Under Hawaiian law, every private school is subject
to the supervision of the Hawaiian Department of Education.
Haw. Rev. Stat. § 298-7.
Registration/Licensing/Accreditation: The Hawaii
Council of Private Schools (performs the functions and assumes
the responsibilities of the Hawaii Department of Education (HDOE)
for the licensing of private schools in Hawaii. Memorandum of
Understanding The Hawaii Council of Private Schools, HDOE, Hawaii
Association of Independent Schools (HAIS), pursuant to Hawaii
Sessions Law, ACT 188.
Recordkeeping/Reports: As the licensing entity,
the Hawaii Council of Private Schools is responsible for the
publication of an annual directory of licensed private schools,
annual enrollment report, keeping of permanent records for all
schools, and handling of complaints.
Health: No person who has contracted tuberculosis
shall, while afflicted with the disease, be allowed to teach
in any public or private school. Haw. Rev. Stat.§ 302A-612.
Safety: Private school employees and officers
have a duty to report suspected child abuse or neglect that is
based upon a reasonable belief. Individuals should immediately
make their reports orally to the Department of Social Services
or to the police department. Haw. Rev. Stat. § 350-1.1.
Private schools may develop procedures to obtain criminal history
record checks for employees who work in close proximity to children.
In addition, potential employees may be required to provide 1)
a written statement of past convictions; 2) consent to a criminal
history record check; and 3) permission to be fingerprinted.
Private school employers may refuse employment or terminate an
employee if the individual has been convicted of a crime, other
than a minor traffic offense. Haw. Rev. Stat. § 846-43.
Transportation: Bus transportation subsidies
to sectarian and private school students violate the state's
constitution. Spears v. Honda, 449 P.2d 130 (1968).
Public Aid for Private Schools/Private School Students: The
Hawaiian constitution prohibits the appropriation of public funds
for the support or benefit of any sectarian or private educational
institution. Hawaii Constitution, Art. X, § 1.
Homeschooling: A parent teaching the parent?s
child at home shall be deemed a qualified instructor. Test scores
are required for grades identified in the Statewide Testing Program,
grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. The child may participate in the testing
program through the local public school or through private testing
at the parent?s expense. Other means of evaluation may be approved
if requested by the parent. No course credits (Carnegie units)
are granted for time spent being home-schooled. A home-schooled
child who wants to earn a high school diploma from the local
public high school shall attend high school for a minimum of
three full years to meet the 22 credit requirement for graduation.
A home-schooled child who wants to earn a high school diploma
from the community school for adults shall meet the following
requirements: be at least 17 years of age, have been home-schooled
for at least one semester under Hawaii?s home-school procedures,
take and achieve a satisfactory score on the GED. A child who
is being home-schooled may participate in any college entrance
examination made available to all other students through a request
to the local public high school principal. HRS § 296-12,
Miscellaneous: Hawaii's Foundation on Culture
and the Arts consults with private schools and includes private
school students in their program to recognize and display student
art work. Haw. Rev. Stat. § 9-4.
The Board of Education must provide ways and means for placing
libraries within reach of all residents particularly all public
and private schools. Haw. Rev. Stat. § 312-1.
Private school functions are exempt from the states excessive
noise prohibition between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Haw. Rev. Stat. § 342F-30.