All teachers of the Department of Education’s programs that are conducted through the Hawaiian language shall possess appropriate Hawaiian language skills to deliver a standards-based curriculum through the medium of the Hawaiian language. The appropriate skills and a uniform test shall be based on guidelines developed under the direction of the Department of Education and shall be consistent with state law.

This policy shall not apply to teachers employed by the Department of Education prior to July 1, 2006, and may be waived on an individual and temporary basis by the Superintendent of Education as circumstances warrant.

Approved: 03/02/06