KEAUKAHA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

School Uniform Policy and Procedure

 

HISTORY/RATIONALE:

Community pride is strong in the homestead of Keaukaha. On a daily basis, one can find community

members proudly wearing shirts that display the Keaukaha name on its front or back. It is with this in

mind that we began the necessary steps to instill that pride in all members of our school campus,

especially our haumana.

 

PURPOSE:

The purpose of the school uniform expectation is to strengthen a sense of family, pride, and unity in

our Keaukaha learning environment and reduce any ethnic, social and/or economic barriers that may

exist. Keaukaha Elementary recognizes that school uniforms have the ability to increase school spirit,

improve campus safety, raise student achievement, and create a sense of belonging when children are

away from their homes.

 

Board of Education Policy #4410 entitled Dress Code and School Uniforms recognizes that a positive

relationship exists between appearance and the learning environment. It is out intent to create a

learning environment that builds a sense of community and fosters a positive school climate and

culture.

 

In addition, school uniforms support the concept of togetherness and shared responsibility to others as

embedded in our current school vision: E hoe i ka wa’a! E ho’olōkahi e! “Lets Paddle Our Canoe

Together! Keaukaha Elementary School’s vision is displayed on the back of our school uniform.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS:

1. All students will wear the school uniform on Monday through Thursday, unless otherwise

stated. Friday is considered a Free Dress day for students and should dress appropriately for

school.

2. The school uniform is ROYAL BLUE in color. Royal blue short sleeve, long sleeve and hoodie

will be considered a school uniform.

3. Uniforms must be visible while in school. Students will not be allowed to use other hoodies

that will COVER their uniforms. Students may use button or zipper front jackets if they are

cold in school. Long sleeve shirts may be used UNDER the school uniform.

4. The use of any other Keaukaha shirt will NOT be considered a school uniform.

5. Student uniforms are expected on all grade level/class/school excursions, Monday through

Friday.

6. Writing on the school uniform will not be permitted.

7. Alterations or cutting of the school uniform will not be permitted.

8. A ‘borrowed’ school uniform will be provided to a child who attends school without a uniform

shirt on Monday through Thursday. The ‘borrowed’ shirt will be returned to the school at the

end of the day.

9. A student needing to borrow a uniform from the school should be a rare occurrence and should

not happen daily or weekly. Parents/guardians must ensure that their child has enough uniforms

to wear to school every week.

10. If there are any special circumstances that would prevent following these requirements, these

circumstances must be shared with the principal. A meeting will be held between the principal

and parent/guardian.

 

Please remember that Keaukaha Elementary is a uniform school.

 

EXEMPTION PROCEDURES:

A parent/guardian may apply for his/her child or children to be exempt from the uniform dress code for

two reasons only: 1) Medical 2) Religious.

The parent/guardian may request an exemption by using the following procedure:

• The request must be made in writing to Keaukaha Elementary School, attention Principal.

• The request must clearly state which of the reasons above the request is being made under

and must clearly provide information/evidence that supports the requests.

• All requests for exemption will be presented to the School Community Council (SCC) for

review. Parent attendance is highly recommended at the time the SCC will review the

request. This will allow an opportunity to explain the situation further, if necessary.

• The SCC will make the final decision to approve the exemption request.

FINANCIAL HARDSHIP:

No student shall be denied attendance to our school nor otherwise penalized for failure to wear their

school uniform, if such failure is due to financial hardship. In the event of financial hardship, the

family is encouraged to contact the principal to set up a meeting and discuss possible options of

support.

UNIFORM STOCK:

A stock of Keaukaha Elementary School uniforms will be kept at Creative Arts for purchase

throughout the school year. Creative Arts is located at 500 Kalanianaole Avenue. Keaukaha

Elementary School will NOT keep a stock of uniforms on campus for purchase.

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