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Welcome to Special Education and Transition Planning

As we prepare for the new 2024-25 school year,  please use this web page to keep your student and your family aware of events in our Special Education and Transition Planning department. We have strived 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 require 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 let's continue to have a great school year!
Important Dates    
Jul 30 (Tu): Teachers' first day
Aug 5 (Mon): 9th Grade Freshmen only - First day of school
Aug 6 (Tu):  All students attend classes
Aug 16 (Fri): Statehood Day - No school
Sep 2 (Mon): Labor Day - No school
Hawaii DOE  (Click to open)  2024-2025 Official School Calendar
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 from school, 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. For more information on Attendance Procedures at RHS, please see  RHS Attendance Procedures.
  • 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.
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).
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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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