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Welcome to Special Education and Transition Planning

We are excited to start the new 2023-2024 school year at Roosevelt High School.  Please use this web page to keep you and your family aware of events in our Special Education and Transition Planning department. We will strive to keep this page updated with important reminders and  pertinent links to resources and forms that may assist you in learning more about the special services that RHS provides to your student.
Students will occasionally bring home important reminders and forms that need a signature by a  parent  or guardian, so please make sure to return all such documents as soon as possible. Please also contact your student's Care Coordinator (Teacher) whenever you have any questions or concerns. Mahalo, and have a great school year!
Important Dates     
Feb 12 (Mon) Teachers Institute Day - No school
Feb 19 (Mon) Presidents' Day - No school
Mar 18 through 22 - Spring break
Mar 26 (Tue) Prince Kuhio Day - No school
Mar 29 (Fri) Good Friday - No school
May 22 (Wed) Graduation Ceremonies at UH Manoa Stan Sheriff Center
May 27 (Mon) Memorial Day - No school
May 30 (Thu) Last day of the school year 
Hawaii DOE Official School Calendar 2023-2024 (Click to open)
Alerts and Reminders
  • Please continue to check this page regularly for updated news and reminders for our SpEd students and their families. 
  • In the case of an emergency, it is critical that Roosevelt have your most current contact information (email addresses, phone numbers, mailing addresses ) in our school computer system. Please click on the link below to access the Student Information Update Form. You should submit the completed and signed form, along with the required  copies of documents as noted on the form, to the Roosevelt Registrar's Office.  Student Information Update Form
  • Need a computer internet Hotspot at home? Loaner hotspots are available for students who lack sufficient internet access at home to do school homework.  Please go to the Roosevelt Main Office (A building) for more information and application form.
  • To report an absence, please email [email protected] by 9:00 am on the morning of your child’s
    absence, or you may phone in the absence to (808)307-0539 and follow up  with a written note on the day your child returns to school.
  • COVID-19 update: In order to minimize the spread of infections, please keep your child at home if he/she tests positive for COVID-19 or has any symptoms of other illnesses. Please see DOH Guidance for isolation and exposure protocols.
Join the RHS Best Buddies Club! - Everyone is welcome! 
Best Buddies is an international club dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The Roosevelt High School chapter of Best Buddies aims to help members with IDD form meaningful friendships with their peers through monthly socials and meetings. Other activities such as the Best Buddies Friendship Walk and athletic events will provide further opportunities to bring members together. To learn more about the Roosevelt High School chapter of Best Buddies, contact faculty advisor Ms. Katrina Karl at [email protected]. To complete an online membership application for the Roosevelt chapter, click here.
Activate your HOLO Card/Roosevelt ID to ride TheBus and Skyline Rail - FREE!
Every RHS student will be provided with a new student ID that also doubles as a HOLO Card that will give them access to TheBus and Skyline Rail free of charge.  Returning  students in grades 10 -12 received their cards on Tuesday, August 8 during period 2.  Students who are new to RHS will receive their cards shortly. 
If you are a returning student but did not yet receive your Id/HOLO card, please go to the school library during non-class hours to have your required photo taken for your card.
Students should go online at to activate their cards as soon as possible. For more information, see below.
What is Special Education (SpEd)?
Special Education is specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.  It may include but is not limited to:  academic services, speech-language services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, counseling services, and parent education.  Special education services are provided at no cost to parents.  
The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) and state regulations require the Hawaii State Department of Education to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE), which includes a continuum of services for students who are eligible for special education and related services.
Special education services are made available to any student ages 3 through 22 who demonstrates a need for specially designed instruction, after an eligibility determination.  An evaluation will determine the nature and extent of the student's needs.  Evaluations are comprised of separate assessments which may include:  academic performance, communication skills, general intelligence, health, vision, hearing, social and emotional status, and motor abilities. If a student is eligible for special education, services are provided to the student through an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Click on the link below
What is Community Based Instruction (CBI)?
What is Transition Planning?
Transition planning is a process by which students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) explore and decide what they will do after high school.  It assists students and their parents/guardians in determining how they can reach their future goals as they prepare to become young adults. The RHS Transition Coordinator will ask students to complete an  online interests and preferences survey which will serve as a starting point to discussions about their academic plans and career opportunities. 
RHS College and Career Center
Visit the RHS College and Career Center website to access other tools and resources for the post high school journey.  Click here for the link RHS College and Career Center
NEW Resource! Family Engagement Transition Toolkit
What is Transfer of Rights (TOR) at Age of Majority?
Ms. L. Hayashi
SpEd Department Head 
Mr. M. Heu
Transition Coordinator
Ms. K. Arakaki
Student Services Coordinator
Ms. D. Matsuura
Student Services Coordinator
Important Resource Links
(Review the categories below and click on the links to connect)
UH Community College Admissions Info and Application  Form:
Honolulu Community College Application Info
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