Hawaii schools to hold public hearings on bullying, discipline

A series of public hearings over the next month will give community members a chance to share their thoughts on proposed changes to rules against bullying and harassment at Hawaii public schools.

The Board of Education recently approved changes to Chapter 19, the discipline code, and Chapter 89, which covers civil rights policy and complaints.

One shift would elevate bullying and cyberbullying to the most serious offenses for students in grades 7 to 12, alongside assault, drug and weapons violations. Another proposal adds sexual harassment as an offense.

The proposed revisions are available online for review here.

This is the schedule of public hearings:

>>Tuesday, 5-7 p.m., Maui Community School for Adults Annex, 179 W. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului

>>Wednesday, 5-7 p.m., Hilo High School, Room C-127, 556 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

>>Thursday, 5-7 p.m., Aiea High School Cafeteria, 98-1276 Ulune St.

>>Nov. 16, 5-7 p.m., Waipahu Intermediate School Library, 94-455 Farrington Hwy.

>>Nov. 29, Kealakehe High School cafeteria, 74-5000 Puohulihuli St., Kailua-Kona

>>Dec. 5, 5-6:30 p.m., Lanai High and Elementary School, 555 Fraser Ave., Lanai City

>>Dec. 10, 4-5:30 p.m., Hana High & Elementary School, 4111 Hana Hwy, Hana

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