Uniform Policy and Dress Code

Ways to purchase school uniforms | Uniform Shirts | Dress Code Bottoms | Outerwear | Headgear | Policy Background Information | Consequences for Non Compliance | Free Dress Guidelines

Students are expected to be clean, neat and responsible in their dress and appearance. We have a School Community Council approved dress code policy to ensure campus safety and maintain a productive learning environment that focuses on student achievement. Any student not meeting the dress code criteria will be sent to the office.  When a student, parent or teacher is not sure if the rules have been broken the Principal or Vice Principal(s) will have the final say.

All students attending Aliamanu Middle School are required to wear the school uniform from the first day of school.  Students are required to wear a uniform shirt and adhere to specific criteria for dress code bottoms and outerwear as provided below.  Students must arrive in uniform and remain in uniform all day, including after school while on campus.
**PE uniforms are not to be worn as school uniforms.  They are for PE class ONLY.**

Ways to purchase school uniforms:

*All purchases at Aliamanu must be made with CASH only please.

  1. At our Smart Start Day on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 8:00am – 12:00pm at our Cafeteria.
  2. During the 7th grade orientation day on Monday, August 6 from 8:00am – 11:30am at school. Location TBA.
  3. At school in the AMS Transition Center (2nd floor, above the Administration Office) from Mondays – Fridays, 7:30am – 8:00am and 10:00am – 11:00am. Prices range from $8.00 to $12.50 (plus tax), depending on size and style. Please remember Aliamanu Middle is a CASH ONLY school.
  4. School shirts may also be purchased at our vendor store on:
    Mondays – Fridays, 9:00am – 4:00pm;
    Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm
    The Custom Company
    98-027 Hekaha St. Building #3, Unit #12
    Aiea, HI 96701
    808-799-8191
    (credit cards accepted)
  5. ONLINE: School shirts can be purchased online through the Custom Company’s website. Credit cards are accepted and purchases have a shipping fee.
    Click on the link to Order Online

Uniform shirts:

  • Uniform shirts are provided by the school uniform vendor and are available in blue and gray.
  • Shirts that are not tucked in must not extend below shorts or skirts.
  • Shirts may not be altered in any way (sleeves, hem, neckline cut off or otherwise altered; tie-dyed; written on; tied up at the hem, etc.).
  • Only plain white “under” shirts may be worn beneath the uniform shirt. These under shirts may not show beyond the sleeves or bottom hem of the uniform shirt.  Layering of any kind is not permitted for either boys or girls. Students may not wear long-sleeved shirts under their uniform shirts.
  • All shirts must be long enough to be tucked in so that the midriff is not exposed even if the student is wearing low riding jeans and bending over or the shirt is worn under the school jacket.

**PE uniforms are not to be worn as school uniforms.  They are for PE class ONLY.**

Dress Code Bottoms:

  • Bottoms may have no visible logo patch, insignia, or brand name.
  • Pants/shorts must fit at the waist without the support of a belt; no sagged, baggy or over-sized pants and no loose or hanging belts or chains. Shorts and skirts must be worn above the hips, with no holes and no undergarments showing.
  • No revealing underwear, body hugging or torn pants or shorts.
  • Shorts and skirts must follow the “longest fingertip rule”. The shorts or skirts, including the side slit, must be no shorter than the longest fingertip (middle finger) with the arms fully extended at the side.
  • No pajama pants are permitted.

Outerwear:

  • Uniform jackets are available in gray only. Uniform jackets are available for purchase along with the uniform t-shirts provided by the school uniform vendor.
  • Other jackets are permitted provided that they are school colors (grey or blue) and do not have any visible logo patch, insignia, or brand name.
  • Jackets must be left open so student’s uniform shirt is visible.
  • Students may NOT wear the hood of the jacket during school.
  • No sweaters permitted.

Headgear

  • Hats & head-wear, including bandannas & hoods are not allowed.

Policy Background Information:

All school community role groups have been involved in the dialogue and decision-making for the uniform policy.  Students and parents play a large part in the selection of styles and colors based on preference, practicality of clothing, maintenance and costs.  According to the Hawaii Board of Education Policy #4410 on School Uniforms, adopted 5/96, all school uniform policies must include the following four components:

  1. Parent leadership and involvement: The School Community Council (SCC) participated in forming the policy and the majority of the members of the school community were supported it. All role groups participated in the conversations and decision making.
  2. No undue financial burden is placed upon individuals and parents: Most parents view the uniform policy as cost saving for student clothing.
  3. Protection of students’ Constitutional rights: The Constitutional rights of students will be respected and Aliamanu Middle School will not impose any messages, political or otherwise, on the school uniform. The school name, and/or logo/mascot will appear on the uniform.
  4. Waivers may be requested: Parents wishing to request that their student be exempted from the uniform policy may request an Application for Exemption form from the school office within the first five days after enrollment. Parents should (1) return completed form to the office, (2) meet with the Principal or Vice Principal to review the reasons for the student uniform policy and the dispensation of the request, and (3) review the acceptable student attire for approval.

Waiver Applications:

Approved Applications are valid only for the current school year and must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.

Consequences for Non Compliance to Uniform Policy:

Students who are not in proper uniform attire will receive a call to their parents and/or a Lunch Detention.  Non-compliance with the Uniform Policy will be considered as a Class D Dress Code violation and students will be disciplined according to Chapter 19 and School Disciplinary Guidelines.  Parents will be notified of disciplinary consequences when appropriate. No loaner uniforms are available. Student will have to purchase a new or used shirt or parents/guardians will have to bring the student a shirt to wear for the day.  PE shirts are not allowed as a substitute.

SCHOOL APPROPRIATE FREE DRESS GUIDELINES:

If a student, parent or teacher is not sure if the rules have been broken, the Principal or Vice Principals will have the final say.
***Students MUST wear their AMS ID if they are out of school uniform***

  • Aliamanu Middle School ID must be worn at all times.
  • All tops shall not reveal any cleavage and must cover the midriff.  Sleeveless tops must have straps two (2) inches or wider and be tight fitting under the arms.  Spaghetti straps, backless or shoulder-less garments with or without jackets are not permitted.
  • All clothing must be free of messages relating to drugs, gangs, sex or profanity.
  • The length of the skirts or shorts shall reach the open fingertips when arm is extended down the student’s side.
  • All skirt or dress slits must not be shorter than open fingertips when the arm is extended down the student’s side.
  • No layering of shirts is allowed.
  • Sagging or over-sized pants are not allowed.  Pants must be secured at the waist (no under garments showing).
  • Baseball caps, visors, stocking caps, or sweat band of any kind are not to be worn.
  • Jewelry representing drugs, gangs, inappropriate language, etc. is prohibited.
  • Any gang related fashion is prohibited.