Department of Defense Education Activity

Policies & Procedures

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Regular attendance in school is necessary for a child to progress and to achieve maximum school growth. An excused absence is one for which the child will be given make up opportunities and credit. Excused absences are:

  1. Illness
  2. Family emergency
  3. Educational trips shared by members of the family, subject to prior notification in writing to the principal and teacher(s).
  4. Medical necessities that cannot be cared for on non-school time.

After an absence, a student is required to bring a written excuse from the parent explaining the reason for the absence. The excuse is to be given to the classroom teacher. A student returning to school following an excused absence will be given a reasonable amount of time (one to two weeks) to make up work missed during the absence.


Our community and school define bullying as follows: Bullying is a mean and one-sided activity intended to harm where those doing the bullying get pleasure from a targeted child's pain and/or misery. Bullying can be verbal, physical, and/or relational; have as its overlay race, ethnicity, religion, gender (including sexual orientation), physical, or mental ability; includes all forms of hazing and cyber bullying. It can be and often is continuous and repeated over time, however, once is enough to constitute bullying. Bullying will not be tolerated at our school.

Cell Phones

Cell phones must be off and in the locker or backpack during the school day. They may not be used for making phone calls or texting at any time during the school day. This includes during lunch and recess times. Cell phones that are seen by the staff during the school day will be confiscated, given to the principal, and must be retrieved by the student's parent. The school cannot be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

Computer Policy

Garmisch ES/MS is fortunate to have access to computer technology that plays an important role in the education of our students and provides our staff with the latest tools with which to teach. We expect that all students will treat all computer software, hardware, and resources in a responsible manner. Further, it is the students' responsibility to abide by the rules set forth in the DODEA computer policy. All students will sign an Internet agreement, agreeing to comply with the expectations for appropriate computer use.


Garmisch ES/MS has a behavior management program based on the belief that:

  1. Students, parents, and the school share the responsibility for creating the best possible learning environment.
  2. Student conduct that interferes with learning or with teacher instruction is unacceptable.
  3. All students are entitled to a safe, enjoyable and rewarding school experience.

Dress Code

Students are expected to dress for success at school. This means that clothing attire should be appropriate - conducive to learning and suitable for school activities. All children are expected to be neat and clean in their appearance. Clothing that distracts from learning or is a safety concern is not allowed. Clothing NOT allowed at school includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Hats worn inside the building
  2. Tank tops with spaghetti straps or straps across the back (Bra straps should not be visible)
  3. Backs and midriffs should be covered;shirts must cover the midriff even when arms are raised above head
  4. See-through or mesh clothing
  5. Pants that sag or have edges that are frayed and unsafe, or have large holes, i.e. slits along legs or at knees
  6. Shorts or skirts that are shorter than the length of the student's fingertips when their arms are fully extended by their side
  7. Clothing that promotes tobacco or alcohol products, depicts drug use or violence or implies racial prejudice or sexual statements
  8. Heelies -shoes with skating wheels attached
  9. If students wear tight fitting leggings or "Jeggings" they must also wear either finger tip length shirts, shorts or skirts.

Lunch Room Policy

We do not have a cafeteria/hot lunch program. Students who ride the bus to school eat lunch at school, and students who live on base may choose to eat lunch at school or go home for lunch if they are in middle school. Student may bring a bagged lunch to school, or parents may also opt to bring a lunch to their student(s) from a local restaurant. Microwaves are available if students need to heat an item for their lunch. Lunchroom monitors will assist younger children with microwave use. If students opt to go home for lunch, they must sign out of the building so that we may account for them.

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