Department of Defense Education Activity

Parent Involvement

Research demonstrates that parent involvement is essential for student success. Although you may not become involved in all committees and support organizations in the school, we encourage the following activities for your parental support:

  • Join the school parent/teacher association (PTA) and participate in meetings and activities.
  • Have lunch at school with your child regularly.
  • Volunteer in your child's classroom.
  • Establish a daily study time at home (even when there's no homework).
  • Participate in the Continuous School Improvement (CSI) efforts at your child's school.
  • Keep informed of school events and activities by reading school newsletters and your child's classroom newsletter.
  • Communicate frequently with your child's teacher.
  • Prepare for and participate in parent-teacher conferences.
  • Ensure your child has a well-balanced breakfast and comes to school with completed homework, lunch money and school supplies.

Visiting the School

Parents and other responsible adults are always welcome at school. If you know in advance that you will be visiting your child's classroom, we encourage you to notify your child's teacher ahead of time so they are prepared for your visit. We do not allow students to bring friends or other non-registered students to school due to liability and space restrictions. In addition, parents may not bring younger siblings, other children, or babies with them when they visit or volunteer in a classroom. This can be a serious distraction from the learning environment for all students.

Visitor Badges

DoDEA policy mandates use of visitor badges and positive identification of all visitors and contractors. In compliance with this policy, upon arrival, ALL visitors are required to come to the school office, sign in, show identification, and receive a visitor's badge. All visitors MUST sign out and return the visitor's badge upon leaving the building.

Be a Volunteer!

Volunteers are always needed and are a part of the total school program. They assist in the classrooms, office, special subject and resource rooms, and educational support areas. If a parent is volunteering in a classroom, we ask that you please make alternative arrangements for siblings. They are not allowed in the room during the instructional day. We encourage active participation by parents in their child's education and while, younger children are precious, they may be distracting to students in the classroom. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your support. Check with you child's teacher for specific opportunities and to complete any necessary forms in addition to the ones below.

DoDEA Policy requires that prospective and current school volunteers shall be subject to a standardized application process that includes completion of an application form and standardized background checks. Volunteer applications are available in the school office or linked below. Please allow 5 business days for processing of all volunteer request forms. There are many volunteer opportunities for parents eager to get involved with their students education or for other interested community members. 

Thank You for Volunteering!

Before you do, please fill out these forms and turn them in to your local volunteer office.

Background Check DD2981
To require each employee, DoD contractor, family child care provider, adult family member of a family child care provider, and specified volunteers of a DoD C&Y program to undergo a background check and to annually self-report changes to his or her criminal history.
DA 5018R Client Consent Statement
ADAPCP Client's Consent Statement for Release of Treatment Information
DD2793 Volunteer Agreement Form - Blank
Volunteer agreement fillable form and agreement.
Volunteers DoDEA Operational Guidance
DoDEA Operational Guidance for Volunteers - There are many volunteer opportunities for interested community members and/or parents to get involved with their students education through DoD sanctioned programs.

DoDEA Europe Advisory Councils

Parents, teachers, students, administrators, and military commanders share the responsibility to support the schools through advisory councils and boards. Participation in advisory councils and boards enhances and improves educational programs and services, as well as the overall quality of life shared by all Department of Defense (DoD) American overseas communities.

Dependents Education Council (DEC)

The DEC reports to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy. Members include general or flag officers representing the commanders of unified combatant commands, major service commands, and the military services. Council members make recommendations on policy matters relating to facilities, logistics, and administrative support provided to the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) by the military services.

European Schools Council (ESC)

The ESC is composed of European Command (EUCOM) Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy representatives. ESC work with subordinate command representatives to develop programs for improving dependents' education and recommend helpful initiatives to the DoDEA Director. The ESC chairperson also represents the European Command on the ACDE.

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC advises the district superintendent on matters of interest to the district.

School Advisory Committee/Installation Advisory Committee (SAC/IAC)

The School Advisory Committee (SAC) is made up of elected parents, educators, and student representatives. Its purpose is to improve the quality of education for the betterment of the children at IUS. DoD Instruction 5105.49 states, "the establishment of local advisory committees … fosters the participation in school affairs by members of the school and community." The SAC meets each month. All meetings are open and parents are welcome to attend.

What is SAC?

Every school in the Department of Defense, has a School Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC consists of teachers, administrators, parents, students and military liaisons from the community.

The advisory committees areas of responsibility include all matters within the jurisdiction of the principal and/or DoDEA including: policies affecting students and parents, administrative procedures affecting students, instructional programs, educational resources, allocation of resources to achieve educational goals, pupil services, students standards of conduct and discipline, and school transportation. (If you have a question, comments, or concerns in one of these areas we would love to hear them.

However, some issues that are not addressed by the committee are: personnel practices or policies, compensations, or grievances of school employees. The SAC is not the place to complain or praise the teachers. Also, the advisory committee does not have any authority to: raise money, grant student scholarships, financially support school events, or engage in any monetary projects traditionally associated with PTSA's, Boosters, or any other support groups. For further information about the SAC please call the school at 727-4185/7.

Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO)

The Parent-Teacher Student Association supports the school in a wide variety of ways. Parents and teachers have developed a strong and positive partnership that provides benefits to the students, the school overall, and the community. Some of the activities include school pictures, Spirit Days, T-shirts and spirit items, and Boxtops for Education. The PTSA has funded programs for academic use and is a great way to get involved with the school! For further information about the PTSA, please call the school at 727-4185/7.

Parent Involvement

The positive and consistent School/Home/Community partnership provides a safe and wholesome environment for our students to learn and achieve. It is recognized that parents are the first and most influential teachers of their children. It is through parents' involvement that children develop the value of learning and working, the importance of relationships and constructive use of leisure time. Parental involvement and participation at Incirlik is an understood, necessary and expected partnership. Volunteer opportunities can be explored through your child's teacher, the school office, and SAC.