The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is assisting students in the Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP) affected by the evacuation from Cairo, Egypt. The NDSP serves students who live in overseas areas not served by a DoDEA school. The program provides educational and financial support to enable students to attend local public and private schools or to receive home-based education.
Families that evacuate from Cairo have been returning to their Home of Record/CONUS Safe haven in accordance with Department of State (DoS) guidance.
DoDEA's priority will be assisting students and families with transitions to CONUS schools. DoDEA has contacted each school in Cairo to offer assistance in transmitting student records.
The NDSP Staff is aware of the challenges you face at this difficult time. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance regarding educational services as you transition your children to their new schools. We may be contacted in the following ways.
DoDEA NDSP Program
Instructional System Specialist
Outside Germany: +49-611-380-7359
In Germany: 0611-380-7359
Instructional System Specialist
Outside Germany +49-611-380-7727
FAX +49-611 380-7565
In Germany 0611-380-7727
FAX 0611-380-7565 Email: Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I understand that families evacuated from Cairo are to return to their home of record/CONUS Safe Haven in accordance with State Department guidance. What kind of support can we get from DoDEA in registering our children in schools?
A: The NDSP staff is ready to assist with registration. Staff members are knowledgeable on issues ranging from preschool through 12th grade. We may not have all of the answers, but we have a bank of resources and can provide assistance or a point of contact on any educational issue. Do not hesitate to contact us in the event you have a question.
Q: My child is on an IEP. How will that plan transition to their new school?
A: An NDSP IEP is comparable to a DoDEA IEP and should be initially (usually up to 45 days) honored in every state However, criterion for assessment and identification are different in every state, so a student may require additional assessments, observations, medical reports, etc., to re determine eligibility. NDSP staff will support families throughout the process and provide documentation needed to support the new school. We have hard copies of our NDSP files stored in the Wiesbaden Germany office building and can forward them to the new school.
Q: My child's school records are in Cairo. How can we get their records to their new school?
A: NDSP staff has made initial contact with the schools in Egypt and we hope to be able to assist with obtaining your school records. In the event we are not able to retrieve your official school records NDSP staff, in conjunction with DoDEA schools, will attempt to replicate records to fulfill registration requirements.
Q: What kids of allowances will be made for immunization requirements in my child's new school?
A: Each school will have a different immunization policy. NDSP staff is ready to assist you in enrollment and registration including immunization policies. Please contact us directly for assistance.
Q: My child is in high school and had to leave their classes in mid-semester. How can we ensure they get enrolled in the proper courses to get credit and graduate?
A: The NDSP staff is a trained and experienced reading transcript, researching graduation requirements, and assisting with post-secondary plans. We also have our virtual school counselors ready to assist when needed. Our virtual school remains an alternative for students evacuated from Egypt.
Greetings. I am writing from the US, where I am following events in Egypt, as I imagine you are, too. This is a time of much anxiety for our community, and I share your concerns about 'what comes next for CAC?' and I know that each of you is thinking about your own child's education for the coming school year, and wondering where CAC fits into those plans.
CAC intends, at this point, to open on schedule August 19 with new student orientation August 18. We anticipate strong enrollment, with a busy year ahead, full of the usual array of CAC academics and activities. It will be another great year of learning at CAC, but also a year that starts with challenges. We know that some families have been affected by ordered departures, but we expect all other students to return. We sincerely hope you will be with us for the important events that will start our 2013-14 school year. Knowing some of you are under ordered departure, the following will guide our work with students who are not in Egypt, and will, I hope, help you make informed decisions.
We hope that we will be working closely with your families in the coming months as we work together to support our community through these exciting but challenging times in Egypt. Kind regards,