Hālau Lōkahi Charter School

 

 

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Enrollment Information

August 14, 2015

If your student has not enrolled in a public school, private school or homeschool, please see below for instructions.

 

Public School

 

Homeschool

 

If your child has listed Hālau Lōkahi Charter School as his or her "base" school, you must change the “base” school to your Department of Education (DOE) home school as soon as possible to ensure your child meets the compulsory attendance exceptions as required by law for the coming school year. 

 

Please follow these steps to change your child's "base" school:

 

  1. Identify or confirm your child's assigned Department of Education (DOE) home school, by inputting your address into the DOE’s online School Finder tool at the following link: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/SchoolFinder/Pages/home.aspx

  2. Complete the OCISS Form 4140, Exceptions to Compulsory Attendance.

  3. Send the completed OCISS Form 4140 to your child's DOE home school.

 

Upon receipt of your completed Form 4140, the DOE school will acknowledge the notice by sending you a copy of the 4140 once it is approved, signed, and dated by the school’s Principal and by the Complex Area Superintendent.The DOE school then will be responsible for monitoring your child's progress via the annual progress reports and any testing.

Notice to Parents and Families of Homeschooled Former Hālau Lōkahi Students

May 26, 2015

Dear Parents and Families:

 

Please review this very important information from the State Public Charter School Commission regarding the education of your former Hālau Lōkahi student.

 

If State records show that you are homeschooling your child and have listed Hālau Lōkahi Charter School as his or her "base" school, you must change the “base” school to your Department of Education (DOE) home school as soon as possible to ensure your child meets the compulsory attendance exceptions as required by law for the coming school year.  As you may know, Hālau Lōkahi will be closing on Friday, May 29, 2015. 

 

Please follow these steps to change your child's "base" school:

 

  1. Identify or confirm your child's assigned Department of Education (DOE) home school, by inputting your address into the DOE’s online School Finder tool at the following link: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/SchoolFinder/Pages/home.aspx

  2. Complete the OCISS Form 4140, Exceptions to Compulsory Attendance.

  3. Send the completed OCISS Form 4140 to your child's DOE home school.

 

Upon receipt of your completed Form 4140, the DOE school will acknowledge the notice by sending you a copy of the 4140 once it is approved, signed, and dated by the school’s Principal and by the Complex Area Superintendent.The DOE school then will be responsible for monitoring your child's progress via the annual progress reports and any testing.

 

If instead of continuing with homeschooling you intend to enroll your child into a DOE school, please follow the instructions found on the DOE's website at this link:  http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/HowToEnroll/Pages/home.aspx

 

If you will be enrolling your child in another public charter school, please follow the instructions provided by that school.

 

Hālau Lōkahi will be transferring its student records to the Commission upon closure.  Please be aware that Hālau Lōkahi student records may be incomplete or missing.  If any records for your child are found, the Commission will forward them to your child's assigned DOE “base” school for homeschooling, new DOE school, or new charter school once you have completed one of the above alternatives.

 

If your child has transferred to a private school, moved out of Hawaii, or graduated from high school, please send a written letter of this the Commission to:  State Public Charter School Commission, 1111 Bishop Street, Suite 516, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813 or info@spcsc.hawaii.gov. Upon receipt of your notice, your child's status will be updated in the DOE’s enrollment system.

 

Please be aware that if, by the start of next school year, you have not: 1) submitted the homeschooling Form 4140 to your child's DOE home school, or 2) enrolled your child in another DOE or charter school; or 3) notified the Commission that your child has enrolled in a private school, moved out of the State of Hawaii, or graduated, your child will need to be identified as truant and may be referred to Family Court for follow up action.

 

Please contact the Commission staff at (808) 586-3775 or info@spcsc.hawaii.gov if you have any questions.  Thank you for your attention to this notice.

Notice to Parents and Families of Hālau Lōkahi Students

May 22, 2015

Dear Hālau Lōkahi Parents:

 

As you know, Hālau Lōkahi Charter School will be closing on Friday, May 29, 2015.  Hālau Lōkahi and the State Public Charter School Commission would like to provide you with some important information regarding a successful transition for your child.

 

Hālau Lōkahi and the Commission strongly advise you to enroll your child into a new school before the start of the next school year.  We have previously provided information on schooling options, including enrolling your child in his or her assigned Department of Education (DOE) home school, applying for a geographic exception in order to attend another DOE school, applying for admission at another charter school, and home schooling.  Information on these options can be found at the following link:  http://www.chartercommission.hawaii.gov/#!halau-lokahi-enrollment-options-for-scho/c1kx9.  You also may go to the Commission’s home page, http://www.chartercommission.hawaii.gov, and click on “Information & Resources” and then on “Hālau Lōkahi.”

 

If you intend to opt for home-schooling, you must complete the OCISS Form 4140, Exceptions to Compulsory Attendance and submit the form to your child’s assigned DOE home school.  Families of home-schooled students who wish to have their students participate in the Statewide Testing Program would need to contact their DOE home school in order to participate in testing.

 

If you do not transfer your child to a new school or submit the OCISS Form 4140 (for home schooling) by Friday, May 29, 2015, then at that point Hālau Lōkahi will turn over your child's student records to the Commission.  Please contact the Commission staff at (808) 586-3775 or info@spcsc.hawaii.gov if you enroll your child in another school, leave the state, or complete the home schooling forms, and the staff will assist you in completing the transfer for your child. 

 

Please be aware that if, by the start of next school year, your child is not enrolled in a public or private schooI, has not moved to another state, or has not had the appropriate home schooling forms submitted, your child will have to be identified as truant and may have to be referred to Family Court for follow up action.

 

To ensure that your child has complete and accurate documentation of his or her time at the school, Hālau Lōkahi is finalizing his or her student records, which include such items as test scores, report cards, and completed transcripts.  A complete transcript is vitally important to ensure your child receives the proper academic credits earned while attending Hālau Lōkahi, and records management is not something that Hālau Lōkahi performed very well under the former management.  The school will be completing these records by Friday, May 29, 2015.  You are encouraged to contact Meali'i Prieto at the school at 832-3594 or maeprieto@hotmail.com if you have any concerns regarding your child's records and transcripts. 

 

Finally, Hālau Lōkahi has been attempting without success to contact some parents in order to resolve issues with their children’s attendance, transfers, or student records.  If you have been contacted by the school but have not yet responded, it is critically important for the sake of your child that you do so immediately.

 

Thank you for your attention to this important information, and best wishes for a successful transition for your child.

Notice to Parents, and Families of Hālau Lōkahi Students

April 1, 2015

Aloha kākou, parents and families of Hālau Lōkahi students:

 

Pursuant to the State Public Charter School Commission’s Contingency Plan for Hālau Lōkahi Charter School Dissolution approved on March 12, 2015, we write to notify you officially that the Commission, after a hearing on Monday, March 30, 2015, on the Notice of Prospect for Revocation, has voted to revoke the school’s charter contract, release funds for Halau Lokahi operations only for the months of April through May 2015 and close Hālau Lōkahi Public Charter School, effective May 31, 2015.  Commission staff has already begun to work with your Governing Board and its volunteers to process the funding for the remainder of the school year and will begin the process to wind down and close up what remains of the school facilities, assets and debts as set forth in the Contingency Plan.

 

As of Monday, March 30, 2015, the State’s official enrollment system still showed your child as not yet having transferred from Hālau Lōkahi Charter School to a new school, which is why you are receiving this notification.  If you have already transferred your child to another school or have filed to homeschool your child, please disregard this notice. 

 

For next school year (2015-2016), you should begin enrollment of your child to your Department of Education (DOE) home school, or immediately apply for admission to other charter schools that may have already begun their applications process for next school year. A link to all of our Public Charter schools can be found at:  www.chartercommission.hawaii.gov, click on “About Schools” and then on “Charter School Directory.” Or click on this link: http://www.chartercommission.hawaii.gov/#!charter-school-directory/cmvk.   If you need help finding your child’s DOE homeschool, you may call the Commission at 586- 3775 or check on-line using the Hawaii Public Schools schoolfinder app at: http://apps.schoolsitelocator.com/index.html?districtCode=00005.  

 

Another option, as we have mentioned previously, could be to register your student as a home-schooler, even for this one semester.   Home-schooled students in grades one through eight generally can transfer back into public school at the grade assigned to their age, although an evaluation may be required to ensure the grade placement is appropriate. High school students can be home-schooled too, but it is very important to remember that home-schooled students do not earn credit toward a public high school diploma.

 

To opt for home-schooling you must complete the OCISS Form 4140, Exceptions to Compulsory Attendance and submit the form to the governing board of Hālau Lōkahi.  Families of home-schooled students who wish to have their students participate in the Statewide Testing Program would need to contact their DOE home school in order to participate in testing.

 

We encourage you to make use of the online information the Commission has made available to you about Halau Lokahi, which includes the information on home-schooling.  You may find this information at:  www.chartercommission.hawaii.gov, click on “Information and Resources” and then on “Halau Lokahi.” Additionally, you are welcome to contact the Commission office for assistance, at (808) 586-3775 or info@spcsc.hawaii.gov.

 

Circumstances surrounding this situation are difficult for all involved, but it is our hope that we can all work together to complete the school year and transition your child to insure that his/her educational needs are met. 

Charter School Commission Revokes Hālau Lōkahi’s Charter Contract

March 31, 2015

Honolulu – The Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission yesterday voted to revoke the charter contract for Hālau Lōkahi Charter School over the school’s failure to meet generally accepted standards of fiscal management and its resulting legal and contractual violations.  The decision was rendered after a day-long hearing that had been requested by the charter school’s governing board after the Commission initiated the revocation procedure in January.

 

To further assist the remaining students and families with the transitions to other schools, the Commission authorized the release of about $36,700 for each of the months of April and May to allow students to finish the rest of the school year.  The school will close on May 29, 2015.

 

“The Commission felt that our staff made a very convincing case that this school just had to be closed,” said Commission Chairperson Catherine Payne.  “At the same time, some students had not yet transferred to new schools while this hearing was pending, and we have only two months left to go in this school year.”

 

The hearing was the culmination of nearly a year of Commission proceedings involving the financially troubled school.  After months of school efforts to bring down expenses and restructure, the Commission voted on January 8, 2015, to reject the school’s latest recovery plan, initiate the revocation process, and withhold further funding except for orderly school closure and dissolution and transition.  Hālau Lōkahi exercised its option to request a hearing in order to have a last opportunity to oppose the grounds for revocation and support the school’s continuation.

 

“This is an important moment of truth for charter schooling in Hawaii, but it has been painful for everyone involved,” said Commission Executive Director Tom Hutton.  “The mismanagement of this school has had many victims—not only this school community, but also the general public.  In the end, we are all committed to working together to do what is best for students, and the Commission is assisting the school’s governing board with reopening the school for two last months and preparing for its dissolution.”

Notice of Revocation Hearing - Monday, March 30, 2015

March 25, 2015

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Notice to Parents and Families

March 3, 2015

Dear Parents and Families:

 

We write to notify you that the Commission has been advised by the Department of the Attorney General that any students who still are reporting to Hālau Lōkahi at this point are not attending public school.

 

We have notified Hālau Lōkahi’s governing board of this fact, and we urge you once again in the strongest terms to act immediately to enroll your student in a school where he or she hopefully still will be able to earn academic credit for this semester, or, if you prefer, to submit the paperwork to home-school your student.

 

Again, the Commission has posted information about transfer options online at this link (you also can log on to www.chartercommission.hawaii.gov, then click on “Information and Resources” and then on “Halau Lokahi”). There you can find information about your Department of Education (DOE) home school and other possible options for the remainder of this semester. Even if some of the options that were available when we first contacted you two months ago are no longer available for this semester, DOE and charter schools are beginning now to admit and enroll students for the coming academic year.

 

As a reminder, home-schooled students in grades one through eight generally can transfer back into public school at the grade assigned to their age, but an evaluation may be required to ensure the grade placement is appropriate. High school students can be home-schooled too, but it is important to remember that home-schooled students do not earn credit toward a public high school diploma. To opt for home-schooling, you must complete the OCISS Form 4140, Exceptions to Compulsory Attendance, and submit the form to the Hālau Lōkahi governing board. If you wish to have your home-schooled student participate in the Statewide Testing Program, you will need to contact your DOE home school.

 

We again welcome you to contact the Commission office for information or assistance, at (808) 586-3775 or info@spcsc.hawaii.gov.

Notice to Families of Remaining Hālau Lōkahi Students

February 9, 2015

Aloha kākou, parents and families of remaining Hālau Lōkahi students:

 

As of Friday, February 6, 2015, the State’s official enrollment system still showed your student as not yet having transferred from Hālau Lōkahi Charter School to a new school. As of that day, Elizabeth Blake informed the Commission that 62 students still were reporting to Hālau Lōkahi.

 

As we explained, Hālau Lōkahi continues to exist as a legal entity for purposes of the revocation process, but this does not mean that in the meantime it is operating normally as a public school. As of this writing, the staff has been laid off and further state funds will not be released. Some teachers have departed, the professional qualifications and authority of the remaining volunteers to deliver courses are unknown, and the Commission has rejected the switch to reliance on online instruction. Under these circumstances, it is important for you to be aware that there is a serious possibility that students who remain at Hālau Lōkahi will not receive academic credit for this semester.

 

While some transfer opportunities that initially were available at other schools when we first contacted you have closed at this point, some options still are available. These options always include your student’s Department of Education (DOE) home school, and other DOE and charter schools have shown great aloha in welcoming new students.

 

Another option you may have at this point would be to register your student as a home-schooler, even for this one semester. Home-schooled students in grades one through eight generally can transfer back into public school at the grade assigned to their age, although an evaluation may be required to ensure the grade placement is appropriate. High school students can be home-schooled too, but it is very important to remember that home-schooled students do not earn credit toward a public high school diploma. To opt for home-schooling you must complete the OCISS Form 4140, Exceptions to Compulsory Attendance, and submit the form to the governing board of Hālau Lōkahi. Families of home-schooled students who wish to have their students participate in the Statewide Testing Program would need to contact their DOE home school.

 

We again encourage you to make use of the online information the Commission has made available to you about transfer options, which has been updated to include the information on home-schooling. As a reminder, go to www.chartercommission.hawaii.gov, click on “Information and Resources” and then on “Halau Lokahi.” And we again welcome you to contact the Commission office for assistance, at (808) 586-3775 or info@spcsc.hawaii.gov.

Updated Transfer Options for Hālau Lōkahi Students

February 2, 2015

Please click on the link below for Student Transfer Options.

Update for Hālau Lōkahi Charter School Parents and Families

January 16, 2015

Aloha, staff and families of Hālau Lōkahi.

We are contacting you once more to urge you yet again to act as quickly as possible to enroll Hālau Lōkahi’s students in their new schools. Although the Commission will pay Hālau Lōkahi staff through January 31, 2015, every day a child still reports to Hālau Lōkahi is a day later he or she will start the new semester at his or her new school. In addition, as the school’s students are transferring to their new schools, the remaining openings for public charter schools and for geographic exceptions to attend Department of Education (DOE) schools other than the child’s DOE home school are being filled.

Families who are interested in online learning at Myron B. Thompson Academy (MBTA) must act immediately. As you know, Hālau Lōkahi students in grades 7-12 have been invited to transfer to MBTA, and many have done so. MBTA does not have any openings in grades K-6. All students must submit enrollment paperwork to MBTA, with supporting documents including transcripts, by 4:00 p.m. this coming Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Students are not automatically enrolled at MBTA because they were in Hālau Lōkahi’s online program. Please contact the school for more information, assistance, and an explanation of the school’s virtual program. For contact information, see the online information on Transfers Options.

Every child is entitled to attend his or her DOE home school at any time, regardless of the school’s enrollment situation. The DOE and personnel at these schools are aware of the situation at Hālau Lōkahi and are ready to help. But they, too, are anxious to welcome these students as soon as possible so that they can get the best possible start. The DOE’s online School Finder will identify the child’s home school by his or her address.

Again, families that still are in need of assistance can contact the Commission office at info@spcsc.hawaii.gov or (808) 586-3775.

Update for Hālau Lōkahi Charter School Parents and Families

January 14, 2015

The Commission announced today that it will release enough funds to pay teachers and staff at Hālau Lōkahi Charter School through January 31, 2015 in order to allow families and staff two more weeks to make transitions to new schools and new employers. At that point—and hopefully sooner—all students should have transferred to other schools.
 
The school is still entitled to avail itself of the process of requesting a hearing by the Commission on the final closure decision, and after that it would be able to appeal the Commission’s decision to Board of Education. The school will continue to exist as a legal entity for purposes of this process, but even if the Commission were to release all of the funds the school would have normally received for the remainder of the school year, they would be insufficient for operations during this process—even if they were not already spent.
 
The Commission is extremely grateful for the outpouring of support and welcome that Hawaii’s public schools, DOE as well as charter, are providing Hālau Lōkahi’s students and their families, and we are attempting to assist staff with transitions as well.

Schools Fair for Hālau Lōkahi families - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Aloha, Hālau Lōkahi families.

For information on tomorrow's Schools Fair, please click here.

The Schools Fair will take place on Wednesday, January 14 from 6-7:30 pm at:

Farrington High School Library
1564 North King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

(map of school)

You may arrive any time (6-7:30 pm) to speak with representatives, who will be able to answer your questions and provide information about transfer options.

For more information, please contact Sylvia Silva at 808-586-3779 or Sylvia.Silva2@spcsc.hawaii.gov.

Update for Hālau Lōkahi Charter School Parents and Families

January 12, 2015

Aloha, Hālau Lōkahi families.

Thank you for your many calls to the Commission office seeking more information of transfer options for your students. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance, at info@spcsc.hawaii.gov or (808) 586-3775.

As we assume you have been informed, the school will be open this week starting tomorrow so that your students have a place to go if they are not yet enrolled in a new school. We hope that Hālau Lōkahi can assist you and your student with transfers as well. The Commission has authorized the release of funds to assist with transitions and closure.

We also want you to know that a Schools Fair for Hālau Lōkahi’s Oahu Families is planned for this coming Wednesday evening, January 14, 2015 at the Farrington High School library, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Representatives from other charter schools will be in attendance, and we have requested representatives for the DOE schools as well. Information on school options will be available, and information and assistance on the enrollment process will also be available. Stay tuned for confirmation and more details.

We understand that there are questions about requesting a hearing by the Commission on the closure decision. The Commission has notified the school’s governing board of the revocation process and urged it to consult its Deputy Attorney General. The governing board has 30 days to request a hearing by the Commission, if it chooses. The Commission then would have 15 days to schedule the hearing, with another 15 days’ advance notice. Then, the Commission would have up to 30 days to issue its final decision. After that, it would have 15 days to issue a written report notifying the school of its decision. If the Commission’s final decision were still to revoke the school’s contract, the governing board could appeal to the Board of Education. Before then, however, any funding would have been exhausted, because the school has already expended so much of its funds for the year, not even considering its unpaid past obligations.

The students of Hālau Lōkahi have an opportunity now to make a good start to their new semester, and other public schools are displaying great aloha in extending their welcomes and assistance. The Commission looks forward to continuing to help you find bright futures for your keiki.

Transfer Options for Hālau Lōkahi Students

January 8, 2015

Please click on the link below for Student Transfer Options.

Letter to Hālau Lōkahi Charter School Parents and Families

January 8. 2015

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Hālau Lōkahi Charter School News Release

July 30, 2014

Charter Commission Approves Hālau Lōkahi Recovery Plan

Update on Hālau Lōkahi Charter School

July 30, 2014

This morning the Commission approved the latest financial viability plan submitted by Hālau Lōkahi to address the school’s outstanding financial obligations and complete the 2014-15 academic year. With the approval of this plan, the Commission is releasing state funding for the school, and the school is able to proceed with starting its school year on August 14, 2014. The Commission’s news release on its decision can be found here.

The school also will have ongoing monthly financial monitoring. This is something the Commission has done with other schools in situations warranting closer financial oversight.

The school has indicated that as soon as it receives the state funds it intends as soon as it can to pay the employee salaries that are past due, make its current monthly rent payment, and pay off its electric bill to Hawaiian Electric Co. The school has worked out a very favorable arrangement with the landlord to pay its back rent over the next few years, with no interest payments.

Finally, after further consultation with the school community, the Commission appointed Kari Kalima to the school’s new governing board.

The Commission wishes the governing board, staff, students, and families of Hālau Lōkahi the best of luck in making a genuinely fresh start and preparing for a successful school year.
 

Update on Hālau Lōkahi Charter School

July 17, 2014

On June 30, 2014, the then governing board of Hālau Lōkahi Charter School entered into a new charter contract with the State Public Charter School Commission effective July 1, 2014. This contract allowed Hālau Lōkahi to continue to exist legally as a public charter school, but it required the governing board members and the person who was serving as school director to resign and consent to the Commission’s appointment, after consultation with the school community, of the new governing board for the school. It also required the board to amend its bylaws to eliminate any restrictions on whom the Commission could appoint as new governing board members.
 
Commissioners Peter Hanohano and Kalehua Krug and three members of the school community formed an advisory group to propose names to the Commission for three of the five new governing board members. At its July 10, 2014 general business meeting, the Commission appointed the new governing board for the school. The members appointed were:
 

  1.     Joseph Evans;

  2.     Kama Hopkins;

  3.     Keone Nunes;

  4.     Andre Perez; and

  5.     Fay Uyeda.

 
Upon these appointments, the resignations of the previous governing board and of the school director became effective.
 
Mr. Evans unexpectedly has had to decline his appointment because of personal commitments, and the Commission will be appointing the board’s fifth member at an upcoming meeting. The governing board will be meeting with the school community this coming Monday, July 21, 2014, 10 a.m. at the school.
 
In addition to appointing the governing board, the Commission took two other actions to support the board’s governance of the school.
 
First, the Commission voted to direct Hālau Lōkahi to refrain from taking any actions that would obligate the school and/or the State of Hawaii.  At this point the school can only take actions that have been authorized by the new governing board.  This restriction includes, but is not limited to, refraining from making any offers or assurances of employment or statements about staffing the school in the coming school year until such time as the governing board has had the opportunity to make these determinations. This action will help preserve the governing board’s options for addressing the school’s financial situation.
 

Second, the Commission announced that it will release Hālau Lōkahi’s first allocation of state per pupil funding for the 2014-15 school year once the new governing board has, to the satisfaction of the Commission: 

 

  1.    Completed its assessment of the school’s financial viability; 

  2.    Determined the school will open this school year;

  3.    Provided an acceptable plan for completing the 2014-15 school year; and

  4.    Verified the number of students that will be attending the school.

    
This action will enable the Commission to set the funding aside for Hālau Lōkahi for now while the governing board has time to act and make the determination that the school will open, since the deadline otherwise would have been this week. In the meantime, however, if the governing board requires some funds in order to fulfill these tasks it may request that the Commission release specific amounts of funds and provide the details on their proposed use.

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Updated: July 18, 2014

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Letter to Hālau Lōkahi Charter School Parents and Families

June 24, 2014

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