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School Address and Contact Information


Unit 15797
APO, AP 96271-5008
Korea
Phone: 011-82-503-357-2166/2167/2168
DSN Phone: 315-757-2166/2167/2168
Principal.HumphreysMS@pac.dodea.edu
http://www.dodea.edu/HumphreysMS

 

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

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

Our Purpose

Provide students with opportunities to develop meaningful skills for success

Our Goals

By June 2021, 70% of students will meet or exceed grade-level proficiency targets in literacy and math as measured by SRI, DoDEA CCRS Summative Assessment and PSAT 8/9

Strategy: Focus Note-taking


Humphreys Middle School Hours

Tuesdays are Early Release days.

  Regular Hours Tuesday Hours
Office Hours 0700 - 1600  
School Hours 0830 - 1505 0830 - 1405

Lunch Hours

Grade Regular Hours Tuesday Hours
5th grade 5A 1020-1050 / 5B 1100-1130 5A 1020-1050 / 5B 1300-1330
6th grade 1140 - 1210 1100 - 1130
7th grade 1220 - 1250 1140 - 1210
8th grade 1300 - 1330 1220 - 1250

 

School Contacts

Name Staff Position Phone Contact Email
Webmaster
82-503-357-2166/2167/2168
Attendance
82-503-357-2166/2167/2168
Information Specialist
82-503-357-2166/2167/2168
School Psychologist
82-503-357-2166/2167/2168
School Counselor: ASACS Counselor
82-010-0503-357-7122
School Counselor: ASACS Counselor
0503-357-7146
Secretary
503-357-2167
Registrar
503-357-2166
School Liaison Officer (SLO)
DSN: 315-757-2241
 

 

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 Policies

School Handbook

Director's Message: Mr. Thomas M. Brady

Thomas M. Brady

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

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to be flexible in our approach to instructional delivery, while also remaining steadfast in our commitment to providing every DoDEA student with a first-rate education.  

The health and safety of our students is our top priority. In that regard, this year remains no different.  

We have always believed that instruction in the classroom is the optimal learning environment for most of our military-connected students. Conducting teaching and learning within the familiar environments of our classrooms provides students with stability and continuity. Face-to-face instruction and the routines of school add significantly to success and growth for all students. 

While I am cautiously optimistic that our students will be able to attend school in person throughout the year, we have systems and infrastructure in place to provide remote instruction, on a moment's notice, as local HPCON levels and host nation guidance require. 

As we begin School Year 2021 / 2022, please take a moment to review our COVID-19 Operational Guidelines and Protocols, Version VII.   

These operational guidelines are a key part of DoDEA’s role in total force and the warfighter’s mission readiness. In order to protect the health and safety of our military communities and to maximize in-person learning opportunities for all students, DoDEA will continue to use an integrated package of prevention and control components to avoid transmission of COVID-19 in schools. 

Last year, as a result of our response throughout the pandemic, infection rates among students and staff remained remarkably low. We understand the stress and anxiety that many families feel due to the current circumstances, but I encourage all of us to have confidence that 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. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic I have been 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 obstacles.  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 mission to ensure Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere. 


Principal's Corner

Greetings, Phoenix Families! 

We are excited to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! We hope you had an opportunity to relax and recharge during the summer break.  The first day of school is August 23rd.

School Calendar:  Checkout our new school calendar for important dates - from early release days to holidays.  You will find the calendar on our school website at https://www.dodea.edu/HumphreysMS/index.cfm and our Humphreys Middle School Facebook page.

Our School ScheduleClick to view the schedule.

Health and Safety:

We begin the new school year with a commitment to remain vigilant, keeping the health and safety of our students and teachers as our top priority. In that spirit, DoDEA unveiled a new version of its COVID-19 Operational Guidelines and Protocols for Schools, available here.

  • When possible, students will sit three feet apart in classroom, and six feet at all other locations.
  • Students and staff who are not vaccinated will wear masks in schools and on buses. If an installation at HPCON Alpha, vaccinated students and staff may opt to wear a mask when physical distancing can be maintained but are not required to do so.  Masks are required on school buses.

Please plan for your child to wear a mask. The continued health and safety of our students and employees remain our top priority - we're all in this together!

Free Student Meals: We are committed to providing healthy and safe school meals to our schools. That is why I am happy to announce the U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending free student meals for all students through June 2022. This extension provides children with healthy, nutritious meals for next school year, regardless of the instructional setting (in-person, remote, or virtual).

Call for Substitute Teachers: We are always looking for quality substitute teachers and educational aides to serve our schools. It's a great way to see how DoDEA works firsthand and to get involved in our children's education.

Please contact the school office if you have questions. From our school team, it is an honor and a privilege to serve our military families. We look forward to a great school year!

Sincerely,

Tiffiney Weddle

Principal, Humphreys Middle School

 

About Our School

Welcome to Humphreys Middle School, Home of the Phoenix

Humphreys Middle School serves approximately 900+ students in grades 5 through 8, with a faculty and staff of 85 educators. Our course offerings are comparative to what you might find in most public secondary schools in the United States, with core college preparatory courses and a wide selection of unique electives. Our facilities are world class and continuously updated with the latest technological advancements to ensure that our students remain competitive in the digital age as well as college and career ready. We are also proud of our ability to further enrich the education of our students through the implementation of extracurricular activities and several intramural sports offerings.

Humphreys Middle School

The faculty and staff at our school are dedicated to providing students an education in a safe and secure learning environment, where an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation is present among all stakeholders.

 

 

Pacific West District SY21-22

 

School Calendars

 

DoDEA Pacific : School Year  2021 - 2022 Calendar


Standard DoDEA Pacific School Calendar

Note: Calendar based on 190 day teacher workdays including:

5 Teacher Orientation/Pre-service/CCR Days

4 CCR Days

4 Teacher Work Days

2 District Professional Development Days (+1 for districts going through accreditation)

Reporting date for non-administrative educator personnel

Monday, August 16, 2021 Reporting date for non-administrative educator personnel for CCR training, orientation and classroom preparation (16-20 August)

School Year 2021-2022 (175 Instructional Days and 190 Teacher Work Days)

First Semester (85 Instructional Days)
Monday, August 23, 2021 First Day of School
Monday, September 6, 2021 Labor Day: Federal Holiday
Monday, October 11, 2021 Columbus Day: Federal Holiday
Thursday, October 21, 2021 End of First Quarter (41 Instructional Days)
Friday, October 22, 2021 No School for Students - Teacher Work Day
Thursday, November 11, 2021 Veterans Day: Federal Holiday
Thursday, November 25, 2021 Thanksgiving Day: Federal Holiday
Friday, November 26, 2021 Friday: Recess Day
Monday, December 20, 2021 Begin Winter Recess (20 December – 1 January)
Saturday, December 25, 2021 Christmas: Federal Holiday
2022
Saturday, January 1, 2022 New Year’s Day: Federal Holiday
Monday, January 3, 2022 Instruction Resumes
Thursday, January 13, 2022 End of Second Quarter and First Semester (45 Instructional Days)
Friday, January 14, 2022 No School for Students – Teacher Work Day
Monday, January 17, 2022 Martin Luther King Day: Federal Holiday
Second Semester (90 Instructional Days)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 Begin Second semester and Third Quarter
Monday, February 21, 2022 Presidents’ Day: Federal Holiday
Thursday, March 24, 2022 End of Third Quarter (47 Instructional Days)
Friday, March 25, 2022 No School for Students – Teacher Work Day
Monday, March 28, 2022 Begin Spring Recess (28 March – 1 April)
Monday, May 30, 2022 Memorial Day: Federal Holiday
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 End of Fourth Quarter and Second Semester (43 Instructional Days)
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 No School for Students – Teacher Work Day
 

 

Admin Bios

Ms. Tiffiney Weddle - Humphreys MS Principal

Ms. Tiffiney Weddle

Tiffiney Weddle began her career in education in the fall of 1996 at a small rural school in central Mississippi. After serving in Mississippi public schools for three years, Ms. Weddle applied to the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in June, 1999, was accepted, and began her first assignment in Okinawa in the fall of 1999.

Ms. Weddle earned a Bachelor’s of Liberal Studies in May, 1996 from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. She was awarded a Masters of Education in Gifted Education in August, 2003 from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Ms. Weddle began her post-graduate studies at the University of Southern Mississippi on the Ph.D. track in 2010.

Ms. Weddle’s professional experience includes teaching in all grades from kindergarten through eighth grade, as a classroom teacher, gifted education teacher, and educational technologist. Ms. Weddle served as the Okinawa District ISS for Educational Technology for two years. She served thirteen schools in the Okinawa district in this capacity. In 2010, Ms. Weddle began in administration as an assistant principal at Naples Elementary School and held this position for three years.

In 2013, Ms. Weddle became the principal at Sembach Elementary School and served in this capacity for four years. Ms. Weddle’s most recent assignment was with Seoul American Elementary School as the Principal until the school’s closing in 2019. Her interests in education focus on differentiated instruction, technology, brain and learning, and school culture and climate.

Ms. Weddle views a collaborative school environment as the key to creating successful students. She believes partnerships with parents and community members are essential to enriching the experience at any school. Ms. Weddle is enthusiastic to help our military-connected students on their educational journey to ensure they leave with the skills necessary to succeed in high school as well as the curiosity, kindness, creativity and growth mindset for success in our global community.

 

Ms. Teresa Hahn - Humphreys MS Assistant Principal

Ms. Teresa Hahn

Ms. Hahn holds a Master of Education Degree  in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis niversity and a Master of Education Degree in Teacher Education from Oklahoma  University.  Additionally,  she holds  a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History and  Medieval Studies from Rutgers University.

Prior to this assignment, she was the Assistant Principal at Daegu Middle High School since 2014. She also taught AP Art History and Language Arts at Vilseck High School from August 2009 – September 2014; Language Arts, Social Studies and AVID at Osan American Middle/High School from 2006 – 2009; and Social Studies at Ramstein Middle School from 2002-2006. Ms. Hahn joined DoDDs in 2002.

Ms. Hahn is at home in the military community. Her father retired from the Navy after a 30-year career and her husband retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service. Ms. Hahn has two children.

 

Dr. Stacie Lamoureux - Humphreys MS Assistant Principal

Dr. Stacie Lamoureux

Dr. Stacie Lamoureux is a Florida resident with 22 years of experience in education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education from Jacksonville University, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from University of North Florida, and a Doctorate of Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction from Capella University.

Dr. Lamoureux’s career in education began as a junior high math teacher in the public school system in northern Florida. She transitioned to the elementary level, and spent the next several years of her career as an instructional math coach. She returned back to the classroom to teach various levels of high school math, and advanced to a district level secondary math curriculum specialist. Prior to her new role as an Assistant Principal she worked as a Professional Development Specialist for the Pacific Center for Instructional Leadership. Throughout her career, she has been involved in curriculum design and implementation, and the development and delivery of professional learning designed to enhance instructional practices in the classroom.

As a strong advocate for meeting the diverse needs of all students, Dr. Lamoureux’s focus is supporting teachers in providing excellent instruction to every student. She is extremely excited to join the team at Humphreys Middle School!

 

Dr. Helen R. Bailey - USAG Humphreys Schools Community Superintendent

Dr. Helen R. Bailey

Dr. Bailey is a career educator with extensive teaching and administrative experience in DoDEA Pacific. She joined DoDEA as a business/computer science teacher with her first assignment at Yokota Middle/High School teaching grades 7-12, and served as an Assistant Principal at Yokota High School, Yokota, Japan, and Assistant Principal at Nile C. Kinnick High School in Yokosuka, Japan.

Dr. Bailey was promoted to the position of Principal at Daegu American School prior to joining DoDEA Pacific Region Office in Okinawa, Japan, working with Instructional Support Specialists as a Branch Chief in DoDEA Pacific’s Education Division. Two years later, she ventured off to the beautiful island of Guam as the Principal of Andersen Elementary School and later joined the DoDEA Pacific South District in Guam as the Education Operations Manager. After 8 years in the Pacific South District, Dr. Bailey was assigned as the Chief of Staff for DoDEA Europe South District in Vicenza, Italy. In 2016, Dr. Bailey was named Community Superintendent for the DoDEA Pacific East District and stationed at Yokota AB where her leadership responsibilities included schools in Sasebo, Misawa, Atsugi, Zama, Sagamihara Housing Area and Yokota. Dr. Bailey also served as the District’s Athletics and Activities Director. Prior to DoDEA, Dr. Bailey was a middle school and high school business/computer teacher in Angier and Fayetteville, North Carolina, as well as a community college professor and teacher in Manhattan and Junction City, Kansas.

Dr. Bailey earned her Bachelors' degree in Economics and in Comprehensive Business Education at Fayetteville State University, her Master’s degree at Kansas State University in Educational Administration, and her Doctorate degree at Capella University in Educational Leadership and Administration. She is an advocate for all students and believes life-long learning is a critical component of college and career readiness.

Dr. Bailey is a member of The Association for Supervision Curriculum Development, Learning Forward and Phi Delta Kappa International. She is also a proud “Silver, Life Member” of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Dr. Bailey and her husband, Patrick, have two DoDEA-educated children, 2011 Guam HS graduate, Patrick II, and 2018 Yokota High School graduate, Britney. They have one granddaughter, Truth, born in June 19, 2020

 

School Handbook

Dr. Joel L. Grim - Pacific West Chief of Staff

Dr. Joel L. Grim

Dr. Grim is in his second year as the PAC West Chief of Staff. Prior to accepting this position, he served 20 years as a school principal. Dr. Grim grew up in Ohio and served five years in the United States Air Force before being honorably discharged. During his time in the military, he earned his Community College of the Air Force degree in 1988 and bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University in 1989. He then received his teaching credential from Chapman University. He also earned a master's degree in educational administration from Azusa Pacific University in 1995 and currently holds an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from the University of Sioux Falls in 2004.

Dr. Grim has taught first, second, and fifth grades before becoming an administrator in 1997. His career has included working as an assistant principal, curriculum director, and principal in South Dakota.  He was awarded the South Dakota “Rookie Principal of the Year.” Dr. Grim joined DoDEA in 2009, serving as a principal at Ft. Bragg and also in Okinawa. He was awarded the North Carolina P.T.A. “Principal of the Year” in 2016.

He has coached softball, baseball, and soccer in a previous community. He has been happily married for 29 years and has three adult children. One of his children is serving in the United States Air Force. Working for DoDEA and providing a quality education for the children of military affiliated families continues to be an honor and privilege for him as an educator.

 

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 Officers (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 Liaison Officers 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

Visitors and Volunteers

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Visitors

All visitors are required to present IDs (100% ID Check) and check into the main office before entering the school and must sign out on their departure.  Although guests are welcome, former HMS students or high school students are not allowed to visit teachers during instructional hours or during lunch hours.  If a student would like to invite a visiting relative or local host nation friend to visit, the following steps must be taken:

1. A letter written by the student's parent or guardian must be presented to the principal at least two days before intended visit.

2. The letter must be signed by all of the requesting student's classroom teachers.

3. On the day of the visit, the parent should bring the student and the visitor to the main office to obtain a visitor's pass.

The student and the sponsor are both responsible for the visitor, who will be required to follow all school rules. 

Parents are always welcome to visit the school at any time.  These visits should be planned with the teacher or school principal prior to the scheduled day in order to avoid possible class conflicts, testing, or any special activities.

Volunteers

In accordance with DoD Instruction 1402.d, background checks on school volunteers are required to be initiated by schools to verify that the volunteers are of good character, mentally stable, and free of criminal history and substance abuse.  Forms to apply for the record checks are available at the school office.

The School Advisory Committee (SAC) reviews and advises the principal on school policy and program issues raised by community members.  It is comprised of an equal number of parents and educators.  The number of members is determined by the school population.

Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) supports school programs and activities by raising funds and providing services not provided by the DoDEA system.

 


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/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

Attendance Policy

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

It is expected that all students will attend school regularly and punctually.  The school day begins at 0830 and ends at 1505 with the exception of Tuesdays when we will dismiss at 1405.  Although it may be possible to make up reading and written assignments, it is not possible to replicate teacher-directed lessons, class discussions, and laboratory experiences.  Missing the instruction may adversely affect student learning and consequently grades.  A doctor's note is required for three consecutive days of absences.  Five or more unexcused absences in any semester will result in a mandatory conference between parent, student, and the administration.  Extended unexcused absences will be reported to the base command and Family Advocacy Program.

Notification of Absence

Parent must contact the office at 757-2166/2167/2168 or email the Office Automation Clerk at PAC_HumphreysMS_Attendance@dodea.edu, no later than 30 minutes after the start of school on the day a student will be absent from school to provide the reason.  When teachers know that a student will not be in class and the reason for the absence, the teacher can better anticipate the student's needs.

Advanced Notification and Request for Excused Absence

A student, parent, or sponsor can request that class work be provided during a prolonged absence (3 or more days).  The request must be submitted through the main office at least three days prior to departure.  When the class work is provided, it must be completed and returned to each teacher within the first two days of the student's return to school.  If the class work is not timely returned, all assignments may be recorded as "I" or incomplete grade in the grade book.  Students will be required to complete an Application for Permission to Be Absent form to this effect with the office three days prior to the departure.

Unexcused Absence or Tardiness

Students will be counted as tardy if they are not present in the classroom at the designated time for class.  Students who are detained by school officials and are consequently late to class will be given a hall pass or have their student planners annotated.  Students who arrive at 0830 or later to school must report to the main office to obtain an admission slip to their first class.  Parents must accompany students who arrive after 0900.

Unexcused absences or tardies include but are not limited to the following

  • Modeling, movie making, or personal money making ventures
  • Oversleeping
  • Missing the bus or arriving late due to fault of the sponsor
  • Walking the dog
  • Non-school sponsored functions
  • Going home to retrieve forgotten homework or materials
  • Family trips that are not pre-approved
  • Babysitting

Students whose absences or tardies are unexcused are allowed to make up work.  However, appropriate disciplinary action may occur.  Please contact the administrative office at 757-2166/2167/2168 if you have questions.

Sign In/Out Procedures

A student will not be allowed to leave campus unless a parent, sponsor, or emergency contact person (listed on DS Form 600 - Student Registration) signs the student out at the office.  A parent or sponsor can make prior arrangements for a student to be signed out by a third party by giving advanced notice in writing to the office.  A parent returning a student to school during the school day must sign the student in the office to admit the student to school.  If a student must attend to a medical, dental, or other legal appointment during school, a parent must come to the main office of the school and sign their child out.

 

 

 

 

 


High School Graduation

Transferring Course Credits to a DoDEA School

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.

Policy Reference:  DoDI 1342.29, “Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children,” January 31, 2017

Policy Reference:  DoDEA Procedural Guide 15-PGED-002, Graduation Requirements and Policy – Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children,” February 4, 2016

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

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 Gradespeed (dodea.gradespeed.net) 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

GradeSpeed

Gradespeed is the DoDEA adopted program for teachers of grades 4 through 12 to submit and post grades into the Student Information System. The Gradespeed program offers many special features, including Parent Connection for teacher reporting, and teacher‐to‐parent communications.

Gradespeed's Parent Connection gives parents online access to their child's grades via the web. Each parent can request his or her own account. Students will be given a Gradespeed account by their school Educational Technologist. Visit the DoDEA GradeSpeed page for more information about GradeSpeed and for instructions to create an account.

Click here for Student, Parent, or Teacher access.


Homework

Homework is one means of developing the necessary skills of independent study and learning for present and future use. Homework promotes organizational skills and a sense of responsibility. It is also an opportunity for parents to become actively involved in their child's learning and for each child to reach his/her full potential. Through homework, students are given the opportunity to complete additional practice and application to strengthen skills; to expand and/or enrich regular class work; to complete work started in class; to make up work due to absence.

Teachers may assign homework as determined necessary to enhance student learning that is taking place in the classroom. Each child works at his/her own pace, so the amount of time needed to complete specific assignments may vary. The types of homework may vary to enable the student to have experience/practice in reading, writing, computational skills, and other subject areas during a given week. Frequency and length of assignments will be grade appropriate. At a very minimum, a child should read or be read to 15-20 minutes nightly

Students are responsible for ensuring that they:

  • Understand the homework assignment.
  • Take home all books and materials needed to do the assignment.
  • Complete the homework in the assigned format and turn it in when it is due.
  • Participate actively and cooperatively in the evaluation of their homework when appropriate.

Parents are encouraged to provide an environment which fosters the development of life-long learning skills.

This includes:

  • A quiet place to work.
  • Necessary materials.
  • A regular study time.
  • Review the student planner.
  • Encouragement and praise.

Grading Information

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Official reports of academic grades are issued at the end of each quarter.  Parents and students should deep these reports.  Letter grades are based on a great deal more than marks received on tests, quizzes, and semester exams.  They include laboratory or hands-on experiences, homework, projects, etc.  Parents should expect report cards to arrive approximately one week to ten days after the end of each quarter.

An incomplete "I" grade may be given when a student has not been able to complete the required assignments due to late entry, prolonged illness, or excessive excused absences from school.  this temporary grade is not given to students who attend class regularly and could have completed the assignments on time.  When a grade of "I' is given, the counselor and the teacher will determine the length of time needed to complete the work.  Normally, this should not extend beyond the number of days the student was absent from school.  Once the deadline is established and the required work is not completed, the "i" will become an "F."  In preliminary computations of the student's grade point average, the grade of "I" is equivalent to zero grade points.

Student grades are available online via GradeSpeed.  Parents and student have individual account access to grades and should contact the school office to find out how to sign-up for a GradeSpeed account.  

At minimum, teachers are required to record one assignment or grade per week, and posting should be no longer than ten (10) calendar days from the date the assignment is collected, with reasonable exceptions for large projects.

Make-up Work

After an absence, students should check with all of their teachers to make sure that work missed is completed.  It is the student's responsibility to complete and submit all make-up work.  Failure to do so may result in a failing grade.  Each individual teacher will determine class make-up procedures.  The rule for time allowed for making up classwork due to an absence will be as many days as the student was absent.  Cases of prolonged illness or family trips will be given special consideration.  In such cases, assignments may be obtained through the office. 


Parent-Teacher Conferences

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Parents interested in scheduling a parent-teacher conference should contact the student's teacher or a guidance counselor to schedule a conference.  


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: Provision 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: Special Education Goals and Objectives (cancelled)
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

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Modified on July 1, 2021

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

Student Dress Code

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Humphreys Middle School believes that student dress is a shared responsibility between students, parents, and the school.  Students are expected to respect the school community by dressing appropriately for a middle school setting.  Student attire should facilitate participation in learning activities and the health and safety of all students.

Dress Code Requirements

  • Clothing must cover areas from one armpit across the other armpit and down to at least 8 inches above the kneecap.
  • Tops must have at least 2-inch-wide shoulder straps.
  • Rips or tears in bottoms must be lower than 8 inches above the kneecap, or shorts, tights, or leggings must be worn underneath the pants.
  • Full coverage area must be maintained at all times to include bending over, sitting down, or reaching overhead.
  • Shoes must be worn at all time.
  • See-through or mesh garments should not be worn alone on minimum coverage areas.
  • Hats, hoodies and caps may not be worn inside the building.
  • Clothing may not depict, imply, advertise, or advocate illegal, violent, or lewd conduct, weapons, or the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.
  • Clothing may not display or imply vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene language or images.
  • Clothing may not state, imply, or depict hate speech/imagery targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or any other protected classification.
  • Sunglasses may not be worn inside the building.
  • Clothing and accessories that endanger students or staff safety may not be worn.
  • Apparel, jewelry, accessories, tattoos, or manner of grooming that, by virtue of its color arrangement, trademark or any other attribute, demotes membership in a gang that advocates illegal or disruptive behavior is prohibited.

Administration reserves the right to determine what constitutes appropriate dress.  Students in violation of dress code will be sent to the office and be required to correct the dress code infraction prior to returning to class.  Parents will be called if appropriate clothing is not available.  Students will be subject to disciplinary actions for repeat dress code violations. 

 

 


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.


Emergency and Evacuation Procedures

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

A notification sound will signal a fire drill or other emergency evacuation procedure.  Students will follow the evacuation plan posed in the room in an expeditious and orderly manner.  Students are not to return to classrooms during or after emergency evacuations until given permission by an appropriate authority.  Students are not permitted to use cell phones or other electronic devices, as ordered by the command, during an emergency.  Emergency evacuation procedures will be practiced every week during the first month of school and once every month thereafter.


Student Conduct and Discipline

Discipline

Modified on July 1, 2021

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

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.


Prohibited Items Policy

This policy applies to DoDEA Pacific
This policy is currently under review

Some items prohibited at school include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Toys and electronic games
  • cell phones or other portable communication devices
  • iPods or MP3 players
  • skateboards, scooters, roller blades, roller skates, wheelies or skate shoes
  • stink bombs
  • chewing gum or betel nut
  • cigarette lighters and matches
  • tobacco products; e.g., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco, snuff
  • firecrackers
  • weapons and/or ammo (real or pretend)
  • laser light pointers

Discipline

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Teachers will handle minor cases of disruptive behavior using their own in-class behavior management plan, which include parental contact and such actions as warnings, conferences, detentions, and reassignment of seats.  When a teacher refers a student to the school administration for disciplinary action, it is because the teacher's prior attempts to impart discipline have not resulted in an improvement in the student's behavior.  Teacher's also have authority to make immediate referrals of serious disciplinary issues to the school administration.  If multiple behavior infractions occur, their effect will be cumulative.


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.


Audio/Visual Equipment

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Audio/visual (A/V) programs may be used to supplement the curriculum when there is a direct correlation between the A/V, the DoDEA curriculum, and the unit of study.  A/V programs rated "G" may be shown without written parental permission.  However, those with ratings of PG and above will not be shown without written permission from sponsors or parents.  An alternative assignment and location will be provided for any student for whom permission is not granted. 


Electronic Devices

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Electronic devices, such as (but not limited to) cell phones, i-devices, tablets, headphones, earplugs, and/or handheld games are not to be used during the school day from 0830-1530.  If brought to school, they must be kept in lockers.  The school is not responsible for lost or stolen electronics devices.  


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

Student Transportation Services

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Bus

The Student Transportation Office coordinates bus contract, determine routes, and issues student bus passes.  Questions should be directed to STO at DSN 754-9458.  School bus transportation is a privilege that may be suspended or revoked.  Your parents or sponsor will have signed an agreement with PACTMO about the terms for maintaining your privileges for bus transportation prior to you receiving a bus pass.  Bus behavior can also have an impact on your school attendance.  Misconduct on buses may result in disciplinary action, including possible suspension or expulsion.  Misconduct includes but not limited to: the possession of a weapon, alcohol, or controlled substances.  A series of minor infractions also may result in serious consequences.  

Parent Drop off/Pick up

The student drop off/pick up area is located at the parking lot closest to the bus area.  Vehicles are not permitted to drive into or through the bus parking area.  Students and parents must follow the direction of the crossing guard when walking across the crosswalk.  

Other Transportation

Students may ride bicycles to school, but not on school grounds during the school day, before school or after school.  Students are to get off their bicycles at the curb by the street and walk their bicycle to the bicycle rack.  Bicycles must be locked with locks provided by students.  

Students are not to ride skateboards, scooters, roller blades, and skate shoes on school property or within the school for the safety of all students in the school.  These items must be kept in the office during school hours.  They may not be left in a classroom.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

4500.02: Student Transportation Services

School Policies

Cell Phones

This policy applies to DoDEA Pacific
This policy is currently under review

CELL PHONES

It is recognized that cell phones have become a parent's tool to help to monitor their children's whereabouts. During the school day student's cell phones should be in silent or manner mode. Interruption of classroom routines due to cell phone use could result in the phone being brought to the office for a parent to pick up. This includes students making outgoing calls, playing games, sending texts. Should a student need to contact a parent the school has phones for student use.


Athletics Policy

This policy applies to DoDEA Pacific

Eligibility Rules for Interscholastic Athletic Competitions

School administrators, athletic directors, and coaches shall ensure that the eligibility rules are observed in all DoDDS interscholastic athletic competitions in accordance with in DoDEA Manual 2740.1 and the Far East Programs Procedural Guide (FEPPG) - 1 Dec 2020

Student Travel Eligibility

DoDEA Manual 2740.1 and the Pacific Area Interscholastic Athletics Program Manual provide a uniform interscholastic athletic program and guidance on student travel eligibility. This policy extends to both academic and athletic events.

Athletic Contests: Students must participate in ten days of practice prior to competing in any athletic contest. Athletes participating in consecutive athletic seasons are exempt from the 10-practice rule as long as 10 days have not passed between active participation in the preceding sports season. Students transferring from another school may begin participating in contests immediately if the 10-day practice requirement has been met.

Far East Tournaments: Students may participate in the Far East Tournament if they have been a member of the team/activity for at least one-half of the season. Before departure for any Far East event another parent/player meeting will occur to review the Code-of- Conduct and to discuss expectations while attending the event. Players whose parents do not attend this meeting will not travel to the Far East event and/or participate in any games at the event.

Attendance Prior to Events: Students who do not attend school will not be permitted to participate in or attend any school- sponsored event that same school day, which includes a practice or game. Principals are authorized to make exceptions to this policy. (DoDEA Administrators’ Manual – 1005.1).

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2051.02: Student Rights and Responsibilities (cancelled)
2740.1: Interscholastic Athletic Program

Communication

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Communication to Parents

The primary source of communication from the school to parents is the Phoenix Flyer.  This is a weekly newsletter that is emailed to all students and parents each week.  Weekly grade reports are also emailed to parents.  If a parent has a question or concern, they should follow the chain of command and reach out to the classroom teacher first.  If additional support is needed, they parent should contact a guidance counselor.  If the guidance counselor is unable to answer the question or resolve the issue, the parents may call the front office to talk with an administrator or to schedule a face-to-face meeting.  

Contacting Your Child at School

Humphreys Middle School is a closed campus.  It is important that classes not be interrupted when instruction is in progress.  Only emergency messages from home will be accepted.  If a parents needs to contact their student or drop off items for their student, they may leave the message or item at the front office.  The office will contact the classroom teacher within the class period.  

Parents should ensure students know who they are getting home from school before they leave home in the morning and what their after-school options are.  Students are not permitted to leave campus for any reason unless proper school permission is given.  A student leaving the campus without permission is truant and will result in disciplinary action.  Parents will be contacted if the student leaves campus without permission.


Cell Phones

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Cell phones are not allowed to be used or visible at any time during school hours and should be kept in lockers during the school day, including lunch.  Students violating this policy will have their phones sent to the office.  This includes students making outgoing calls, playing games, listening to music, or sending texts.  Should the student need to contact a parent in the case of an emergency, the school has phones for student use.

Cell Phone Violations

  • 1st Offense - Students may pick up their phone from the front office after school.
  • 2nd Offense and beyond - Parents must pick up the phone after school from the front office.
  • Repeat offenses may result in other disciplinary actions.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Arrival 

  • Students should not arrive on campus before 0810.  Students arriving before 0810 will be unsupervised.
  • Any student eating breakfast at school may enter the cafeteria at 0810.  Only students eating breakfast may be in the cafeteria before school.
  • 5th grade students will line up with their class in their designated courtyard area or their inclement weather location.
  • Middle school students will remain in the open courtyard area or their inclement weather location until the morning bell sounds.
  • Students may enter the building at 0825.  No student is allowed in the building without a pass from a teacher or school club prior to 0825.
  • Students who arrive after 0830 are considered tardy and must obtain a tardy pass from the main office.  Parent must accompany students who arrive after 0900.  

Dismissal

  • Students are dismissed on M, W, Tz, and F at 1505 and T and 1405.
  • Bus riders are expected to immediately report to their bus.
  • Non bus riders are expected to leave the campus immediately.  Students riding bikes, skateboards, skates or any wheeled devise, must walk with their devise until they are off school campus.  
  • Students who are being picked up by their parent or guardian must report to the parent pick-up location and follow the direction of the crossing guard when crossing the crosswalk.
  • If a student needs to be checked out early, a parent must come to the office to sign out the students.  Students are not called for dismissal until the parent arrives.

 


Academic Recognition

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Students receive recognition during quarterly award assembly programs.

Honor Roll

Honor Roll students are determined by individual GPA for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarter.

  • Principal's Honor Roll      GPA     4.00
  • High Honors                      GPA     3.50 - 3.99
  • Honors                                GPA     3.00 - 3.49

Other Awards

Teachers may also choose to recognize students at quarterly assemblies for special accomplishments (i.e., STEM, Math Counts, spelling bee, contest winner, intramurals, etc.).  There will also be an End of Year Awards Assembly that will recognize any special accomplishments throughout the school year.

Presidential Award for Educational Excellence

The purpose of this award is to recognize academic success in the classroom, and is awarded to selected students at the End of Year Awards Assembly.  To be eligible for the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence, students must meet the requirements in Category A and Category B.

A. Grade Point Average:  Students are to earn a grade point average of 90 on a 100 point scale, (an A on a letter scale or a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.)

B. In addition to A, schools are to include the following criteria to determine their selected students:  State Tests and Nationally-Normed Achievement Tests:  High achievement in reading or math on state tests or nationally-normed tests (HMS will use DoDEA Comprehensive Assessment System data in Reading/Math at the 90 percentile and above.)

Presidential Award for Educational Achievement (teacher recommendation based)

The purpose of this award is to recognize students that show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in their academic subjects but do not meet the criteria for the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence.


Activities Program

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

The activities program is designed to be in harmony with the middle school philosophy.  Care is taken to avoid emulating the high school activity program, especially in regard to athletics and those activities surrounding athletics.  Students have an opportunity to explore a wide variety of activities in a non-threatening environment.  These activities include both group and individual participation.  Student council, student clubs, and intramural sports are some examples of the activities that may be offered.  Intramural Clubs will not meet on Tuesdays. Students participating in an authorized after-school activity must report to the appropriate area/activity sponsor no later than 1530 hours.  Students who are not participating in an authorized after-school activity must leave campus no later than 1530.


Course Selection

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

The counselor assists students in developing the programs that will best suit student needs.  Students should be aware that once they are enrolled in a course, the course cannot be dropped unless there are valid reasons determined with the recommendation of a teacher, a parents, or an administrator at a placement committee meeting.  Final approval rests with the principal.  Depending on student enrollment, certain elective courses may not be offered.


Dances

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Participation in school dances is limited to those students currently enrolled at HMS.  School Dress codes will be maintained.  Once a student leaves the dance, re-entry is not permitted and must leave the premises.  Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school dances.  Guests are permitted only with prior approval from the principal.


Elevator

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

The primary use of the school elevator is to transport supplies and equipment between floors.  In the even that at student, parents, or staff member cannot walk the stairs, the nurse will issue a pass for use of the elevator during the time of incapacitation.


Food and Drink

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Students may carry drink containers and wrapped food in the hallways when transporting it to a locker or to the cafeteria.  As a general rule, food, drink, and gum are not allowed in the classrooms unless the teacher makes specific exceptions.  However, students are encouraged to drink plenty of water during the school day.  

  • Water bottles must be clear plastic, and no more than 1 liter.
  • Water bottles are subject to inspection by any teacher or school administrator for possible inclusion of anything other than drinking water; i.e., soda, sports drinks, energy drink, etc.

Hall Passes

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Students are expected to be in their assigned areas, and students must obtain permission from teachers or other school officials to leave assigned areas.  Annotations in school planners will be used to verify permission given to students to be in the halls.  Therefore, students must carry their annotated planners with them when leaving an assigned area.


Homework

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

The assignment of academically appropriate homework is an extension of classroom instruction and supports teacher instructional objectives.  It is DoDEA policy that homework will be assigned in accordance with the needs and objectives of individual students and in support of the learning objectives of particular curricular areas.  It should be recognized that "homework" will include assignments that are more than paper and pencil tasks.  Assigned homework will reinforce instruction accomplished in class; it will not introduce new or unfamiliar concepts or skills.  The policy recommends the following range of hours per week for middle school students:

Grades 5 and 6: 5 - 6 hours                 Grades 7 and 8:  7 - 9 hours


Inclement Weather

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During inclement weather days, students must remain in the cafeteria or gym during their normally scheduled lunch break period.  DoDEA follows United States Forces Korea 40-6 regulation governing air quality.  The USFK Regulation provides the following direction:

  • 0 - 200 (AQI)    - Outside Recess/PE/Practice
  • 201- 500 (AQI) - Move activities indoors or reschedule

The following site is used for Air Quality Index at Camp Humphreys:

http://aqicn.org/city/korea/gyeonggi/pyeongtaek-si/anjung/

 

 


Lockers

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Each student is assigned an individual locker that may not be shared.  No book bags, backpacks, or any large bags that can hold a 2 inch 3-ring binder, textbook, and other school supplies is allowed during the instructional day.  Locker use is encouraged to decrease the possibility that property and books are stolen or misplaced.  Locks are not required, but highly recommended.  The school is not responsible for personal property kept in lockers.  Students must provide their own locks for their lockers.  Combination or key locks may be used. Students should not share lock combinations or access to their locker with other students.  Lockers must be maintained properly and must be locked at all times.  Lockers may be opened by the sponsor or, in the case of reasonable suspicion, by a school official or Military Police to search for stolen or prohibited items.  If access is needed to a locker, and the student is unable to open the locker, administration reserves the right to cut the lock.  Students are not allowed to paint or deface the locker in any manner (inside or outside).  Students who violate this rule will be held responsible for the destructions of Federal property and face disciplinary action.

Physical education lockers are available in the gym locker rooms and must be used by each students when class is meeting.  Gym lockers are not assigned and are used by different students each period of the day.  Locks are not provided by the school; therefore students are allowed to use personal locks for gym lockers.  While staff members will encourage students to be responsible for securing their valuables, neither they nor the school will assume responsibility should items be lost, stolen or damaged.


Lost and Found

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Gooks, keys, coats, and other personal items that are found in the building or on the campus should be turned in to the cafeteria.  Smaller lost items such as keys or glasses can be claimed in the office.  Unclaimed lost and found items will be given to charity organizations during winter, spring, and summer recesses.

Parents and students are strongly encouraged to mark clothing, especially hats and jackets, and school supplies with the student's name.  It is often difficult or impossible to determine the rightful owner of unmarked property.  Loss of personal property due to theft by other students is a serious matter.  Students should not leave personal items unattended sand should take all possible precautions to safeguard their property.  If a theft occurs, it should be reported in writing to the main office.  The school will attempt to resolve these issues.  Usually, the majority of items lost or stolen are located within 24 hours.  Military Police will be called only when the administration deems it appropriate; however, parents may file an official report with Military police on their own.  The school will cooperate fully in investigations involving theft of personal property.


Non-Educational Items

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Students should bring to school only those items needed to do their schoolwork.  Non-educational items distract from classroom instruction, may present a safety hazard, and may result in avoidable thefts, misuse or damage.  While laptop computers are acceptable for academic purposes, the use of personal music or game devices, cell phones, and other  unauthorized electronic devices are not permitted within the school building.  Examples of items prohibited on school premises, school buses, and school-sponsored trips and activities include but are not limited to:

  • Medication (except those kept for students by the school nurse)
  • Fireworks, poppers, toys, water guns, and slam books
  • Electronic games and gaming devices
  • Electrical equipment (hot rollers, irons, etc.)
  • Aerosol products (Bianca, shaving cream, air fresheners, etc.)
  • Toiletry products (body sprays, after shave, hair items) 
  • Personal sports items or equipment
  • Weapons or replicas thereof
  • Hypodermic needles and razor blades
  • Laser pens and laser light pointers
  • Bandanas, chains, or other items that may be considered gang regalia; clothing or book bags that advertise or display logos of tobacco, drugs or alcohol products; or clothing or book bags displaying inappropriate offensive language.

These and other non-educational items will be confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the day, or to the sponsor for repeated violations of this policy.  The school does not accept responsibility for the security and/or safety of others; however, the school accepts no responsibility for these items if they are lost, stolen or missing.  These items must remain turned off and invisible during the school day.


Student Support Services

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

Student Support Services (SSS) is an integral part of the educational program with a team that includes school nurse, counselor, and psychologist. The team works collaboratively and in partnership with students, parents, teachers, and community member to assist in creating an educational environment of academic, personal, social, and career growth of students.


Study Trips

This policy applies to Humphreys MS

To enrich the curriculum, study trips may be authorized by school administration during the school year.  Students are required to have signed and returned permission slip by the date specified by the study trip sponsor.  Study trips are a privilege and appropriate behavior is expected at all time.