Back to School: Fall session begins Monday for Hawaii students

| July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
One of several groups tour the Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School for school orientation at Schofield Barracks, Wednesday.

One of several groups tour the Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School for school orientation at Schofield Barracks, Wednesday.

Story and photos by

Christine Cabalo
Staff Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS —Rule the school by studying up on finding services for families with students and installation regulations.
Public school for most students begins Aug. 1. Schools at U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and the surrounding Leilehua School Complex have been easing into classes for families by hosting school supply drop-offs and new student orientations.

“As long as they have their regular school supplies, there should be no worries for families with their children going to school,” said Wayne Yoshino, military school liaison officer for the Army.

Teachers and staff are welcoming students of every age to explore their campuses before school officially starts. Elementary schools opened their doors to kindergarteners through this week, and Leilehua High School is set to welcome the freshmen class and all new students in its school orientation scheduled Monday from 8 a.m.-noon.

Parents and children gather in the cafeteria for school orientation at Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School at Schofield Barracks, Wednesday.

Parents and children gather in the cafeteria for school orientation at Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School at Schofield Barracks, Wednesday.

Resources for families throughout the school year
Whenever a student registers for school, Yoshino said it’s important for parents to have all the needed documents for office staff. Each school website has contact information or a list of items required to register.

“Make sure the requirements for entry to school are taken care of,” he said. “Those include having a tuberculosis test, physical exam and proper shot records that are up to date.”

Parents can also check in with his office, the Military School Liaison Office, to ask about education in Hawaii or other places where a family may permanently change stations.

Additional resources for Army families in Hawaii are at For more information from the school liaison office, call them at 655-8326.

Several schools in the Leilehua School Complex and other areas also have transition centers, with staff who can help students adjust to their school changes. Parents can also get involved in a school’s parent-teacher or volunteer organizations.

Before heading to the car, know the regulations
Yoshino also said both families and drivers should be aware of increased traffic with school starting again. During Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School’s orientation held Wednesday, school officials reminded parents to make plans with their children about picking them up and dropping them off.

Children younger than 10 must be supervised at bus stops, recreation areas, public facilities, residences and vehicles, according to USAG-HI policy 34. Children younger than 10 are not allowed to walk alone, either to-or-from school. Several schools, including Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School, have drop-off points where school staff can officially supervise students going to class.

To report neglect, contact the military police at Schofield Barracks 655-5555/7114 and Fort Shafter at 438-7114. For more information about the child supervision policy, see

Get on the bus
Some families are looking to beat the traffic by registering their children to take the school bus. The Hawaii Department of Education has privatized the bus system, with multiple routes available. Parents are asked to check in with their child’s school office to register.

Students are eligible for bus service if they live more than one mile away from the school and live in the bus service area, said Lana Sullivan, office assistant at Leilehua High School. Payment for the bus is made through each school’s office and forms are available to print from online or at the school.

“If your family is currently staying at Inn at Schofield Barracks you would be in the bus service area,” Sullivan said. “If you qualify for free school meals, you can qualify for free bus service.”

To learn more about bus regulations or download registration forms, see
The new school year can be anxious, but Yoshino said parents and students who properly prepare will do well.
“Let go and let kids have fun and they will enjoy it,” Yoshino said. “It’s a new year as students are starting school everywhere.”

In honor of a great leader
The Hawaii State Board of Education officially renamed Hale Kula Elementary School to the Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School, April 19.  The school serves more than 800 students who are in fifth grade and younger, according the BOE.

Late U.S. Senator Inouye supported several programs for children and the military education including the Joint Venture Education Forum. During Inouye’s active-duty service in World War II, Inouye was a member of the 442 Regimental Combat Team, which is now a ground reserve unit operating out of Fort Shafter.

The school has also received a combined $33.2 million in construction funds from the U.S. Department of Defense the Hawaii State Department of Education. Work continues to upgrade or rebuild several buildings, which visitors can see photos and read about progress from Principal Jan Iwase at The project includes new additional classrooms, renovations to classrooms, a new student center, library-media center, two-story classroom and improved landscaping.
For more school information, see their new website at

For Kindergarten and 1st grade age students
Kindergarten is mandatory for children who are at least 5 years old by July 31 of the school year according to Hawaii law. If your child turns 5 years old on Aug. 1 or after, they can enroll in kindergarten for the following school year. If your child was previously enrolled in an accredited kindergarten program in another area, your child may continue their enrollment in their grade according to Hawaii’s Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. For more information on entrance into the school system or about early learning options for children who turn 5 after July 31, see

School contacts and important dates
The Leilehua Complex of schools includes Leilehua High School in Wahiawa as well as several elementary and middle schools, some located at U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii. Students whose parents are personnel at Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Air Field are initially placed into these schools by the Hawaii Department of Education. For additional information see their school websites or contact their administration offices:

The schools in the Leilehua Complex are:
Schofield Barracks
Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School (formerly Hale Kula Elementary School)
305-3400, Office hours are weekdays from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Solomon Elementary School
624-9500, Office hours are weekdays from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Wheeler Army Airfield
Wheeler Elementary School
305-9500, Office hours are weekdays from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Wheeler Middle School
Open House Supply Drop-off/Schedule Pick Up, today from 8 a.m.-noon
305-9000, Office hours are weekdays from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Helemano Elementary School
622-6336, Office hours are weekdays, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wahiawa Elementary School
622-6393, Office hours are weekdays from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Wahiawa Middle School
305-3300, Office hours are weekdays, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Leilehua High School
Freshmen and new student orientation, Aug. 1 from 8 a.m.-noon.
305-3000, Office hours are weekdays, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

(Fort Shafter area schools will be listed in the Aug. 5 edition of the Hawaii Army Weekly)

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