Q: I heard that Alexander Track is closed until May 15. Why is that?
A: The Alexander Track and Field is available for community use except when students are actively using the facility for PE classes, sports or marching band practice (walkers and joggers are asked to use the outside lanes of the track to protect the inner lanes for competitive events). During the Track and Field season in the spring, however, there are over 400 student athletes participating in Intermediate, JV and Varsity girls and boys teams. Consequently, the track area is closed to the community in the afternoons from 3 - 5:30 p.m. to ensure that the students have a safe practice environment. This limitation was imposed beginning in 2009 after several collisions between students and others using the facility.
Q: Why doesn't the Bookstore allow charges to the student accounts? It would be so much easier - especially when the kids need to get another PE shirt, etc. I have to send them with enough cash...
A: Bookstore manager Bertha Ueoka tells us that when a student wishes to buy something in the Punahou Bookstore, the school cannot determine whether the intended purchase is approved by a parent or not, given the wide range of items carried in the bookstore. Therefore, the access for charging to student accounts has never been given to the Bookstore. To assist parents who wish to have their student purchase specific items, a parent can call the Bookstore at 944-5743 or email email@example.com to find out the cost of the specific item and send the correct amount of cash. The bookstore also accepts checks (checks should be made payable to "Punahou School"). There is no tax assessed on Punahou Bookstore purchases.
Q. With Punahou's efforts for sustainability, are there places for students to lock their bikes? This would give students options to bike to school.
A. There are locations in Case Middle School where students can lock up their bikes. Interested parents should contact their Grade Supervisor.
Q. Is there any way laptops can be programmed to block out sites? (Eg. AIM, Facebook etc)
A. Tim Lucas, Grade Supervisor, provided us with the following response: We can, and do, block individual websites on student computers as needed to help them learn to appropriately manage their learning. Parents should contact their child's Grade Supervisor or Dean for help with this.