DoDEA Regulation 2051.1is the policy and procedures for disciplinary action for all students enrolled in DoDEA. We encourage parents to review the regulation for more information. The primary objective of school discipline is to maintain a safe and orderly environment that positively affects academic achievement. Discipline provides an opportunity for students to understand that inappropriate behavior results in appropriate consequences. These consequences are designed to keep the students academically involved. Exclusion from learning opportunities is a final disciplinary option. We believe it is imperative to provide students with feedback for their disruptive behavior and allow for planning to avoid future incidents of behavior.
The school philosophy remains that the teacher is responsible for discipline in the classroom. The focus in the area of student discipline at all levels should always be teaching appropriate behavior and promoting self-discipline. The lowering of a student's grade shall not be used as punishment. Student's grades must reflect achievement in the academic area, not the appropriateness of their behavior. Students shall not be assigned additional academic work as a consequence for inappropriate behavior, nor shall they be excluded from any part of the school program unless permission is granted from the principal.
Acts of misconduct should, if a first offense, be dealt with through admonition and counseling between the student and teacher on an individual basis. If the inappropriate behavior continues, the parents will be informed and their assistance sought. This may be done through a conference and/or other school resources, such as the school counselor. Should the disruptive behavior continue following the involvement of the parents, the assistance of the principal will be sought.
Each teacher has and enforces a classroom discipline plan. Teachers work with school counselors and parents to address any behavior concerns. Significant behavioral issues are referred to the assistant principal or principal. If this occurs, the principal or assistant principal would determine if the student would receive disciplinary action, and the parent would be notified of the action.
In general, students are to:
Some items prohibited in the school building include:
Cell phones and other electronic devices are to be turned off and kept in backpacks during school hours. If a student handles or uses a cell phone or other electronic device during the school day, the device will be kept by the principal until a parent comes to retrieve it.
Children should be dressed appropriately for school. Please keep in mind that children are involved in various activities throughout the school day. They will engage in hands on learning experiences that may include indoor/outdoor play, various art activities, sand and water play, etc. Student clothing should not create a safety risk for student, nor should it create a material or substantial disruption to school activities or the learning environment. Therefore, children may not wear ill-fitting clothing, halter-tops, swimsuits, or dresses or skirts of an inappropriately short length or other immodest apparel. Additionally, students are not allowed to wear clothing that contain inappropriately lewd, vulgar, obscene, or discriminatory slogans, words, phrases, pictures or acronyms, or that contain language or pictures that promote the illegal use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or that advocate violence, violent behaviors, and/or other illegal behaviors. Large hoop earrings, long necklaces, nose rings, or other jewelry that could cause injury should not be worn for safety reasons. Children should not wear headgear in the building except for religious or medical reasons. For safety, it is recommended that all children wear play shoes with rubber soles every day for physical education classes as well as recess activities. Students may not wear sandals or flip-flops. Shoes with heels or tennis shoes with wheels are not allowed. Appropriate attire for your child should include coats, hats, and gloves on cold days, and comfortable, well-fitting clothing and shoes that allow for participation in Art, PE, and play activities. At the request of a parent, school administrators may approve exceptions and accommodations to the dress code standards on a case-by-case basis.
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By the end of the school year, all students will increase reading comprehension by analyzing text to make inferences and draw conclusions as measured by selected school-wide and system-wide assessments.
By the end of the school year, all students will increase written communication by explaining mathematical thinking to find solutions as measured by selected school-wide and system based assessments.