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School Address and Contact Information


Int'l: Bahrain School P.O. Box 934 Manama Bahrain
Military: Bahrain Schools, PSC 851 Box 690
FPO, AE 09834-0007
Bahrain
Phone: 973-1772-7828
Fax: 973-1772-8583
DSN Phone: 318-742-3300
DSN Fax: 318-742-8583
From US: 011-973-1772-7828
From the US Fax: 011-973-1772-8583
shana.seawright@dodea.edu
https://www.dodea.edu/BahrainMHS

Physical Address

Al Ghurafaiyah Building 540 Area 342 Road 4225 Juffair Bahrain

 

Bahrain MHS Mission

Educate, Engage and Empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world.

Bahrain MHS Vision

Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere.

Accreditation

Bahrain Middle High School is part of the Europe South District which is accredited by AdvancED and authorized to offer both certificate and full diploma courses by the International Baccalaureate Organization.


School Hours

School Day 8:00 a.m. - 2:40 p.m. (Sunday - Wednesday) 8:00 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.(Thursday)
Administration Office 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Sunday - Thursday)  


It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to notify the school every time a student is absent.  


Please reserve all calls to the school at other hours to cases of emergency only. After office hours and all day on Fridays and Saturdays, the telephone is put on answering service. A recorded message may be left and will be responded to during the next duty day.

School Contacts

Name Staff Position sort ascending Phone
Administrative Officer
x5117
MHS Attendance Attendance
973.1772.7828
Information Specialist Information Specialist
973-1772-7828
Nurse
1771.9815
Other: PTA President
 
Registrar: MHS
973-1772-7828
School Advisory Council
 
School Counselor: 6-8th Grade
x5032
9th, 12th Grades School Counselor
x5029
School Liaison
973-1785-6719
School Meals Program School Meals Program
067-836-7317
School Psychologist
x5031
School Webmaster
 
Supply
x5001
Support Staff
x5033
Teacher
x5040
Teacher
x5030
Teacher: Arabic
x5047
Teacher
x5074
Teacher
x5010
Teacher
x5080
Teacher: English
x5063
Teacher
x5077
Teacher
x5042
Teacher
x5046
Teacher
x5037
Teacher
x5045
Teacher
x5016
Teacher
x5118
Teacher
x5138
Teacher
x5027
Teacher
x5011
Teacher
x5069
Teacher
x5075
Teacher
x5051
Teacher
x5048
Teacher
x5065
Teacher
x5021
Teacher
x5070
Teacher
x5064
Teacher
x5017
Teacher
x5155
Teacher
x5012
Transportation
1772-7828
 

 

Handbook Contents

School Calendars
Admin Bios
General Information
Enrollment
High School Graduation
Report Card and Testing Information
Special Education
Reporting Abuse Neglect Suicide Risk and Threats
School Counseling Services
School Health Services
Student Rights and Responsibilities
School Security
Student Conduct and Discipline
Technology
Student Transportation
School Procedures

School Handbook

Director's Message: Mr. Thomas M. Brady

Thomas M. Brady

Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Members of Our Community, 

As we begin School Year 2022 / 2023, I feel a tremendous sense of optimism. 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, DoDEA experienced disruptions and obstacles unlike anything in our organization’s history. While the past few years have been difficult, they also highlighted the remarkable way that our DoDEA community can rally together to create novel solutions to unique challenges, demonstrate flexibility and compassion, and work collaboratively to support our students and families. 

The health and safety of our students is always our top priority. The pandemic is not over yet, and we as a school system must continue to remain prepared and agile. We have learned a great deal since COVID-19 first appeared, and we are prepared to respond quickly and dynamically to whatever may come our way. 

Please take a moment to review our DoDEA COVID-19 Operational Guidelines and Protocols, Version X. 

These operational guidelines are a key part of DoDEA’s role in total force and the warfighter’s mission readiness. DoDEAs goal is to protect the health and safety of our military communities and to maximize students in school learning. We will continue to use an integrated package of prevention and control measures to avoid COVID-19 transmission in our schools.
 
As a result of our response throughout the pandemic, infection rates among students and staff remained remarkably low. Through cooperation, mutual support, and adherence to our operational guidelines, we will continue to learn within a safe and healthy environment, without sacrificing our rigorous educational standards.   

School Year 2022 / 2023 will also be the first year in which the full suite of College and Career Readiness Standards are fully implemented. This is the product of countless hours of innovative and collaborative work from dedicated professionals throughout DoDEA. The investment of time and resources into our College and Career Readiness Standards has positioned us to further and more fully embody our mission to Educate, Engage, and Empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world. 
 
Now, more than ever, I am consistently impressed with the dedication, passion, and commitment of our staff, our students, and our families to continuously adapt to each new challenge and overcome every obstacle. By working together to support one another we have continued to thrive academically and as a community.  
 
We cannot always predict what challenges the world will place before us on our path, but with dedication and teamwork we can know that we will continue to fulfill our vision to ensure Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere.  


School Operations in COVID-19

This policy applies to DoDEA Europe

Continuity of education is a critical quality of life component for military families and communities. We recognize that school operations impact on the readiness of our military partners to complete their mission. Our teachers and the routines of school provide an important element of stability for our students which adds significantly to their success. In-classroom Instruction is the optimal learning environment for our military-connected students. We will seek to provide as much in-school instruction as possible for all students every day to the best of our ability, and in accordance with official health guidelines. more...


Bell Schedule

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

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Honor Code

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

Bahrain MHS Honor Code


Supply List for SY 22-23

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS
  • CDC-compliant Face Mask when/if required
  • Personal Headphones or Ear Buds with 3.5mm plug
  • Book bag or backpack
  • Reusable water bottle marked with student’s name
  • Binder (3-inch and 3-ring required for all Middle School and AVID Students, Optional for High School students)
  • Pencil Case (If using a binder, a pencil case suitable for a 3-ring binder recommended)
  • Pens and pencils (blue, black, red/multicolor for annotating)
  • Eraser and Optional compact pencil sharpener (classroom sharpeners are available for student use)
  • Highlighters and Colored pencils (Crayons and Washable Markers Optional)
  • Glue (sticks or bottled)
  • Pocket folders (If using a binder, folders for a 3-ring binder recommended)
  • Spiral and bound composition notebooks (Hint: Prior to purchasing an excessive number of notebooks, wait for the teacher to discuss notetaking requirements for each class.)
  • 10-12 Notebook/Binder dividers
  • 12-inch ruler, protractor, and compass
  • Loose Leaf Paper (wide or college ruled)
  • Cornell Note Taking Sheets (optional)
  • 8-10 Sheet Protectors
  • Whiteout
  • Scissors
  • Gym Shoes, PE Clothing (Swim Trunks, One-piece bathing suit for girls, board/swim shirts acceptable for all genders, towel; PE teachers will give more details about acceptable PE clothing and supplies.)
  • Planner - All students in AVID and Grades 6-8 will receive a free planner),
  • HS Students may purchase from the Front Desk for 3 BD or $8.00 while supplies last.
  • While shopping for back-to-school wardrobe- Reminder that shorts, skirts, and dresses must pass the fingertip rule and crop tops or any clothing that exposes the torso (stomach, chest, back, armpit) are not acceptable at school.

For general information about School Supply Guidelines see: Europe School's - Official School Supply Guidelines | DoDEA

Bahrain MHS Supply Flyer

Principal's Corner

We are looking forward to an exceptional year. This year you will see both familiar and new faces within student and staff populations. Please ensure that you welcome everyone and show them how wonderful our school is. This will be my second year in Bahrain and I am eager to continue the work we’ve started with our military-connected and international students and their families. 

We will continue to have high expectations for learning, behavior, and overall success. We will use our student performance data to ensure that our school goals are being met and any necessary changes will be made in order to bring about an even stronger focus on improving student achievement. You will be hearing more about these important areas of learning as the school year progresses.

Students, our philosophy regarding behavior centers on three simple words. We believe that if we all work toward being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe, the school day runs smoothly. Remember that you never have a second chance to make a first impression. The way you present yourself to others tells who you are and what you value. Let's work hard to be respectful towards one another and ourselves. Be responsible by abiding by the rules of the school, turning your work in on time, and keeping your promises. Be safe by looking out for each other and speaking up when you see someone being treated inappropriately. By being respectful, responsible, and safe, success will come naturally and our school will be a positive and productive place for learning!

 

 

About Our School

Bahrain mhs students and staffBahrain School began in Awali, Bahrain in August 1968, as the Bahrain American Elementary School, a Department of Defense School with a staff of one teaching principal and three teachers. They provided for the educational needs of forty students in grades one through eight. By 1970, the school began accepting English speaking Bahraini students and other non-Department of Defense sponsored students. With the addition of these students, the school grew rapidly until, by January 1972, the enrollment was approximately two hundred elementary and correspondence course secondary students. In January 1972, in expectation of even further expansion, the school was moved from Awali to a twenty-four acre campus in Juffair.

From the beginning, foresighted members of the community had anticipated the need for a comprehensive school originally encompassing both American and British Curricula. As a result of an immeasurable amount of donated time, energy and money, the Bahrain Middle High School emerged as it is today, with an American Curriculum for grades 6-12, the opportunity to take advanced placement examinations, and the International Baccalaureate program for academically oriented students in grades 11 and 12. Integrated into all of this is a full Arabic as a First Language program for students with an Arabic passport.

Special programs include music, art, physical education, English as a Second Language, and enrichment programs. Reading as a separate class is offered to students who qualify. The Career Education program includes courses in video production, web design, coding, business enterprise, computer applications and AP Computer Science. The school includes a library of over 25,000 volumes plus multi-media materials and equipment. There is a facility for drama or musical productions and at least one major production is offered each school year. There are complete guidance services for students including SAT, ACT, PSAT and other standardized college entrance examinations. Information is also available on the dates and location of the TOEFL test. Numerous opportunities exist for participation in student government. Basketball and volleyball courts, soccer and softball fields, a swimming pool, four tennis courts, an athletic track, and two purpose built sports halls are included in the school’s facilities.


Bahrain International School Association (BISA)

The Bahrain International School Association (BISA) was officially formed under the laws of the Kingdom of Bahrain on February 2, 1978 and assumed the responsibility for the Bahrain International School and its operations. BISA succeeded the Bahrain School Trust, which had been responsible for joint coordination with the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Under a twenty year Lease Agreement signed May 15, 1978 between the Ministry of Finance and National Economy and BISA, BISA has leased approximately twenty-four acres in Juffair, Bahrain, where the Bahrain School is situated. The objectives of BISA are exclusively educational and charitable and no profits are allowed from the operation of the school or from its property. An agreement for operation and administration of the school exists between BISA and DoDEA. The scale of tuition fees is set annually by the U.S. Federal Treasury, and school tuition fees are paid by students in US dollars directly through the school’s DoDEA administration to the U.S. Federal Treasury.

BISA imposes a mandatory annual building levy on all students attending Bahrain Middle High School. All students other than U.S. Federal Government dependents pay BISA’s building levy. In lieu of the building levy for the U.S. Federal Government dependents, an annual fee is paid by DoDEA for the use of the school facilities based on a formula, which closely equates to the building levy for non-U.S. Federal Government Students. The levy (the rate which is established and announced by the BISA Board) is payable in one lump sum at the commencement of the school year. Attendance at Bahrain Middle High School will be terminated for those students whose building levy is not paid within thirty (30) days of the due date.

BISA is responsible for all the new buildings for Bahrain Middle High School, e.g. new gymnasium and classrooms extension and for capital investment type of improvements. Routine maintenance, custodial care, teachers’ salaries, utilities and all other operating costs are paid by the DoDEA system through federally appropriated funds. The principle purpose of the building levy is to provide BISA with the funds required to repay the loan taken out from the National Bank of Bahrain for the construction of the school buildings, related facilities and ground improvements, and for the subsequent maintenance and repair to retain them in a safe and effective operating state. BISA is also called upon from time to time to assist the DoDEA School Administration in the provision of goods and services to meet special needs, such instances being reviewed and considered for approval, on a case by case basis, by the BISA Board. The building levy is only applicable to the main school building and related facilities. The building levy is not used for BISA Dormitory operations, which are managed on a self-funding basis, derived from the Dormitory fees paid by the student boarders.

BISA owns, manages and operates a 120 bed Dormitory adjoining the school grounds for students whose parents are not resident in Bahrain. The BISA Dormitory normally caters for students in Grades 9 to 12 inclusive. Dormitory fees are payable directly to the BISA Administrator in Bahraini Dinars. All Dormitory enrollment inquiries should be directed to the BISA Dormitory. The BISA Dormitory operates under its own rules and regulations as outlined in the Dormitory Handbook.

BISA Board meets monthly; meetings are closed. Board membership includes the DoDEA Principal and Assistant Principal, Chairman of the Local School Advisory Committee, Chairman and Treasurer of the PTSA, Dormitory Director and Dormitory Sub-Director, the BISA Engineer, BISA secretary to the Board, Commander NSA and Legal Advisory NSA, Bahrain Government Private School Directorate representative and leading members of the Bahrain Industrial and Commercial Community.

 

Europe South District SY21-22

 

School Calendars

 

DoDEA Europe : School Year  2022 - 2023 Calendar


Non-Standard DoDEA Europe School Calendars

Standard DoDEA Europe School Calendar

Note: Calendar based on 190 day teacher workdays including:

5 Teacher Orientation/Pre-service/Professional Learning Days

4 Professional Learning Days

4 Teacher Work Days

2 District Continuous School Improvement Days (+1 for districts going through accreditation)

Reporting date for non-administrative educator personnel

Monday, August 15, 2022 Reporting date for non-administrative educator personnel for CCR training, orientation and classroom preparation (17-21 August)

School Year 2022-2023 (175 Instructional Days and 190 Teacher Work Days)

First Semester (84 Instructional Days)
Monday, August 22, 2022 First Day of School
Monday, September 5, 2022 Labor Day: Federal Holiday
Monday, October 10, 2022 Columbus Day: Federal Holiday
Thursday, October 27, 2022 End of First Quarter (45 Instructional Days)
Friday, October 28, 2022 No School for Students - Teacher Work Day
Friday, November 11, 2022 Veterans Day: Federal Holiday
Thursday, November 24, 2022 Thanksgiving Day: Federal Holiday
Friday, November 25, 2022 Friday: Recess Day
Monday, December 19, 2022 Begin Winter Recess (19 December – 2 January)
Sunday, December 25, 2022 Christmas: Federal Holiday
2023
Sunday, January 1, 2023 New Year’s Day: Federal Holiday
Monday, January 2, 2023 New Year’s Day Observed
Thursday, January 12, 2023 End of Second Quarter and First Semester (39 Instructional Days)
Friday, January 13, 2023 No School for Students – Teacher Work Day
Monday, January 16, 2023 Martin Luther King Day: Federal Holiday
Second Semester (91 Instructional Days)
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 Begin Second semester and Third Quarter
Monday, February 20, 2023 Presidents’ Day: Federal Holiday
Thursday, March 23, 2023 End of Third Quarter (45 Instructional Days)
Friday, March 24, 2023 No School for Students – Teacher Work Day
Monday, March 27, 2023 Begin Spring Recess (27 March – 31 March)
Monday, May 29, 2023 Memorial Day: Federal Holiday
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 End of Fourth Quarter and Second Semester (46 Instructional Days)
Thursday, June 8, 2023 No School for Students – Teacher Work Day
 

 

Admin Bios

Parents are encouraged to follow the chain of command when issues/concerns arise: please speak with your child’s teacher first, then administration.

Ms. Shana D. Seawright - Bahrain MHS Principal

Ms. Shana D. Seawright

Ms. Shana Seawright is a native of Easley, South Carolina. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education History and Geography from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. She went on to further her education at Cambridge College in Boston, MA and received a Master of Arts Degree in Education Administration and a Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Seawright’s career began as a Social Studies teacher in the Orangeburg Consolidated School District Three in Holly Hill, South Carolina. Upon the completion of her master’s degree, she began her administrative career in Bamberg School District One as the Assistant Principal of Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School and later moved to Bamberg Ehrhardt Middle School.

Ms. Seawright is completing her 11th year in DoDEA. She transitioned from public school to DoDEA as an Assistant Principal at Ernest J. King Middle/High School in Sasebo, Japan. Four years later, Ms. Seawright was selected to the administrative team at Zama American High School on Camp Zama Army Base where she completed four “Zamazing” years as the Assistant Principal. In 2016, she moved to Rota, Spain as the middle/high school assistant principal. She is excited to continue her work in the Europe South District as the new Principal of Bahrain Middle/High School.

Ms. Seawright believes in the mission of DoDEA to educate, engage, and empower all students to succeed in a dynamic world. She is focused on student-centered instruction and building community through collaborative partnerships, while preparing our students to be college and career ready.

Ms. Seawright is eager to continue her work with military-connected and international students and their families overseas. She is excited to become a part of the Bahrain Middle/High School team and the NSA Bahrain community.

 

Bernadine "Bernie" Camuso - Bahrain MHS Assistant Principal

Bernadine "Bernie" Camuso

A native New Yorker, Mrs. Camuso earned a Professional Diploma in Administration and Supervision at St. John’s University, a Master of Arts degree in Teaching with a concentration in History, and Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Philosophy and Sociology at Fordham University. 

Mrs. Camuso has built a career advocating for students and staff members to meet the DoDEA mission of educating, engaging, and empowering all students to succeed in a dynamic world.

Mrs. Camuso began her education career in Catholic Schools throughout the continental United States and Hawaii. She then moved to Sigonella, Italy as a middle school social studies teacher and elementary school assistant principal.  After leaving Sigonella, Mrs. Camuso served as the Assistant Principal at Vicenza and Lejeune High Schools and, most recently, has spent the last four years as a teacher at Bahrain MHS honoring the same mission.

She looks forward to the opportunity to collaborate with students, faculty, sponsors, family and community members to foster a strong network of support for the students at Bahrain School. She is excited to work in partnership with all stakeholders to ensure that all students have opportunities to meet and exceed the College, Career, and Civic Ready Standards. Dr. Howard-Brahaney noted “Mrs. Camuso is a strong educator, her knowledge and experience teaching will serve her well as an instructional leader at Bahrain.”

Mrs. Camuso’s family is steeped in military service. She is the daughter of Coast Guard Chief Ben Gupit; she is married to U.S. Navy Captain (RET) John W. Camuso;  and is the very proud mom of DoDEA graduates and U.S. Navy officers, LT John B. Camuso, LTJG Alexis Camuso and soon to be Midshipman Joseph Camuso, who will begin his studies at the U.S. Naval Academy in July 2021.

 

Ms. Stephanie El Sayed - Bahrain, Italy South, Turkey Community Superintendent

Ms. Stephanie El Sayed

Stephanie El Sayed's career supporting our nation's military children began with the Department of Defense Education Activity in 1990, with teaching positions at Nuremberg Middle School, Erlangen Elementary School, and Bamberg Elementary School. She was very active in sponsoring and coaching school activities, to include Student Council, Multicultural Club, High School Track, Volleyball and Wrestling. She held several school-based positions, including Staff Development Coordinator, School Improvement Process Chairperson, School-Home- Community Partnership Complex Coordinator, and Human and Civil Rights Coordinator. In 1998, she was awarded Würzburg District Teacher of the Year, and as a sixth grade Math teacher, was a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Mathematics Teaching.

As a school administrator, Ms. El Sayed was an Assistant Principal at Bamberg Elementary School and Würzburg Elementary School. In 2002, she was promoted to Principal at La Maddelana Elementary/Middle School, in Sardinia. She was awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Award and Medal in 2006, and remained in Italy at Aviano Middle School before returning to Germany for six years at Heidelberg Middle School. Prior to her current duty assignment at Vicenza Middle School, she was in the Kingdom of Bahrain as Principal of Bahrain Middle-High School.

Ms. El Sayed believes it is essential to promote a school environment that is student-centered and has high expectations for students, staff, parents, and community members. A safe, positive, and professional climate where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect is the minimum standard for an effective school.
Ms. El Sayed believes a strong literacy foundation is necessary to help ensure children are successful throughout their school years. She also believes educators must understand the students they teach in order to guide them to reach their potential. As world citizens, students must be provided with the technological and collaborative skills that will further enhance their academic and social development.

Ms. El Sayed graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, with a Bachelor's of Science in Education and earned her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University in Heidelberg, Germany.

Ms. El Sayed's mantra, "Children First," guides her decisions in her roles as a mother, educator, and instructional leader.

 

School Handbook

Dr. Jeff Arrington - Europe South District Superintendent

Dr. Jeff Arrington

Dr. Jeff Arrington has served as the DoDEA Pacific West District’s Superintendent for the past two years. Prior to becoming the District Superintendent for DoDEA schools in Guam and Korea, Dr. Arrington served for five years as the Pacific West Community Superintendent. His previous assignment was for five years as the District Assistant Superintendent in the DoDEA Pacific Guam District. Dr. Arrington has a background in working with educational technology, professional development, 21st Century instructional practices, and school administration at all levels and in all configurations of schools.

Dr. Arrington’s leadership assignments have lead him on a journey across the Pacific, where he has served as a DoDEA administrator starting in Guam, then Okinawa, Mainland Japan, back to Guam and now Korea. He was promoted to assistant principal of Guam High School in 2000 and then principal of Lester Middle School on Okinawa, Japan in 2002. From there, Arrington joined Kadena High School—also on Okinawa—as the principal in 2005 before moving on in 2008 to serve as principal of Edgren High School and then promoted to Assistant Superintendent for Guam in 2010.

During his DoDEA tenure, Arrington also served on accreditation, student information systems, differentiated instruction, inclusive and responsive teaching, educator career program (ECP), and the technology steering committees.

Arrington’s education career began in 1994 in Arkansas where his assignments included teaching and administration. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Arkansas. He returned to the University of Arkansas to earn a Master’s in Educational Administration in 1996 and an Educational Specialist degree in 1998. He completed his Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska in 2014.

Dr. Arrington and his lovely and talented wife Jennifer, are the busy parents of seven children, is active in his community and volunteers with many worthy organizations, including Youth Sports, Boy Scouts and his church.

Dr. Arrington’s guiding philosophy is “Actively engaging students in rigorous, real world learning opportunities resulting in the mastery of college and career readiness standards.”

 

Mr. Paul Salatto - Europe South Chief of Staff

Mr. Paul Salatto

Mr. Paul A. Salatto serves as the Chief of Staff for DoDEA Europe South District Superintendents Office planning, coordinating, and directing the operations of 16 schools across four countries supporting over 6100 students.

Mr. Salatto joined DoDEA in 2014 as the Instructional Systems Specialist joining the Professional Development Branch of the Teaching and Learning Division. The branch provides leadership for the development and delivery for professional learning across the DoDEA school system. He was later promoted to lead the Professional Development branch.

Prior to joining DoDEA, Mr. Salatto was an Instructional Specialist in the Department of Instructional Leadership and Support with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland. MCPS is the 17th largest school district within the United States, serving more than 160,000 students in 202 schools.

School improvement was the primary focus of Mr. Salatto’s work in MCPS. The heart of this work was building Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in school and central office leadership teams. This work included leading teams through a two-year institute and creating opportunities for school/team specific job embedded professional learning. Ultimately, teams produce self-sustaining learning organizations, where they identified essential results and utilized those results to drive learning.

With over 36 years in education, Mr. Salatto has served schools as the resource counselor and began his educational career as a special education teacher working with students struggling with social emotional disabilities at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

 

School Handbook

General Information

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

The Department of Defense (DoD), in collaboration with the National Center for Interstate Compacts and the Council of State Governments, has developed an interstate compact that addresses the educational transition issues of children of active duty military-connected families.  Currently, all 50 states, DoDEA and the District of Columbia participate in this interstate compact, which provides uniform policy for resolving the educational challenges experienced by military-connected children as they transition between school systems.

We encourage all of our families preparing to transition, to, from or within a DoDEA and/or stateside school system to engage with the School Liaison (SLO) from the sending and receiving locations.  The SLO is the local contact for schools and has valuable information about school calendars, hybrid learning, early enrollment, student services, how to manage quarantine requirements and more. 

“Call your SLO before you go”
In order to prepare records for your students school transition.

 A directory of School Liaisons is updated annually and can be found at: https://www.dodea.edu/Partnership/index.cfm

The Compact ensures that mobile children of military families are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children.  States participating in the Compact work to coordinate graduation requirements, transfer of records, course placement, unique learning needs, assessments and other administrative policies.

For additional information or transition support, please contact or call the Partnership office at 571-372-6026.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1325.01: DoD Impact Aid Program for Local Educational Agencies, Change 2
1342.29: Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Access to School Facilities

If the principal permits a school to operate a limited open forum by maintaining a practice of allowing any single non-curriculum-related student group access to school facilities, the principal shall ensure that all of such student groups (including activities of religious nature) are permitted equal access to meet on school premises and use school facilities during non-instructional time. Access to groups may be denied if the principal determines that a student or student group has or is likely to substantially interfere with good order or discipline or violate any Federal, state, or local law, or DoD or DoDEA regulation/policy.


Visitors and Volunteers

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.


School Advisory Committees

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1342.15: Educational Advisory Committees and Councils
1358.01: School Boards, Advisory Committees, and Dependents Education Council

Enrollment

Registration Process

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:

  1. Proof of age;
  2. Medical records, including information on medical conditions, medications, and all dates and types of immunizations;
  3. Official documents to support eligibility (e.g., letter of employment, contract, permanent change of station [PCS] orders, etc.); and
  4. Proof of on-base residence (applies to students enrolling in DoD domestic schools).

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. 

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1342.13: Eligibility Requirements for Education of Elementary and Secondary School-Age Dependents in Overseas Areas, Change 3
1342.26: Eligibility Requirements for Minor Dependents to Attend Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS)

Immunization Requirements

health services immunizationStudents who enroll in DoDEA schools are required to meet specific immunization requirements (DoDEA Regulation 2942.01, “School Health Services,” September 2, 2016).  These requirements represent the minimum and do not necessarily reflect the optimal immunization status for a student. Acceptable forms of official proof of immunization status may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Yellow international immunization records;
  2. State agency-generated immunization certificates;
  3. School-generated immunization certificates; and
  4. Physician, clinic or hospital-generated immunization records.

It is the responsibility of the sponsor/parent/guardian to provide their child’s most current immunization record at the time of enrollment and when immunizations are updated.  Parents of incoming students are allowed up to 30 days from the date of enrollment to obtain documentation of any missing required immunization(s).  If the missing required immunization is a series, then the first dose of the series must be administered, and documentation must be provided to the school within the required 30 days. Students who have immunization(s) due during the school year will have 10 calendar days from the due date to receive their vaccine(s) and to submit documentation to the school. The due date of a vaccine is on the date the student reaches the minimum recommended age for vaccine administration.

STUDENTS IN NON-COMPLIANCE AFTER 10 DAYS MAY BE DISENROLLED UNTIL PROOF OF COMPLIANCE OR APPROVED EXEMPTION IS PROVIDED.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2942.01: School Health Services

Immunization Exemptions

A waiver for immunization exemption may be granted for medical or religious reasons. Philosophical exemptions are not permitted. The applicable DoD Command must provide guidance on the waiver process.

A statement from the child’s health care provider is required if an immunization cannot be administered because of a chronic medical condition wherein the vaccine is permanently contraindicated or because of natural immunity. The statement must document the reason why the child is exempt. This request for immunization exemption from specific vaccines due to vaccine contraindications or natural immunity must be completed and submitted to the school at the beginning of the child’s enrollment or when a vaccine is due. Request for exemption only needs to be completed one time for the duration of the child’s enrollment at the school.

If an immunization is not administered because of a parent’s religious beliefs, the parent must submit an exemption request in writing, stating that he or she objects to the vaccination based upon religious beliefs. The immunization waiver request must be completed and submitted to the school at the beginning of every school year. For students arriving after the school year has started, this request/written statement must be submitted at the initial enrollment and at the beginning of every school year.

During a documented outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease (as determined by local DoD medical authorities), a student who is attending a DoDEA school program under an immunization waiver for that vaccine will be excluded from attending. This is for his or her protection and the safety of the other children and staff. The exclusion will remain in place until such time that the DoD Command determines that the outbreak is over and that it is safe for the student to return to school.

DoDEA Immunization Requirements

DoDEA Health Forms (dodea.edu/StudentServices/Health/healthForms.cfm)


Grade-level Placement

Kindergarten and grade 1 placements are determined by minimum age requirements, in accordance with Enclosure 2 of DoDEA Regulation 2000.03, “Student Grade Level Placement,” March 2, 2010. A student who will reach his or her fifth birthday on or before September 1 of the school year is eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten in DoDEA. In addition, a student who will reach his or her sixth birthday on or before September 1 of the school year is eligible to enroll in grade 1 in DoDEA. Placement in grades 2–8 is predicated upon completion of the preceding year. Students entering a DoDEA school (kindergarten through grade 8) from a non-American or host nation school will be placed in the grade level corresponding to their ages, assuming yearly progression from grades 1–8.

Grade-level status (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12) will be determined by the number of course credit units earned by the student, in accordance with Section 2 of DoDEA Regulation 2000.3, “Student Grade Level Placement,” March 2, 2010. Students entering grade 9 must have successfully completed grade 8 and/or been previously enrolled in grade 9 and earned less than 6 credits. Students entering grade 10 must have successfully completed grade 9 and earned a minimum of 6 course credits. Students entering grade 11 must have successfully completed grade 10 and earned a minimum of 12 course credits. Students entering grade 12 must have successfully completed grade 11 and earned a minimum of 19 course credits.

In accordance with DoDI 1342.29, “Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children,” January 31, 2019, for students transitioning from a sending school system to a DoDEA school, at the time of transition and regardless of the age of the student, the DoDEA school shall enroll the transitioning student in the same grade level as the student’s grade level (i.e. in kindergarten through grade 12) in the sending state’s local educational agency. For kindergarten, the student must have been enrolled in and attended kindergarten class in order to assure continued attendance in kindergarten in a DoDEA school. Students who have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite grade level in the sending school system will be eligible for enrollment in the next higher grade level in the DoDEA school, regardless of the student’s age.

All DoDEA students, including students with disabilities, English language learners (ELLs), and students with accommodation plans, should be afforded the opportunity to participate in the standard DoDEA secondary curriculum, as appropriate, based upon their individual circumstances.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1342.29: Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
2000.03: Student Grade Level Placement

Transcripts/Records Policy/Access to Student Records

Student records and transcripts may be requested from several different sources, depending upon the student’s last date of attendance or graduation date. Parents/sponsors of current and prospective elementary/middle/high school students should contact the school’s registrar directly for assistance. For further information, please visit the DoDEA Student Records Center (dodea.edu/StudentServices/transcripts.cfm). You may also consult with the counseling department at your child’s school for issues regarding student records.


English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)/Language Services

This policy is currently under review

An English language learner (ELL) is a student whose first language is not English and is in the process of acquiring English as an additional language. In accordance with DoDEA Regulation 2440.1, DoDEA’s English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program is designed to teach ELLs to acquire English language and literacy proficiency through content. The ESOL Program builds students’ social, cultural, and academic skills so that identified ELLs succeed in an English language academic environment that provides equitable access to college- and career-ready opportunities as their English-speaking peers.

The ESOL Program involves teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, and study skills at the appropriate developmental and English language proficiency levels. This is accomplished by teaching language through a standards-based, high-quality academic content that pursues the student’s orientation within the United States culture. The ESOL Program’s instruction can be delivered in a variety of settings and program configurations. The scope and amount of ESOL instruction provided is determined by the student’s age, grade level, academic needs, and an English language proficiency evaluation. DoDEA’s ELLs may receive instruction both through the ESOL Program and within the main classroom setting.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2440.1: English as a Second Language Programs

Attendance Policy

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:

  1. Absent up to 25% of the school day = absent one-quarter of the school day
  2. Absent between 26%–50% of the school day = absent one-half of the school day
  3. Absent 51%–75% of the school day = absent three-quarters of the school day
  4. Absent 76%–100% of the school day = full-day absence

DoDEA considers the following conditions to constitute reasonable cause for absence from school for reasons other than school-related activities:

  1. Personal illness;
  2. Medical, dental, or mental health appointment;
  3. Serious illness in the student’s immediate family;
  4. A death in the student’s immediate family or of a relative;
  5. Religious holiday;
  6. Emergency conditions such as fire, flood, or storm;
  7. Unique family circumstances warranting absence and coordinated with school administration;
  8. College visits that cannot be scheduled on non-school days; and
  9. A pandemic event.

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.

More about DoDEA Attendance Policy (dodea.edu/StudentServices/Attendance)

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2095.01: School Attendance, Change 1

Accelerated Withdrawal

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1367.01: High School Graduation Requirements and Policy

Home-school Students

DoDEA recognizes that home schooling is a sponsor’s right and may be a legitimate alternative form of education for the sponsor’s dependent(s). Home-school students who are eligible to enroll in a DoDEA-Europe, DoDEA-Pacific and DoDEA-Americas school are eligible to utilize DoDEA auxiliary services without being required to either enroll in or register for a minimum number of courses offered by the school. Eligible DoD home-school students using or receiving auxiliary services must meet the same eligibility and standards of conduct requirements applicable to students enrolled in the DoDEA school who use or receive the same auxiliary services. Any student, including eligible DoD dependent home-school students, who has not met the graduation requirements to earn a DoDEA diploma may not receive DoDEA commencement regalia, the DoDEA diploma, nor participate (walk) in a DoDEA commencement ceremony.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1375.01: Home-School Students, Change 1

Accelerated Withdrawal - Europe South Schools

This policy applies to EU-South

The acceleration request must be initiated at least four weeks before the final school day. The Europe South District Office establishes the dates for acceleration. Students must be in attendance for the entire acceleration day.

Orders and a letter indicating the student's last day in school should be brought to the registrar. It is the student’s responsibility to take the acceleration form to teachers and complete the required work and examinations before departure.

  • Three (3) days prior to the acceleration date, students will receive a clearance form from the Registrar, which must be completed by teachers and other staff members before departure and returned to the Registrar.
  • Payment for books or other items must be made before clearance can be completed.
    • Parents must call ahead to arrange for records pick up.

High School Graduation

Graduation Requirements

Modified on February 14, 2022

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.

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.

In which year did your student enter the 9th grade for the first time?

Graduation Requirements, Class of 2014 and 2015
School Year 2018-19, Class of 2022

Entering 9th grade in school year 2018-19

Graduation Requirements, Class of 2019 and Beyond
School Year 2019-20, Class of 2023

Entering 9th grade in school year 2019-20

Graduation Requirements, Class of 2014 and 2015
School Year 2020-21, Class of 2024
Entering 9th grade in school year 2020-21
Graduation Requirements, Class of 2019 and Beyond
School Year 2021-22, Class of 2025

Entering 9th grade in school year 2021-22

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1367.01: High School Graduation Requirements and Policy

Transferring Course Credits to a DoDEA School

Modified on February 14, 2022

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1342.29: Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
1367.01: High School Graduation Requirements and Policy

Report Card and Testing Information

Grading Information

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 the DoDEA SIS Gradebook for instructions.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1377.01: Student Progress Reports

Grading System (4-12)

A traditional letter grading system will be used for grades 4–12 report marks.

Grade Numerical Range Description

A

90 – 100

Excellent: Outstanding level of performance

B

80 – 89

Good: High level of performance

C

70 – 79

Average: Acceptable level of performance

D

60 – 69

Poor: Minimal level of performance

F (failing)

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)

4.0

5.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

3.0

1.0

2.0

0

0

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1377.01: Student Progress Reports

Progress Reports/Report Cards

In accordance with the policies and procedures in DoDEA Regulation 1377.01, “Student Progress Reports,” September 4, 2018, it is DoDEA policy to issue a progress report every 9 weeks for any student present or enrolled for at least 20 instructional days or more in a marking period.  Any written comments by teachers on progress reports should be stated objectively.  The comments should be based on evidence about the student and should not represent opinions that cannot be supported by evidence

Achievement codes will be given at the end of the second, third and fourth marking periods for students in grades K–1.  Grades will be given at the end of each of the four marking periods for students in grades 2–12.  Achievement codes or grades on report cards will be determined by the degree to which students are achieving established program objectives or standards.  For students in grades K–12, unsatisfactory achievement of program objectives or standards will be reported to parents during each marking period as soon as evident, but no later than the midpoint of the nine-week grading period to allow sufficient time for a student to correct the problem.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1377.01: Student Progress Reports

Parent-Teacher Conferences

All DoDEA schools should encourage parents to meet with their child’s teacher for parent-teacher conferences.  Parent-Teacher Conferences (dodea.edu/parents/conferences.cfm) allow parents the opportunity to ask questions about their child’s classes or progress in school.  Parent-teacher conferences are also a great way to discuss how parents and teachers can work together to help students perform at their best in school.  Parents/sponsors who plan to attend a parent-teacher conference scheduled by the teacher or school should inquire on the amount of time allowed before attending.  If more time is required or the parent/sponsor wants to meet with the teacher again, the parent/sponsor should notify the teacher at the end of the conference.  Please contact your child’s school for details regarding scheduling of parent-teacher conferences.  DoDEA encourages all communication to take place through official school email accounts.


System-wide Assessment Program

All DoDEA students in grades or programs identified for system-wide assessments shall be included in the DoDEA Comprehensive Assessment System (DoDEA-CAS), in accordance with DoDEA Regulation 1301.01, “Comprehensive Assessment System,” October 4, 2018.  Students who have been identified as having disabilities or are ELLs shall participate using either the standard DoDEA assessments, with or without reasonable and appropriate accommodations, or through the use of the appropriate DoDEA alternate assessment, as per their Individual Education Plan (IEP), 504 Accommodation Plan, or English Learner Plan.  All assessments selected for use within DoDEA shall:

  1. Align to clearly defined standards and objectives within the content domain being tested
  2. Be valid and reliable and controlled for bias
  3. Be one of several criteria used for making major decisions about student performance/achievement.

The results of each assessment shall be used as one component of the DoDEA-CAS for major decisions concerning a student’s future learning activities within the classroom setting.   

For more information about the DoDEA-CAS, including the testing administration matrix, test descriptions, and testing calendar, please refer to: dodea.edu/assessments.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1301.01: DoDEA Comprehensive Assessment System

Special Education

Special Education Services

The purpose of special education is to enable students to successfully develop to their fullest potential by providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).Special education is specially designed instruction, support and services provided to students with an identified disability who require an instructional program that meets their unique learning needs.  The purpose of special education is to enable these students to successfully develop to their fullest potential by providing FAPE in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as implemented by DoD Manual (DoDM) 1342.12, “Implementation of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents,” June 17, 2015.

In DoDEA, special education and related services are available to eligible students, ages 3 through 21 years of age.  To be eligible for special education:

  1. The child must have an identified disability;
  2. The disability must adversely (negatively) affect the child's educational performance; and
  3. The child must require a specially designed instructional program.

If found eligible for special education and related services, DoDEA students are provided FAPE in accordance with an IEP, with services delivered in the least restrictive environment and with procedural safeguards, in accordance with the requirements of DoDM 1342.12.

Please contact your child’s school to discuss your concerns if you suspect your child may have a disability and be in need of special education services.  The Case Study Committee chairperson will provide you with specific details relating to the evaluation process and can explain eligibility requirements further. 

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1342.12: Implementation of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents

Disability Accommodations and Nondiscrimination

Apart from special education, a student with a disability, or who has a record of a disability, or is regarded as having a disability, shall not be excluded from participating in, or be denied the benefits of, any DoDEA education program or activity or be subjected to discrimination based solely on a disability. In accordance with DoDEA Administrative instruction 2500.14, “Nondiscrimination and 504 Accommodation on the Basis of Disability in DoDEA Conducted Education Programs and Activities,” April 29, 2009, as amended, students with disabilities shall be provided a FAPE and shall participate with students without disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate to ensure equal access to educational opportunities. This means that a student with a disability that does not require specialized instruction may be eligible for accommodations to ensure participation in school programs and activities. Please contact your child’s school for specific details.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2500.14: Nondiscriminiation and 504 Accommodation on the Basis of Disability in DoDEA Conducted Education Programs and Activities, Change 2

Reporting Abuse Neglect Suicide Risk and Threats

Child Abuse and Neglect

In accordance with the policy in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1356.01, “Family Advocacy Program Process for Reporting Incidents of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect,” November 5, 2018, all DoDEA personnel will participate in the identification and reporting of incidents of child abuse and neglect. School personnel shall report all suspected or alleged child abuse to the local Family and Advocacy Program (FAP) office, child welfare service agency (if available) and their immediate supervisor within 24 hours. All employees shall cooperate with the FAP process. The DoD FAP provides for the identification, treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1356.01: DoDEA Family Advocacy Program Process for Reporting Incidents of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect

Suicide Risk and Threats Towards Others

In order to prevent violence, suicide and other harmful acts among children and adults in schools, the need for reliable ways to identify persons who may require assistance is a critical step. All DoDEA employees must notify the DoDEA school administrator when a DoDEA student has made any statement or engaged in actions that may indicate threat of harm towards self or others.


Suicide Risk

Any indication of student suicidality must be immediately reported to the DoDEA school administrator.  The DoDEA student who exhibits suicidal ideation or behavior, or who makes a statement or engages in actions that may indicate self-harm or suicidal thoughts, shall be immediately assessed to obtain specific information to determine the risk level.  The results of that assessment shall be communicated to the DoDEA school administrator and documented.  Regardless of the level of risk reported, in all cases, a DoDEA school administrator or designated member of the Case Management Team must directly notify parents or legal guardians of the concern.  For additional assistance in this process, please contact the district school psychology instructional systems specialist.

If a parent or legal guardian disagrees with school recommendations for evaluation of a student’s dangerousness to self, or refuses to take parental or legal guardian responsibility for the safety of their child, the DoDEA school administrator must inform the parent or legal guardian that DoDEA policy requires that school personnel protect the safety and health of the students.  Parent or legal guardian refusal to address identified medical needs may necessitate a report to the local FAP office and local Child Protective services if neglect is suspected, as outlined in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1356.01.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1356.01: DoDEA Family Advocacy Program Process for Reporting Incidents of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect

Threats Towards Others

When a DoDEA student makes an explicit or implicit threat, or if the student’s behavior indicates that a threat is serious and reasonably likely to be acted upon, the DoDEA school administrator shall take action based on the level of the threat.  Certain types of serious threats require immediate notification to local law enforcement entities without regard to the level of threat yielded.  The DoDEA school administrator shall immediately report the following student behaviors to the local law enforcement entity:

  1. A threat that involves stalking of any person on a school bus, on school property or at a school-sponsored activity;
  2. Threats to bomb, burn, kill, or harm school personnel; and
  3. Threats of death or bodily injury to a person or members of his or her family or threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property.

The DoDEA school administrator shall also immediately report any act that may constitute a criminal offense to the parents or legal guardians of minor students involved in the act and shall report that the incident has been reported to local law enforcement, as required by Federal, state, or local law.  The DoDEA school administrator may report other threats to the local law enforcement entity, as necessary and appropriate.  The DoDEA school administrator shall inform the parents or legal guardians that they may contact local law enforcement for further information, as necessary and appropriate.


School Counseling Services

School Counseling Services

DoDEA school counselors provide comprehensive counseling programs to all students in grades K–12, in accordance with DoDEA Regulation 2946.1, “School Counseling Services,” July 13, 2009, and DoDEA Manual 2946.2, “Department of Defense Education Activity School Counseling Services,” January 1, 2006. Counseling programs are designed to foster a foundation for lifelong learning by removing barriers to students’ academic success. Early identification and intervention of students’ academic and social/emotional needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and promoting academic growth. School counselors provide direct and indirect student services and curricular activities to increase the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for students to achieve their potential academically, socially, emotionally, and physically for life, college, and career readiness.

Elementary school counseling programs are crucial in supporting students’ attitudes and personal views toward school, self, peers, and social groups. In elementary grades, school counseling programs support and provide education on prevention and intervention services, promoting positive academic skills, career awareness, and social-emotional development — skills students need to be competent and confident learners. 

Secondary school counseling programs are designed to meet the rapidly changing needs of students in grades 6–12, while preparing them for high school and beyond. College and career exploration and planning are emphasized at the secondary level. As middle school students learn to manage more independence and responsibilities, school counseling programs are designed to connect learning to practical application in life and work, support personal/social skills, and foster effective learning/study skills. 

High school counseling programs are designed to foster student preparation and readiness for successful college and career pathways after high school.  All secondary students create and manage a four- to six-year plan with their counselor. The four- to six-year plan is managed in Choices360 and is designed to teach students how to create and attain their graduation, college, and career goals, while taking into account their interests, aptitudes, and graduation requirements.

Please contact your school counselor for additional information regarding the school counseling program.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2946.1: School Counseling Services
2946.2: DoDEA School Counseling Services

School Psychology Services

DoDEA school psychologists provide a range of services designed to support students’ learning, growth, and development. They are experts in student mental health and learning/behavior, and they partner with various stakeholders throughout the school and community to support students’ academic and emotional needs. School psychology programs are designed to foster safe, healthy and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between the school, home, and community. School psychologists aim to improve academic achievement, support diverse learners, promote positive behaviors and safe school climates, and strengthen school-family partnerships. Core functions of school psychologists include mental health interventions, behavior management, crisis intervention and response, assessment, and consultation and collaboration.

Please contact your school psychologist for additional information regarding the DoDEA School Psychology Program.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2946.03: School Psychological Services

School Health Services

School Health Services

Health Services School NurseDoDEA School Health Services aims to optimize learning by fostering student wellness.  The school nurse serves as the health service expert, providing health care to students/staff and implementing interventions that address both actual and potential health and safety conditions.  The school nurse collaborates with the school administrator to promote the health and academic success of students and serves as the liaison between the school, community, and health care systems. This collaborative effort creates opportunities to build capacity for students’ self-care, resilience, and learning. 

The school nurse’s responsibilities include:

  1. Providing leadership in promoting personal and environmental health and safety by managing communicable diseases, monitoring immunizations, and providing consultation and health-related education to students and staff to promote school health and academic success; 
  2. Providing quality health care and intervening with actual and potential health problems through health screenings, health assessments, and nursing interventions, including the development of health care and emergency care plans to enable students to safely and fully participate in school;
  3. Providing case management services to direct care for students with chronic health conditions in order to ensure their safety and increase their access to the educational program; and
  4. Collaborating with school and community-based resources to reduce health-related barriers to student learning, improve access to health care and develop school-community partnerships to support academic achievement and student success.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2942.01: School Health Services

Student Illness

health services illnessDo not send your child to school if he or she is ill. Staying home to get the proper rest, nutrition, and parental care is for your child’s benefit as well as for the benefit of the other children in the school who may be unnecessarily exposed to a contagious illness. The following are examples of when a student should remain home:

  1. A temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  The student must be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours (a complete school day) before returning to school.
  2. Actively vomiting or has diarrhea.
  3. An illness which presents with contagious symptoms.
  4. Other symptoms interfering with learning or participation, such as abdominal pain; ear ache; itchy, painful eyes; light-sensitivity; or profuse exudate from the eyes necessitating frequent wiping.
  5. Severe uncontrolled coughing or wheezing, rapid or difficult breathing, and coughing lasting longer than five to seven days.
  6. Episodes of vomiting in the past 24 hours. A student must remain home until vomiting resolves (no further vomiting for 24 hours).
  7. Frequent, loose or watery stools compared to the student’s normal pattern; not caused by diet or medication. A student must remain home if a) he/she looks or acts ill; b) he/she has diarrhea with temperature elevation of 100°F or greater; and c) he/she has diarrhea and vomiting.
  8. Blister-like lesions (impetigo, including streptococci, staphylococcus, and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections) that develop into pustules with weeping and crusting. A student must be medically evaluated, remain home for at least 24 hours after initiation of medical treatment and remain home until determined not infectious by a medical provider.  Lesions must be covered for school attendance.
  9. Ringworm lesions must be covered for school attendance.
  10. Thick discharge from eye, necessitating frequent wiping and may be accompanied by pain, redness to the white part of the eye and light sensitivity.  Student must remain at home until symptoms clear or completion of 24 hours of medical provider-prescribed ophthalmic treatment.
  11. Measles, mumps, rubella, (German measles), chicken pox, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. A student must remain home until determined to be not infectious by a medical care provider.

If your child becomes ill during the school day, the school nurse will contact you to pick up your child.  To return to school, your child must be without symptoms for 24 hours and fever-free without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.


Parent Notification

As a general rule, the parent or sponsor will be notified by the school administrator or school nurse if a child has:

  1. Any illness or injury that causes concern or inability to participate in school activities;
  2. Eye, ear, or teeth injuries;
  3. Head injury;
  4. Second- or third-degree burns;
  5. Severe pain;
  6. Sprains or possible fractures;
  7. Temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit;
  8. Vomiting or diarrhea; and
  9. Wounds that may require stitches.

Allergies and Chronic-Acute Conditions

health services conditionsPlease inform the school nurse of any medical condition and health concerns your child may have to better serve and protect your child’s welfare in accordance with DoDEA Regulation 2720.1, “First Aid and Emergency Care,” September 8, 2003.

Food allergies (including peanut/nut allergies) are a significant health concern within the school environment. Allergic reactions can range from mild symptoms to life-threatening reactions. Ensuring a safe environment for all students and visitors is a primary focus for the school administration and staff. In an attempt to raise awareness and limit unnecessary exposure during school hours, the following steps have been implemented to address food allergies:

  1. Notify the school nurse of ANY allergy to food, drug, insects, etc., that your child may have;
  2. Provide the school nurse with medication/doctor’s orders/emergency care plan/parent permission form;
  3. Teach children at home about their food allergies and the importance of not sharing any food with others in school or elsewhere; and
  4. Notify the classroom teacher about your child’s allergens and check with the classroom teacher prior to bringing in any food for classroom celebrations.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2500.14: Nondiscriminiation and 504 Accommodation on the Basis of Disability in DoDEA Conducted Education Programs and Activities, Change 2
2720.1: First Aid and Emergency Care

Medication at School

health services medicationWhen medication must be administered during the school day, it must be delivered to the school nurse in the original container and properly labeled by the pharmacy or primary care manager/provider, stating the name of the student, the medication, dosage, route, time of administration, and current date of issue. Contact the school nurse for the required Medication Consent Form. This form must be filled out and signed by the prescribing medical provider and also signed by the sponsor/parent/guardian. The sponsor/parent/guardian needs to bring the signed form and the medication to the school nurse. If the school nurse is not present, the signed form and medication must be presented to the school principal, acting principal, or health aide for safekeeping. It is acceptable for parents to bring in self-purchased over-the-counter medication to be kept in the health office for their child’s use at school, but the medication must be accompanied by a physician’s prescription and signed parental consent form.

In some rare situations, students are allowed to keep their rescue or emergency medicine with them while in school or at school-related activities. The prescribing primary care manager must provide a written statement that the student must be in control of his or her medication due to a life-threatening medical condition. The parent must provide written consent for the medication to stay with the student. See the school nurse to obtain the appropriate form for medications to be administered during school hours or for a student to self-carry emergency medication.


First Aid and Emergency Care

health services injurySchool personnel will administer first aid as efficiently as possible to the dependent student when needed to treat minor injury or illness, in accordance with the DoDEA Regulation 2720.1, “First Aid and Emergency Care,” September 8, 2003. In accordance with Section 6 of DoDEA Regulation 2720.1, should a student sustain a more serious illness or injury, the school nurse will make a judgment call based on nursing assessment to determine if the student needs emergency medical care requiring a response by an emergency medical team (EMT) and possible transportation for treatment at a health care facility. If a student needs emergency medical care requiring an ambulance, the school will make reasonable efforts to contact the sponsor/parent/guardian or emergency contact. In the absence of a parent, a school administrator or designee may accompany the student to the medical treatment facility.

The EMT, health care facility, or attending health care provider(s) may be non-U.S. or non-military facilities or providers, especially if the dependent student is located overseas. Treatment decisions will be made exclusively by the health care provider(s) if the nature of the dependent student’s injury or illness requires immediate health care, in accordance with their standard operating procedures regarding the delivery of emergency care for the dependent student.

It is very important for the school to have a current address, home phone number, mobile phone numbers, duty phone number, and the phone number of another adult to act as emergency contact in case parents cannot be contacted.

Contact your school nurse for additional information regarding the DoDEA School Health Services Program.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2720.1: First Aid and Emergency Care

School Meals Program

The DoDEA School Meals Program (SMP) supports academic achievement by providing nutritious meals to your students through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.  

  • The School Meals Program is a budget friendly and convenient program for parents that can save time, energy, money and reduce stress.  
  • Households must reapply every school year for free and reduced-price meals, beginning no earlier than July 1st.
  • All meals must be paid for in advance or at the point of sale.
  • A best practice is to fund your child’s account every pay day through the next pay day.

Visit your school's School Meals Program page for more information and the latest school menus.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1015.5: DoD Student Meal Program

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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 shall:

  1. Comply with policies, procedures and standards for student behavior;
  2. Refrain from conduct or behavior that is disruptive;
  3. Respect the rights and human dignity of other students and all school employees;
  4. Attend school and classes regularly, and punctually and make a conscious effort in all classes;
  5. Participate in and take advantage of educational opportunities provided by DoDEA schools;
  6. Assist school employees in operating a safe school by abiding by the laws of the United States, the local military installation, the host nation, and DoDEA policies, regulations, and procedures;
  7. Properly maintain school property and use school property and equipment for educationally authorized purposes;
  8. Promptly bring to the attention of a DoDEA school employee behavior or activities that may endanger the safety and well-being of themselves or others and to cooperate with school threat assessment procedures; and
  9. Promptly report to the DoDEA School Principal, or another DoDEA school employee, incidents or complaints, including, but not limited to, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or non-sexual harassment, based on race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation or status as a sponsor, parent or legal guardian; intimidation, hazing, bullying (including cyberbullying), or retaliation against persons who report or participate in the investigation of such incidents herein.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1353.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities

Discrimination-Free Education Programs and Activities

No DoDEA student shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, be subjected to, or be permitted to subject others to discrimination in any DoDEA-conducted education and training programs and activities on the basis of their race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or status as a parent, which is commonly known as their protected class, in accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1443.01, Volume 1, “Executive Order 13160 Administration: Compliance Requirements and Appeals,” February 22, 2019.

Although DoDEA cannot guarantee every student a learning and activities environment free from annoyances, petty slights, or minor offenses, DoDEA is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free from unlawful discrimination and will not tolerate incidents of discriminatory unequal treatment, hostile environments (including those created by sexual assault and sexual harassment [discussed in greater detail below under “Student Conduct and Discipline”]), or impermissible disparate impact based on a student’s protected class, or retaliation against anyone because they have made a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation related to an allegation of discrimination.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1443.01 - Vol 1: Executive Order 13160 Administration: Compliance Requirements and Appeals

Scholastic Integrity

Students are responsible for their own scholastic integrity by neither giving nor receiving assistance (written, oral, or otherwise) on tests, examinations, final evaluations, or class assignments that are to be graded as the work of an individual. Any suspicion or evidence of forging, cheating, or plagiarizing the work of others will be investigated. Any student who is in violation will receive no credit. There will be an appropriate consequence for the particular assignment, and a letter will be sent home to be signed by the parents and returned to the teacher. A copy of the letter will be filed in the student’s discipline folder for the period of the school year.


Freedom of Religious Expression

According to Section 3.6 of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” April 6, 2021, students may observe religious practice in school, such as celebration of religious holidays, engaging in private prayer, saying grace before meals, and wearing yarmulkes and head scarves, as long as the practice does not violate student standards or cause substantial disruption. Students may engage in independent religious discussion to the same degree that they may engage in other types of permissible speech. The freedom to engage in religious expression in school does not include the right to compel other students to participate in religious practices or discussion. Students may express their beliefs about religion in the form of homework, artwork, presentations, and other written and oral assignments, free from discrimination by school faculty or other students based on the religious content of their submissions. Such assignments and submissions shall be assessed by curricular standards or other relevant instructional criteria in accordance with Section 4 of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1353.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities

Interscholastic Athletics

This policy is currently under review

In accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1443.01, Volume 1, “Executive Order 13160 Administration: Compliance Requirements and Appeals,” February 22, 2019, all high school students, and middle school students in some cases, are provided the opportunity to participate in the Interscholastic Athletic Program without unlawful discrimination based on their race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, status as a parent, or other factors unrelated to that participation. There are equitable uniform eligibility policies for participants in all athletic programs. Please refer to your regional Interscholastic Athletics Program policy for details relating to your school. For DoDEA-Americas schools, please consult your state of residence athletic policies and the school athletic director for specifics regarding state regulations and requirements.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1443.01 - Vol 1: Executive Order 13160 Administration: Compliance Requirements and Appeals

Student Dress Code

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1353.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities

Freedom of Religious Expression

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar and is considered to be the holiest and most blessed month of the year for Muslims. Ramadan is about extra devotion and piety, spiritual reflection and self-examination, prayer and worship, increased charity and generosity, repentance and forgiveness, and self-discipline. Muslims are encouraged to appreciate the hardships of those in need by fasting from sunrise till sunset; as well as giving to those in need.

What does Bahrain School look like during Ramadan?
School will be in session as usual except students will only be allowed to eat food inside the cafeteria during lunch and the ten-minute nutrition break (after the first block). The cafeteria windows will be covered for discretion, and students will not be allowed to take cafeteria food out. In the classrooms, students will be allowed to drink water but encouraged to be discreet.

Although prayer times and lunch time may not be aligned, students who wish to pray during the school day will be allowed to use the Arabic library during lunch. This is to provide classroom instruction the least amount of disruption.
 


School Security

Search and Seizure

General, non-individualized searches of school property (e.g., desks, lockers, storage spaces, and school computers, including data and internet access records), may be conducted by the principal on a periodic or random basis. The school affords students and parents adequate prior notice of its general search policy through the issuance referenced above and this handbook. The search shall be conducted by the principal in the presence of another school employee who will serve as a witness. General searches of school spaces and property may be conducted in cooperation with the appropriate installation authorities or military police, including dogs trained to detect the presence of contraband. Evidence found during a general search, or a dog sniff, that alerts authorities to potential contraband may provide reasonable suspicion sufficient to conduct an individualized search.

Individualized, reasonable suspicion or targeted searches may be conducted by a principal of a student’s personal belongings (including bags, personalized electronic mobile devices (PEMD) and the interior of student vehicles on school property) and in a student’s desk, locker, storage space, school computer, or other property of the school when there is reasonable suspicion to believe the student possesses a prohibited item. Targeted searches may be conducted whenever the student is involved in a school-sponsored or school-supervised activity or event so long as there is reasonable suspicion to conduct the search.

A targeted search of a student’s person shall only be conducted under exigent circumstances. When possible, a targeted search of the student’s person shall be conducted in a private room, or non-public area, and by a school official of the same sex as the student. Reasonable efforts to locate the student and to notify the parent shall be made prior to a targeted search or as soon as is practicable under the circumstances.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1353.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities

Standard Response Protocols

DoDEA has implemented action-based standard response protocols (i.e., lockout, lockdown, evacuate, and shelter) that can be performed during any emergency incident.

lockout logoLockout is directed when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school.  Use the mass notification system or public address system, stating: “Lockout! Secure the perimeter.”  Who actually conducts this task will vary based upon the school and incident taking place.

 

lockdown logoLockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside the school building.  Use the mass notification system or public address system, stating: “Lockdown! Locks, Lights, Out of Sight!”  Who actually conducts this task will vary based upon the school and incident taking place; however, all school staff shall have the ability to call for a lockdown.  Contact local emergency services, or 911, as appropriate.

 

evacuate logoAn Evacuation is called when there is a need to move students from one facility to another.  The action will vary based upon the type of evacuation.  Other directions may be invoked during an evacuation, and student and staff should be prepared to follow specific instructions given by staff or first responders.

 

shelter logoShelter is called when the need for personal protection is necessary.  Hazards that could generate the need to Shelter include tornado, earthquake, tsunami, and a hazardous materials incident.  Use the mass notification system or public address system, stating: “Shelter [identifying the hazard]!”  This command is typically called by the DoDEA designated official but may be called by students, teachers or first responders.

 

The Standard Response Protocols are incorporated into the school’s Force Protection Plan.  For more information on the Standard Response Protocols and how they apply within DoDEA, refer to DoDEA Administrative Instruction 5205.02, Volume 6, “DoDEA Force Protection Program:  Standard Response Protocols,” July 24, 2018.


Surveillance

This policy applies to EU-South

DoDEA AI 5205.02, Volume 1, DODEA FORCE PROTECTION PROGRAM: ANTITERRORISM, February 11, 2019

3.2.c. (2) (FOUO). DoDEA does not have an organic capability for surveillance detection or counter surveillance as identified in Volume 1 of DoD Instruction O-2000.16 and DoD Instruction 2000.26. DoDEA relies upon the installation commanders to provide this function. As such, it is not practical to integrate counter-surveillance, surveillance detection, or counterintelligence (CI) in accordance with DoD Instruction 5240.26, and other intelligence capabilities at any DoDEA operating locations.

3.15.c. DoDEA Bus Security Attendants Program. Bus Security Attendants are specially- selected, task trained adults who are assigned to ride on designated buses that transport DoDEA students on daily commutes (home-to-school and return runs). Bus Security Attendants perform four (4) tasks: pre-run bus security inspections, en-route surveillance detection, pre-attack recognition, and en-route security emergency response and management.

DoDEA PROCEDURAL GUIDE 5760.01-01 SERIOUS INCIDENT REPORTING

PROCEDURES, August 24, 2016, Section 4: Serious Incident Report Matrix, Table 6. Security Incidents, Force Protection Issues: Requires reporting of Force Protection Issues such as suspected surveillance which constitutes a threat or potential threat to students, staff or operations – if in doubt – report it! See table below:

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Report: Suspected surveillance or other suspicious activity constituting a threat or potential threat to students, staff, or operations; or any incident that has the potential to compromise existing security measures and procedures.

Be alert to signs of intelligence gathering, surveillance, collecting materials for attack, and rehearsals:

  • Taking photos or videos of potential targets
  • Writing notes or sketching
  • Showing abnormal attention to details of security measures
  • People loitering in the same general area without a recognizable legitimate reason
  • Certain civilian vehicles that seem to appear repeatedly
  • Utility and construction workers that do not appear to be performing a specific job
  • Electronic audio and video devices in unusual places

Surveillance may be conducted over a long period of time and employ various methods:

  • Stationary surveillance: a common method in which operatives observe from a fixed location.
  • Moving surveillance: conducted on foot or in vehicles.
  • Technical surveillance: uses electronic means to record or gain access to security information.
  • Casual questioning: used to elicit security information from approachable personnel.

Description of personnel:

  • Gender, Race, Height, Weight, Clothing, Accent/dialect, Tattoos, Scars, Disabilities, Peculiarities

Description of Vehicle:

  • Make, model, style, color, license plate

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

5205.02 - Vol 1: DoDEA Force Protection Program: Antiterrorism

Student Conduct and Discipline

Discipline

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1347.01: Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures
1353.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities

Expected Student Behavior

This policy applies to DoDEA Europe

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.

  • Show respect for the learning of others by not displaying disruptive behavior.
  • Protect others and self from danger and injury.
  • Demonstrate respect for school property.
  • Obey all school adults promptly.
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Wear appropriate attire to school.
  • Take responsibility for own actions.
  • Bring no items that could cause physical harm to oneself or others.
  • Toys and other entertainment items (electronic or otherwise) brought from home are prohibited in classrooms,common areas or on the bus or playground.

School Bus Behavior

Riding school buses is a privilege that may be suspended or revoked if a student does not behave in a safe and proper manner in accordance with DoDEA behavior expectations, which is in accordance with Section 7 of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1347.01, “Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures,” April 7, 2021.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1347.01: Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures

Prohibited Sexual, Sex-Based, and Other Related Abusive Misconduct

DoDEA does not allow any form of sexual harassment, sexual assault, problematic sexual behavior in children and youth (PSB-CY) and other related abusive misconduct of, or by, employees, students, or anyone participating in DoDEA-conducted/sponsored education, training programs, and activities, committed both on and off DoDEA premises.

All DoDEA students are responsible for not committing acts of sexual harassment, sexual assault, PSB-CY, and other related abusive misconduct, in accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1443.02, “Prohibited Sexual, Sex-Based, and Other Related Abusive Misconduct Reporting and Response,” February 21, 2019 (DoDEA AI 1443.02, and for cooperating with any investigations and resolution of complaints made in accordance with this Issuance. Students who violate this policy are subject to discipline in accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction, “Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures,” April 7, 2021.

The right to be free from other related abusive misconduct includes physical and/or emotional misconduct that does not qualify as sexual assault or sexual harassment, but that is still intended to make a student feel pressured, uncomfortable, physically threatened, in pain, embarrassed, or offended. It also includes the right to be free from an adult, or another student, trying to exploit their position of authority or influence over a student to force or manipulate them into an inappropriate personal and/or sexual relationship, even if the student does not think it is harmful. DoDEA does not recognize sexual or romantic interactions between any student and a DoDEA employee or volunteer to ever be consensual, even if the student is of the lawful age of consent.

Students who are experiencing sexual assault, sexual harassment, PSB-CY, or other related abusive misconduct should report it, in accordance with Sections 4 and 5 of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1443.02, “Prohibited Sexual, Sex-Based, and Other Related Abusive Misconduct Reporting and Response,” February 21, 2019.

It is extremely important that a student not suffer in silence or be allowed to be exploited or manipulated into an inappropriate relationship. If such is happening to a student personally, or to someone they know, the student should let an adult know about it right away. The student may tell someone he/she feels comfortable with and trusts, such as their parent, teacher, nurse, or coach, or go directly to the school principal or program director, at any time. When a DoDEA employee or volunteer becomes aware of a violation of this DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1443.02, they are required to report it to their school principal or program director, with the possible exception of certain disclosures made during confidential communications not otherwise subject to mandatory reporting requirements in accordance with Issuance.

Students may visit DoDEA’s Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention Web page (dodea.edu/sexualharassment) to learn more.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1347.01: Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures
1443.02: Prohibited Sexual, Sex-Based, and Other Related Abusive Misconduct Reporting and Response

Bully Prevention

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.

Stop Bullying now

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.


No Weapons

This policy applies to DoDEA Europe

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.


Europe South and West District Discipline Matrix

This policy applies to EU-South,EU-West

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:
  • Tardiness (to class or to school)
  • General classroom misconduct
  • Failure to follow general instructions
  • Public display of affection /Improper show of affection
  • Eating/drinking in class (gum included)
  • Loitering in an unauthorized area
  • No hall pass
  • Running, playing, or horseplay (hall or grounds) that may en-danger self or others
  • Unauthorized sale of items (candy, etc,)
  • Dress code violations which the student refuses to correct
  • Minor disrespect (talking back, rolling eyes, etc.)
  • Other minor offenses
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:

  • A parent may opt to shadow his/her child for one day instead of any 1 day out of school suspension. A parent is not to be an active participant in the class and is to be an observer only.
  • The Principal at each school may limit the number of times that shadowing is allowed instead of Out of School Suspension (OSS).

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:
  • Using portable communications devices contrary to school policy (e.g., beepers, cell phones, personal computers, Blackberry’s, iPhones; other similar devices capable of receiving or transmitting audio, video, picture, or text message; portable electronic devices, including: cameras, electronic games, portable radios, compact disc players, iPods, portable DVD players, or similar devices). Such equipment and devices are subject to confiscation by school authorities. (Individual principals will determine the locale for keeping such devices during the school day.)
  • Minor Vandalism ($25 or less) (Restitution required)
  • Minor Theft ($25 or less) (Restitution required)
  • Leaving school grounds without administrative permission (also includes failure to sign out)
  • Falsifying, forging, cheating, or plagiarizing the work of others. (written or verbal)
  • Abusive, profane, or obscene language, gestures, or material (student to student): This includes, but is not limited to the following references: race, religion, gender, creed, national origin, personal or physical attributes, disability, intellectual ability, or matters pertaining to sexuality.
  • Failing to leave the school, the school grounds, the school bus, or otherwise failing to follow the instructions/directions of the principal or staff member in charge after being told to do so; or is otherwise not authorized to be present in such areas (e.g., expelled or removed).
  • Disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties. This provision includes not only horseplay and other forms of disorderly conduct, but also includes: lying to and/or making false statements to school personnel, and/or the violation of other rules and guidance established for an orderly educational atmosphere.
  • Possessing or using tobacco, or any product containing tobacco or nicotine products; including, but not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel nut or related paraphernalia (lighters, matches, rolling paper, etc.)
  • Any activity that endangers self or others while at school
  • Violating attendance regulations or policies (i.e., truancy).
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:

  • A parent may opt to shadow their child for one day instead of any 1 day out of school suspension. A parent is not to be an active participant in the class and is to be an observer only.
  • The Principal at each school may limit the number of times that shadowing is allowed instead of OSS.

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:

  • Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause, physical injury to another person; or has threatened to use or has used physical force against any person, including physical force that causes serious bodily injury to a person, as defined by section 1365(h) (3) of 18 U.S.C. (reference (k)).
  • Possessing, using, or transferring to another person any dangerous weapon (section 930(g)(2) (reference (j)), (e.g., any firearm, knife, explosive, incendiary device, or dangerous object) at the school or at a school-sponsored activity. A minimum 1-year expulsion is required for the possession of firearms.
  • Possessing, using, distributing, or the attempted possession; use; or distribution of alcoholic beverages.
  • Possessing, using, distributing, or the attempted possession; use or distribution of any illegal/controlled substance; as defined in enclosure 2. A mandatory expulsion recommendation is required for a second offense.
  • Offering, arranging, using, or negotiating to sell drug paraphernalia, or the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Robbing or extorting, or attempting robbery or extortion.
  • Damaging or vandalizing school, U.S. Government, contractor, or private property.
  • Stealing, wrongfully appropriating, or attempting to steal or wrongfully appropriate; or knowingly receiving stolen school, Government, contractor, or private property.
  • Gambling in any form.
  • Fighting or otherwise engaging in conduct that endangers the well-being of a student or others.
  • Bullying (including cyber bullying) another, or a group (e.g., engaging physical intimidation, taunting, hazing, name calling, insulting, cursing, gesturing, or verbally abusing any person; including, but not limited to: comments, abuse, or harassment based on that person's race, religion, gender, creed, national origin, personal or physical attributes, disability, intellectual ability; and matters pertaining to sexuality, or characteristics of another person or the associates of another person).
  • Engaging in, or attempting to engage in, acts of arson, making a threat to bomb, burn, or destroy in any manner a school building or school property, or intentionally making a false report of a bomb threat or fire (e.g., making a terrorist or bomb threat, pulling a fire alarm, etc.).
  • Possessing or using fireworks or other explosive devices.
  • Violating the terms and conditions of the DoDEA Student Computer and Internet Access Agreement, or by illegal or unauthorized means gain access to the computers, software telecommunications, and related technologies of others; engage in any willful act that causes physical or financial damage or otherwise disrupts information technology, or use a computer or communications device to communicate threatening, harassing, indecent messages; or download obscene or pornographic materials.
  • Violating any law, rule, regulation, or policy of the military installation or the school.
  • Failing to report or otherwise be complicit in the above-described acts.

Technology

Computer Access/Internet Policy/Electronic Devices

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:

  1. Students shall use DoDEA information technology (IT) resources, including computers, electronic mail, and internet access, only in support of education and for research consistent with the educational objectives of DoDEA; 
  2. Students shall respect and adhere to all of the rules governing access to, and use of, DoDEA’s IT resources; 
  3. Students shall be polite in all electronic communication;
  4. Students shall use courteous and respectful language and/or images in their messages to others;
  5. Students shall not swear, use vulgarities, or use harsh, abusive, sexual, or disrespectful language and/or images;
  6. Students who misuse DoDEA IT resources are subject to disciplinary measures; and
  7. Students’ accounts will be deactivated upon transition out of a DoDEA school.

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

6600.01: Computer Access and Internet Policy

Role of Social Media

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.


Student Transportation

Student Transportation Services

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

4500.02: Student Transportation Services

School Procedures

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

This policy applies to Bahrain ES,Bahrain MHS,Bahrain School

Morning Drop-Off

All Elementary and Middle/High School students may be dropped off in the PURPLE Parking Lot (front of the school) during morning drop-off.

Afternoon Pick-Up

Elementary School students – PURPLE Parking Lot (front of school)

Middle/High School students – GOLD Parking Lot (back of school)

  • Families with students in BOTH schools default to the PURPLE parking lot.
  • The GOLD parking lot opens at 12:30 PM Sunday – Wednesday and 11:30 AM Thursday.
  • The GOLD parking lot pedestrian gate is EXIT only. Entrance is at the discretion of security personnel.
  • To ensure the safety of ALL of our students, please use the appropriate lot.

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Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures- Arabic

This policy applies to Bahrain School

التوصیل الصباحي

الرجاء توصیل جمیع طلاب المرحلة الابتدائیة والمتوسطة والثانویة
إلى موقف السیارات البنفسجي الموجود عند المدخل الأمامي
للمدرسة خلال الفترة الصباحیة.

استلام الطلبة خلال فترة بعد الظھر

- طلاب المرحلة الابتدائیة یتم أخذھم من الموقف البنفسجي الموجود
عند المدخل الأمامي للمدرسة.
- طلاب المرحلة المتوسطة والثانویة یتم أخذھم من الموقف الذھبي
الموجود خلف المدرسة.
- الأسرالتي لدیھا طلاب في كلتا المدرستین تستخدم الموقف
البنفسجي لأخذ الطلبة.
- الموقف الذھبي یفُتح عند الساعة 12:30 بعد الظھر من یوم الأحد
إلى الأربعاء. أما یوم الخمیس یفُتح عند الساعة 11:30 صباحاً.
- الموقف الذھبي عند بوابة المشاة یسُتخدم للخروج فقط. أما الدخول
فیكون حسب قرار أفراد الأمن المتواجدین عند البوابة.
- لضمان سلامة جمیع طلابنا الرجاء استخدام الموقف المناسب.

drop-off pick-up procedure


Class Resolution Conflict

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Alexandria, Virginia maintains authority for the overseas schools (DoDEA). Bahrain Middle High School is, therefore, under the authority of DoDEA. 

Whenever concerns arise regarding our school, experience has shown that the overwhelming majority of them are resolved with the school, and most often by speaking with the classroom teacher. If concerns cannot be resolved at the classroom level, the appropriate chain of concern should be followed:

  1. Classroom Teacher
  2. Assistant Principal – Bahrain School – Ms. Bernadine Camuso
  3. Principal – Bahrain School – Ms. Shana Seawright
  4. Community Superintendent- Europe South – Mr. Carl Albrecht
  5. District Superintendent – Europe South – Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney
  6. Director – Department of Defense Dependent Schools Europe
  7. Director – Department of Defense Education Activity – Mr. Tom Brady

PTA & Booster Club

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

The purposes of the PTA are:

  • To support, through the distribution of its funds and organizing capability, the promotion of education for the students at Bahrain Middle High School.
  • To promote and support special events that will benefit the parents and students.

The PTA Executive Board meets once per month.  All board meetings are open to the public and parents are encouraged to attend.

The purposes of a Booster Club are: 

  • Formed to support an associated club, sports team, or organization. The booster club can support this through raising funds or coordinating events.
  • Organized and run by parents of the students in a particular organization.

School Advisory Committee (SAC)

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

The SAC is composed of an equal number of locally-elected parents and full-time professional school employees and may include a senior high school student enrolled in the school. The SAC advises the Principal on local school-related, non-personnel matters such as educational programs, resources, services, and policies. Issues unresolved at the school level may be elevated to the District Advisory Council (DAC). Parents are welcome and encouraged to contact their Principal to learn more.

What does this mean at The Bahrain School? In simple terms, your SAC wants to ensure that communication is open to and from parents, administration and base. SAC includes representation from each of these categories. All of us want to see The Bahrain School be the best it can be to serve the students best interests. We are all very fortunate that our administrators at The Bahrain School are always willing to hear concerns directly from anyone that has them. SAC will act in a couple of different ways. If a parent or group of parents would like to bring forward an idea or issue to a larger forum, they can always contact a member of SAC, use the SAC email directly or attend a meeting. Additionally, the Principal may have an issue they would like to discuss in a larger forum and will bring that issue to SAC. The bottom line will always be doing what is best for students and The Bahrain School community. The main goals of the School Advisory Council are to participate in and encourage strategic planning, develop and define policy, and serve as a public relations source. The SAC operates in the policy-making process by formulating and adopting, but never enacting, policy. As the title states, the Council is advisory in nature

The Bahrain School has two SAC committees – an Elementary SAC and a Middle School/High School SAC. Additionally, there will be an Installation Advisory Council (IAC) where the individual SACs will have representation along with the base commander. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to .


Expectations

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

Students Can Expect:

  • To be treated with respect by teachers, administrators and fellow students.
  • To have fair and unbiased teachers in grading policies and classroom activities.
  • A prepared and knowledgeable teacher.
  • Privacy of all grades and other records.
  • An academic challenge in classes.
  • To assemble with other students in a peaceful manner.
  • To dress in fashion that pleases him/her as long as it is within basic dress codes and is not offensive to local culture.
  • To maximize facilities (as budget allows).
  • To communicate with teachers regarding grades received, assignments given etc., as long as it is done privately and the student is not abusive or disrespectful.
  • To fail, without humiliation or harassment from teachers and administrators, as long as the student is aware of the consequences of failing.

Expectations of Students

  • Speak without shouting using a moderate, polite tone of voice avoiding profane, vulgar, or crude language. 
  • Do not insult others or put them down, even when joking.
  • Respect others and their rights; for example, leave personal items alone.
  • Discuss situations with the teacher if the teacher is perceived as unfair or biased.
  • Be prepared for class work by bringing your own class materials to class every day.
  • Practice integrity and academic honesty; follow through on all activities.
  • Ensure that assemblies in which he/she participates are peaceful.
  • Attend classes as scheduled and on time.
  • Care for school property and facilities.
  • Promote and support extra-curricular activities.

If a student feels that his/her boundaries have been curtailed or infringed upon in any way, the concern should be discussed immediately with the teacher or individual involved. If this fails, the problem should be discussed with the school counselor or a school administrator.

Teachers Can Expect To:

  • Receive respect, consideration, and deference from students.
  • Receive full cooperation and courtesy from all students at all times.
  • Receive respect and consideration from colleagues and administration at all times.
  • Establish and enforce class rules and consequences without superseding DoDEA or school policies.
  • Dismiss a disruptive student from a classroom if the disruption interferes with the rights of others.
  • Have the best materials (within budget).
  • Choose the method of teaching best suited for the course and students.
  • Inquire, by discussions with the student and/or parents, as to why a student performs poorly or lacks motivation.
  • Report or refer disruptive students to the administration or other appropriate staff for action.

Expectations of Teachers:

  • Respect others and their rights.
  • Do not insult others or put them down, even when joking.
  • Explain his/her grading system, teaching methods and expectations.
  • Try to motivate.
  • Advise and counsel students when appropriate.
  • Be aware of student capabilities.
  • Try to educate the student to his/her full potential.
  • Provide extra educational possibilities for the more capable student.
  • Teach courses objectively so that students may form their own opinion.
  • Be on time, prepared, and give quality instruction.
  • Promote and support extra-curricular activities.
  • Be fair, honest and unbiased in grading.
     

Arabic

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

Arabic is a required subject for all Arabic passport holders who must meet the requirement of Arabic in grades Kindergarten to Grade 11. At the high school level, students are grouped according to skill level rather than grade level, and individualization is accomplished according to individual student needs. Arabic students in grades Kindergarten to Grade 8 also study social studies in Arabic.
 


Schedule Changes

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

Schedule change requests must be made from day 2 to day 9 of the semester for requests to be processed. Drop/add forms will only be issued by a guidance counselor and must be approved by parent, current teacher, future teacher, and administration. If a student withdraws from a course after week two and prior to the end of the semester, withdrawal grades will be given except in cases where acceleration procedures have been met. 


Student Rights and Responsibilities

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

Academic Eligibility

All students are expected to maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 and no more than one failing grade F during the school year in order to be eligible to participate in athletic or non-athletic competition against other schools. Eligibility will be based on the current DoDEA eligibility policy. The GPA of these students will be monitored on a regular basis to ensure that they remain eligible.


Academic Honesty

Students are responsible for their own scholastic integrity by neither giving nor receiving assistance (written, oral, or otherwise) on tests, examinations, final evaluations, or class assignments that are to be graded as the work of an individual. Any suspicion or evidence of forging, cheating, or plagiarizing the work of others will be investigated. Any student who is in violation will receive no credit. There will be an appropriate consequence for the particular assignment, and a letter will be sent home to be signed by the parents and returned to the teacher. A copy of the letter will be filed in the student’s discipline folder for the period of the school year. 


Active Participation

Students have a responsibility to be active participants in the learning process. Sleeping or napping in class is not acceptable.


Assemblies

Assemblies are planned during the school year to complement and enhance the regular school program. Since an assembly brings a large group of students into a small area, certain expectations of courtesy are appropriate:

  • All students will move to the assembly accompanied by a teacher unless specific instructions have been given otherwise.
  • All students will sit by classes in the company of the teacher in charge.
  • Any loud behavior, socializing with a neighbor, or booing is discourteous to those on stage, and will not be tolerated and will be removed from the assembly.
  • Students are expected to understand the instructions for the assembly prior to entry, and to leave the auditorium in an orderly manner.


Awards

An awards assembly is held at the end of each school year to honor students who have achieved highly in each curriculum area. The criteria for and the number of awards are under the supervision of a committee.  A number of additional awards may be given to students who meet department criteria on creativity, high motivation, effort and achievement. Teachers may nominate students, who have given special service to the school, for service awards. Each year a special award is given to one student who contributes more than all the others to International Understanding. This specially recognized student must speak two languages fluently, be recognized by the student’s peers, and be selected by the faculty. 

Special awards include: Presidential Awards for Academic Excellence and Academic Achievement at Grades 8 and 12.

Honor Roll Requirements:
 

High School

GPA

Principal’s Award

4.00+

High Honors Award

3.50 – 3.99

Honors Award

3.20 – 3.49

Middle School

GPA

Principal’s Award

4.00+

Honors Award

3.00+

 

Academic Letters Criteria (Grades 9–12):

  • Students in Grades 9–12 are eligible to earn an Academic Letter.
  • A student must be enrolled in at least four (4) classes each quarter during the period being considered for the award.
  • The award is based on the average of any three (3) quarters during the school year.
  • The average GPA of the three (3) quarters used for the award must be no less than 3.7.
  • The GPA for any one of the quarters used to determine the award cannot be less than a 3.5.
  • If the student elects to use the fourth quarter GPA as one of the quarter GPA’s for this award he/she must petition the school for consideration of an Academic Award in writing no later than one week after the fourth quarter report cards are distributed.


Black Flag Conditions
The Nurse will notify the school on Black Flag days. Students are encourage to limit outdoor activities and to stay hydrated.


Books
Students are held responsible for the condition of all textbooks, workbooks and library books checked out to them. A charge will be assessed for the replacement if these books are lost or damaged beyond usual wear and tear. The procedure for lost books is as follows:

  1. The Supply Officer will notify the teacher of the cost of the book or school property that has been damaged.
  2. Parents will be informed of this amount and will be required to purchase a replacement book. The school cannot accept money in lieu of a replacement book. Lost or damaged books can be ordered online. Please get the ISBN from School Supply Officer.


Cafeteria
A cafeteria program, which serves varied meals daily, is in operation during the school year. For school year 21-22, school lunches will be free for all students per the USDA. All lunches, whether brought from home or purchased in the hot meal program, must be consumed in the Great Hall.  

Since the Great Hall accommodates a large number of students in a very short period of time, certain rules of behavior must be strictly enforced:

  • Students are to move quietly at all times while in and around the eating areas.
  • Students are expected to wait their turn in line. Crowding ahead is discourteous and time consuming and will not be tolerated.
  • Students are expected to clean and disinfect their own area at the tables. Trays are to be brought to the disposal area. Trash and remaining food will be dumped in the garbage cans, and serving trays will be placed on the counter at the rear of the Great Hall.
  • When finished, students may proceed outside or into the mall area, but if the remainder of the lunch period is spent in the mall, order must be maintained.
  • Monitors in the cafeteria are there to supervise the students. An administrator is assigned to lunch duty each day.
  • Students are expected to be punctual for their afternoon classes.

Cell Phone

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

Students may possess and use cell phones responsibly at their discretion before/after school, during lunch, and during passing periods. Cell phones should be kept on silent and or vibrate mode so as not to disturb others. 

During class time, cell phones should be powered off and secured in lockers, book bags, and purses. Students who leave during classroom instruction must leave their cell phones in the classroom. Within the classroom, students may only use cell phones with the express permission of the teachers.

Any student using a cell phone or other electronic devices during a test or quiz (not expressly authorized) will be considered to be gaining an unfair advantage and will be charged with academic dishonesty.

Any student whose cell phone disturbs the class or is distracted will:

  1. Be given a warning
  2. Have their phone taken away and turned over to administration. The student can pick up their phone at the end of the school day.
  3. Have their phone taken away and turned over to administration, from whom a parent will need to pick up the phone.
  4. Multiple infractions will result in loss of phone privileges at school. 

Taking unauthorized pictures or videos of the school and its environs without the express permission of the teacher, the students involved, or the Principal (depending upon the circumstances) is strictly prohibited.  A violation of this expectation may result in a suspension from school. Unauthorized publication or posting on the Internet of pictures or videos of Bahrain Middle High School, its students, or staff without the express permission of the people involved and the administration may refer the student for expulsion to the disciplinary committee.

Cell phones and other electronic devices are the responsibility of students. The school assumes no responsibility for their loss or damages if they are brought to school.  


End of Year Responsibilities

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

All textbooks and school property need to be returned to the appropriate classrooms. 

Students are expected to clean out their lockers on their last seminar period of the year. Any items left will be disposed over the summer.

Students who are not returning to Bahrain School who would like their files from their @student.dodea.edu account will need to transfer their files to a private Google account.

  1. Share the folders and files you need to your private Google account. 
  2. Access the folder/file in your private account found in “Shared with Me.” 
  3. Make a copy of the files and save them to your personal account. 

Once you leave Bahrain School, all Google accounts associated with your @student.dodea.edu will be deleted.
 


Fire Drill

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

Fire drills are a regular part of the school’s safety training. There will be one fire drill each week during the first month of school and one each month thereafter. Teachers will brief students on the fire drill procedures. Fire drills are always to be taken seriously and full cooperation is expected.


ID Cards

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

Students in Grades 6-12 will receive their student ID cards on orientation day. ID cards must be shown at the security gate to gain entrance to the school campus each day. Students are expected to have their ID cards at all times when they are on campus. Lost ID cards should be reported to the security office immediately.

Parents are encouraged to get a Bahrain Middle High School parent photo ID card. This ID card will facilitate entrance to campus for parents.


Insubordination

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

Students who willfully refuse to follow directions of a teacher or other staff member are considered insubordinate. Violators face a minimum of detention. The severity of the act and the student’s previous record of offenses will determine the length of the punishment. Open defiance, inappropriate language or profane gestures may result in suspension. 


Lost and Found

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

Lost and found is maintained for convenience, but all students are responsible for their own property. Students are not to bring unnecessary or valuable articles to school. If such items are lost or stolen the school cannot be held responsible.

Your child may check with the Receptionist at the front desk for any lost articles. All coats, hats, books, pencil cases, etc. should be labeled with your child’s name for identification. Parents may also come and check for missing items.
 


Public Displays of Affection

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

Public displays of affection are not allowed at Bahrain Middle High School or during school sponsored activities.  Public displays of affection are considered to be any physical contact other than holding hands and may result in disciplinary action.
 


Seminar/Advisory

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

Seminar is a time set aside during the school day to give students an opportunity to complete their school work. As students get older, they are expected to manage their time, be prepared, problem solve, and develop a robust work ethic. Seminar offers the students the environment to do so, as well as provides time for students to access their teachers for help.

The first 20 minutes of seminar are designated for Sustained Silent Reading (SSR). The remainder of seminar is available for students to work quietly and individually. Group work is only allowed with teacher permission.

Procedure to see a teacher during seminar:

  • During regular class time, the student will request to see the teacher during seminar. The teacher will sign up students in eSeminar. Students will not be able to leave seminar unless they are listed on eSeminar. Students may visit up to two teachers per seminar.
  • When transiting hallways during seminar, students will move quietly and promptly to the requested teacher.  They may not congregate in hallways or restrooms.
  • After SSR, the student’s departure time will be recorded on the Location Tracker Sheet.
  • When they arrive at the destination, the student’s arrival time will be recorded on the Location Tracker Sheet. 
  • Students need to return to their original seminar 5 minutes prior to the end of the class period unless prior agreement is made between teachers.

Smoking & Vaping

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

Students are prohibited from possessing or using tobacco/vaping products anywhere on 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. 

All school rules apply during and after school hours when the infraction/incident occurs during a school sponsored or participatory activity.
 


Unprepared for Class

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

Students who are without the materials necessary to learn and participate in class are considered unprepared for class. These materials include completed homework.


 


Space Available Bus Transportation

This policy applies to Bahrain MHS

We are fortunate to be able to provide daily commute buses to our students at this time; however it is imperative that everyone understands the limitations of space available bus service.

Tuition paid to DoDEA is strictly for education and does not include daily commuting transportation. Buses are contracted by the Department of Defense to provided transportation for the dependents of their personnel. Seats being offered to the tuition paying students at Bahrain Middle High School are on a space available basis.  Space available means that bus service is provided only if:

  • You are near a bus stop serviced by the bus.
  • You are willing to transport your children to a bus stop.
  • There are seats available on the bus.  

This service may be terminated at any time and without notice. Parents of space available riders will be required to fill out and sign the Space Available Transportation Form when picking up the bus pass. 
 


Notification of AHERA Inspection (or re-inspection)

This policy applies to Bahrain School

Bahrain Asbestos Inspection SY 21-22