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School Discipline

State Profile - Hawaii


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Defiant or disruptive behavior
Drug use/possession
Weapon possession
Haw. Rev. Stat. § 302A-1134
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession Haw. Rev. Stat. § 302A-1134
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Violation type: No serious discipline shall be imposed for Class D offenses, including: minor problem behaviors, possession of contraband or violation of other school rules. Students may not be suspended for truancy or cutting class. Haw. Code R. 8-19-6
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline encouraged: Individualized instruction related to student's problem behaviors and interventions to teach appropriate behaviors are encouraged. Haw. Code R. 8-19-6
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. The Superintendent must ensure that substitute educational activites are available for excluded students. Haw. Rev. Stat. § 302A-1134
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Principal or designee must contact police when there is perceived danger and the behavior cannot be handled by school staff. Haw. Code R. 8-19-19
Is corporal punishment permitted? No. Haw. Rev. Stat. § 302A-1141
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Principal must record Class A and Class B offenses into the Department's database system within 5 school days. Haw. Code R. 8-19-19

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