• Discipline is viewed as an important part of the learning process at Pū‘ōhala School. The focus is on developing responsibility, respect for oneself and others, making wise choices and understanding the consequences of one's behavior.

    The Department of Education has adopted Chapter 19 "Student Misconduct, Discipline, School Searches and Seizures, Reporting Offenses, Police Interviews and Arrests, and Restitution for Vandalism." You may also refer to your Chapter 19 pamphlet that is distributed at the beginning of the school year.

    In addition, Pū‘ōhala has a Discipline Policy, developed by staff and students in consultation with parents. Expectations and standards of behavior are established at the beginning of each school year and reviewed periodically.

    Guidelines for Student Discipline

    Guideline for Student Discipline
    An orderly school climate and an atmosphere conducive to good learning are integral parts of a framework for a sound education.

    Therefore, campus rule have been established. Along with these rules, behavior expectations have been developed by the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Committee as well as a set of consequences for rule infractions that have been developed and procedural guidelines adopted. Our main objective is to help students develop self discipline by fostering and encouraging appropriate school behavior. See also the section on Student Dress Code below.

  • Offenses and Consequences

    Consequences for infraction of school or class rules should correspond to the severity and repetitiveness of the offenses. The specific consequences for offenses will be left to the discretion of the school personnel taking into consideration the individual child and the particular offense.

    Consequences for infractions may include the following:
    1. Counseling
    2. Verbal Reprimand
    3. Time Out
    4. Benching (time out during recess)
    5. Recess Detention
    6. After School Detention (with parent notification)
    7. Parent/Student/Teacher Conference
    8. In-School Suspension
    9 . Out-of-School Suspension

    When the behavior or act of a student is severe or constitutes a violation of federal, state, or city law, the provisions of Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter 19 Title 8, will be applied.  

  • Class D Discipline Procedures

    The problem solving method will be the primary approach for resolving breach of campus and classroom rules. Steps to be taken are:

    1. Identify the problem
    2. Seek alternatives
    3. Choose alternatives
    4. Try it out
    5. Evaluate
    6. Seek other solutions

    Specific Follow-Up Procedures
    A. First Offense
         1. Teacher and/or supervisor will review classroom and school rules, and
         2. Inform him/her of the consequences of continued or repeated behavior.
    B. Second Offense
         1. Teacher and/or supervisor will counsel student, and
         2. Apply the appropriate consequence.
    C. Third Offense
         1. Teacher/supervisor will counsel student,
         2. Apply appropriate consequence(s), and
         3. Develop an anecdotal record.
    D. After Third Offense
         1. Teacher/supervisor will notify counselor or administrator using the School Incident Referral form which prescribes specific consequences for types of Class violations (Class A-D).
         2. Upon review of the facts, appropriate action will be taken by the administrator.

  • School Behaviors

    People, property and equipment need care
    Ūse kindness and respect toward all
    Ōbey all school and playground rules
    Hands, feet and objects kept to yourself
    Appreciation, no put-downs
    Leave school grounds as soon as school duties are done
    Always walk on walkways

    The Pū‘ōhala ‘Ohana exhibits the 5 R's: Respect, Responsibility, Resiliency, Resourcefulness and Relationships. The ‘ohana also follow Tribes TLC agreements: Attentive Listening, Mutual Respect, Appreciation, and the Right to participate/pass when in Community Circle.

    Students should not:

    1. Chew gum, eat candy or drink caffeinated drinks on the school premises.
    2. Engage in playing games requiring body contact, tackling, tripping, etc.
    3. Bring pocket knives, darts, tops, sharp instruments, fire crackers, slingshots, BB guns, and other similar dangerous or hazardous toys to school.
    4. Bring money that is not absolutely necessary for daily use.
    5. Bring personal belongings such as pagers, radios, stickers, collector cards, toys, etc. which are not necessary for school work.
    6. Trade, sell or buy anything from other children.
    7. Use profane or bad language.
    8. Fight.

    Students who bring cell phones to school may not display or use their phones during school hours. Phone usage is restricted solely to contact parents or relatives responsible for their care and/or supervision. Abuse of this rule will result in confiscation of the phone. Parents will be required to retrieve their child's phone from the office.

    Items listed above are considered contraband and will be taken away. Further consequences such as a parent conference or suspension may be implemented. Students are expected to follow the DOE Code of Conduct as well as the Pū‘ōhala School Expectations.

  • Student Dress Code

    Good grooming helps to foster self-confidence and self-esteem.

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    • All Students: Footwear must be worn in school. Shoes must be worn for physical education classes, cafeteria duty and field trips.
    • All students are required to wear school uniforms. This policy was approved by the SCC (School Community Council) following extensive discussion and data collection. It was decided that school uniforms would have a positive effect on the school-learning environment as well as raise the standard of dress for all students. Uniforms should be clean and well fitted and follow our Standard Dress Code Policy. School Shirts can be purchased in the school's administration office.
    • DO NOT ALTER UNIFORM SHIRTS!!! DO NOT CUT THEM UP, TIE THEM UP, ETC.!! You may only alter if the length is too long, bit it must be hemmed and sewn. Not just cut!! Please pass the word. Otherwise, new shirts will need to be purchased.
    • UNIFORMS AVAILABLE for purchase. They come in three colors Charcoal, Kelly Green, and Sand. Available sizes will be Youth XS-L; Adult S-L. Price is $6.00 per shirt.
      A limited amount of 4T shirts in green or charcoal will be available and will be special ordered if supplies run out.
      SY 2016-17 Pūʻōhala Elementary School will be moving to full implementation of school uniforms.

    Other suggestions:
       Be well groomed: wash hair and face, brush teeth, be neat. Wear deodorant if needed.
       Valuable jewelry or accessories should not be brought to school.

    Additional Resources
    Tips for Buying a Backpack and Carrying It Safely
    Bright Ideas From Our Readers: Disputes About Dress
    Hygiene Basics for Tweens and Teens



    • Is there another place to find this information?

      Yes, it is located in the front of your child's planner. Every student is given a spiral-bound Pū‘ōhala Planner at the beginning of the school year, thanks to the fundraising efforts of our fabulous PTA. Please consider joining this parent organization. Hui Mākua and SCC are other ways to give input/assistance on how to help our keiki thrive. Mahalo for asking.