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Chapter 19/Discipline



Chapter 19 is an administrative rule which governs student conduct in the Department of Education to promote and maintain a safe school environment. Chapter 19 utilizes the Hawaii Revised Statutes as a model for respective violations. Thus, when you violate Chapter 19, you will also be violating the Hawaii Revised Statutes. Student misconduct; discipline; school searches and seizures; reporting offenses; police interviews and arrests; and restitution for vandalism and negligence are concerns addressed in the Chapter 19 brochure.


If you would like a copy, please inquire at the main office or the DOE website: www.hawaiipublicschools.org.


The chart below is a brief overview of Chapter 19.





Class A Offense: Assault; burglary; possession or use of dangerous instrument or substance; possession or use of dangerous weapons; possession, use or sale of drug paraphernalia; extortion; fighting; possession or use of firearms; homicide; possession, use or sale of illicit drugs; use of intoxicating substance; property damage or vandalism; robbery; sexual offenses; or terroristic threatening. Police report as needed.


Detention; crisis suspension; suspension; disciplinary transfer; dismissal. Any student who possesses a firearm shall be dismissed from school for not less than a one calendar year period. Any student who possesses, sells, or uses a dangerous weapon, switchblade knife, intoxicating substance, or illicit drugs while attending school may be excluded from attending school for up to ninety-two school days.



Class B Offense: Bullying; cyberbullying; disorderly conduct; false alarm; forgery; gambling; harassment; hazing; inappropriate and/or questionable uses of internet materials and/or equipment; theft, or trespassing. Police report as needed.



Detention; crisis suspension; suspension; disciplinary transfer; dismissal.


Class C Offense: Abusive language; class cutting; insubordination; possession or use of laser pen/laser pointer; leaving campus without consent; smoking or use of tobacco substances; electronic cigarettes, truancy.



Reprimand and warning; parental conference; detention; crisis suspension*; suspension*; disciplinary transfer*; dismissal*. (*Except for truancy)


Class D Offense: Possession, use, buying, selling, trading or promotion of contraband (pornographic material, audio equipment, electronic games, knives, rollerblades, skateboards, balloons, matches, pets, lighters, firecrackers, trading cards, illegal gambling devices, sling shots, pellets, chains, spices including cinnamon, or any article that can lead to bodily injury or disruption). Tardies; eating/gum chewing; off limits areas; littering; loitering; specific class rules set by teacher or other staff; and any item not approved for use.


Reprimand and warning; parental conference; detention; suspension.



School rules and Chapter 19 will be enforced by faculty and administration.  Teachers, counselors, security, staff members, and administrators counsel and assist students on problem solving. In this context, Kaimuki Middle School believes that the student is given the opportunity to make better decisions within established limits of acceptable behavior.


Parents/guardians, staff and administration will work together with students to positively contribute to the KMS community. To develop a sense of judgment, the students need to learn that actions have consequences. The role of the staff and administration is to maintain, reinforce, and encourage desirable behaviors and discourage undesirable forms of behavior.


Disciplinary actions may be: a warning; counseling; detention on campus; withdrawing privileges; parents/guardians supervising their youngster on campus and in classes; In School Suspension; Out of School Suspension;  possible transfer to another school; expulsion. Discipline given may affect student attendance in recognition activities.