Our handbook provides information and guidance about school policies, procedures, and programs.
In accordance with DoDEA attendance policy Regulation 2095.01 which went into effect on August 26, 2011, regular attendance is expected of all students.
The DoDDS’ educational program along with the local command, assumes that all students will attend school each day that it is in session. It is difficult for students to “make-up” work they miss during the school day. Please try to keep absences to a minimum. Adherence to the school attendance policy is the responsibility of the parents. We request that parents telephone the school to inform us whenever a child will be absent. The school will try to verify absences by 8:30 each day. The school will attempt to contact the sponsor in cases where no prior notification has occurred and the student is absent. Current contact information is imperative. A written correspondence to the teacher stating the reason for the absence assists the teacher with maintenance of attendance data. Please help us in this effort by notifying the school when your child is absent.
Emergency leave is typically excused and parents arrange the make-up schedule with individual teachers. Teachers may give students (who are on emergency leave) additional time to complete any assigned work. All absences due to family trips are considered unexcused absences. To assist students with school work (while on vacation) we have developed a pre-planned absence procedure:
Parents must request (at least 5 days in advance), approval for any pre-planned school absence not related to illness. Pre-planned absence forms are available in the main office and HERE. This allows teachers to prepare work for the student in advance. The assigned work must be returned to the teacher, no later than the first day that the student returns to school. Assigned work will help to prevent regression of skills and help to maintain a passing grade average.
Once SST has met with parents, any continued chronic attendance issues may be referred to the appropriate Command for assistance. Absences due to illness are excused if the parent sends a note/email to school or contacts the school telephonically. Students who enter school after 0750 are tardy. Passport appointments will be excused as it is official business.
Parents are expected to guide students to be appropriately dressed for school at all times to include: Wear appropriate shoes at all times. Flip-flops and open-toed shoes are not appropriate for many school activities for safety reasons. Students are not permitted to play on the playground with flip-flops or open-toed shoes. Wear clothing without profanity, objectionable slogans and pictures. Pants must be worn at waist level with no underwear visible. Wear shirts that cover the midriff when arms are raised. Spaghetti straps and thin tank tops are not appropriate wear. The length of shorts and skirts should exceed the length of the students’ hand placed on thighs while in a standing position. Sunglasses, coats, jackets, caps, hats, and bandanas are not appropriate for wear in the classroom. Bring a sweatshirt or sweater to wear in class during cool weather. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers on PE days. Be aware of the sun. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and protective clothing are recommended for outdoor use during warm days. Sunglasses are not permitted on the playground at recess.
It is important that all children feel safe at school. It is a policy of DoDDS’ schools that discipline be maintained consistently and appropriately. We encourage students to grow in self-control, develop a sense of regard for themselves and their fellow students, and have pride in their school community. Students have the responsibility for conducting themselves in a manner that does not violate the rights of other people.
Students are expected to display appropriate behavior at all times while at school. Our students are generally very well behaved; however, at no time will the behaviors listed below be tolerated in our school. Students involved in these types of behavior risk the possibility of a school suspension and in some cases expulsion:
- Fighting, intimidation, or threatening another student
- Willful disobedience/defiance to adults in charge
- Throwing inappropriate objects
- Possession of a weapon (imitation and/or real)
- Vulgar or abusive language
- Vandalism and/or destruction of school property
- Sexual harassment
- Possession of any drug, alcohol, and/or tobacco
- Name calling with racial or ethnic overtones
What is bullying?
Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. Typically, it is repeated over time. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself.
Bullying can take many forms, such as hitting or punching (physical bullying); teasing or name-calling (verbal bullying); intimidation using gestures or social exclusion (nonverbal bullying or emotional bullying); and sending insulting messages by e-mail (cyberbullying).
Negative behaviors will be dealt with on an individual basis. Consequences range from the student talking to the teacher, talking to an administrator, calling the parents, losing privileges within the school, after school and/or lunch detention, to suspension or expulsion. We do our best to match consequences to the severity of the misbehavior, the frequency of previous occurrences, and the age of the child. Staff members maintain classroom management plans that assist students to avoid misconduct, in addition to school-wide expectations. Our policy is to ensure every student feels safe and comes to a clean and orderly campus.
Students are responsible for obeying all school expectations, for accepting reasonable and appropriate consequences for their behavioral choices, for properly maintaining textbooks and other school equipment, and for respecting public and personal property.
Role of the Parents
Parents are the most important people in a child’s life. Their love, affection, support, and approval are a functional need of all children. Because parents are number one in importance, they are also number one in the ability to influence and motivate their children toward responsible behavior. If you should receive a phone call or message from the school regarding a negative behavior choice by your child, please discuss with your child what alternative behaviors your child could have chosen that would have resulted in a more positive outcome. If a child views the school and parents as working together as a team, there is a much greater chance that the negative behavior choice will not be repeated.
Every effort will be made to help a student who experiences difficulty adjusting to school life. However, more serious action will be taken if a student persistently violates school rules or commits a serious breach of conduct. A first consequence will result in either in-school or out- of-school suspension pending the severity of the action by the student. The school administrator may suspend a child from school for a period of time, normally not to exceed ten days. The administrator will inform parents of the reasons for both in-school and out-of-school suspension, the length of suspension, and the conditions for reinstatement. A parent must accompany the child to school on the morning following a suspension. At this time a conference will be held with an administrator to ensure that the child fully understands the expectations to be followed
Sigonella Elementary School students have the opportunity for increasingly wide access to stand-alone computers, to the school wide network, and to the Internet. With these privileges come responsibilities. Students are expected to use these resources appropriately. Terms and conditions of use are spelled out in the DoDEA Student Computer And Internet Access Agreement. DoDEA requires all students and parents to sign this written agreement prior to usage. Parents will sign the document at registration.
PSC 824 Box 08
FPO, AE 09623-0001
DSN Phone: 361-624-4406/4001
DSN Fax: 361-624-4405
It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to notify the school every time a student is absent.
DSN: (314) 624-4406
Local: (+39) (0)95-56-4406
Fax: (+39) (0)95-56-4405
7:45 a.m.- 2:15 p.m. (Monday-Friday)