Aloha Waimalu Ohana,
Happy New Year! Welcome back to school, and the start of a new decade! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season, and had time for friends, family, and fun!
I’m sure you are all aware of the recent rise in the number of homeless people that are now in the neighboring park. Many times, they make their way onto our campus. Please know that the safety of our students, teachers, staff, and families is our highest priority. On December 19, 2019, I met with Councilman Brandon Elefante and other DOE, state and city officials to see what we can do make sure our campus is as safe as possible.
Some of the measures we have taken to secure our campus are building perimeter fencing (currently in the design phase), contracting a private security company that will patrol our campus and two other schools from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., and asked the police department to step up their patrols during after school hours.
We need everyone’s help to ensure our campus is safe. You can help us by talking to your children and letting them know to report anything suspicious to an adult right away, and to not talk to strangers on campus or on the way home. It is also important that students leave campus at the end of the day unless they have reason to be at school (clubs, homework support, tutoring, A+, etc.), and to not come too early in the morning. We have very limited adult supervision before and after school. We offer early morning care and after school care for our families. You may find information on these programs at our front office.
Lastly, our area legislators and councilman want your input on this matter. Please let them know your thoughts. We are represented by Rep. Sam Kong, Rep. Greg Takayama, and Sen. Breene Harimoto in the state legislature. As mentioned previously, Brandon Elefante is our city councilman.
Please know that my door is always open if you have concerns about our school. Please stop by any time. If I am not in, our school secretary Mrs. Kacie Higa can set up a time to meet with me.
Glen Iwamoto, Principal