As employees of Kamehameha Schools, we have the honor and privilege of being entrusted with the care of students across our campuses and programs. Whether we work on a campus, out of a regional office, or at Kawaiahaʻo Plaza, we all share in this kuleana.
That’s why, in advancing Kamehameha Schools as a world-class school system, we need to focus on student safety and well-being as an organizational priority.
One of the things we did when launching SP2020 was to create the Mālama Ola Student Health, Safety and Well-Being division to take the lead in looking at how we can improve and advance student health, safety, and well-being across our organization. In addition, student safety and well-being is identified as a priority in Action 1 of our Annual Plan FY2016-7.
Mālama Ola is led by Dr. Kenny Fink, who supervises all KS medical and health-related staff, and education safety officer Carl Alexander, whose kuleana includes developing and implementing programs, addressing student and employee health and safety, and minimizing environmental impacts related to education.
But the responsibility is not theirs alone. It’s a kuleana we all share. Every department at KS should be thinking about what we can do to keep our students safe and poised to thrive.
How do we do that?
Over the next year you will be hearing much about this important topic. Please watch for these communications and get engaged. As the saying goes, “if you see something, say something.” If there’s any chance the safety of our students could be compromised, report it.
Just recently, we expanded our Hiʻikua Student Helpline to serve our three campuses and preschool system to provide another venue where students and parents can keep us informed and aware of any issues that may compromise that safety.
Going forward, Mālama Ola will continue to identify and share information that helps us establish the best standards and practices related to health, safety, and well-being.
In addition, new protocols will be implemented to put safety at the forefront, be it on the athletic field, in the classroom, the loʻi or our business offices – all directed toward the best interests of our keiki and their ‘ohana.
Even as we continue to put new safety practices into place, let’s also keep in mind that each one of us has an individual responsibility to help keep our students safe each and every day.
I Mua Kamehameha,
April 16, 2016
Learn more about the man tapped to head KS’ student health, safety and well-being department.
October 26, 2015
Carl Alexander, former KS Maui director of Operations, will focus on student well-being across all Kamehameha Schools educational programs.