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School Address and Contact Information


Kadena High School
Unit 5166
APO, AP 96368-5166
Okinawa, Japan
Phone: 098-961-1712
DSN Phone: 634-1712/1216
DSN Fax: 634-3323
From US: 011-81-611-734-1216
From the US Fax: 011-81-98-937-7469
Kristopher.Kwiatek@dodea.edu
http://www.dodea.edu/KadenaHS

Japanese Mailing Address:

Kadena High School
Attn: Supply/HE7602
Bldg 9490
Kadena Air Base
Okinawa City, Okinawa JP

 

Our Mission

Educate, engage, and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world. To provide an exemplary education that inspires and prepares all DoDEA students for success in a dynamic, global environment.

Our Vision

KDHS enriches the lives of military connected students and the communities in which they live. 

Kadena High School Continuous School Improvement (CSI) Goal

  • Students will improve their ability to utilize college and career readiness skills in literacy across the curriculum.
  • Students will improve their ability to model and apply solutions, express mathematical reasoning, and justify their thinking by utilizing a variety of Mathematics instructional strategies.

Accreditation and Awards

KDHS is accredited by AdvancED. Read more about our accreditation process.

 


Kadena HS School Hours

Tuesdays are Early Release days

  Regular Hours Tuesday Hours
Office Hours 0700 - 1500  
School Hours 0720 - 1405 0720 - 1310
Lunch Hours 1035 - 1235  

Bell Schedule

PAW: Productivity, Assistance, Work Recovery - Scheduled on Tues and Wed

Mon, Thurs, Fri Tuesday Wednesday
Period 1:  0720 - 0810 Period 5:  0720 - 0850 Period 1:  0720 - 0850
Period 2:  0815 - 0903 Period 6:  0855 - 1020 Period 2:  0850 - 1020
Period 3:  0908 - 0956    
A LUNCH: 
0956 - 1031

Period 4:  1036 - 1124
A LUNCH: 
1020 - 1055

Period 7:  1100 - 1225
A LUNCH: 
1020 - 1055

Period 3:  1100 - 1225

Period 4:  1001 - 1049
B LUNCH:
1049 - 1124

Period 7:  1025 - 1150
B LUNCH:
1150 - 1225

Period 3:  1025 - 1150
B LUNCH:
1150 - 1225

Period 5:  1129 - 1217 PAW:  1230 - 1310

Period 4: 1230 - 1405

Period 6:  1222 - 1310 (Early Release Tuesdays)  
Period 7:  1315 - 1405    

School Contacts

Name Staff Position Phone Contact Email
Jacob Lindenmuth Administrative Officer
632-0541
 
Melissa Naval Secretary
634-3857
 
Registrar
634-0701
Attendance
634-1216
Attendance
634-1216
School Psychologist
634-7833
9th Grade School Counselor
634-1216
10th Grade School Counselor
632-0540
11th Grade School Counselor
632-7987
12th Grade School Counselor
632-0532
School Counselor: ASACS
632-5593
Secretary
634-0532
School Nurse
 
Military Family Life Counselor
080-3354-8765
Information Specialist
634-3455
School Webmaster
 
 

 

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. 


General School Information

This policy applies to Kadena HS

Badges / Student Identification
All students will be issued a KDHS picture ID along with a KDHS Lanyard. The principles of this policy are simple but must adhered to at all times:
1. Lanyards/IDs must be visible at all times throughout the school day.
2. Student IDs are required for 10th-12th grade students that have permission to go off campus at lunch.
3. If a student loses their ID or lanyard, a replacement must be purchased for $3.00 in the Information Center.
4. In certain classes, teachers may allow the temporary removal of lanyards for student safety (examples include: Culinary, Band, PE, and Robotics)

Missing Identification / Consequences
1st Infraction / Verbal Warning
2nd Infraction / Admin Counseling & Parent Contact
3rd Infraction / Detention

Cell Phone Personal Electronic Use by Students
Students may use their personal cell phones and other electronic equipment before and after school and during passing times. Use in the classroom is determined by the teacher and should be for educational purposes. If this policy is abused by students the administration may suspend/modify the use of these devices.
Computers
The Internet makes it possible to access computers and people all over the world. Therefore, it is impossible to control all materials, and an industrious user may discover controversial information, which may not be considered to have educational value. However, DoDEA firmly believes that the valuable information on this network far outweighs the possibility that users may find undesirable material. DODEA has listed the following responsibilities for all Internet users:
1. The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of this privilege.
2. Internet access in DODEA schools must be in support of education and research. Personal use is NOT acceptable.
3. Users who visit inappropriate sites or download inappropriate files will be denied Internet access.
4. Disrupting the use of the Internet by others is not acceptable.
5. Federal regulation mandates that users protect and conserve government property and not use such properties for other than authorized purposes.
6. Access or transmission of material in violation of U.S. regulation is prohibited. This includes copyright, threatening or obscene material.
7. Commercial use is not acceptable.
8. Vandalism may result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any attempt to harm, modify, or destroy computer hardware, software, the data of another user, or the Internet itself.
In the classroom, personal devices should only be used for academic purposes. Please see the Internet Usage Agreement for Students located at the end of this handbook.

Lost And Found
Lost and found items should be turned into the main office. High value items will remain in the office. Items of lesser value will be housed in the supply room. If unclaimed by the end of the semester, articles will be donated to a local charity. The school is not responsible for loss or theft of any personal items the student brings to school. It is the student’s responsibility, in concert with his/her parents, to search for the missing item and to file any necessary police reports.

Hall Passes
All students are assigned to specific rooms each period of every day. Students must have a pass in their possession when they leave a room during a class period. Students without passes will be considered truant. Student planners should be used as hall passes.

Homework Policy
Homework is defined as assignments to be done outside the classroom. These assignments reinforce classroom instruction, increase understanding, encourage retention, prepare for class discussion and provide curriculum enrichment opportunities. Homework is a small part of a student’s grade, but it is important that all homework assignments be completed and turned in because they can impact a student’s grade.

Lockers
Lockers are available to all students at the beginning of the school year. Locks can be furnished by the school (checked out) or students may use their own lock. Students are responsible for securing their locker. After the 5th day of school, any locker not claimed will be locked by the school. Students are forbidden to share lockers and are warned not to give combinations to friends. Locker assignments will only be changed during the school year on a case by case basis. Students may not write on or deface lockers in any way. P.E lockers are only available during P.E and for P.E classes only. DO NOT STORE ANY VALUABLES IN P.E. LOCKER. There may be periodic locker checks throughout the school year. This is done to ensure all students are in their assigned locker and all lockers are secure. Any unsecure lockers are the sole responsibility of the students. School Administration reserves the right to remove locks for inspection to ensure the safety of all students. Kadena High School cannot assure security on evenings and weekends due to facility use by various school and community organizations. DO NOT leave valuables overnight.

Lunch Procedures - Closed-campus/Off-campus policy
Kadena High School maintains a closed campus policy for all 9th graders. All freshmen are to remain on campus for lunch. Any 10th-12th grade student found transporting a 9th grade student off campus and intentionally breaking school policy will lose their off-campus lunch privilege. Behavior infractions at Kadena HS, including on-going tardiness and truancy, may result in the loss of off campus lunch for students. Parents are welcome to check their child out of school to take them to lunch. Leaving school grounds without permission is classified as truancy.

10th – 12th grade students may leave campus for lunch, only after returning a signed form acknowledging that they have received and reviewed the KDHS parent/student handbook. This form will be provided to you at Orientation and emailed to all student sponsors. This form is also on the last page of this Student & Parent Handbook. Students who leave school grounds without a signed permission slip on file and a student pass/badge will be considered truant.

Food & Beverages
Students should eat or drink in the cafeteria, designated outside areas, or the Panther Zone. Only clear water bottles containing water are authorized in the hallways and classrooms during the normal school day. Drinks may only be brought to school for consumption at lunch. All drinks must remain sealed and kept in the student’s locker until lunchtime. Food and drinks purchased in the cafeteria are to be consumed in the cafeteria and the container thrown away before leaving the cafeteria. NO GLASS CONTAINERS are allowed at school. This rule applies for all study trips and school activities. *Food is not permitted in classrooms during instructional time. Exceptions include lunch meetings, special curricular related events, or other events approved by administration.

Messages for Students
Messages from parents/guardians will only be given to students in emergency situations to keep the classroom interruptions to a minimum.

Off Limit Areas / Trespassing
Students should not be in the building after normal school hours without adult supervision. In addition the following areas are off limits:
• Upper baseball field / dugout (unless during sports with adult supervision)
• Walking path behind Annex toward Bob Hope Primary School
• Forest mound area adjacent to JROTC

Study Trips
Occasionally, during the school year, students are taken on a study trip as a class project. Permission slips are sent home with the student before the trip is scheduled and must be returned promptly. Students must have a permission slip signed by a parent/sponsor before they can go on a study trip. Study trips are considered an extension of classroom studies and students are expected to participate to earn a grade.

Textbooks and Other School Property
Textbooks and certain school equipment (i.e. calculators, musical instruments) are furnished free of charge. However, students are held financially responsible for loss or damage to school property and restitution is expected and required. Teachers may ask students to order and replace lost items. Or, a loss of Government Property letter will be issued to the sponsor with DD Form 1131. Payment for missing books will be due within three weeks at the Dispersing Office of Accounting and Finance (Bldg. 721, Kadena Air Base) with the DD Form 1131 for lost or damaged books. If the book is found, parents must bring the book and paid receipt to the school supply office for paperwork that must be taken back to the Finance Office on Kadena for reimbursement. *Replacing the missing textbook from on online vendor such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble is often the most efficient method.

Senior Class Valedictorian/Salutatorian
The students considered for these honors must be enrolled in the KDHS senior class for the first marking period of the school year and complete the year with that class. Eligibility is based on a full time student status, defined as enrollment in seven classes for the entire senior year. Weighted grades are used for the computation of Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Final selection will be made at the end of the eighth semester of school.

Early Graduation
Early graduation is considered on a case-by-case basis. It is recognized that there will be special situations that warrant early graduation. However, the conditions must be very unique in order for the privilege to be granted. Students requesting early graduation are requested to write a letter to the principal that must include the following information:
• Letter from the counselor indicating academic eligibility
• Reason for request
• Post-graduation plans
• Written approval of parent
• Request for a conference with the principal in October
Early graduates are not eligible to participate in Prom or return for the ceremony in June.

Graduation Ceremonies
Graduation is an important event for students and their families. To assure the appropriateness and dignity of the occasion, the District retains ultimate control over the structure and content.

Baccalaureate Ceremonies
Students and their families may organize baccalaureate services, at which attendance must be entirely voluntary. This event is planned entirely by the graduates and parents.


Student Recognition

This policy applies to Kadena HS

National Honor Society
Kadena High School has a chapter of the National Honor Society. A student must maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average in order to be eligible for membership and to remain a member. Students must have attended one full semester at Kadena High School to be considered for membership. Selection is by a faculty committee and is based on the scholarship, character, leadership, and service criteria published by the National Honor Society. NHS students are required to attend regular meetings, complete an annual service project, and comply with all NHS by-laws. Election to the Kadena High School chapter entitles a student admission to another school’s NHS chapter upon transfer. Induction programs are held once each semester.

Awards Ceremonies
Kadena High School recognizes academic excellence at awards assemblies held each year. Outstanding students are also selected for various categories of awards. Senior class scholarships are announced at the final awards assembly.

Honor Roll
A student earning an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better, with no grade lower than “C" during a semester will be listed on the Honor Roll for that semester. Students will also be recognized at the 1st semester awards assembly. (Honor Roll: 3.0 – 3.49 GPA, High Honor Roll: 3.5-3.99 GPA)

Principal’s Honor Roll
A student earning an overall grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 or better will be listed on the Principal’s Honor Roll.

Academic “K” Awards (Academic Letter)
1. Candidates will be considered on the basis of academic achievement. 2. Candidates must earn at least a 3.80 cumulative grade point average each academic quarter throughout the current school year. Weighted GPAs for AP courses will be counted. 3. All semester grades must be “A’s” and “B’s”. Any grade below a “B” will disqualify the candidate. 4. Candidates must take a minimum of five classes each quarter to qualify for an Academic Letter. 5. Candidates from another school may arrive at Kadena High School and still be considered for an Academic Letter.

Presentation of the “K” Award
1. Successful candidates will be qualified for the academic letter after second semester grades are finalized. 2. Successful candidates will be presented the academic letter in the fall of the next school year. 3. Academic Letter awardees of more than one year with Kadena High School will also be recognized for achievement by attaching an academic year pin to their letter for each year they qualify for the award.

Athletic Varsity Letter Awards
School Letters are awarded to varsity team members who meet the qualifications in a given sport. Students are awarded one letter during their high school career regardless of the number of times they qualify in the same, or additional, sports: Metal pins and bars are subsequently awarded for additional years of participation. Varsity awards are also awarded to the MCCS Dolphins Swim team as well as sport managers based on qualification standards.

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
The purpose of this award is to recognize students for their academic excellence. To be eligible for this award, the student must be a senior and also qualify to be a DoDEA Honor Graduate. The candidate must also demonstrate high motivation, initiative, integrity, intellectual depth, leadership qualities, and/or exceptional judgment.


Grading & Grading Policies

This policy applies to Kadena HS

Grading and Grading System
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 child 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 through 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 (10) calendar days from the day the assignment is collected, with reasonable exceptions for large projects. At a minimum, one assignment or grade should be recorded per week in the EGB System.
To create an account and access the EGB System please visit the DoDEA Web site for instructions.

Official grade reports are issued at the end of each marking period. Letter grades are based on more than just marks received on tests, quizzes, and semester exams. They may include class discussion, laboratory or class participation, teacher observations, homework, projects, special assignments, etc. Report cards are sent approximately ten days after the end of each marking period.

For purposes of calculating student GPA, the following scales shall be used:

Weighted / Unweighted
Advance Placement (with AP Exam)  / Standard Weight
A = 5 / A =4
B = 4 / B = 3
C = 3 / C = 2
D = 2 / D =1
F = 0 / F =0

W-Grades
If a student withdraws from a course on or before the 10th school day, no notation is made on the transcript. The following notations on the transcript will be made between the 11th-19th school day of the semester: “WP” (Withdrew Passing) or “WF” (Withdrew Failing), respective to the grade earned at the time of withdrawal. Courses may not be dropped after 20 days into the school quarter. “WP” and “WF” grades are not used in GPA calculation, and credit is not awarded.

The following letter grades will be used to evaluate a student's academic achievement: A 90 - 100
B 80 – 89
C 70 – 79
D 60 – 69
F 59 and below – no credit received

I-Grades
An Incomplete (I) grade may be given when the student is not able to complete the required assignments. When a grade of “I” is given, the counselor and the teacher must determine the length of time needed to complete the work based on the number of days the student was absent from school (but not to exceed two weeks). After two weeks, if 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.

Progress Reports/Report Cards (DoDEA Regulation 2000.10, “Department of Defense Dependent Schools Progress Reports,” August 1, 1995)
In accordance with the policies and procedures in the DoDEA Regulation 2000.10, “Department of Defense Dependent Schools Progress Reports,” August 1, 1995 it is the policy of DoDEA to issue a progress report every nine weeks for any student present or enrolled for at least 20 days or more in a marking period. Marks will be given at the end of the second, third, and fourth marking period for students in grades K-1. Marks or grades will be given at the end of each of the four marking periods for students in grades 2-12. 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. In case of students whose performance does not begin to decline until after the midpoint in the quarter, every effort will be made to contact parents as soon as this happens and work to get the student back on track. All students will receive assessments that fairly and accurately report their academic progress. Marks or grades on report cards will be determined by the degree to which students are achieving established program objectives or standards. Marks or grades must be based upon student academic performance.

Progress Reports
Parents should monitor student progress through the online program Gradespeed. Sponsors who are concerned about a student’s progress are encouraged to contact the subject teacher(s) or the grade level counselor. Official progress reports are issued to student’s midway through the marking period.

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. Please visit the student records Web site for further instruction based on your situation or discuss with the counseling department at your student’s school.

During the first four (4) years after graduation, transcripts are stored in the KDHS Guidance Office. Requests for copies of transcripts should be sent to:
Kadena High School
Attn: Guidance Office
Unit 5166
APO AP 96368-5166

Requests for transcripts after the fifth (5) year should be sent to:

PROMETRIC DoDEA Program
1260 Energy Lane
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
Phone: (651) 603-3012 / (877) 471-9860
FAX #: (651) 603-3008

System-wide Assessment Program (DoDEA Regulation 2000.06, “Systemwide Assessment Program,” March 26, 2010)
All DoDEA students in grades or programs identified for system-wide assessments shall be included in the DoDEA System-wide Assessment Program in accordance with the policy and Enclosure 2 in the DoDEA Regulation 2000.06, “Systemwide Assessment Program,” March 26, 2010. 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.

All assessments selected for use within DoDEA shall:
1) Affect instruction and student learning in a positive manner;
2) Be one of several criteria used for making major decisions about student
performance/achievement; and
3) Align to clearly defined standards and objectives within the content domain being
tested.

The results of each assessment shall be used as one component of the DoDEA Assessment System for major decisions concerning the student's future learning activities within the classroom setting.

Scholastic Integrity
Students are responsible for 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, 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.


School Attendance

This policy applies to Kadena HS

Student Attendance
Students should be at school by 0715; the tardy bell rings at 0720.

When a student is absent, parents are requested to either:
1. Call the school between 0700 and 0830 to inform the Attendance Clerk of the absence: (634-1216)
2. Notify the Attendance Clerk via email prior to 0830: KDHS.Attendance@pac.dodea.edu
3. Provide a note, doctor or otherwise, as applicable

When a student leaves from early or arrives to school tardy, parents are requested:
1. Personally sign your child in/out at the computer at the main office.
2. Present a valid ID when taking a student from school early (students may not arrive to late or depart from school early without a parent/sponsor present).
3. Provide a note, doctor or otherwise, as applicable.

Helpful hints for parents
 Schedule medical and dental appointments outside of school hours.
 Schedule vacations during school breaks.
 When moving, check school calendars to be aware of important school dates
(beginning/ending of school year; testing dates, breaks, etc.).
 Make it a habit to contact their child's teachers/principals to arrange to pick up missed school work, either in advance if the absence is known, or the same day their child is absent.
 When possible, schedule Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves to coincide with summer break or other scheduled school breaks.

Unexcused Absence
A. Absence from school or a class without written verification from a parent or sponsor will be unexcused.
B. The parent or sponsor will be notified by the administration, or designee, each time a student is “absent unexcused” from school.
C. School personnel will work collaboratively with the student’s parent or sponsor to identify the reason(s) for the truancy and in assisting parents or sponsors whenever possible.
D. Unexcused absences may result in disciplinary action (i.e., detention, in-school suspension, and expulsion), along with loss of credit, if the student does not comply with the intervention plan, pursuant to Reference (a)

Unexcused Absences include, but are not limited to:
• Personal moneymaking ventures
• Transportation problems
• Oversleeping
• Senior skip day
• Seeing friends or relatives off at the AMC Terminal or airport
• Non-school sponsored functions
• Truancy

“Regular school attendance correlates directly with success in academic work, improves social interaction with adults and peers, provides opportunities for important communication between teachers and students, and provides a cumulative effect of establishing life-long positive habits that are critical for developing career readiness skills and success in college.”

Tardy
Students who are not in their assigned classroom by the time the tardy bell is finished ringing will be considered “tardy unexcused,” unless the school receives written verification from the parent or sponsor consistent with the reasons for the unexcused tardy. Unexcused tardiness may result in disciplinary action. Attendance is taken for each period of the school day.

Number of Tardies / Consequences
5 Tardies / Admin Counseling & Parent Contact
6-8 Tardies / Detention for each Tardy
9 Tardies / Saturday School

Truancy
Truancy is defined as any absence from a class without the written permission of the sponsor and/or school officials. Truancy is a serious matter as it poses a threat to the health and well- being of our young people. The Kadena Disciplinary Action Program (KDAP) has partnered with the Kadena Air Base schools to address truancy.

Advanced Absences
Any student who will be absent for an extended period of time must:
• Obtain a Preauthorized Advanced Absence form from the Main Office.
• Get this form completed and signed by teachers.
• Return the form to the main office.
• Upon return, it is the student’s responsibility to make up work missed.
Emergencies are unavoidable, but when a family trip is scheduled during the school year, careful consideration should be given to the impact the absence will have on academics.

Consequence for not giving advanced notice:
• Failure to notify the Main Office of an extended advanced absence could result in notification of the sponsor's command.

DoDEA Make-Up Work Policy for Absences
After an absence, students must check with their teachers to ensure all missing work is complete and submitted. Failure to do so may result in a failing grade. The policy for time allowed for making up class work due to an absence will be as many days as the student was absent from that class but not to exceed 10 school days. Please contact the school in the case of excessive absences.

Early Withdrawal Grade to Date
The sponsor must notify the school of their departure date by filling out a Withdrawal form with the registrar. A minimum of five business days is required to ensure all necessary paperwork is complete. The student must meet with the registrar as soon as possible but no later than two days prior to departure. A final clearance form will be given to the student to take to each teacher during the day. Teachers will provide a grade to date, confirm that all books and materials have been turned in, and sign the clearance form. The student must return the completed form to the registrar on the last day of enrollment at the end of the school day in order to be officially cleared from school. Once the final clearance form has been completed and turned in to the registrar, the sponsor/parent must come to the office to sign for the student’s records.

Accelerated Withdrawal (DoDEA Administrative Instruction 2000.1, “High School Graduation Requirements and Policy,” September 5, 2014)
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 Enclosure 3, Section 9 in the DoDEA Administrative Instruction 2000.1, “High School Graduation Requirements and Policy,” September 5, 2014. Accelerated withdrawal will only be considered if the sponsor presents Permanent Change of Station (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.
a. 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.
(1) The parent or sponsor must present verification of the date required for the student to depart from the school (e.g., permanent change-of-station orders).
(2) 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.
b. This provision is permitted for early withdrawal with full Carnegie credit based solely on careful consideration of the unique circumstances that military families face. It recognizes that due to military requirements, families are occasionally required to make permanent change-of station moves prior to the end of the school year, and that the school-age dependents of military sponsors should not be penalized educationally for these required moves.
(1) The 20-day limitation provides reasonable flexibility without compromising academic standards or placing the student in an untenable position in regard to mastery of curriculum content.
(2) This policy is not intended to apply to, or be extended for, the convenience of family travel, visits, or other discretionary reasons. It is only for permanent change-of-station moves.
c. Students who withdraw prior to the 20-day limitation of the accelerated withdrawal policy will receive “withdrawal” grades rather than final grades.

Religious Holiday Observance (DoDEA Administrative Instruction 2051.02, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” April 17, 2012)
According to Enclosure 3 in the DoDEA Administrative Instruction 2051.02, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” April 17, 2012 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 discussion. Students may observe religious practice in school, such as 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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1000.01: DoDEA Issuance System

Student Discipline

This policy applies to Kadena HS
This policy is currently under review

Student Discipline (DoDEA Regulation 2051.1, “Disciplinary Rules and Procedures,” April 4, 2012, as amended & DoDEA Administrative Instruction 2051.02, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” April 17, 2012)

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 Enclosure 2 in the DoDEA Administrative Instruction 2051.02, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” April 17, 2012. It 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. 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 Regulation 2051.1, “Disciplinary Rules and Procedures,” April 4, 2012, as amended 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 as 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).

Management of student behavior is a responsibility shared by students, sponsors, teachers, and the military and school communities; that consists of teaching and reinforcing positive student attitudes and behaviors. Student behavior should be safe, responsible, and respectful.

Grounds for Discipline
Disciplinary sanctions may be imposed for student conduct:
•While on school property.
•While in route between school and home or any school activity.
•While in vehicles owned by the Government or contracted by DoDEA schools for the transport of students.
•During the lunch period on a school day, whether on or off campus.
•During or while going to or from all school-sponsored or school-supervised events and/or activities that affect the missions or operations of the school or district including field- trips, sporting events, stadium assemblies, class Google Meets, and evening school-related activities.
•When the good order, safety, or welfare of the school, students, or staff is affected as a result of out-of-school actions. For out-of school actions that involve First Amendment rights, there must be substantial disruption, or the likelihood of a substantial disruption, to the school.

Discipline will be progressively and fairly administered, beginning with the individual teacher’s classroom management plan. School disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to:

  • verbal reprimands
  • conferences
  • lunch/after-school/Saturday detention
  • alternative in-school placements
  • office referrals
  • counseling referrals
  • suspension
  • KDAP referrals
  • expulsion

Minor offenses
These include any conduct that is not conducive to the good order and discipline of the school. Examples of conduct for which minor discipline may be appropriate include, but are not limited to: tardiness, unexcused absence, public display of affection, chewing gum or eating food in class, running or horseplay in the halls or classrooms, use of offensive language; disrupting the class by talking, laughing, or wandering about when the teacher determines that such conduct is inappropriate to the classroom activity.

Grounds for Removal
A student may be disciplined, to include removal from school (i.e. suspension, expulsion, or out of school placement) in appropriate circumstances; when a preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that the student has engaged in any of the following acts of misconduct:

  • causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause, physical injury
  • weapons violations
  • drug, alcohol, or tobacco violations (including e-cigarettes, vapes)
  • theft
  • vandalism
  • lewd, indecent, or obscene acts
  • sexual behavior/gestures
  • willfully defying authority
  • gambling
  • bullying
  • computer/electronics violations
  • arson
  • forgery, cheating, plagiarism
  • truancy
  • violating base rules, laws or regulations

The principal may remove a student for no more than 10 consecutive days. For potential removal in excess of 10 days, the school discipline committee will be convened. Suspended students may not be on, or near the school campus, or attend any school functions for the duration of the removal. With any removal from school, the sponsor/parent/guardian will be notified in person and in writing. The sponsor’s command and the school superintendent will also be notified. Students have the right to appeal the decision. In many such cases, the student will also be referred to KDAP. During the period of removal, students are permitted to make up all class work and homework assignments. After the period of removal, the sponsor may be required to attend a re-admission conference.

Incident Reports/Referrals
Students have the responsibility to report to a teacher, a sponsor or a representative of administration anything that they feel needs to be addressed concerning any issue at school. Incident reports are available in the front office. Additionally, if a student is referred to the office for a discipline reason, they are encouraged to complete an incident report. This allows students to share their point of view of an incident.

 


General Information

This policy applies to Kadena HS

Transferring Course Credits to a DoDEA School (DoDEA Administrative Instruction 2000.1, “High School Graduation Requirements and Policy,” September 5, 2004)
DoDEA will accept the official courses, grades, and earned credits of middle school (grades 7-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students who transfer into a DoDEA school from other DoDEA schools or who earn course credits in a non-Department of Defense (DoD) system (public or private), correspondence, online, and/or homeschool program that are accredited by 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 Enclosure 3, Section 10 of the DoDEA Administrative Instruction 2000.1, “High School Graduation Requirements and Policy,” September 5, 2004. Please contact your child’s school for questions regarding course credit transfer process and approval.

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 dependents. Home-school students who are eligible to enroll in a DoDEA-Europe and DoDEA-Pacific and DoDEA-Americas students on a tuition-free basis are eligible to utilize DoDEA auxiliary services without being required either to 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 walk to participate in a DoDEA commencement ceremony.

Student Grade-Level Placement (DoDEA Regulation 2000.3, “Student Grade Level Placement,” March 26, 2004)
Kindergarten and grade 1 placements are determined by minimum age requirements, in accordance with Enclosure 2 of the DoDEA Regulation 2000.3, “Student Grade Level Placement,” March 26, 2004. An otherwise DoDEA-eligible student who will reach his or her fifth birthday on or before September 1 of the school year will be eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten. An otherwise DoDEA-eligible 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. Kindergarten is not a prerequisite to grade 1 entry. Placement in grades 2 through 8 is predicated upon successful completion of the preceding year. Students entering a DoDEA elementary, middle, or junior high school (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 through 8.

Grade-level status (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 the DoDEA Regulation 2000.3, “Student Grade Level Placement,” March 26, 2004. 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.

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.

Scheduling
It is the policy of DoDEA that each student be provided an appropriate program of study designed to foster academic and personal success. Placement of students will be considered on an individual basis. Decisions will reflect what is in the best interest of the student. Occasionally it is necessary to make changes in a student’s schedule. Listed below are ways by which a student’s schedule may change:
• Some student schedule changes will be initiated by the counselor or administration to meet needs inherent in the school’s master schedule
• Changes in schedule may be made to balance the size of classes and/or allow students to take
advantage of additional course offerings.
• During the first two weeks (10 school days) of a semester or of a student’s enrollment, a student’s schedule may be changed at the request of the student. (*Courses dropped between day 11-20 will result in a withdrawal annotation to the transcript)
• Parental approval is required.
• There will be no schedule changes after the end of the second week of the respective first or second semester.


Activities & Athletics

This policy applies to Kadena HS

Activities & Athletics
• Must be in compliance with DoDEA Regulation 2740.1.
• Students are required to be in school the full day on the day of a weekday game. The only exception is for an appointment approved by the school administration in advance. A student who is "unexcused absent" on the day of a scheduled athletic program is ineligible for participation in that event.
• A student cannot be absent from school and attend practice except for an excused absence approved by the administration in advance.
• A student suspended from school is not eligible, at the minimum, for the next scheduled competition.
• Student attendance is recorded as "present school sponsored non- curricular activity."
• Students are responsible for identifying and making up all classroom activities or assignments which were missed as a result of being out of school while traveling to or from, and participating in, an Interscholastic Athletic Program.

Away Events
Students must ride the bus to away events. A coach is responsible for athletes until they are picked up by parents/guardian. If an athlete wants to return home using transportation other than the team bus, then their parents must notify the coach in person or in writing. This will release the coach from the responsibility of the athlete's safety and behavior.

Clubs & Sports
Students at Kadena High School are encouraged to participate in one or more of the many extra-curricular activities available.
In addition to this well-rounded athletic program, the following activities and clubs are offered in a school year:

  • AFJROTC Black Knights &AFJROTC Color Guard
  • AFJROTC Drill Team/Color Guard
  • AFJROTC Kitty Hawk Air Society
  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Art Club
  • Chorus
  • Culinary Arts – Panther Pantry
  • CyberPatriot
  • Drama
  • Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
  • Harvard Model Congress
  • Instrumental Music
  • Irish Dance Club
  • Kadena Art Society
  • Japanese Club
  • Panther Basketball League (Lunch Hoops)
  • Mu Alpha Theta Society (Math)
  • National Honor Society
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Council and S2S (Student 2 Student)
  • Tri-M Music Society
  • Yearbook

The following sports (subject to change) will be offered in school year 2021-2022:
FALL: cross country, football, tennis, volleyball, and cheerleading
WINTER: basketball, wrestling, and cheerleading
SPRING: soccer, golf, baseball, softball, and track and field

Eligibility
Participation in extra-curricular activities at Kadena High School is a privilege, which is extended to those students who agree to compete under the rules governing this program:
1. To be eligible for athletic competition throughout the entire school year, a student must not reach his/her nineteenth birthday prior to the first day of the new school year.
2. For athletic competition and for activities requiring physical performance, students must pass a current school year sports physical examination and have it on file at the school. No practice or participation is to be allowed until the physical is on record with the school nurse.
3. Students must be in attendance during the school day to participate in an extra-curricular activity that day. The administrator in charge of activities will address exceptions.
4. Students who are ineligible will not be allowed to try out for extracurricular activities. Roster spots will not be saved for ineligible students.
5. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA each week and have no more than one F for the week.
6. Students must be eligible with a 2.0 GPA to try-out and participate in any extracurricular activity.
7. Students’ grades will be monitored every Tuesday at 0800 to determine eligibility status. Students determined ineligible will remain ineligible until the following Tuesday at 0800.
8. At the beginning of the school year, all students are considered academically eligible.
9. The sponsor of each extracurricular activity is responsible for informing the students participating in his/her activity of the contents of this policy.
10. Sponsors are also responsible for enforcing this policy when students are identified as ineligible.
11. Students who quit an athletic team after the official league season has started will not be eligible to participate in another school-sponsored athletic program during that same season.
12. All students involved in extra-curricular activities must sign and abide by a code of conduct.

Student participation in school sponsored activities is a desirable aspect of a student's total educational growth. However, if participation negatively impacts academic performance, it may suggest that the student needs to spend more time pursuing his or her course work and less on his or her extracurricular activity.

Injuries and Insurance
An athlete who sustains a major injury must obtain written approval from the doctor and/or parents in order to resume participation. Parents who are not entitled to free medical care for their dependents should be aware that responsibility for injuries these students may incur is a personal expense. Parents who believe their present insurance coverage is not adequate should either increase the protection available through their respective employers or supplement their existing coverage through a private company.

Limitation of Team Membership
Any player, who competes in the first scheduled game or is a member of a given team on that date, is not authorized to participate in any other sport during that sport season. Therefore, students are authorized to participate in only one sport in the fall, one sport in the winter, and one sport in the spring.
The Athletic Director and School Administration will consider exceptions to team limitations due to injury. Also, students withdrawing from school on a weekday may maintain eligibility through the week/weekend of withdrawal.

Transcript
Any student who does not have an official transcript of credits from a school previously attended may not compete in any interscholastic competition. Exception: A student arriving from CONUS will be eligible to participate in an athletic contest provided their scholastic progress is satisfactory and DODEA eligibility requirements have been met. The student may continue to participate on a weekly basis until the official transcript arrives. If, upon receipt of the transcript, the student is discovered to be ineligible, no protest may be entered for the games in which the student has participated.

Spectator Code of Conduct
Spectators are expected to:
1. Follow all school policies prohibiting the use of alcohol and tobacco at all school events.
2. Recognize that they represent the school just as definitely as does the member of a team and, therefore, have an obligation to be a true sportsman and encourage the practice of good sportsmanship by others through their behavior.
3. Recognize that good sportsmanship is more important than victory by approving and applauding good team play, individual skill, and outstanding examples of sportsmanship and fair play exhibited by either team and refrain from inappropriate language.
4. Recognize that the primary purpose of interscholastic athletics is to promote the physical, mental, moral, social and emotional well-being of the players through the medium of contests. Victory or defeat is of secondary importance.
5. Treat visiting teams and officials as guests, extending to them every courtesy.
6. Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.
7. Respect the judgment and integrity of officials.


Academic & Support Programs

This policy applies to Kadena HS

Advanced Placement Courses
Advanced Placement (AP) courses by definition are extremely rigorous courses, demanding a great deal of the student’s time, energy, and commitment for success. Enrollment in advanced placement classes enables the student to qualify for college level credit upon successful completion of the Advanced Placement test in the subject (usually with a score of 3 or better on a
5 point scale). Failure to take the exam for an AP course will result in the student not receiving a weighted grade. DoDEA pays the AP exam fees for all students enrolled in AP courses.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
A program that prepares students who are not working to their potential for four-year college eligibility and restructures the teaching methodology of an entire school to make college preparatory curricula accessible to all students. The AVID elective classes are offered in grades 9 through 12 and admittance into the class is determined by evaluation of the following criteria:

  • Strong student and parent academic commitment
  • Grade Point Average of 2.0 – 3.5
  • National Stanine scores on a standardized test of 5 to 7 in math computation and in total language
  • Teacher, parent, friend, sibling, and/or self-nomination
  • Good discipline and attendance records
  • Completion of the interview process

Child Find
CHILD FIND is the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDEA) effort to locate children who have handicapping conditions and need individual and appropriate educational services.
• Blind/vision impairment
• Multi-impairments
• Deaf/blind
• Physically challenged
• Deaf/hearing impairment
• Preschool challenged
• Health impairments
• Serious emotional impairment
• Learning impaired
• Speech and language impairments

English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language (ESL) program aids students with limited English proficiency. The goal of this program is to help students acquire oral, reading, and writing skills needed for effective communication and participation in mainstream classroom activities. Depending on the age and proficiency level of the student when he/she enters the ESL program, the process may take from one to six consecutive years.

Guidance and Counseling Services
The following services are offered through the counseling office:
• Orientation for incoming students
• Course registration
• Coordination of Testing
• Personal counseling
• Academic and college counseling
• Career counseling
• Scholarship assistance
• Military recruitment

The Pupil Personnel Service at Kadena High School is comprised of specialists from diverse backgrounds. These individuals provide services to a wide range of students with individual learning needs. The PPS Department consists of:
• Counselors
• Alcohol and Substance Abuse Specialists
• Nurse
• Reading Improvement Specialist
• School Psychologist
• Teacher of the Communication Impaired
• Teacher of English as a Second language
• Teachers of the Learning Impaired

Special Education
Kadena High School has the resources and staff to accommodate the needs of a variety of special needs students. Eligibility for Special Education is determined by the Case Study Committee. Students who are determined eligible for an Individual Education Program (IEP) will be provided with the special education and related services they require for their educational success. These services provide for the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of students requiring specialized instruction. Teachers, parents, counselors, and community agencies may make referrals to special education. Whenever appropriate, students receive instruction in the regular education classrooms with support in these classes. Teachers implement modifications based on each student’s Individual Education Program (I.E.P.).

Student Support Team (SST)
The Kadena High School SST is comprised of various educators and may include the school counselors, nurse, school psychologist, administrators, and regular and/or special education teachers. This team reviews student files, observes the student in the classroom setting, and may recommend screenings (i.e. hearing and vision, developmental, intellectual, academic and/or behavioral screeners). The SST works closely with the student’s teachers to ensure that he/she is experiencing the optimum learning environment.

Education Student Services
Education Student Services (ESS) is an integral part of the total education program. The ESS Department includes DoDEA school nurses, school counselors, school psychologists and school social workers (located only in certain locations). The ESS staff members at each DoDEA school partner with parents, community, students and other educators to assist in creating an educational environment conductive of academic, personal, social and career growth of all students. Please visit the Education Student Services Web site for further instruction based on your situation or discuss with an administrator at your student’s school.


Student Safety

This policy applies to Kadena HS

Anti-Bullying Policy


A. “Bullying” means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. It is further defined as: unwanted purposeful written, verbal, nonverbal, or physical behavior, including but not limited to any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by an adult or student, that has the potential to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment or cause long term damage; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation, is carried out repeatedly and is often characterized by an imbalance of power.
Bullying may involve, but is not limited to:

  • Unwanted teasing
  • Physical violence
  • Threatening
  • Theft
  • Intimidating
  • Sexual, religious, or racial harassment
  • Stalking
  • Public humiliation
  • Cyber Stalking
  • Destruction of school or personal property
  • Cyber bullying
  • Social exclusion, including incitement and/or coercion
  • Rumor or spreading of falsehoods

B. “Harassment” means any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of technology, computer software, or written, verbal or physical conduct directed against a student or school
employee that:
1. Places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property.
2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, or employee’s work performance, or either’s opportunities, or benefits.
3. Has the effect of substantially negatively impacting a student’s or employee’s emotional or mental well-being.
4. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school and/or school district work environment.


C. “Cyber stalking”, as defined: to engage in a course of conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by or through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication, directed at or about a specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.


D. “Cyber bullying” is defined as the willful and repeated harassment and intimidation of a person through the use of digital technologies, including, but not limited to email, blogs, texting on cell phones, social media (e.g., Kik, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), chat rooms, “sexting,” instant messaging, or video voyeurism.

E. “Bullying”, “Cyber bullying”, and/or “Harassment” also encompass:

1. Retaliation against a student or school employee by another student or school employee for asserting or alleging an act of bullying, harassment, or discrimination.
2. Retaliation also includes reporting a baseless act of bullying, harassment, or discrimination that is not made in good faith.
3. Perpetuation of conduct listed in the definition of bullying, harassment , and/or discrimination by an individual or group with intent to demean, dehumanize, embarrass, or cause emotional or physical harm to a student or school employee by:
a. Incitement or coercion;
b. Accessing or knowingly and willingly causing or providing access to data or computer software through a computer, computer system, or computer network within the scope of KDHS; or
c. Acting in a manner that has an effect substantially similar to the effect of bullying, harassment, or discrimination.


F. “Bullying,” “Cyber bullying”, “Harassment,” and “Discrimination”
Encompasses, but are not limited to, unwanted harm towards a student or employee in regard to their real or perceived; sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability (physical, mental, or educational), marital status, socio-economic background, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, linguistic preference, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or social/family background or being viewed as different in its education programs or admissions to education programs and therefore prohibits bullying of any student or employee, consultant, contractor, agent, visitor, volunteer, student, or other person in the school or outside the school at school- sponsored events, on school buses, and at training facilities or training programs sponsored by KDHS.


G. “Accused” is defined as any employee, student, visitor, volunteer or other person in the school or outside the school at schools sponsored events, on school buses, and at training facilities or training programs sponsored by KDHS who is reported to have committed an act of bullying, whether formally or informally, verbally or in writing.

H. “Complainant” is defined as any student, employee, visitor, volunteer, or other person who formally or informally makes a report of bullying, orally or in writing.


I. “Victim” is defined as any employee, student, visitor, volunteer, or other person in the school or outside the school at school sponsored events, on school buses and at training facilities or training programs sponsored by KDHS, who is reported to have been the target of an act of bullying during any educational program or activity conducted by KDHS.


II. Expectations:  KDHS expects students and employees to conduct themselves in keeping with their levels of development, maturity, and demonstrated capabilities with a proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students and school staff, the educational purpose underlying all school activities, and the care of school facilities and equipment.

A. KDHS prohibits the bullying of any student or school employee:

1. During any educational program or activity conducted by KDHS.
2. During any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity or on a KDHS school bus.
3. Through the use of any electronic device or data while on school grounds or on a KDHS school bus, computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network of KDHS. The physical location or time of access of a computer-related incident cannot be raised as a defense in any disciplinary action initiated under this section.
4. Through threats using the above to be carried out on school grounds. This include threats made outside of school hours, which are intended to be carried out during any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity, or on a KDHS school bus.
5. Though an incident of alleged bullying (cyber bullying or other) may occur off campus and may not entail threats of acts to occur during school hours, if a student’s ability to receive an education or a school’s ability to provide an education is significantly impaired, as determined by the school administration, disciplinary sanctions may be issued.

B. All administrators, faculty, and staff, in collaboration with parents, students, and community members, will incorporate systemic methods


C. Student rights shall be explained as outlined.

III. Stakeholder Responsibilities
A. Student Support Services’ Office of Prevention: Student Support Professionals, in collaboration with KDHS, will collaborate with school based staff members, families, and community stakeholders to utilize this Policy


A. At the beginning of each school year, the school principal/designee shall provide awareness of this policy, as well as the process for reporting incidents, investigation and appeal, to students, school staff, parents, or other persons responsible for the welfare of a pupil through appropriate references in the Student Handbook, Employee Handbooks, the school website, and/or through other reasonable means.


V. Disciplinary sanctions (consequences) and due processes for a person who commits an act of bullying under this policy.


1. Consequences and appropriate interventions for students who commit acts of bullying may range from positive behavioral interventions up to, but not limited to suspension, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, the discipline Matrix, and this Policy
a. All steps necessary to protect the victim from further violations of this policy will be taken.


2. Consequences and appropriate intervention for a visitor, volunteer, or parent/guardian found to have committed an act of bullying shall be determined by the school administrator after consideration of the nature and circumstances of the act.


IV. Referral for Intervention
A. Referral of a student to the collaborative problem-solving team for consideration of appropriate services is made through the school problem-solving process by school personnel
Parent notification is required.

B. School-based intervention and assistance will be determined by the collaborative problem-solving team and may include, but is not limited to:
1. Counseling and support to address the needs of the victims of bullying.
2. Counseling interventions to address the behavior of the students who bully (e.g., empathy training, anger management).
3. Intervention which includes assistance and support provided to parents.
4. Analysis and evaluation of school culture with resulting recommendations for interventions aimed at increasing peer ownership and support.
V. Appeals process
A. Appeal procedure for bullying by a student will follow the steps outlined in the Student Handbook.


VI. Confidentiality
A. To the greatest extent possible, all complaints will be treated as confidential
B. Limited disclosure may be necessary to complete a thorough investigation as described
C. The complainant's identity shall be protected, but absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.


VII. Retaliation Prohibited
A. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment in connection with filing a complaint or assisting with an investigation under this Policy.
B. Retaliatory or intimidating conduct against any individual who has made a bullying complaint or any individual who has testified, assisted, or participated, in any manner, in an investigation is specifically prohibited and as detailed in this Policy shall be treated as another incidence of bullying.

Drug-Free School Policy
DS Regulation 2792.2 Drug-Free School and Learning Environment establishes policies and procedures for ensuring drug-free school and learning environments. Possession of, being under the influence of or selling or giving away non-prescription, prescription, illegal drugs, controlled substances, alcohol or tobacco (including e-cigarettes, vapes, etc.) on the school campus, during the school day, or during any school sponsored trip or activity is not permitted. Appropriate discipline will be taken if these standards are not met.

Notice of Authority to Search
School administration reserves the right to conduct random and periodic searches of school (including student lockers) property and may seize contraband items belonging to students. School administration has the authority to search student possessions and person when there is reasonable suspicion that the student is in possession of items prohibited by DoDEA Regulation
2051.1 http://www.dodea.edu/Offices/Regulations/upload/DoDEA-Regulation-2051_1a.pdf


Weapons
Possessing, using, or transferring to another person any dangerous weapon (section
930(g)(2) (reference (i», (e.g., any firearm, knife, explosive, incendiary device, or dangerous object) at the school or at a school-sponsored activity, constitute grounds for removal. A minimum 1-year expulsion is required for the possession of firearms. Please see DoDEA
Regulation 2051.1 for further information.


Emergency Procedures

This policy applies to Kadena HS

Bomb Threats
Bomb threats constitute a criminal offense. Consequences for the individual responsible and for the wider school community are severe and long lasting. Anytime a threat is made, we must assume that our students and staff are in danger and take appropriate precautions. We work closely with the Security Police, OSI, Military Command, the Transportation Office and District Superintendent’s Office to apprehend the individual that makes a threat and minimizes impact to students and on instructional time.


When a bomb threat occurs, students are evacuated to a safe location away from the school. Students are expected to remain with their teacher for the duration of the drill. Once evacuated, 18th Support Commander is in charge of the exercise. The exact evacuation location is not announced until the building is cleared. Once students are accounted for, classes will resume at the evacuation site. Parents will be notified of where the students are located on AFN and the radio.


Cell phones are not to be used during an evacuation. In the case of an emergency, parents must report to the evacuation site entrance and sign their child out with an administrator. Under no circumstance will a student be released to anyone other than a parent.


Cancellation / Delay of School
School may be cancelled or delayed for a variety of reasons (i.e. typhoon). Cancellation and delay announcements will be made on AFN starting before 0600 hours.


Fire and Emergency Drills
A minimum of 10 fire drills will be conducted each year. During an emergency evacuation procedure, a loud bell or announcement will be made. Students will follow the evacuation plan posted in the room and leave the room in an expeditious and orderly manner. Students are not to return to classrooms during or after emergency procedures until given permission by an appropriate authority.


Emergency Contact Information
Parents should ensure that students know their sponsor’s unit and current duty and home phone numbers. It is extremely important that the school has a least one emergency contact (name and phone number) in addition to the home and duty phone numbers of parents. Students who are ill or injured will be released only to a parent, guardian or to the person designated on DS Form 600, Sponsor Pupil Registration. If these individuals cannot be contacted, it may be necessary to request the assistance of the sponsor’s unit or Family Advocacy.


Safety and Security
The school is inspected regularly for compliance with fire and safety regulations. Evacuation drills for storm, fire, and/or bomb threats, which are required by military and DoDEA regulations, are held throughout the year. Each office and instructional area has a posted evacuation plan. The school is provided security protection at the level currently in force by the military community.


Principal's Corner

Kadena HS Principal's Message

I am honored to serve as the Principal of Kadena High School. KDHS is a good school and the largest high school in DoDEA Pacific. Together I want to move us from 'good' to 'great' as we become the best school in the Pacific and across DoDEA. I look forward to working with the students, parents, and teachers as we continue to keep the focus on have a safe school with world class learning opportunities for all of our students. You will find we have caring teachers, coaches, mentors, and support staff, along with a fantastic Military community. Throughout the school year, you will see me in classrooms, in school common areas, around the community, and at as many school events as possible. It is important you know some areas I will be focusing on, to include:

* Meeting, sharing ideas, interacting with students, and observing both teachers and students in the classrooms are my top priorities.

* I will look at how we are preparing students to be "College and Career Ready," by utilizing our DoDEA standards, assessments, curriculum, technology integration, and professional development for teachers.

* Communication with students, teachers, and parents is very important to the success of our school. Specifically, you will see increased communication to parents and within the Kadena community highlighting and showcasing the great things going on here, and also sharing opportunities for students and parents.

* I believe it is critical to partner with parents and to establish strong relationships in our Military Communities if we want KDHS to be the best high school in DoDEA. You will receive invitations to SAC (School Advisory Council), PTSO (Parent-Teacher-Student Organization), and Panther Parent University events.

Along with my Assistant Principals, I have an open door policy with parents. If you have questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns please ask to meet with us. It is by working together that our students will have the greatest chance of success. If there is something you want to share with me, please don't hesitate to contact me at DSN 634-1712 or via e-mail at Kristopher.Kwiatek@dodea.edu.

Go Panthers!

Kristopher R. Kwiatek
Principal

 

About Our School

Kadena High School


Background Information: Kadena High School is a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school serving the children of military service members and civilian employees living in Okinawa, Japan. Kadena offers students dynamic and challenging courses of study complete with cultural opportunities that serve to create a unique academic and social experience. Kadena students have the opportunity to pursue their passion and interest in the science, humanities, art and athletic fields as our school provides a comprehensive curriculum consisting of 14 Advanced Placement courses, general education and exploratory coursework and extracurricular opportunities. All courses are offered via a blended schedule of seven-period days and two block days per week allowing our students an opportunity to earn ½ Carnegie unit per semester toward the completion of a 26-credit diploma. In addition, all Kadena High School students must earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA to meet graduation requirements.

Minimum Required Graduation Credits

Grading Scales

Subject Area

Credits

% Range

Letter Grade

Grade Points

Language Arts

4

100-90

A

4.0

Mathematics

4

89-80

B

3.0

Social Studies

3

79-70

C

2.0

Science

3

69-60

D

1.0

Foreign Language

2

59 & below

F

0.0

Fine Arts

1

 

 

 

Physical Education

1 ½

Advanced Placement Grading Scale

Career Technical Education

2

 

A

5.0

Health

½

 

B

4.0

Electives

5

 

C

3.0

 

 

 

D

2.0

Total

26

 

F

0.0

Ranking Policy

As a policy, the Department of Defense Dependent School System does not rank its students until the completion of the student’s 8th academic semester. However, cumulative grade point averages are computed for each student and are determined by averaging the grade points for all coursework with weighted grade points applied for Advanced Placement courses.

Core Values

Students, Teachers, Staff, Administrators and Parents will:

  • Demonstrate respect for themselves, others, and school property
  • Demonstrate integrity in thought, word, and deed
  • Hold a shared sense of purpose toward teaching and learning

Promote a challenging environment where students:

  • Can achieve individually and in groups to solve problems and think critically
  • Have means available to pursue higher level learning opportunities
  • Feel safe and willing to experiment with new ideas

We belong to the DoDEA Pacific South School District which is part of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).  DoDEA is a Department of Defense field activity operating under the direction, authority, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

 

Pacific South 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

Mr. Kristopher R. Kwiatek - Kadena HS Principal

Mr. Kristopher R. Kwiatek

Principal Kris Kwiatek joined Kadena High School, the largest DoDEA High School in the Pacific, in December 2015 after serving as the Principal of Kadena Middle School. Kwiatek recently received the honor of being named the 2019 DoDEA Pacific Principal of the year. Prior to arriving in Okinawa, Kwiatek was assigned to DoDDS Korea, now known as the Pacific West District, where he opened a new high school in Daegu, South Korea. Kwiatek served as the Principal of Daegu High school since November 2010. Prior to serving as the Principal of DHS, Kwiatek was the assistant principal of Seoul American High School and prior to that he served as the assistant principal at Seoul American Elementary School. Kwiatek joined DoDEA in 2003 as a teacher in the Japan District before accepting a position as an Instructional Systems Support Specialist at the Korea District Superintendent’s office.

Mr. Kwiatek was born in Jackson, Michigan and spent most of his childhood in Traverse City, Michigan. Prior to entering the field of Education, Mr. Kwiatek was in the United States Air Force. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in education from the University of Maryland and later went on to earn a master’s degree in Education. He also holds a master’s degree from Northcentral University in Instructional and Curriculum Leadership

Kwiatek has four children and his oldest daughter, Alyssa, currently attends Michigan State University. His other children, two daughters and one son, are here in Okinawa with the Kwiatek family. When speaking about his children, Kwiatek stated, “One of things I am most proud of is that my children attend DoDEA schools and I am proud to be part of the DoDEA and Military family here in Japan.” When asked what he enjoyed most about being the Principal of Kadena High School, he responded, “By far, working with students as they progress through high school, and developing strong relationships with their parents, teachers, and coaches.”

 

Mr. William L. Bragg - Kadena HS Assistant Principal

Mr. William L. Bragg

Mr. Bragg was born in Texarkana, Texas. After graduating high school, he joined the US Army as a Fire Support Specialist and served tours at Ft. Hood, TX, and Ft. Lewis WA. After the military, Mr. Bragg attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and Master of Education. Additionally, he earned an Education Specialist degree from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn.

Mr. William Bragg is the current Assistant Principal at Kadena High School. Before starting at Kadena, Mr. Bragg also served as the assistant principal at ECK Elementary School, Ryukyu Middle School, McIntosh County Middle School, and Bradwell Institute High School (Hinesville, GA). Mr. Bragg’s educational experience includes teaching at the elementary and secondary levels. He has been in education for over 22 years. Mr. Bragg has served on numerous school advisory councils and boards. Mr. Bragg is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Mr. Bragg has two daughters and two sons. One daughter is a graduate of DoDEA Pac-South Kadena High School. He is passionate about education and the opportunities it holds for children. He enjoys sports and mentoring senior students.

 

Dr. Cheri Hayes - Kadena HS Assistant Principal

Dr. Cheri Hayes

Dr. Cheri Hayes received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Herbert Lehman College, City University of New York in 1997. She worked in the banking industry for many years before fulfilling her lifelong dream of being an educator. Dr. Hayes attained her Master of Arts in Teaching on a full scholarship from Pathways to Teaching at Norfolk State University in 2001. In 2010, Dr. Hayes earned her Educational Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University and her doctorate degree in Reading and Literacy at Capella University in 2019.

Dr. Cheri Hayes developed her passion for children and parent advocacy while she was employed with Norfolk Public Schools as a Parent Liaison. After completing her master’s degree, she was hired as a classroom teacher where she served in various leadership capacities. During her tenure with Norfolk Public Schools, Dr. Hayes was a fellow in the History Scholars Program in partnership with Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University. She joined the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in 2005 and was employed at Ikego Elementary School and The Sullivans Elementary School in Japan through 2009. Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Hayes rejoined Norfolk Public Schools until she secured a position with Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools in 2011. In 2014, Dr. Hayes returned to Japan to join the staff at Shirley Lanham Elementary School where she initially worked as a classroom teacher and then as the Language Arts Reading Specialist.

Dr. Hayes is very knowledgeable in curriculum, instruction and assessment, data analysis and data use across grade levels. Dr. Hayes has an expertise in literacy and is also adept at leading professional development in this area as well as other areas related to effective teaching, active student engagement, best practices in instruction as well as College and Career Readiness.  She commands knowledge of standards based instruction, lesson planning, technology integration in classroom instruction, mentoring and coaching teachers.

Dr. Hayes and her husband, Carleton have three children, Alexandra, Jordan, and Jaden.

 

Dr. Jackie Ferguson - Kadena AB Schools Community Superintendent

Dr. Jackie Ferguson

Dr. Jacqueline Ferguson served as the principal of Wiesbaden Middle School for SY18-19. Prior to moving to Germany, Dr. Ferguson was the principal of Nile C. Kinnick High School and Ikego Elementary School, in Yokosuka, Japan. Dr. Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Master of Educational Administration, and a Doctorate in Curriculum, Supervision and Instruction.

Dr. Ferguson’s twenty plus years of experience also include teaching in Texas, Germany and Japan, and serving as an assistant professor for Texas A&M University, San Antonio, in the College of Education. Her research agenda focuses on models of co-teaching and collaboration to improve student achievement with her most recent publication being: Wilson, J. C. & Ferguson, J. (2017). Chapter 7: Co-teaching in Undergraduate Education: Capacity building for multiple stakeholders. In D. Jarvis, & M. Kariuki (Eds). Co-Teaching in Higher Education: From Theory to Co-Practice.

Her husband, David Ferguson is a retired Air Force Officer and they have two sons, Josiah and Levi. They are honored to continue serving the military community and look forward to a successful school year.

 

School Handbook

Mr. Jimmy Journey - Pacific South District Superintendent

Mr. Jimmy Journey

As Superintendent of the Pacific South District, Mr. Jimmy Journey oversees the education of approximately 6,800 students. A total of approximately 750 employees support the 13 DoDEA Schools on Okinawa. Student success from pre-school through grade 12, and beyond, is the priority for the DoDEA Pacific South Team.

Originally from Texas, Mr. Journey received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Sam Houston State University. He joined DoDEA in 1989 teaching third and fourth grade as well as special education for 15 years before making the transition to School Administration. Mr. Journey worked as principal in mainland Japan and Okinawa from 2002-2013.

In 2013 Mr. Journey took on the role of an Assistant Superintendent of the Japan District where he stayed until July of 2016. In July of 2016 he went to serve as the community superintendent of the Department of Defense Guam Schools. Journey assumed his current position as Superintendent of the Pacific South District in August of 2019.

Mr. Journey believes that communication is vital to the success of any operation. As a principal, he focused on creating an environment where students were comfortable coming to school and challenged to do their best every day. He encourages parents to be active partners in their children's education.

As Superintendent, Mr. Journey continues to believe that schools serve a vital role in the community. Students and families are valued partners in the education process. Especially during these trying times, schools should provide consistency, support, and opportunity to our communities.  “Our schools are here to meet the needs of our military and military connected students.

 

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

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

High School Graduation

Graduation Requirements

Modified on August 10, 2021

A DoDEA standard diploma is awarded upon completion of the following requirements at the end of the second semester of the graduating year.

  1. A minimum 2.0 GPA.
  2. Completion of 26.0 units of credit.
  3. Completion of specific course requirements published annually in the graduation requirements DTM corresponding with their 9th grade entrance year.

A DoDEA honors diploma is awarded upon completion of the following additional requirements at the end of the second semester of the graduating year:

  1. Completion of all requirements for a standard diploma and additional course requirements published annually in the graduation requirements DTM.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.8 at the end of the eighth semester or at the end of the semester in which they graduate early in accordance with Section 3.1.c.
  3. Earn a passing grade in a minimum of four (4) AP courses and/or IB Diploma Program in advanced level courses. To meet this requirement through the IB Diploma Program, it is required that students successfully complete the full two (2) years of IB Diploma Program course work.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1367.01: High School Graduation Requirements and Policy

High School Graduation Course Requirements

Modified on August 10, 2021

Students entering 9th grade during SY 2018-19

Class of 2022
Minimum Requirements
Content Area Course Requirements Standard Diploma Honors Diploma
English Language Arts
  • 1.0 credit (ELA 9)
  • 1.0 credit (ELA 10)
  • 1.0 credit (ELA 11)
  • 1.0 credit (ELA 12)
*High school ELLs in ESOL for ELA courses (Levels I-V) may receive up to 2 ELA credits towards graduation requirements.
4.0 credits 4.0 credits
Social Studies
  • 1.0 credit (World History 9 or 10; Honors Integrated
World History 9 or 10; or AP World History-Modern)
  • 1.0 credit (U. S. History)
  • 0.5 credit (U. S. Government)
  • 0.5 credit (Social Studies elective)
3.0 credits 3.0 credits
Mathematics
  • 1.0 credit (Algebra)
  • 1.0 (Geometry)
  • 1.0 credit (Math course code 400 or above)
  • 1.0 credit (Algebra II)
4.0 credits 4.0 credits
Science
  • 1.0 credit (Biology)
  • 1.0 credit (Chemistry or Physics)
  • 1.0 credit (Science elective)
Note: Physics Applications and Chemistry Applications in the Community meet requirements.
3.0 credits 3.0 credits
World Language
  • 2.0 credits (World Language course)
Note: Sequential courses in the same language.
2.0 credits 2.0 credits
Career Technical Education (CTE)
  • 1.5 credits (CTE course offering)
  • 0.5 credit (Computer Technology CTE course)
2.0 credits 2.0 credits
Physical Education
  • 0.5 credit (Lifetime Sports)
  • 0.5 credit (Personal Fitness)
  • 0.5 credit (Activity & Nutrition or equivalent PE)
Note: Two years of JROTC taken in a DoDEA school fulfills the 0.5 credit requirement for Lifetime Sports.
1.5 credits 1.5 credits
Fine Arts
  • 1.0 credit (course in visual arts, music, theater, and/or humanities)
1.0 credit 1.0 credit
Health Education
  • 0.5 credit (Health Education course offering)
0.5 credit 0.5 credit
Honors Diploma
  • 0.5 credit in Economic Literacy in CTE, Social Studies, Science & Mathematics
0.5 credit
Economic Literacy: Courses that meet this requirement The following courses meet this requirement: Economics, AP Human Geography, Financial Literacy, Environmental Science, AP Macro or AP Micro Economics, AP Environmental Science, Business Personal Finance, Management & International Business, and Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
Summary
Minimum Total Credits 26.0 credits 26.0 credits
Required Courses 21.0 credits 21.5 credits
Elective Courses 5.0 credits 4.5 credits
AP and/or IB Courses 4 courses
Minimum GPA 2.0 GPA 3.8 GPA
*AP and/or IB courses may be used to meet DoDEA requirements.

 

Students entering 9th grade during SY 2019-20

Class of 2023
Minimum Requirements
Content Area Course Requirements Standard Diploma Honors Diploma
English Language Arts
  • 1.0 credit (ELA 9)
  • 1.0 credit (ELA 10)
  • 1.0 credit (ELA 11)
  • 1.0 credit (ELA 12)
*High school ELLs in ESOL for ELA courses (Levels I-V) may receive up to 2 ELA credits towards graduation requirements.
4.0 credits 4.0 credits
Social Studies
  • 1.0 credit (World History 9 or 10; Honors Integrated
World History 9 or 10; or AP World History-Modern)
  • 1.0 credit (U. S. History)
  • 0.5 credit (U. S. Government)
  • 0.5 credit (Social Studies elective)
3.0 credits 3.0 credits
Mathematics
  • 1.0 credit (Algebra)
  • 1.0 (Geometry)
  • 1.0 credit (Math course code 400 or above)
  • 1.0 credit (Algebra II)
4.0 credits 4.0 credits
Science
  • 1.0 credit (Biology)
  • 1.0 credit (Chemistry)
  • 1.0 credit (Physics)
3.0 credits 3.0 credits
World Language
  • 2.0 credits (World Language course)
Note: Sequential courses in the same language.
2.0 credits 2.0 credits
Career Technical Education (CTE)
  • 1.5 credits (CTE course offering)
  • 0.5 credit (Computer Technology CTE course)
2.0 credits 2.0 credits
Physical Education
  • 0.5 credit (Lifetime Sports)
  • 0.5 credit (Personal Fitness)
  • 0.5 credit (Activity & Nutrition or equivalent PE)
Note: Two years of JROTC taken in a DoDEA school fulfills the 0.5 credit requirement for Lifetime Sports.
1.5 credits 1.5 credits
Fine Arts
  • 1.0 credit (course in visual arts, music, theater, and/or humanities)
1.0 credit 1.0 credit
Health Education
  • 0.5 credit (Health Education course offering)
0.5 credit 0.5 credit
Honors Diploma
  • 0.5 credit in Economic Literacy in CTE, Social Studies, Science & Mathematics
0.5 credit
Economic Literacy: Courses that meet this requirement Business and Personal Finances, Management Foundations, Marketing Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, Financial Algebra, Business and Personal Finances, Management and International Business, Environmental Science (including AP), AP Human Geography, Economics (including AP), IB Economics, AP Macroeconomics and Microeconomics, AP Comparative Government and Politics
Summary
Minimum Total Credits 26.0 credits 26.0 credits
Required Courses 21.0 credits 21.5 credits
Elective Courses 5.0 credits 4.5 credits
AP and/or IB Courses 4 courses
Minimum GPA 2.0 GPA 3.8 GPA
*AP and/or IB courses may be used to meet DoDEA requirements.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1367.01: High School Graduation Requirements and Policy

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.

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

Medication at School

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

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


First Aid and Emergency Care

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

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

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

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

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2720.1: First Aid and Emergency Care

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

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.


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

Technology

Computer Access/Internet Policy/Electronic Devices

Each student, together with the student’s parent or guardian (if applicable), shall acknowledge and sign Form 700, “Use of DoDEA Internet and Use of Information Technology Resources,” before he or she is assigned a user account. In accordance with Enclosure 4 of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 6600.01, “Computer Access and Internet Policy,” February 16, 2010, the following are required of all students:

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

The signed agreement (Form 700) is to be retained in the administrative office at the student’s school for the duration of the student’s enrollment. A copy will be provided to the student and, if applicable, the student’s parent or guardian.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

6600.01: Computer Access and Internet Policy

Role of Social Media

Use of personal social media between parents/teachers/students is discouraged.  The only acceptable form of social media communication between parents/teachers/students is through official school social media.


Student Transportation

Student Transportation Services

Student transportation is defined as the transportation of students from their assigned bus stop to school at the beginning of their school day, during the mid-day and for return to their assigned bus stop at the end of the normal scheduled school day.  DoDEA principals are responsible for monitoring student loading/unloading zones when students are coming and going from school sites, including administering discipline.  A school bus or any device operating to provide student transportation will function as an extension of the school.  The walking distance for students in grade 6 and below should not exceed one mile from the student’s primary residence to the school or designated bus stop.  Students in grades 7–12 may walk up to 1.5 miles from their primary residence to the school or designated bus stop.  These distances may be slightly expanded or contracted to conform to natural boundaries such as housing areas or neighborhoods.  In locations having middle schools, which include grade 6 (i.e., grades 6–8), the walking distance criteria shall be the same as the criteria for grades 7–12.  

Transportation is not authorized to take students to their homes or to eating facilities for their mid-day meal.  No other transportation between the assigned bus stop and the school will be charged to commuting transportation unless stated in a special education student’s IEP and/or required by Section 504 guidelines.  “Curb-to-curb” only applies to students with disabilities who require such service as documented in the student’s IEP.  DoDEA District Superintendents, in coordination with the District Logistics Chief and the supporting military installation commanders, will establish a commuting area to determine eligibility for transportation of dependent students.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

4500.02: Student Transportation Services

School 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