and grooming use only.  Loitering or socializing is not allowed at any time in school restrooms and access areas at front entrances to restrooms.
  2. Loitering is not allowed in stairwells and on steps.  Students must not block areas designed for people to pass.
  3. The back and Mauka areas of the library limits-except for passing through.
  4. Students are not allowed to sit in and around parked cars or the parking lot(s) at any time.
  5. Students are not allowed to loiter in areas below the lower driveway (above the track).
  6. Students are not allowed to loiter on the upper floors and stairwells of buildings with multiple levels during recesses, during lunch, and before/after school hours.
  7. Students are not allowed to loiter on sidewalks along the school boundary on either side of Waianuenue Avenue and on the nearest end of Laimana Street before, during, or after school hours.
  8. The back of all school facilities along the boundaries.  Students are not allowed near the rear boundary of campus (including in the Wailuku River Gulch) because of dangerous cliffs/stream.
  9. Loitering is not allowed in front of school buildings, including the school signboard and administration building.
  10. The bridge leading to the HHS Gymnasium and the Gymnasium itself is off-limits at all times unless with a PE class or other approved circumstances.
  11. All areas designated as off-limits by the school administration.

Public Display of Affection: Displays of affection beyond holding of hands is discouraged and could lead to disciplinary action.  Actions such as kissing, necking, and petting will not be condoned.  Learning to display affection based on respecting the person and school community is the desired outcome.

DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR/WILLFUL DISOBEDIENCE = INSUBORDINATION: Disruptive behavior is student conduct that interferes with the educational process and will not be permitted. Examples of disruptive behavior include insubordinately talking out loud during instructional time, uncomplimentary gestures/speech, excessive tardiness, failures to serve detentions, threatening others, noncompliance with basic school rules, and behavior that jeopardizes the welfare, and/or safety of other students.  School will initiate police notification and charge student(s) with disorderly conduct and campus disruption.  Refer to Chapter 19.

AUTOMOBILE OR ANY MOTORIZED VEHICLE MISUSE: Inappropriate use of an automobile or other motorized vehicle on school property including illegal parking, speeding, “peeling out”, or any other unsafe or reckless driving is prohibited. Disciplinary consequences range from suspension to having the student banned from driving onto campus. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed/towed - at the owner's expense.  Student drivers must present a valid Hawaii Driver’s License, valid proof of insurance, and valid proof of registration to the school administration or security upon request.  The parking stalls (25) along the fenceline above the exit gate are designated as student parking.  Students must complete a parking application prior to participating in the first-come-first-served parking privilege.

FAILURE TO IDENTIFY SELF: All students in school buildings, on school grounds, or at a school-sponsored event must, upon request, identify themselves to authorized school personnel or their designee. Failure to correctly and completely identify himself/herself with the full legal name in compliance with this request will result in appropriate disciplinary action, which may range from parent contact to suspension.  

Effective School Year 2016-2017, it is a school rule to have visible on their person, at all times during the school day, their official Student Identification Card.  Failure to comply with this school requirement may result in disciplinary action.

ZERO-TOLERANCE: For violence, harassment, drugs, alcohol, and possession/use of weapons; disciplinary consequences will be administered through Hilo High School’s Discipline Plan and as referenced within the DOE Chapter 19 (Student Misconduct & Discipline). Students are encouraged to report all incidents of harassment to school officials, i.e., teachers, counselors, coaches, administrators, security aides, school nurse, and educational assistants. Harassment can be described as any word, gesture or act that makes another person feel uncomfortable, intimidated/threatened.  This includes bullying and cyber-bullying.

EXPECTATIONS: Students who run for elected office and those who run for courts such as Homecoming, Class Proms, etc. must not have incurred a Chapter 19, Class A disciplinary suspension during the current school year prior to nomination and while serving in these capacities.  For Chapter 19, Class, B, C or D infractions, the student must petition administration before running for election.  Final decisions on individual cases are within the authority of the Principal.


DEFINITIONS OF DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES


REGULAR SUSPENSION - The student is excluded from attending school for a specific period of time.

CRISIS REMOVAL - In accordance to Chapter 19, The immediate exclusion of a student from school in an emergency, because the conduct of the student presents a clear, immediate threat to the physical safety of self or others, or the student is so extremely disruptive as to make the immediate removal of the student necessary to preserve the right of other students to pursue their education free of undue disruption.

DISMISSAL - The removal of a student from Hawaii public schools for the remainder of the school year or for a period of not less than one calendar year for a firearm violation.

A student who is suspended, crisis removed, or dismissed from school is denied the privilege of coming on campus or from attending any school-sponsored activity for the duration of' the disciplinary action.

DETENTION/RESTRICTION/ISS - The student assigned Detention/Restriction will remain in school under the following restrictions: a) Report directly to the Detention Area or Room, b) Remain in the supervised Detention Area or Room for the entire time as assigned, be quiet, and stay on-task; c) Complete all assignments or tasks given by his/her regular teacher and/or the Detention Supervisor. Completed assignment(s) will be submitted to the student's teachers, and if the completed assignment(s) meets the course(s) required standards, credit for completion may be awarded. Misbehavior in Detention will result in more serious disciplinary consequences.

Classifications of Offenses w/ Related Consequences

The following prohibited conduct applies to all students in the public school system during school hours, on school premises, or during department supervised activities, on or off school property, i.e., off campus locations within visual sight, e.g., Waianuenue Ave., Laimana & Halai Streets. Refer to Chapter 19 (Student Misconduct, Discipline) for definitions & explanations.

Class A Offenses (Unlawful Conduct – Police Report as needed)

For certain Class A offenses, see Notes (1) and (2) below.

  1. Assault;
  2. Burglary;
  3. Dangerous instrument, or substance; possession or use of;
  4. Dangerous weapon; possession, or use of;
  5. Drug paraphernalia; possession, use, or sale of;
  6. Extortion;
  7. Fighting;
  8. Firearms; possession or use of;
  9. Homicide;
  10. Illicit drugs; possession, use, or sale of;
  11. Intoxicating substances; possession, use, or sale of;
  12. Property damage or vandalism;
  13. Robbery;
  14. Sexual offenses; or
  15. Terrorist threatening.

Consequences:

1st Offense: Suspension and/or Crisis Removal and/or Dismissal.

2nd Offense: Suspension and/or Crisis Removal and/or Dismissal

3rd Offense: Disciplinary transfer and/or placement in an alternative education setting and/or Dismissal

Note (1): Any student found to be in possession of a firearm shall be dismissed from school for not less than a one-year period.

Note (2): Any student found to be in possession of a dangerous weapon, switchblade knife or any improperly used knife, intoxicating liquor, or illicit drugs while attending school or attending department-supervised activities held on or off school property may be excluded from attending school for up to ninety-two school days. In exercising this discretion and determining sanctions, schools shall consider the nature and/or severity of the offense, and/or the impact of the offense on others, and/or the age of the offender as well as whether the offender is a repeat offender.

 

Class B Offenses (Unlawful Conduct – Police Report as Needed)

  1. Bullying;
  2. Cyber bullying;
  3. Disorderly conduct;
  4. False alarm;
  5. Forgery;
  6. Gambling;
  7. Harassment;
  8. Hazing;
  9. Inappropriate or questionable uses, or both of internet materials or equipment, or both;
  10. Theft; or
  11. Trespassing.

Consequences:

1st Offense: Suspension or as deemed appropriate by administration.

2nd Offense: Suspension or consequences as deemed appropriate by school administration may be put in Interim Alternative Educational Placement.

3rd Offense: Suspension or consequences as deemed appropriate by school administration may be put in Interim Alternative Educational Placement.

 

Class C Offenses (Department-Prohibited Conduct)

  1. Abusive language;
  2. Class cutting;
  3. Insubordination;
  4. Laser pen/laser pointer; possession or use of;
  5. Leaving campus without consent (LCWOP);
  6. Smoking, i.e., e-cigarettes vaps and use or possession of other smoking-related substances; or
  7. Truancy.

Consequences:

Class cutting; Laser pen/Laser pointers; LCWOP; Smoking; Truancy…

1st Offense: Detention/ISS or Suspension, or consequences as deemed appropriate by school administration;

2nd Offense: Detention/ISS or Suspension or consequences as deemed appropriate by school administration;

3rd Offense: Detention/ISS or Suspension or consequences as deemed appropriate by school administration

 

Abusive Language/Insubordination/Class Cut

1st Offense: Detention/ISS or Suspension or consequences as deemed appropriate by school administration.

2nd Offense: Detention/ISS or Suspension or consequences as deemed appropriate by school administration

3rd Offense: Suspension or consequences as deemed appropriate by school administration.

 

Class D Offenses (School-Prohibited Conduct)

  1. Minor Contraband; possession or use of;
  2. Minor problem behaviors; or
  3. Other school rules.
    1. Any other conduct as may be prescribed and prohibited by school rules, i.e., Classroom Disruption, Dress Standard, Disrespect/non-compliance, Inappropriate Language, Lying, Cheating, Plagiarism, Property Misuse and Tardy (see Attendance Policy).

 

Other Offenses:

Inappropriate Use of the Internet – Class C Offense

1st Offense: Ban from school internet access for up to 45 days;

2nd offense: Ban from school internet access for up to 120 days;

3rd offense: Ban from school internet access for up to one school calendar year.

 

Improper/Unsafe Use of Vehicle on and Within Proximity of Campus – Class B Offense

1st Offense: Suspension, Police referral

2nd Offense: Suspension, Police referral

3rd Offense: Suspension, Police referral, Vehicle banned from Campus

 

Injurious Behavior – Class B Offense   

1st Offense: Suspension, Police referral as needed

2nd Offense: Suspension, Police referral as needed

3rd Offense: Suspension, Police referral as needed.

 

Relating to Marijuana, Illicit substances, Alcohol, or Intoxicating compounds.

In accordance with Act 205, Relating to Student Substance Abuse Referrals, any student who (1) is in violation of possession, selling, consumption or use of intoxicating liquor or illegal drugs, or (2) who reasonably appears to have consumed or used intoxicating liquor or illegal drugs prior to attending school or attending department supervised activities held on or off school property shall be subject to the department’s disciplinary rules, i.e., exclusion from school up to ninety-two school days.

Act 205, Relating to Student Substance Abuse Referrals, states that any student found to be in violation of the above provisions shall be allowed to return to school earlier than the department’s original disciplinary determination; provided that the student gives the school evidence of the following:

  1. Enrollment within an approved substance abuse assessment program.
  2. A substance abuse assessment on-going and the student is progressing toward clinical   discharge from any substance abuse treatment or substance abuse counseling recommended by the substance abuse assessment.

 

GUN-FREE SCHOOLS ACT

The U.S. Congress enacted the Gun-Free Schools Act in 1994 and Hawaii State Legislature, in compliance with federal law, passed Act 148, which was signed into law in 1995.  The Gun-Free Schools Act states:

Any student found to be in possession of a firearm shall be dismissed from school for not less than a one-year period.  The superintendent, on a case-by-case basis, may modify the punishment of a student found to be in possession of a firearm.  If a student is dismissed from school, that student shall be provided substitute educational activities or other appropriate assistance as provided in 8-19-11.