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General Information

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.

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.

Enrollment

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. 

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)

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.

The sponsor of a student who is being withdrawn because of a permanent change of station (PCS) move must inform the Registrar a minimum of five days prior to withdrawal from DGF MHS. This allows time for records to be copied and for students to complete required withdrawal tasks. A copy of the PCS orders must be provided. The student will be given a Student Clearance Sheet from the registrar, which must be signed by the teachers, information specialist, nurse and the principal. Students must establish that all materials have been returned.

Teachers will give withdrawal grades only, not final grades, on the student's last day at school.

The acceleration request must be initiated at least four weeks before the final school day. The Europe South District Office establishes the dates for acceleration. Students must be in attendance for the entire acceleration day.

Orders and a letter indicating the student's last day in school should be brought to the registrar. It is the student’s responsibility to take the acceleration form to teachers and complete the required work and examinations before departure.

  • Three (3) days prior to the acceleration date, students will receive a clearance form from the Registrar, which must be completed by teachers and other staff members before departure and returned to the Registrar.
  • Payment for books or other items must be made before clearance can be completed.
    • Parents must call ahead to arrange for records pick up.

High School Graduation

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.

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.

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

Report Card and Testing 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.

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

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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.

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.

School Security

DoDEA AI 5205.02, Volume 1, DODEA FORCE PROTECTION PROGRAM: ANTITERRORISM, February 11, 2019

3.2.c. (2) (FOUO). DoDEA does not have an organic capability for surveillance detection or counter surveillance as identified in Volume 1 of DoD Instruction O-2000.16 and DoD Instruction 2000.26. DoDEA relies upon the installation commanders to provide this function. As such, it is not practical to integrate counter-surveillance, surveillance detection, or counterintelligence (CI) in accordance with DoD Instruction 5240.26, and other intelligence capabilities at any DoDEA operating locations.

3.15.c. DoDEA Bus Security Attendants Program. Bus Security Attendants are specially- selected, task trained adults who are assigned to ride on designated buses that transport DoDEA students on daily commutes (home-to-school and return runs). Bus Security Attendants perform four (4) tasks: pre-run bus security inspections, en-route surveillance detection, pre-attack recognition, and en-route security emergency response and management.

DoDEA PROCEDURAL GUIDE 5760.01-01 SERIOUS INCIDENT REPORTING

PROCEDURES, August 24, 2016, Section 4: Serious Incident Report Matrix, Table 6. Security Incidents, Force Protection Issues: Requires reporting of Force Protection Issues such as suspected surveillance which constitutes a threat or potential threat to students, staff or operations – if in doubt – report it! See table below:

Image of security

Report: Suspected surveillance or other suspicious activity constituting a threat or potential threat to students, staff, or operations; or any incident that has the potential to compromise existing security measures and procedures.

Be alert to signs of intelligence gathering, surveillance, collecting materials for attack, and rehearsals:

  • Taking photos or videos of potential targets
  • Writing notes or sketching
  • Showing abnormal attention to details of security measures
  • People loitering in the same general area without a recognizable legitimate reason
  • Certain civilian vehicles that seem to appear repeatedly
  • Utility and construction workers that do not appear to be performing a specific job
  • Electronic audio and video devices in unusual places

Surveillance may be conducted over a long period of time and employ various methods:

  • Stationary surveillance: a common method in which operatives observe from a fixed location.
  • Moving surveillance: conducted on foot or in vehicles.
  • Technical surveillance: uses electronic means to record or gain access to security information.
  • Casual questioning: used to elicit security information from approachable personnel.

Description of personnel:

  • Gender, Race, Height, Weight, Clothing, Accent/dialect, Tattoos, Scars, Disabilities, Peculiarities

Description of Vehicle:

  • Make, model, style, color, license plate

Student Conduct and Discipline

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.

It is DoDEA policy that discipline be maintained consistently and appropriately. We encourage students to grow in self-control, develop a sense of regard for fellow students, and have pride in their school community. Students have the responsibility for conducting themselves in a manner that does not violate the rights of other people. Along with staff, students share the responsibility of developing a caring climate within the school that is conducive to productive learning.

  • Show respect for the learning of others by not displaying disruptive behavior.
  • Protect others and self from danger and injury.
  • Demonstrate respect for school property.
  • Obey all school adults promptly.
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Wear appropriate attire to school.
  • Take responsibility for own actions.
  • Bring no items that could cause physical harm to oneself or others.
  • Toys and other entertainment items (electronic or otherwise) brought from home are prohibited in classrooms,common areas or on the bus or playground.

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.

DoDEA enforces a no weapons policy. Students and parents are hereby notified that possession of weapons (see 'Weapons' section below) or replicas of weapons can result in expulsion from school.

In addition to weapons, students are not allowed to bring knives, matches, lighters or other dangerous objects to school. Toys, electronic devices, trading cards, chains, (even on wallets or keys) CD's and water guns should not be brought, as they tend to distract children from their learning tasks. Possession of tobacco in any form and alcohol will not be tolerated. Gum is not allowed in school. This list is not all-inclusive. If you have any doubt about bringing an article to school, consult the school office. Nuisance items, which are dangerous to the safety of others or have the potential to cause damage to personal or school property such as fireworks, smoke & stink bombs, eggs and shaving cream will be confiscated and not returned. When appropriate these items will be given to the Security Police. Prohibited items will be confiscated and released only to the sponsor.

It should be noted that possession or use of a weapon or prohibited items on DoD property is a crime and will be reported to security officials. Disciplinary action may include suspension or expulsion. DoDEA supports a no tolerance policy for weapon possession.

In order to progressively provide disciplinary responses, the Europe South & West District puts the following matrix in place to be followed by administrators:

Category I: Minor Infractions

Category I:  Minor Infractions Referral Possible sanctions for Category I infraction may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following actions:
  • Tardiness (to class or to school)
  • General classroom misconduct
  • Failure to follow general instructions
  • Public display of affection /Improper show of affection
  • Eating/drinking in class (gum included)
  • Loitering in an unauthorized area
  • No hall pass
  • Running, playing, or horseplay (hall or grounds) that may en-danger self or others
  • Unauthorized sale of items (candy, etc,)
  • Dress code violations which the student refuses to correct
  • Minor disrespect (talking back, rolling eyes, etc.)
  • Other minor offenses
Referral 1: Warning and/or contact with the parent/guardian
Referrals 2-4: Warning, parent contact, and/or detention, Saturday School; 1 day InSchool Suspension
For Referrals 5 and each additional referral. Warning, parent contact, and/or detention, Saturday School; 1 day In or Out of- School Suspension. Once a student has accumulated a minimum of 5 referrals, a behavior plan may need to be created to address behavioral concerns.

An administrator may offer the following alternatives to Out-of-School Suspension:

  • A parent may opt to shadow his/her child for one day instead of any 1 day out of school suspension. A parent is not to be an active participant in the class and is to be an observer only.
  • The Principal at each school may limit the number of times that shadowing is allowed instead of Out of School Suspension (OSS).

NOTE: If the offense has taken place in the teacher’s classroom (with the exception of tardies), all teachers are generally expected to deal with Category I offenses in an appropriate manner prior to referring a student to an administrator (including parental contact and referral to guidance). The consequences listed above come into effect only after the student has been referred to an administrator

Category II: Serious Infractions

Category II:  Serious Infractions Referral Possible sanctions for Category II infraction may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following actions:
  • Using portable communications devices contrary to school policy (e.g., beepers, cell phones, personal computers, Blackberry’s, iphones; other similar devices capable of receiving or transmitting audio, video, picture, or text message; portable electronic devices, including: cameras, electronic games, portable radios, compact disc players, iPods, portable DVD players, or similar devices). Such equipment and devices are subject to confiscation by school authorities. (Individual principals will determine the locale for keeping such devices during the school day.)
  • Minor Vandalism ($25 or less) (Restitution required)
  • Minor Theft ($25 or less) (Restitution required)
  • Leaving school grounds without administrative permission (also includes failure to sign out)
  • Falsifying, forging, cheating, or plagiarizing the work of others. (written or verbal)
  • Abusive, profane, or obscene language, gestures, or material (student to student): This includes, but is not limited to the following references: race, religion, gender, creed, national origin, personal or physical attributes, disability, intellectual ability, or matters pertaining to sexuality.
  • Failing to leave the school, the school grounds, the school bus, or otherwise failing to follow the instructions/directions of the principal or staff member in charge after being told to do so; or is otherwise not authorized to be present in such areas (e.g., expelled or removed).
  • Disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties. This provision includes not only horseplay and other forms of disorderly conduct, but also includes: lying to and/or making false statements to school personnel, and/or the violation of other rules and guidance established for an orderly educational atmosphere.
  • Possessing or using tobacco, or any product containing tobacco or nicotine products; including, but not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel nut or related paraphernalia (lighters, matches, rolling paper, etc.)
  • Any activity that endangers self or others while at school
  • Violating attendance regulations or policies (i.e., truancy).
Referral 1: After School Detention
Referrals 2: Detention or Saturday School or Work Detail
Examples of work detail: working the booster tent, help setting up the football field; assisting at the track meet, etc.
Referrals 3: 1 day In or Out of School Suspension
  Referral 4: 2-3 Days of the combination of Saturday School, and/or In or Out of School Suspension
  Referral 5: 3-5 Days of the combination of Saturday School, and/or In or Out of School Suspension.

An administrator may offer the following alternatives to Out-of-School Suspension:

  • A parent may opt to shadow their child for one day instead of any 1 day out of school suspension. A parent is not to be an active participant in the class and is to be an observer only.
  • The Principal at each school may limit the number of times that shadowing is allowed instead of OSS.

Category III: Severe/Extreme Infractions

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 to another person; or has threatened to use or has used physical force against any person, including physical force that causes serious bodily injury to a person, as defined by section 1365(h) (3) of 18 U.S.C. (reference (k)).
  • Possessing, using, or transferring to another person any dangerous weapon (section 930(g)(2) (reference (j)), (e.g., any firearm, knife, explosive, incendiary device, or dangerous object) at the school or at a school-sponsored activity. A minimum 1-year expulsion is required for the possession of firearms.
  • Possessing, using, distributing, or the attempted possession; use; or distribution of alcoholic beverages.
  • Possessing, using, distributing, or the attempted possession; use or distribution of any illegal/controlled substance; as defined in enclosure 2. A mandatory expulsion recommendation is required for a second offense.
  • Offering, arranging, using, or negotiating to sell drug paraphernalia, or the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Robbing or extorting, or attempting robbery or extortion.
  • Damaging or vandalizing school, U.S. Government, contractor, or private property.
  • Stealing, wrongfully appropriating, or attempting to steal or wrongfully appropriate; or knowingly receiving stolen school, Government, contractor, or private property.
  • Gambling in any form.
  • Fighting or otherwise engaging in conduct that endangers the well-being of a student or others.
  • Bullying (including cyber bullying) another, or a group (e.g., engaging physical intimidation, taunting, hazing, name calling, insulting, cursing, gesturing, or verbally abusing any person; including, but not limited to: comments, abuse, or harassment based on that person's race, religion, gender, creed, national origin, personal or physical attributes, disability, intellectual ability; and matters pertaining to sexuality, or characteristics of another person or the associates of another person).
  • Engaging in, or attempting to engage in, acts of arson, making a threat to bomb, burn, or destroy in any manner a school building or school property, or intentionally making a false report of a bomb threat or fire (e.g., making a terrorist or bomb threat, pulling a fire alarm, etc.).
  • Possessing or using fireworks or other explosive devices.
  • Violating the terms and conditions of the DoDEA Student Computer and Internet Access Agreement, or by illegal or unauthorized means gain access to the computers, software telecommunications, and related technologies of others; engage in any willful act that causes physical or financial damage or otherwise disrupts information technology, or use a computer or communications device to communicate threatening, harassing, indecent messages; or download obscene or pornographic materials.
  • Violating any law, rule, regulation, or policy of the military installation or the school.
  • Failing to report or otherwise be complicit in the above-described acts.

Technology

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.

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 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.

School Policies

Be the BEST!

  • B e prepared for school every day with all materials and resources needed for class.
  • E xpect to be challenged and learn something new every day.
  • S tudy daily and ensure that you are actively engaged in the learning process.
  • T reat the school, yourself, and others with dignity and respect and take responsibility for your actions.

DoDEA policy is to assign homework as appropriate to all students capable of completing assignments. Homework is a part of a student's school day and assignments are to reinforce instruction, increase understanding and retention, transfer and extend classroom instruction, prepare for class discussion and provide curriculum enrichment opportunities. When students have excused absences, it is their responsibility to call a study buddy, find out what they have missed and make up any missed assignments and tests. Upon students' return to school, they will have the opportunity to make up tests, quizzes, or class work and get clarification. Students, including athletes, have one day for every day missed to make up work. For example: A student who misses Friday must have (Thursday) A day's work by Monday and (Friday) B day's work by Thursday. A student who missed the B day on Wednesday has until Tuesday to tum in his or her work. Absences have a direct negative impact on learning. When your child is (or will be) absent for more than two (2) days, you may request homework assignments. Call the Main Office 727-4181/3.

*For athletic and sponsored trips, students need to get their assignments on the sheet or planner starting on Tuesday for a trip leaving on Friday

LATE WORK

Homework, projects, assignments are given 100% opportunity for credit when they are turned in on time. An assignment not turned in on the due date may earn up to 70% credit or per teacher policy.

Grades are available on GRADE SPEED. Parents can access this program any time to check on student progress with the understanding that teachers have one week to post grades from the time that students’ work is due. Grade speed codes:

  • MSG: missing grade (calculated as a zero)
  • EXC: excused (calculated as a blank grade and will not affect the average)
  • INC: incomplete (temporarily calculated as a blank grade but will affect the average if not completed)
  • ABS: absent (temporarily calculated as a blank grade but will affect the average if not completed)

DRESS CODE

Students and parents are responsible for ensuring that dress is not a health or safety hazard and that it does not offend or cause distractions at school. Students are required to wear clean, suitable clothing at all times. Footwear must be worn at all times.

  • No profanity, offensive, drug related, alcohol, etc. words on clothing or jewelry
  • No halter tops or spaghetti strap blouses for women (width of clothing on shoulder must be at least two finger widths and does not show bra or undergarments).
  • No basketball, muscle shirts, tank tops or undershirts for men.
  • No short shorts or skirts. (neat shorts or skirts may be worn as long as they are at least mid-thigh, below finger tip length.
  • Slits in skirts should be no higher than mid-thigh.
  • No holes or rips in jeans or shorts above fingertip/mid-thigh length.
  • No midriff shirts or tube tops. Skin should not be visible between bottom and top clothing. 
  • Cleavage is NOT to be visible at any time.
  • Hats (males or females), hoods, bandanas and/or sunglasses may not be worn inside any of the buildings.
  • Underwear should not be visible or worn as exterior clothing.
  • Leggings, tight fitting yoga/gym pants are permitted if a loose fitting top is worn which covers the out-line of the buttocks, torso, and pelvic area and is finger-tip length.
  • For safety reasons, jewelry to include, arm or neck bands and piercings, may not have spikes or other sharp parts.
  • With the exception of spirit days, no pajamas or slippers will be worn at school.

Enforcement of the Dress Code:

First Offense – Student sent to the office. Discussion with principal and student must fix the problem before returning to class. Parent notified.

Second Offense – Student sent to the office. Discussion with principal and student must fix the problem be-fore returning to class. Assigned after-school detention. Parent notified.

Third Offense – Student sent to the office. Discussion with principal and student must fix the problem before returning to class. Assigned an extended after- school detention. Parent notified.

Fourth offense – Student sent to the office. Assigned Saturday School (8am – 12pm) Fifth Offense and Subsequent – Out of school suspension. Parent conferences. Command involvement.

The school furnishes textbooks to all students and school equipment as needed. Textbooks and equipment represent a major investment, and students are expected to safeguard them against loss or damage. When the pupil completes a course or transfers from the school, all books and equipment must be returned to DGF Rota High School. Students are responsible for the texts and equipment checked out to them. Lost books may be replaced by ordering the book on-line and having it sent directly to the school. The office will supply necessary details regarding the specific book.

A daily bulletin is read to each first period to inform the students of upcoming activities. Following DoDDS policy of keeping parents informed of school activities, a weekly reminder email and a monthly newsletter is also e-mailed to each parent. The DGF Web page at https://www.dodea.edu/RotaMHS/index.cfm is available to keep the community informed about
school activities.

High School Lockers are available for student use. The administration reserves the right to search any locker with probable cause. When possible, the student will be present for the search. The DGF Rota High/Middle School Student Government representatives developed the following rules for lockers:

  • No graffiti is allowed inside or outside lockers
  • Pictures inside lockers are acceptable only if taped onto the inside of the lockers.
  • No obscene pictures or drawings are permitted.
  • Students will be asked to remove anything seen in a locker that is not proper. Use good judgment on what is displayed in the locker.
  • Do not slam locker doors.
  • Please keep the locker area clean.
  • No sharing of lockers.
  • Lockers are to be kept locked at all times.

Students who find lost articles are asked to take them to the main office where the owner can claim them, small items, to include, glasses, jewelry, and wallets should be turned into the office staff. If identified, identification cards and wallets are returned to the owner immediately.

DGF has one lunch period. The school cafeteria has a hot lunch program. The NEX will provide and oversee our lunch program. Lunch accounts are established at the NEX Customer Service Department. DGF has a closed campus at lunch. All students must remain on campus at during lunch. Free and Reduced Lunch is available to applicable students. Please see the DGF School's Liaison Officer, for information and forms.

Parents and teachers have the welfare and development of the students as their first concern. For this reason, it is important for parents, teachers, and student's to work together. Report cards are to be picked up by the parent and student on designated days at the end of the first marking period. Parent-Teacher conferences will be announced during which open conferences are held. It is expected that students attend the PTS conferences with their parent/guardian. Throughout the school year parents may schedule conferences as they feel necessary. Parents should call the school for appointments (4181/4183).  

Students wishing to bring a guest to school dances must have written permission from their parents and the prior approval of the administration. This form must be given to the sponsor of the dance one day before the dance. School rules apply at all dances. Once a student has entered a dance, they may not return if they leave the site. Special dress codes may be defined for certain dances. All school rules apply during dances and all out of school activities sponsored by DGF Middle/High School.

Study trips are a vital and unique tool in the educational program of a child. They aid in the acquisition of accurate cultural and historical information, and they provide the chance for first-hand experiences. The purpose of the study trip is to gather information, correct and/or ease false impressions, and motivate interests. Study trips will be scheduled throughout the school year and we will be seeking parent volunteers to assist. We hope you will become involved. Parent permission slips must be turned in to the 
sponsors of the trip by the date specified. Absences due to such activities are excused and students are expected to turn in missed work upon return to school. Authorized study trips are scheduled throughout the school year for the purpose of enriching the curriculum.  

The purpose of seminar is two-fold. First, seminar provides a structured time for academic purposes: advising, mentoring, academic remediation/review, test or assignment make-up, reading, studying, research, and writing. Second, in order to protect and prevent interruption of classroom instructional time, it serves as a time during which necessary school business can be conducted (assemblies, mandatory trainings, daily announcements, etc...). 


Seminar is a 40 minute period that occurs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays. No student will be permitted to leave their assigned seminar without a pass from the destination teacher. Club meetings will not be held nor students sent on errands during the seminar period. Students who are found in the wrong location during seminar are subject to disciplinary referral. Students should return to their original seminar class prior to the end of seminar unless otherwise arranged. Students who fail to return without an excused pass are barred from travel during the next seminar period.  

Students will not be called from their class unless an emergency exists. Students needing to use the telephone during the school day should use the office phone during break time or lunch. At all other times it is up to the discretion of the classroom teacher to allow the use of the classroom phone.  

Parents are welcome to visit the school at any time. However, it is recommended that parents first call the school in order to avoid possible class conflicts, special programs, tests, and so forth. All visitors, including parents, must sign in at the main office and obtain a visitor's pass before visiting classrooms. Students wishing to bring visitors to school are required to present a written request the DAY BEFORE the visit. This written request must have the signature of all the student's teachers before a visitor's pass will be given. No visitors are permitted during exams or standardized testing.

Students riding bicycles to school are to park them in the area on the street side of the gym. Bicycles should be locked to the rack. Bicycles are not to be ridden on campus during school hours. Security of bicycles is the responsibility of the owner.

The school bus office deals with minor bus infractions. School administration will get involved when serious misconduct occurs that may lead to suspension or expulsion from the bus as well as school. Bus safety is of paramount concern to all of us. On or around school buses, students must conduct themselves in accordance with these school bus rules:
1. Obey the driver or adult.
2. Enter and exit the bus safely and always show your bus pass.
3. Stay properly seated and use seatbelts when available.
4. Keep your hands, feet, and other body parts to yourself.
5. Nothing is to be thrown out of the windows.
6. Do not throw things.
7. Remain quiet and do not disturb the driver or others.
8. No profanity, indecency, smoking, prohibited items, or vandalism.
9. Do not eat, drink, or chew gum.
l0. Be responsible; be safe.

Students driving scooters or cars to school must be properly licensed and obey all on-base driving rules. Students are not excused if they arrive late to school in private vehicles. Scooters/mopeds are to be parked in designated areas only (on the street shoulder of Calle Cordoba or in the parking lot on Calle Granada).

School Procedures

Fire drills at regular intervals are required by regulation and are an important safety precaution. It is essential that when the first signal is given, students follow these evacuation procedures: Everyone stand 70 feet away from all buildings. Stay off the fire lanes, driveways, and parking lots. Stay away from fire hydrants. Be orderly and quiet and stay with your teacher. Re-enter the buildings when the all-clear signal is given and return to the classroom previously left. 

Office of DoDEA Policy

The Policy Team of OPLP administers and operates the DoDEA Issuance Program, the Issuance Focal Point Working Group, and facilitates DoD-level issuance coordination for DoDEA.

Policy and Legislation