Research demonstrates that parent involvement is essential for student success. Although you may not become involved in all committees and support organizations in the school, we encourage the following activities for your parental support:
Parents and other responsible adults are always welcome at school. If you know in advance that you will be visiting your child's classroom, we encourage you to notify your child's teacher ahead of time so they are prepared for your visit. We do not allow students to bring friends or other non-registered students to school due to liability and space restrictions. In addition, parents may not bring younger siblings, other children, or babies with them when they visit or volunteer in a classroom. This can be a serious distraction from the learning environment for all students.
DoDEA policy mandates use of visitor badges and positive identification of all visitors and contractors. In compliance with this policy, upon arrival, ALL visitors are required to come to the school office, sign in, show identification, and receive a visitor's badge. All visitors MUST sign out and return the visitor's badge upon leaving the building.
Volunteers are always needed and are a part of the total school program. They assist in the classrooms, office, special subject and resource rooms, and educational support areas. If a parent is volunteering in a classroom, we ask that you please make alternative arrangements for siblings. They are not allowed in the room during the instructional day. We encourage active participation by parents in their child's education and while, younger children are precious, they may be distracting to students in the classroom. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your support. Check with you child's teacher for specific opportunities and to complete any necessary forms in addition to the ones below.
DoDEA Policy requires that prospective and current school volunteers shall be subject to a standardized application process that includes completion of an application form and standardized background checks. Volunteer applications are available in the school office or linked below. Please allow 5 business days for processing of all volunteer request forms. Once a background check is completed, a volunteer approval is valid for 3 years. There are many volunteer opportunities for parents eager to get involved with their students education or for other interested community members.
Before you do, please fill out these forms and turn them in to your local volunteer office.
The Bechtel Elementary School Advisory Committee is the elected forum in which up to five (5) parents and five (5) school staff members represent the school community and faculty. The committee's purpose is to make recommendations to the principal concerning school-related matters to include budget, curriculum and instruction, policies, and support functions. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any member of the SAC or come to our monthly meetings. The SAC meets monthly in the school's information center (IC).
The Bechtel SAC meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 3:15pm in the Bechtel Information Center.
Being a DoDEA school advisory committee member is a serious responsibility but one that offers significant rewards - the primary reward being the opportunity to actively participate in the process of educating our children.
However, unlike the school advisory committees in the Local Education Authority (LEA), DoDEA school advisory committee act purely in an advisory capacity, providing input to the Superintendent and administrators in the areas of: school policies affecting students and parents, administrative procedures affecting students, and instructional and educational resources within the school. The DoDEA school district superintendent makes final decisions on matters affecting the school district.
Meetings are open to the public. For specific information on School Advisory Committee agendas, please contact any member of your School Advisory Committee. Please contact your local school or the District Superintendents Office to get contact information.
Employee relations and student conduct are almost always matters handled by the Superintendent, principals, and administrative staff. If, for some reason, school advisory committee member participation is required, the Superintendent will explain the applicable rules.
No, generally the school board for a local education agency (LEA) makes the policy and rules for schools in that particular school district; the Superintendent and staff implement the school board's policy. DoDEA overseas school advisory committees act in an advisory capacity, providing input to the Superintendent and administrators in the areas of fiscal, personnel and educational policies, procedures and programs. The DoDEA school district superintendent makes final decisions on matters affecting the school district.
The statute which authorizes DoDEA and the implementing DoD guidance define the roles of the DoDEA school advisory committees. Also, because DoDEA school advisory committee members are not officers or employees of the United States as defined in the "appointments clause" of the Constitution, they may not exercise discretionary governmental authority such as: taking personnel actions, expending appropriated funds, or establishing governmental policies.
The Superintendent and the school advisory committees should always attempt to find common ground on all issues. However, DoDEA Superintendents are ultimately responsible for operation of the school district. In rare instances, a Superintendent may find it necessary to take an action with which the school advisory committees might not agree. The Superintendent should then provide the school advisory committee members with the rationale for that action. If necessary, either the Superintendent or the school advisory committee members may ask for the assistance of the DoDEA Pacific Director.
Yes, all school advisory committee members receive training so that they may better understand the rules which govern the operation of the school advisory committee
The school advisory committee is encouraged to:
The PTO/PTA is a group of parents and teachers working for a better school environment by providing both financial and volunteer support for our school programs. The PTO/PTA sponsors a variety of activities such as book fairs, school pictures, monthly birthday celebrations for all children, the sale of school t-shirts and many other events. The PTO/PTA consists of the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. In addition, there are several committee coordinator positions such as volunteer, spirit week, membership and box tops. If you are interested in volunteering, serving on the executive board, or being a committee coordinator, please contact the PTO/PTA.
The PTO/PTA is a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-sectarian organization. It cooperates with the school to support the improvement of education in ways that will not interfere with the education of students or the mission of the school and does not seek to control school policies. Specific objectives include:
Membership is open to all parents and legal guardians of students attending the school as well as school staff. Contact the school for membership information.