For safety reasons, all visitors and volunteers must report to the school’s front office immediately upon entering the school.
Due to COVID-19, schools are currently minimizing volunteers/visitors in the classroom.
A visitor/volunteer is someone who is not a school employee or enrolled student and enters the school during operating hours. The school administration has the final determination on visitors/volunteers authorized to be at the school. When visiting, visitors/volunteers may go only to the approved area indicated as their destination when signing in at the front office. All visitors will receive an appropriate visitor’s badge, which is to be displayed conspicuously at all times while on school grounds. Any change to the designated location must be approved by the school’s front office before the visitor/volunteer can access a different location within the school. Upon finishing their visit, visitors/volunteers must check out at the front office, return the visitor’s badge, and exit the school. Parents are welcome to visit the school and classrooms to observe the school’s programs for brief periods of time that do not interfere with instruction. Approval by school personnel is required for this type of visitation.
Learn more about volunteering at your school's Get Involved page.
DoDEA school administrators, in partnership with sponsors/family members, students, and military leaders, promote communication through the establishment of advisory committees to address issues (school initiatives, procedures and policies) locally. This is a system-wide way for parents to get involved in their child’s local school. Consult your child’s school to learn more about school advisory committees.
Learn more about SAC's at your school's Get Involved page.
Proof of Eligibility: The sponsor does not need to be present at registration, as long as the parent or other adult registering the child has all the necessary paperwork, in accordance with DoDEA Regulation 1342.13, “Eligibility Requirements for Education of Elementary and Secondary School-Age Dependents in Overseas Areas,” September 20, 2006, as amended, and DoD Instruction 1342.26, “Eligibility Requirements for Minor Dependents to Attend Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS),” March 4, 1997.
The following documents are necessary to complete the registration process:
Contact the registrar at your child’s school to update your child’s information or visit your school's registration page for more information on enrollment.
In accordance with the policy stated in DoDEA Regulation 2095.01, “School Attendance,” August 26, 2011, as amended, school attendance is mandatory. All students are required to attend school to ensure continuity of instruction and that they successfully meet academic standards and demonstrate continuous educational progress. School attendance is a joint responsibility between the parent or sponsor, student, classroom teacher, school personnel, and, in some cases, the Command. Students with excessive school absences (or tardiness) shall be monitored by the Student Support Team to assist in the completion of all required work and successful mastery of course objectives.
Daily student attendance is identified based upon a quarter of the school day formula. Students will be identified as present or absent, based on the following criteria:
DoDEA considers the following conditions to constitute reasonable cause for absence from school for reasons other than school-related activities:
Unexcused absences may result in school disciplinary actions. An absence from school or a class without written verification from a parent or sponsor will be unexcused. Student attendance is calculated based upon the date of enrollment in a DoDEA school, which may occur anytime during the school year. Student attendance monitoring is designed to provide a continuum of intervention and services to support families and children in keeping children in school and combating truancy and educational neglect. Parents should notify the school of their child’s absence 30 minutes after the start of the school day. Too many unexcused absences may trigger the Student Support Team to convene.
The Principal may authorize an accelerated withdrawal of a student who must withdraw from school 20 or less instructional days prior to the end of a semester, in accordance with Section 3.1.d, of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1367.01, “High School Graduation Requirements and Policy,” [TBD]. Accelerated withdrawal will only be considered if the parent/sponsor presents PCS orders. The parent or sponsor must present verification of the date required for the student to depart from the school (e.g., PCS orders). All of the conditions of an accelerated study program outlined by the student’s teachers must be met prior to withdrawal in order for grades to be assigned and credit to be granted. Students who withdraw prior to the 20-day limitation of the accelerated withdrawal policy will receive “withdrawal” grades rather than final grades. In this case, the sponsor/parent should notify the school two weeks prior to the date of withdrawal.
This information identifies DoDEA's high school graduation requirements. Students who plan to pursue college athletics should also visit the NCAA Eligibility site to ensure their course taking aligns with NCAA eligibility requirements. The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children is now formally recognized as part of DoDEA's secondary education policy. Please consult with the school counselor for further guidance or questions regarding graduation requirements.
DoDEA graduation requirements differ depending on the year a student enters 9th grade. The requirements are identified below on three separate color-coded documents dated to correspond to the year of initial entry into 9th grade. These documents are intended to help students and parents to determine the number of credits and the distribution of credits by subject area required to receive a DoDEA standard diploma or an honors diploma. Please consult with your school counselor for further guidance or questions.
School Year 2018-19, Class of 2022
School Year 2019-20, Class of 2023
School Year 2020-21, Class of 2024Entering 9th grade in school year 2020-21
School Year 2021-22, Class of 2025
DoDEA accepts the official courses, grades and earned credits of middle school (grades 7–8) and high school (grades 9–12) students who transfer to a DoDEA school from other DoDEA schools or who earn course credits in an accredited non-DoD system (public or private), correspondence, online, and/or home-school program. The accreditation for the sending school or school system must be from one of the six U.S. regional accrediting associations, one of the U.S. state education agencies, or by a public- or state-supported system of accreditation for public or private education programs in a foreign nation, in accordance with Section 4.7, of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1367.01. Please contact your child’s school for questions regarding course credit transfer process and approval.
At the beginning of each course or grade level, every DoDEA teacher shall make available information regarding grading policy and course requirements to parents and students. This information will be provided to parents and students by the end of the first month of the school year or by the end of the first month of the semester in the case of a semester course.
If any student demonstrates unsatisfactory progress or achievement, teachers must notify parents with enough time to correct the deficiency. Notification must occur as soon as unsatisfactory achievement is evident, and not later than the midpoint of the nine-week grading period.
Timely and accurate reporting of student progress shall be accomplished for students in grades 4–12, using the approved DoDEA Electronic Gradebook (EGB) System. All assignments (e.g., quizzes, tests, examinations, homework, speeches, etc.) that are used to assess and report student progress shall be promptly evaluated and/or graded, posted in the EGB, and returned to the student. The normal period of evaluation and posting should be no longer than ten calendar days from the day the assignment is collected, with reasonable exceptions for large projects. At a minimum, one assignment or grade should be recorded per week in the EGB System. To create an account and access the EGB System, please visit Gradespeed (dodea.gradespeed.net) for instructions.
A traditional letter grading system will be used for grades 4–12 report marks.
90 – 100
Excellent: Outstanding level of performance
80 – 89
Good: High level of performance
70 – 79
Average: Acceptable level of performance
60 – 69
Poor: Minimal level of performance
0 – 59
Failing (No credit awarded)
For purposes of calculating a student’s high school GPA, the following scales shall be used:
|Unweighted Standard Scale||Weighted Advanced Placement (with AP exam)|
The DoDEA School Meals Program is dedicated to building student health and academic achievement in our communities. Daily access to nutritious foods is the foundation for students to reach their full potential.
Visit your school's School Meals Program page for more information and the latest school menus.
Students are expected to actively participate in the educational process, including school-sponsored activities in and outside of the classroom, as deemed appropriate. Students should bring to the attention of a school employee behavior or activities that may endanger the safety and well-being of themselves or others.
Students are expected to dress in a manner that complies with the school’s dress code policy as directed in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01, “Students Rights and Responsibilities,” April 6, 2021. Please refer to your school’s Web site or school handbook for specific dress code policy.
Management of student behavior is a responsibility shared by students, sponsors/parents/guardians, teachers, and the military command and school communities in general, in accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” April 6, 2021. Student behavioral management consists of teaching and reinforcing positive student attitudes and behaviors. Students shall treat teachers, administrators, and other school staff with courtesy, fairness, and respect; and teachers, administrators, and other school staff shall treat students with courtesy, fairness, and respect. All students will be disciplined in a fair and appropriate manner. School administrators shall operate and maintain a safe school environment that is conducive to learning. School administration will ensure prompt investigation and response to incidents or complaints involving students made by students, parents, teachers, or DoDEA staff members.
In accordance with the policy stated in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1347.01, “Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures,” April 7, 2021, discipline shall be progressively and fairly administered. Disciplinary actions include, but are not limited to, verbal reprimands, conferences, detention, time-out, alternative in-school placements, school service programs, community service and counseling programs. Other behavior management techniques will be considered prior to resorting to more formal disciplinary actions that remove a student from school for a suspension (short or long term). Long-term suspension or expulsion following a first offense may be considered when a student poses an immediate threat to his or her safety or the safety of others (e.g., offenses involving firearms or other weapons, fighting or violence, or the possession, use, or sale of drugs). Additional rules and procedures can be reviewed in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1347.01.
It is DoDEA policy that discipline be maintained consistently and appropriately. We encourage students to grow in self-control, develop a sense of regard for 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. Along with staff, students share the responsibility of developing a caring climate within the school that is conducive to productive learning.
In the wake of school violence throughout the world, it is important to analyze the causes of violence and implement preventive measures to assure that every student and adult will feel secure in the school environment. DoDEA implemented a system-wide Bully Prevention program as a part of the Safe Schools and Character Education program.
Bullying is defined as a means to have power over another and it takes many forms: physical, verbal, and indirect such as gossip and isolation. Bullying leaves long-lasting scars for its victims. Bullies have a higher incidence of antisocial behavior, domestic violence and crime as adults. Society pays a heavy toll for tolerating bullying behavior and bullies.
In DoDEA schools and community, bullying will not go unchallenged and will not be tolerated. All students, staff members, parents and the community play vital roles to ensure our children are not bullied, do not act as bullies, and will not allow others to bully. Our schools have a moral obligation to provide our students and the school community with the proper information, prevention strategies, and defenses to create a safe, accepting and caring environment for all.
DoDEA enforces a no weapons policy. Students and parents are hereby notified that possession of weapons (see 'Weapons' section below) or replicas of weapons can result in expulsion from school.
In addition to weapons, students are not allowed to bring knives, matches, lighters or other dangerous objects to school. Toys, electronic devices, trading cards, chains, (even on wallets or keys) CD's and water guns should not be brought, as they tend to distract children from their learning tasks. Possession of tobacco in any form and alcohol will not be tolerated. Gum is not allowed in school. This list is not all-inclusive. If you have any doubt about bringing an article to school, consult the school office. Nuisance items, which are dangerous to the safety of others or have the potential to cause damage to personal or school property such as fireworks, smoke & stink bombs, eggs and shaving cream will be confiscated and not returned. When appropriate these items will be given to the Security Police. Prohibited items will be confiscated and released only to the sponsor.
It should be noted that possession or use of a weapon or prohibited items on DoD property is a crime and will be reported to security officials. Disciplinary action may include suspension or expulsion. DoDEA supports a no tolerance policy for weapon possession.
In order to progressively provide disciplinary responses, the Europe South & West District puts the following matrix in place to be followed by administrators:
Category I: Minor Infractions
|Category I: Minor Infractions||Referral||Possible sanctions for Category I infraction may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following actions:|
||Referral 1:||Warning and/or contact with the parent/guardian|
|Referrals 2-4:||Warning, parent contact, and/or detention, Saturday School; 1 day In-School Suspension|
|For Referrals 5 and each additional referral.||Warning, parent contact, and/or detention, Saturday School; 1 day In or Out of- School Suspension. Once a student has accumulated a minimum of 5 referrals, a behavior plan may need to be created to address behavioral concerns.|
An administrator may offer the following alternatives to Out-of-School Suspension:
NOTE: If the offense has taken place in the teacher’s classroom (with the exception of tardies), all teachers are generally expected to deal with Category I offenses in an appropriate manner prior to referring a student to an administrator (including parental contact and referral to guidance). The consequences listed above come into effect only after the student has been referred to an administrator
Category II: Serious Infractions
|Category II: Serious Infractions||Referral||Possible sanctions for Category II infraction may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following actions:|
||Referral 1:||After School Detention|
|Referrals 2:||Detention or Saturday School or Work Detail
Examples of work detail: working the booster tent, help setting up the football field; assisting at the track meet, etc.
|Referrals 3:||1 day In or Out of School Suspension|
|Referral 4:||2-3 Days of the combination of Saturday School, and/or In or Out of School Suspension|
|Referral 5:||3-5 Days of the combination of Saturday School, and/or In or Out of School Suspension.|
An administrator may offer the following alternatives to Out-of-School Suspension:
Category III: Severe/Extreme Infractions
A student may be disciplined, to include removal from school (i.e., suspension, expulsion, or out of school placement) in appropriate circumstances; when a preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that the student has engaged in any of the following acts of misconduct:
Each student, together with the student’s parent or guardian (if applicable), shall acknowledge and sign Form 700, “Use of DoDEA Internet and Use of Information Technology Resources,” before he or she is assigned a user account. In accordance with Enclosure 4 of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 6600.01, “Computer Access and Internet Policy,” February 16, 2010, the following are required of all students:
The signed agreement (Form 700) is to be retained in the administrative office at the student’s school for the duration of the student’s enrollment. A copy will be provided to the student and, if applicable, the student’s parent or guardian.
Use of personal social media between parents/teachers/students is discouraged. The only acceptable form of social media communication between parents/teachers/students is through official school social media.
SUBJECT: Computer Access and Internet Policy DoDEA AI 6600.01
POLICY: It is DoDEA policy that:
If a student violates the DoDEA Technology user agreement policy, the following actions will be imposed.
|Category I: Minor Infractions||Referral||Possible sanctions for Category I infraction may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following actions:|
||Referral 1:||Warning, Parent contact, and/or Detention|
|Referral 2:||Suspension of email for 10 Days|
|Referral 3:||Termination of email for SY and Administrative Action|
|Referral 4:||**Administrative Action|
|Category II: Serious Infraction||Referral||Possible sanctions for Category II infraction may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following actions:|
||Referral 1:||**Administrative Action|
|Referral 2:||Suspension of LAN and email for 2 weeks|
|Referral 3:||Termination of LAN & email accounts RESTRICTION of computer usage|
|Referral 4:||**Administrative Action|
|Category III: Severe Infraction||Referral||Possible sanctions for Category III infraction may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the
||Referral 1:||*Suspension of LAN and email for 2 weeks|
|Referral 2:||Termination of LAN & email accounts RESTRICTION of computer usage|
|Referral 3:||Termination of ALL Computer privileges|
|Referral 4:||**Administrative Action|
|Category IV: Extreme Infraction||Referral||Possible sanctions for Category IV infraction may
include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following actions:
||Immediate termination of all computer privileges and suspension from school|
Student transportation is defined as the transportation of students from their assigned bus stop to school at the beginning of their school day, during the mid-day and for return to their assigned bus stop at the end of the normal scheduled school day. DoDEA principals are responsible for monitoring student loading/unloading zones when students are coming and going from school sites, including administering discipline. A school bus or any device operating to provide student transportation will function as an extension of the school. The walking distance for students in grade 6 and below should not exceed one mile from the student’s primary residence to the school or designated bus stop. Students in grades 7–12 may walk up to 1.5 miles from their primary residence to the school or designated bus stop. These distances may be slightly expanded or contracted to conform to natural boundaries such as housing areas or neighborhoods. In locations having middle schools, which include grade 6 (i.e., grades 6–8), the walking distance criteria shall be the same as the criteria for grades 7–12.
Transportation is not authorized to take students to their homes or to eating facilities for their mid-day meal. No other transportation between the assigned bus stop and the school will be charged to commuting transportation unless stated in a special education student’s IEP and/or required by Section 504 guidelines. “Curb-to-curb” only applies to students with disabilities who require such service as documented in the student’s IEP. DoDEA District Superintendents, in coordination with the District Logistics Chief and the supporting military installation commanders, will establish a commuting area to determine eligibility for transportation of dependent students.
A student athlete must have a minimum 2.0 GPA for the previous semester prior to the start of the season and have no more than one "F" in order to be eligible for a sports team. If a student is ineligible by the previous semester standard, see section B below.
A. All student athletes eligible at the start of the season will be monitored on a weekly basis for D's and F's throughout the season.
B. If an athlete does not meet the GPA/1 "F" requirement then the athlete must adhere to the following.
C. Official transcripts from previous schools will be used to determine eligibility for transfer students by the same rules outlined above. If an athlete enrolls in school without a transcript or any previous school record.
Except for instances of bad weather and those other emergencies outlined below, school will not be dismissed during the normal periods of operation without approval of the Community Superintendent, Europe West/UK. Under emergencies declared by the Base Commander for such reasons as alerts, epidemics, inclement weather, bomb threats, demonstrations, and facility deficiencies that could endanger the health and safety of student and school personnel, schools may be closed.
In cases of inclement weather, the Support Group Commander coordinates school closure with the school principal. When school is canceled because of inclement weather, or when the school will experience a two-hour delayed start in the morning, parents may call the RAF Alconbury command post recording at 01480-844636, the school bus office at 268-3891 or 268-3314 or commercially at 01480- 843 891 or 01480-843 314, regarding emergency and inclement weather closures or delays.
Alconbury Middle High School has a Case Study Committee (CSC), which meets frequently to determine the special needs of students through assessment results. Members of this committee include qualified teachers, consultants, and other specialists. Parents are always an integral part of the process. Special Education staff is employed at Alconbury Middle High School to plan and provide for identified needs. Questions may be addressed to the administration.
Students transferring to Alconbury Middle High School should present their IEP’s to the Registrar upon enrollment. Students with disabilities as defined by DoD 1342.12, may qualify for graduation by either satisfying the requirements outlined by DoDEA by earning the necessary Carnegie Units and maintaining above a 2.0 GPA or meeting the objective for graduation in their IEP.
DoDEA schools and the military services all adhere to the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). SRP is a synthesis of common practices in use at DoDEA schools dependent on the threat which includes responses of Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuation, Shelter, and Reunification. It is simply a classroom response enhancement for critical incidents, designed to provide consistent, clear, shared language and actions among all students, staff and first responders. Drills of each of these responses are conducted throughout the year.
All Department of Defense Education Activity schools are accredited by Cognia, formerly AdvancED. Alconbury most recently participated in a successful Europe West District Accreditation process during school year 2020-2021.
Child Find is a DoDEA program designed to help our schools and parents identify students with special needs. Students with physical, emotional, communication, and/or learning impairments have a legal right to receive comprehensive and appropriate educational services. Child Find will help identify problems obstructing learning.
Child Find is the process used to identify any condition that would interfere with a child’s ability to learn and any child who could benefit from the services offered by DoDEA or AFSEC staff. It is for children of military and civilians from birth to 21 years of age. The kind of services provided include: Developmental Pediatric Evaluation, Occupational Therapy, Special Education, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Counseling. You can get involved by discussing any concerns regarding your child’s growth and development with your family doctor or pediatrician, contacting the nurse or the special education teacher at our school, or attending community parenting classes. You may also meet with Social Work Services representatives through the AFSEC program. If an evaluation by the AFSEC Staff is needed, your physician or the school staff may make a referral.
AMHS is staffed with a school counselors who provide a wide range of services. Students and parents can make appointments to review the student’s school records, to discuss concerns, and/or to schedule teacher conferences.
Students attending DoDEA Schools may have additional needs for psychological and mental health services. Families are characterized by frequent reassignments, extended deployments, demanding work hours, prolonged details to the field, and other unique demands that tax their cohesiveness and well-being. The overarching goal of the psychological services program is to increase student capacity to overcome academic, personal, and social problems that may hinder their attainment of educational success and a satisfying and productive life. The school psychologist provides psychological evaluation and facilitates mental health service delivery in the schools, while simultaneously supporting the learning process, child development, and the understanding of educational systems. School psychologists serve as a vital part of the student support team and work closely with school counselors, nurses, and administrators in the delivery of services to address the educational, emotional, and social needs of students.
The ASACS program is a comprehensive community-based program that provides prevention & education, identification & referral, and assessment & treatment to 12-18-year-old ID card holders in the military community. ASACS enables command and active duty personnel to concentrate on their mission, increase military readiness, strengthen family life, and reduce early returns and costly international and community incidents.
The Alconbury Middle High School nurse number is 01480-844307. The school nurse is located across from the main office in building 691. Students desiring to see the nurse must have a pass from their assigned teacher or the main office. Students who become ill or are injured during the school day are to report to the school nurse who will administer the necessary treatment and/or contact the parents to take the student home or to the hospital. Ill students should call parents from the nurse’s office before requesting a parent pick them up from school. Because of the inherent dangers associated with ill students who are dismissed to go home, it is required that sponsors or an authorized adult sign out ill students to ensure safest arrival home. It is imperative that sponsors ensure that current telephone numbers are on file at school. Sponsors should keep students who are ill at home. Sponsors should also inform the school of any known student health problems.
At the time of registration, parents are asked to complete USAFE Form 420 (Consent and Authorization for Medical Care). This form designates the school official (principal or designee) to authorize medical care in the absence of parents.
Students must have a physical examination before participating in school-sponsored athletic events. The physical may be obtained at the hospital or from a host country doctor and must be accomplished before the beginning of the athletic activity. The Athletic Physical forms are available in the main office.
Teachers may administer tests, exams, or quizzes at their discretion during the school year. If more than two tests are scheduled on the same day, students may request that any third test be rescheduled. The teachers will do their best to honor these requests. All examinations, tests, term papers, and major assignments handed in by students will be corrected and returned by the teacher in a timely manner. Students are expected to take all tests and exams when scheduled. This is particularly important for semester and final exams. Parents are encouraged to be sure children are in school during exam week, typically at the end of January and the beginning of June.
Alconbury Middle High School has a comprehensive interscholastic athletics program which is governed by the DoDEA Europe Interscholastic Athletics Program (IAP) Manual 2740.2 . This program is open to all students in grades 9-12. To participate on an athletic team, a student must meet all criteria established by DoDEA, DoDEA Europe, and Alconbury Middle High School. Sportsmanship and personal fitness are two of the goals of the athletics program. All participants and parents must sign the “Athletic Code” before participants may begin. The Athletic program provides the opportunity for young men and women to participate on an equitable basis in the school’s sports program.
AMHS athletic guidelines promote and maintain a proper balance between the athletic and academic programs of the school and high ideals of good school behavior and sportsmanship.
7th and 8th graders are allowed to practice with Cross Country, Tennis, Wrestling, and Track and may be allowed to compete.
All participating students are required to have a current physical examination/parental consent form on file prior to participation in practice or events. Athletic teams train five days a week in addition to the competition schedule. Athletes are expected to meet this time commitment if they are to be members of the AMHS athletic teams.
Seniors who aspire to join a sports team at the university or college they will be attending must arrange to send a copy of their SAT scores and a final high school transcript to the NCAA Clearinghouse. Please see the Guidance Counselor for more information.
The Student Council is the official student government organization. The council sponsors programs to promote school spirit, social and civic responsibility, and better faculty-student relations.
The DoDEA Attendance Policy/DoDEA Regulation 2095.01 is the Alconbury Middle High School attendance policy.
Senior Skip Day- Senior skip day is not recognized or permitted by DoDEA or Alconbury Middle High School and will be considered an unexcused absence.
Students who are repeatedly tardy will be subject to appropriate discipline, including detention or Saturday School.
Truancy is skipping school, cutting classes, or leaving class without the permission of the sponsor and school officials. Any student who leaves and/or does not sign out will be considered truant. Truancy is an unexcused absence and will result in appropriate discipline.
Students are not to leave school grounds for any reason during the school day without prior parental permission arranged through the Main Office. Students who leave without permission and do not sign out will be considered truant. Students leaving during lunch will be required to sign out and back in using the procedures outlined at the beginning of the year.
Students must sign in at the Main Office when arriving at unscheduled times. Students that depart school early with a parent or guardian and school permission must also sign out in the Main Office. Parents or guardians must be present to sign a student out unless pre-approved arrangements are made with the principal’s permission. Students leaving campus for lunch must also sign out using QR codes or the google form.
Cheating and plagiarizing are not acceptable practices at Alconbury Middle High School. Students found engaged in either activity may not receive credit for the examination, project, or homework assignment and will be subject to progressive discipline.
Each teacher has and enforces a classroom discipline plan that has been approved by the administration. Plans are designed to encourage appropriate behavior and to keep parents informed of disciplinary matters. When preventive measures, including parental involvement, have been unsuccessful and inappropriate behavior persists, teachers will refer the student to the administration for appropriate disciplinary action. Serious misconduct in the classroom may result in immediate referral to the administration.
Alconbury Middle High School values diversity in expression, health and safety, as well as a demonstration respect for the learning environment through what we wear. All students are required to comply with the following minimum dress code standards though some courses and classrooms may have specific requirements that are outlined in a syllabus. Students in violation of dress code may be asked to change; continued violations of the dress code policy may result in disciplinary action.
What a student wears will include:
In addition, clothing will not:
The failure of a student to follow a reasonable request by any staff member is insubordination. Normally, insubordination results in detention. If the insubordination is accompanied by profanity or disrespect, disciplinary action may increase.
Personal electronics including phones, and tablets are only allowed to be used for emergency or educational purposes. Students may not wear headphones or ear buds during the school day without expressed permission from a faculty member. Any inappropriate use of the computers or personal electronics may result in the cancellation of the student’s computer and internet privileges and progressive discipline. All students must have a signed agreement in each student’s record, before he/she is allowed access to the LAN system.
Areas of the base that are “OFF LIMITS” to students are:
Students using profanity in common areas or in a classroom will be asked to refrain from further use of inappropriate language and referred to the administration.
Public display of affection at school is not appropriate. Failure to comply with the request to stop or a disrespectful response will result in a referral to the administration.
Students are prohibited from possessing or using tobacco or vaping products during the school day, en route to or from school, on or off school property, on school owned and operated buses or on chartered buses, or when participating in school-sponsored or school- supervised activities on or off campus. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action/consequence to be determined by the principal which may include referral to counseling or appropriate authority.
The safety and security of our students and staff is necessary to ensure the proper educational environment to maximize teaching and learning. Threatening a staff member will not be tolerated. A student who threatens a staff member will be met with the highest degree of discipline.
The intentional destruction or damage to school property or the personal property of others is vandalism. Incidents of vandalism will be dealt with harshly. Serious incidents will be reported to the MOD, the Security Police and/or the Base Commander. Students will be expected to reimburse the United States Government or the person for all damages incurred. Students damaging or destroying school property or the personal property of others accidentally will not incur punitive action, but the student will be expected to reimburse the United States Government or person for the cost of the damage or destruction caused.
Weapons are not allowed at school under any circumstances. DoDEA-Europe has a “ZERO TOLERANCE” weapons policy. A student possessing a weapon will be suspended and expulsion proceedings will be initiated. Possession of knives, sharp or pointed objects, guns, clubs, explosive devices or ammunition, or any other dangerous item will result in immediate disciplinary action and reporting to the parent/sponsor, Base Commander, Security Police, MOD, DoDEA District Superintendent, DoDEA Area Superintendent, and the sponsor’s major unit commander. Disposition of weapons and prohibited items is at the discretion of the administration and the Security Police. Incidents involving weapons are of the most serious nature. Any item when carried in a concealed manner, or if displayed openly, brandished or used in a threatening manner, or carried in the presence of other persons in a manner likely to make reasonable persons fear for their safety, can be considered a weapon. Realistic look-alike items will be included in this category.
USAREUR Reg. 190-6 and USAFE Reg. 125-17 provide the following lists of weapons as examples of prohibited items. This is not a complete listing; in the case of situations not specifically addressed, please contact your local Security Police.
Club-type hand weapons (for example: blackjacks, brass knuckles, nunchaku).
Strangulation, barbed wire flails, bicycle chains (chains of any type including those in wallets or keys), canes with sharp points, broken bottles or glasses, small knives with retractable blades.
All categories of laser light pointers are prohibited from DoDEA student possession or non-staff supervised use in school or during school-sponsored activities. The Food and Drug Administration has determined that handheld laser pointers can cause serious eye damage.
Possessions of items that are disruptive to the school environment are not permitted at school. These items include, but are not limited to lasers, skateboards, video games, radios, water guns, and toys. Normally, the first time an item is brought to school, it will be confiscated and given to the administration; the student will be allowed to obtain his/her confiscated property at the end of the school day. Further occurrences will result in the confiscation of the item, and it will be retained by the administration. It will only be released directly to the sponsor. Water guns will not be returned to students.
Items that are dangerous to the safety of others or have the potential to cause damage to personal or school property, such as, but not limited to, fireworks, smoke and stink bombs, eggs, aerosol sprays, silly string, lighters, matches, and shaving cream will be confiscated and will not be returned. When appropriate, these items will be given to the Security Police or the MOD. Students bringing these types of items to school could face disciplinary action.
AMHS teachers reserve the right to allow iPods, MP3 players, headphones, video games, radios, etc. in their individual classrooms only. Possession of these items in any other location is not permitted and is subject to confiscation by the administration.
Skateboards, roller blades, skates, and “wheelies” are not to be used on campus.
Throwing snowballs at school is dangerous because of the threat to student safety and the potential for property damage. Throwing snowballs are not allowed and disciplinary action will be taken.
Interrogation and Search are covered by DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01 Student Rights and Responsibilities.
A classroom teacher, a specialist, or an administrator may assign a detention for violation of class or school rules. Detentions may be scheduled prior to school, during lunch, or after school. Detentions may vary in time depending on the offense.
All teachers and support staff have the authority and the responsibility to correct misconduct at any time. Therefore, a teacher might assign detention to a student who is not in any of his/her classes. Teachers must inform parents of assigned detentions either by telephone or email.
For teacher assigned detentions, individual teachers will establish the rules and regulations of their detention. For administrative detentions the students are expected to bring enough work to complete during the allotted detention time. If the student reports to detention and fails to bring an adequate amount of schoolwork, the administrator or adult in charge may assign additional activities to be completed. These may include but are not limited to writing papers, completing assigned readings or assisting projects around the school. Students serving detention will be available to teachers and community members for supervised service projects during detention.
Attendance at assigned detentions has priority over participation in extra-curricular activities.
Suspensions are determined by the school administration. The length of the suspension may vary. Suspensions may be in-school or out-of-school and are considered excused absences. During the time students are suspended, they may not be present at school or attend any school-sponsored activities. Students who violate this prohibition from being at school or at school activities may have their suspension. A parent conference must be held prior to re- admission of the student to school. A written summary of the case will be provided to the parents, unit commander (for JAC personnel), base commander, and District Superintendent. Chronic or very serious offenses may be referred to the base’s family misconduct review board. All students who are suspended from class or school are required to complete all assignments of work and exams during that period. If the suspension period coincides with an exam period, the principal has the option to suspend and offer make-up examinations or to defer the suspension until after the exam period (including deferment to the start of the next semester).
When a very serious act of misconduct occurs, or total disregard of DoDEA policies/rules occur, expulsion may be necessary to protect the safety and rights of other students. When a principal determines an expulsion is necessary, a letter will be sent to the sponsor informing them of the charges against the student and inform the sponsor of the right to a formal hearing prior to the school requesting the expulsion. All students expelled from the DoD schools will be provided the opportunity to use correspondence courses or other appropriate educational programs for the duration of expulsion.
Daily student bus transportation is a privilege provided for students living off base. Bus service is available to and from school within the school bus commuting area. If your student needs transportation, please contact the School Bus Office (SBO). After enrolling your student for school, sponsors with school-age dependents living off base must personally register their student(s) at the SBO.
For more information please contact the Alconbury SBO at DSN 268-3891/01480-84-3981.
Late Arrival of School Bus at the Pickup Point
Sometimes through breakdown or traffic delays, the buses may arrive late at the pickup point. In most cases, it takes some time to get this information to the SBO. As a general rule, students are advised to remain at the pickup point 30 minutes after the scheduled departure time. A bus WILL run, but it is uncertain how long it will take the delayed bus to reach your stop.
Bus Transportation for School Delays and Cancellations
The 423 ABG/CC determines school delays and cancellations when unsafe road conditions exist, etc. Delays and cancellations are announced through unit recalls and will be posted on the website.
If a two-hour delay has been declared, students riding the school bus will be picked up two hours after the normal designated time for example, if the bus is scheduled to depart the bus stop at 0730, the bus will depart at 0930.
Only Riders with Bus Passes Allowed
For safety and security reasons, only students with a valid bus pass may ride on their own bus. For example, a student that does not ride the daily school bus, spending the night at a friend’s house, wants to ride home on their friend’s bus. This is not allowed; spending the night/going home with a friend is a private matter and transportation arrangements should be made between sponsors.
The school/teachers cannot accept letters from sponsors allowing their student to ride on a bus. Each rider must have a valid school bus pass and only ride on his/her assigned bus.
Seat Belts on School Buses
Our school buses are fully equipped with seat belts and students must comply with British law and DoDEA requirements by wearing their seat belts on the bus.
Please tell your children about this and emphasize that wearing seat belts is for their own safety. Wearing seat belts contributes to good behavior, discipline, and the overall safety on the bus.
Procedures for Lost Child
When your child does not arrive home at their usual time and you are concerned for their safety, you should:
The Alconbury SBO will make every effort to locate your child as quickly as possible. You will be updated regularly; your assistance and patience will be greatly appreciated. If you should locate your child before the SBO does, please notify the SBO so they can terminate their efforts.
School Bus Behavior
The time students spend going to and from school is an extension of their school day. School buses are an extension of the school campus. Therefore, violations of school bus rules and regulations may result in disciplinary action.
During registration, students must contact the school bus transportation office to be assigned a bus to and from school. All school bus related questions and concerns should be reported directly to the bus office and the school.
Frequently, during the registration process, local quarter’s addresses, home and/or work email addresses, and home and duty telephone numbers are not known or change. It is essential this data be provided to the school and/or updated at the earliest possible date. Please provide the school with your updated information anytime it changes, the school should be promptly notified. You may send changes to the Main Office or phone the school at DSN 268-4400/01480-84-4400.
Every middle school student is required to have an agenda planner at the beginning of the school year. This “planning calendar” has proved effective in helping students organize and plan work, set personal deadlines for task completion, and track academic achievements. Your teachers will encourage you to record homework assignments and test dates in you planners. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn time management techniques that will help you throughout your lifetime. In addition, the planner may also be used to communicate between the school and home, as well as serving as a method of tracking hall passes.
One of the goals in Middle School is to instruct and assist students with organization skills for academic success. Students should have one binder for use across all classes. The minimum content will include loose leaf paper, dividers/folders for each class, container with writing utensils, and the student’s agenda planner. Some teachers may require additional class specific materials.
Students are not permitted to have book bags in the classroom. The allotted passing period provides time for students to retrieve necessary learning materials from their lockers. Backpacks/book bags should be kept in the student’s locker throughout the school day.
All required textbooks are supplied by DoDEA without charge to the students. Classroom teachers or coaches may issue calculators, educational materials, sports uniforms, and sports equipment to students. The student and his/her sponsor are legally responsible for returning books, calculator, or other items in good condition at the end of the course or season. Allowances will be made for normal wear and tear. Writing in textbooks is beyond normal wear and tear. It is expected that students will cover all hardbound books with non-permanent material (e.g. paper, paper bags, etc.) and record their name either inside the book or on the protective cover.
Replacement costs for damaged or lost books, calculators, or other issued items (sports equipment, etc.) will be charged to the student. Students who have lost an item should check with the Main Office or supply clerk for replacement costs and instructions.
Students or parents can obtain a payment form in the school supply office. Payment checks should be made to the US Treasury.
AAFES operates a hot lunch program for all students of Alconbury Middle High School. The cost of the lunch is paid in US currency. There are also a limited number of a la carte items, individually priced, available for those not wanting a hot lunch.
DoDEA employees are required by law to report all suspected or alleged cases of child abuse or neglect to the local Family Advocacy Program Officer (FAP).
Open and frequent communication between the home and the school is one of the most important factors in minimizing concerns and preventing misunderstandings.
Parents are encouraged to bring their questions and concerns to the attention of their student’s teacher and/or appropriate school personnel. To make an appointment, parents can contact the teacher or counselor via email. During the end of October, parent teacher conferences will be held at Alconbury Middle High School. The school administration is also available for parent conferences; however, these conferences should only be arranged after you have first taken the opportunity to talk with the teacher.
In an effort to provide a source of current information, a daily bulletin containing student and faculty information is read over the school PA system every morning at 0825 hours. The daily bulletin contains current announcements regarding class schedules, assemblies, activity meetings and policy reminders. Announcements should be sent to the morning announcement email address by 1200 on the day preceding the announcement. Content of proposed announcements are subject to approval from the administration.
Students are reminded that notices in the daily bulletin constitute official notification and must be heeded. A copy of the daily bulletin is posted centrally in the school. Please ensure that all students are aware of their obligations.
Dances are open to Alconbury Middle High School students and guests who have been approved by the administration and the activity sponsor. Guests must have a signed permission slip for admittance and are expected to follow school rules. All guests must be age appropriate and approved at least 3 days before the dance.
High School Dances
Middle School Dances
Students are authorized to drive privately owned vehicles (POV) to school. Students must register their car with the Main Office and park their cars in designated parking areas. Students will not drive their POV during school hours, including lunch. Students who drive to and from school are not allowed to transport any student. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in disciplinary action and a petition for loss of base driving privileges.
Students are allowed to eat or drink in the cafeteria, outside the building, and in the library with permission. Students may carry a clear or reusable water bottle with them throughout the day. Aside from drinking water, students may only eat or drink in classrooms with permission from a teacher.
It is the policy of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) that the graduation ceremony at each Department of Defense High School be an occasion, which will be conducted with dignity and decorum. Students will be assured that this ceremony is held to honor them, but it also is a ceremony, which honors their parents and families, their communities, and all of the educators who have assisted them in reaching this milestone in their lives.
All graduating seniors must meet all graduation requirements outlined in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1367.01
The library provides students with resources for academic research, study, and recreational reading. The Internet section supports the school curriculum in all areas, offering a variety of print and non-print materials covering a variety of topics and interests. The media center or library is open and staffed from 07:30-1530. Students may use the library before school, during the lunch period, during the school day with a pass from their assigned teacher, and after school. Eating/drinking in the library is allowed in many areas. Visitors must register with the office before visiting the media center.
At the beginning of the school year, lockers are assigned by a faculty member and available for each student’s use.
DoDEA Instruction 1358.01, March 31, 2020, outlines the establishment and function of the Advisory Committees. The union of the local committee is to advise the principal on matters affecting the operation of the school. The Alconbury Middle High School Advisory Committee (SAC) consists of two parents and two professional school employees elected for two years by those eligible to vote. A member of the student council is a liaison member. The school’s principal, faculty representative, an installation commander (or designee) also serve as liaison members but do not vote. Meetings are held a minimum of once per quarter.
DoDEA school administrators, in partnership with sponsors/family members, students, and military leaders, promote communication through the establishment of advisory committees to address issues (school initiatives, procedures and policies) locally.
The Alconbury Middle High School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is an organization made up of parents, students, faculty, and community. The PTO is committed to supporting the entire academic and extra-curricular programs of the school. The PTO generally meets on the third Wednesday of each month in the school library at 1730. To contact the PTO, please email: AMHSPTO@gmail.com.
All full-time students will be enrolled in a seminar period on Day 2 (Gold) from 1335-1500. It is important that everyone understands what seminar is and is not.
Students are reminded to safeguard their own property and respect the property of others. Book bags and other materials should not be left unattended. Valuables should not be brought to school. Lockers should be secured when not in use. Students who continually leave their lockers unsecured or leave backpacks, book bags, etc. in common areas will lose their locker privileges. Students who are caught stealing from others may be suspended and reported to the community authorities.
High value items and significant sums of money should not be brought to school.
The Student Athletic Code for Alconbury is provided as a means of establishing uniformity in requirements for conducting the interscholastic athletic programs. All persons involved in the program must support the regulations of DoDEA- Europe and the Europe West District particularly the DoDEA Europe Interscholastic Athletics Program (IAP) Manual 2740.2
If the problem/issue is not resolved by the Coach and the Athletic Director, it will then go to the Assistant Principal. If still not resolved the Principal will make the decision.
These expectations are designed to make student participation in DoDEA-Europe student activities positive. Alconbury Students are expected to meet DoDEA student behavior expectations and those expectations outlined in the Alconbury Athletic Code from the time of departure to the time of return from the activity.
The Policy Team of OPLP administers and operates the DoDEA Issuance Program, the Issuance Focal Point Working Group, and facilitates DoD-level issuance coordination for DoDEA.