All role groups in the school community were involved in the dialogue and decision-making for this uniform policy, which was implemented in the 1997-98 school year with several subsequent revisions. Students and parents played a large part in the selection of styles and colors based on preference, practicality of clothing, maintenance and costs. This research-based uniform policy contributes to reduced gang visibility and school violence, improved student behavior and attendance, and keeps the focus on what is really important at our school - student learning.
According to the Hawaii Board of Education Policy 106-4 (formal policy 4410, adopted 5/96), a school uniform policies must include the following four components:
- Parental leadership and involvement: The decision represents the views of a majority of the members of the school community. All role groups participated in the conversations and decision making.
- No undue financial burden is placed upon individuals and parents: Most parents view the uniform policy as cost saving for student clothing. Donated uniforms are available to students with financial needs.
- Protection of students’ Constitutional rights: The Constitutional rights of students will be respected and Moanalua Middle School will not impose any messages, political or otherwise, on the school uniform. The school name, logo, mascot will appear on the uniform.
- Waivers may be requested. Parents wishing to exempt their student from the uniform policy may “opt-out” by requesting the Application for Exemption form available in the school office. Parents should (1) return the completed forms to the office; (2) meet with the Principal or Vice Principal to discuss the student uniform policy and nature of the objection; and (3) review the acceptable student attire. Exemptions are valid only for the current school year and must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.
School uniforms alone will not solve the problems of public schools and community perception of them. However, uniforms are surely one positive contributing factor to improved middle school culture, discipline and safety. As parents, students and members of the community work together, a uniform policy becomes part of a strong overall school safety program that supports the learning success of all students.
STATEMENT OF POLICY
All Moanalua Middle School students are required to comply with the five (5) components of the school uniform effective the first day of school. Students must wear a uniform shirt, uniform bottoms, outerwear, footwear, and school issued identification (ID) badge as provided below. Outerwear, when worn, must adhere to specifications. This policy applies at all times on campus, buses, and field trips, as well as at school-sponsored activities. Students must remain in uniform all day, including after school. For school-sponsored activities that do not require a uniform, the Standard Dress Code applies.
- UNIFORM SHIRTS (TOPS): Approved colors are ROYAL or NAVY BLUE, WHITE, and ASH GRAY.
- Uniform shirts with the school logo are available from the school uniform vendor and includes: polo shirts with collars, t-shirts, and long-sleeved t-shirts.
- Shirts that are not tucked in must not extend below bottoms. (No shirt longer than shorts length)
- Shirts may not be altered (tied/knotted up, sleeves cut off, tie-dyed, written on, torn, etc.).
- Shirts that have developed holes or areas of wear are not allowed.
- Under shirts must be an approved uniform color (no shirt longer than shorts length).
- School team (interdisciplinary or athletic teams) or program (i.e. Band, Orchestra, etc.) t-shirts in the approved colors and styles are acceptable uniform attire.
- School sports team jerseys may be worn only on or before game day. Tank top team jerseys must be worn over a t-shirt in the approved uniform shirt color.
- Older versions of the school uniform shirt may be worn as long as it remains in acceptable condition (no holes or worn out).
- UNIFORM BOTTOMS: Approved colors are SOLID - ROYAL, NAVY, or DENIM BLUE, BLACK, GRAY, TAN KHAKI, and WHITE.
- Pants or shorts. No skirts allowed. Athletic shorts are acceptable as long as all the colors are in the approved uniform bottom colors.
- Uniform bottoms are available from the school vendor.
- Students participating in Performing Arts performances may wear skirts approved by instructors/ administrators.
- Pants or shorts must fit properly at the waist and no shorter than mid-thigh in length. No sagging, baggy, or oversized pants. (If the pants fall down when the belt is off, the pants are too large). No loose or hanging belts or chains.
- No holes, rips or stains on pants or shorts.
- No revealing, body hugging, cut-off or torn pants.
- Visible logo patch, insignia, brand name or decorative embroidery must not be larger than one square inch.
- OUTERWEAR: Approved colors are SOLID - ROYAL, NAVY, or DENIM BLUE, WHITE, and ASH GRAY.
- Uniform shirts must be worn with all outerwear.
- Uniform jackets with the school logo are available from the school uniform vendor.
- Outerwear not purchased from the school uniform vendor must be an approved color.
- Visible logo patch, insignia, or brand name must not be larger than one inch.
- FOOTWEAR: Students are required to wear footwear at all times.
- Flats or athletic shoes are the recommended footwear for middle school students.
- Maximum shoe heel height is two (2) inches.
- IDENTIFICATION (ID) BADGE: Students are required to wear the school issued ID badge at all times.
- This ID must be “prominently” displayed via badge clip or lanyard to allow anyone on campus to quickly identify the individual.
STANDARD DRESS CODE
School is a place for learning and students are expected to dress in good taste at all school functions without becoming a distraction to others. Student’s attire should reflect the message of a safe and drug-free campus.
Hats, visors and sunglasses are not to be worn or visible on campus, except for approved field trips or physical education activities. Any item of clothing that may be construed as gang-related or items disruptive to the school environment may be banned or confiscated.
Pants and shorts must fit at the waist without the support of a belt (If the pants fall down when the belt is off, the pants are too large) and no shorter than mid-thigh in length. Sagging, baggy, or oversized pants, loose or hanging belts or chains, and revealing, body hugging, cut-off or torn jeans are inappropriate attire for middle school. Pants should have pockets so that valuables may be secured in a pocket instead of in a backpack.
For casual school-sponsored non-uniform events, girls may wear of variety of tops including: t-shirts, polo shirts, or blouses as long as the top is tucked in or worn out extending below the waistline, with no visible midriff or cleavage. Halter, tank, cropped, single sided or tube tops; cut shirts, spaghetti straps, torn jeans; and clothing that is see-through, reveals underwear, is body hugging, or bares the midriff are unacceptable. For safety reasons, girls should not wear high-heeled shoes.
FREE DRESS DAYS
There will be designated “Free Dress Days”, announced in advance, when students are not required to wear school uniform shirts (tops) on campus and adhere to the Standard Dress Code. Bottoms, outerwear, footwear, and ID badge uniform standards must still be followed on “Free Dress Days”.
CONSEQUENCES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE TO UNIFORM POLICY
Parents/guardians may be called to bring a change of clothing or the school may provide the student with gently-used uniform. Non-compliance with the Uniform Policy may result in students receiving school-level discipline in accordance with Chapter 19.