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School Address and Contact Information


266 Mississippi Street, Bldg 7474
Fort Knox, KY 40121-6814
Phone: 502-624-2236
Fax: 502-624-5433
DSN Phone: 464-2236
theresa.wilson@dodea.edu
http://www.dodea.edu/ScottIS

 

Vision Statement

Scott Intermediate is a community of bright and unique leaders and learners devoted to outstanding educational, emotional, and social growth.

 

Mission Statement

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

School Improvement Plan

Scott IS Hours

  Regular Hours Tuesday Hours (Early Release)
Students 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Principal's Office 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Faculty 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Early Release days are the first Tuesday of every month.

School Contacts

Name Staff Position Phone Contact Email
School Psychologist School Psychologist
502-624-5433
 
Information Specialist Information Specialist
502-624-5433
 
School Counselor
 
Registrar
 
School Nurse School Nurse
502-624-5433
 
School Meals Program
502-624-2345 ext 4240/4280
School Webmaster: Educational Technologist
 
 

 

Handbook Contents

School Calendars
Admin Bios
General Information
Enrollment
Report Card and Testing Information
Special Education
Reporting Abuse Neglect Suicide Risk and Threats
School Counseling Services
School Health Services
Student Rights and Responsibilities
School Security
Student Conduct and Discipline
Technology
Student Transportation
School Policies

School Handbook

Director's Message: Mr. Thomas M. Brady

Thomas M. Brady

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last year, as a result of our response throughout the pandemic, infection rates among students and staff remained remarkably low. We understand the stress and anxiety that many families feel due to the current circumstances, but I encourage all of us to have confidence that through cooperation, mutual support, and adherence to our operational guidelines, we will continue to learn within a safe and healthy environment, without sacrificing our rigorous educational standards. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic I have been consistently impressed with the dedication, passion, and commitment of our staff, our students, and our families to continuously adapt to each new challenge and overcome every obstacles.  By working together to support one another we have continued to thrive academically and as a community.  

We cannot always predict what challenges the world will place before us on our path, but with dedication and teamwork we can know that we will continue to fulfill our mission to ensure Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere. 


Principal's Corner

Welcome to Scott Intermediate School

Welcome! It is a great honor and privilege to serve as principal of Scott Intermediate School, home of the bulldogs! 

Scott Intermediate School is a unique school community comprised of 5th and 6th grades only.  My faculty, staff and I envision our role as guides that help each student we serve navigate their academic journey in order for them to meet their unique educational and developmental goals. Our philosophy is to provide an educational learning community beneficial to student growth by providing a nurturing environment that allows us to implement established goals for the maximum academic, personal, physical, and social growth of each student. Our focus is to aid children in developing skills aligned with 21st Century teaching and learning. Therefore, we seek to equip students in ways of thinking creatively and critically, integrating technology skills into their daily learning activities, establishing opportunities for peer collaboration, and promoting effective communication skills.  Our goal is to provide our students with the tools necessary to be successful in our ever-changing global society.

I truly believe your child’s educational journey is a collaborative effort.  I welcome and invite you to be full participants in your child’s learning activities and events.  Please know I am always available to meet with you to answer any questions you may have, discuss any concerns you may have, or just to listen to your feedback and comments.

Finally, the staff and I thank our military community for their service as they defend and protect our freedoms and our lives!

Go Bulldogs!

 

About Our School

Background Information: 

Scott Intermediate School, constructed in 1956 as a junior high school.  In 1966, an addition to Scott School was built for a warehouse and space for Central Staff Offices.  In 1967, Scott was converted to an elementary school.  Most of Scott was destroyed by fire on August 13, 1989. The school was reconstructed as a middle school and, in the fall of 1992, began serving students in grades 7 and 8. A new was constructed in 1997.

Scott Middle School

Our Namesake - Major General Charles Lewis Scott

Scott Intermediate School is named after Major General Charles Lewis Scott, a former Armored Center Commander (1943-45).

 

Americas Southeast District SY 21-22

 

 

Admin Bios

Mrs. Theresa Wilson - Scott IS Principal

Mrs. Theresa Wilson

Mrs. Wilson joined DoDEA in 2009 as a 7th grade World Geography teacher at Wassom Middle School located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In 2012, Mrs. Wilson became the Assistant Principal at Fort Knox High School where she remained for three years. Following that, Mrs. Wilson served as the Assistant Principal at Scott Middle School for one year and moved into the elementary realm as the Assistant Principal at Van Voorhis Elementary. Mrs. Wilson assisted in the opening of Kingsolver in 2017 to usher in the 21st Century model for teaching and learning.

Prior to joining DoDEA, Mrs. Wilson has twelve years of teaching social studies and math at the middle school grade level within both the public and private educational settings. Mrs. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, two Master of Science degrees (Middle Grades education and Educational Leadership), and an Educational Specialists degree in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Wilson is a native New Yorker, but currently calls Kentucky home where she resides with her husband and daughter.

 

Mr. Joshua Adams - Kentucky Community Superintendent

Mr. Joshua Adams

Mr. Adams oversees ten DoDEA schools located on Fort Knox and Fort Campbell, serving more than 5,100 students. His focus in this role is to provide leadership and support in teacher collaboration to advance student achievement, inspire and motivate teaching and district staff, and support the DoDEA mission.

"I can’t wait to start working to support the school communities at Fort Campbell and Fort Knox," said Mr. Adams. "It is a real privilege and honor for me to serve our military families and their students. I am ready to work with our educators, parents, command, and all others, as we strive for excellence for every student, every day."

Mr. Adams began his educational career in Oregon in 2000. During his tenure in Oregon, he served as a middle school assistant principal and elementary principal, as well as serving as the district human resources director. He begins his DoDEA career in 2010 in Germany. Mr. Adams served as principal at Landstuhl Elementary/Middle School and Ramstein Middle School until 2016. In 2016, he was selected as a community superintendent for the Europe East District in Kaiserslautern, Germany. As a community superintendent, he served schools across Germany with a primary focus on school communities in Baumholder, Wiesbaden, and the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

Mr. Adams's education includes a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon, and two graduate certifications in Educational Administration from the University of Oregon.

Mr. Adams and his wife of 27 years have five children. All five of his children have attended DoDEA schools and the four oldest graduated from DoDEA schools.

 

School Handbook

Dr. Christy Huddleston - Southeast District Superintendent

Dr. Christy Huddleston

Dr. Christy Huddleston was named the Georgia/Alabama District Superintendent in 2012 continues as the DoDEA Americas Southeast District Superintendent now that the Restructuring for Student Achievement (RSA) changes have been implemented. The DoDEA Americas Southeast District includes Ft Benning, GA; Ft Rucker, AL; Maxwell AFB, AL; Ft Stewart, GA; Laurel Bay, SC; Ft Jackson, SC; Ft Campbell, KY; and Ft Knox, KY.  

She began her career as a high school science teacher in 1996 and coached the girl's golf team in Harris County, GA.  She was selected as the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) Star Teacher in 2001.  She went on to serve as the High School Guidance Department Chair and the School Testing and Curriculum Coordinator for Harris County High School.  Beginning in 2006, she served as the District Secondary Curriculum Instructional Coordinator and then as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment starting in 2009.

In 2011, she received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Administration of Elementary and Secondary Education from Auburn University, Alabama.  Additionally, she earned her Educational Specialist and Master's Add-on in Educational Leadership and Administration from Troy University.  She also earned her Master's Degree in School Counseling and Bachelors of Secondary Education in Science from Columbus State University where she was awarded with a Certificate of Academic Honor and Outstanding Accomplishments in Science.  Dr. Huddleston served on the UTeach Grant Steering Committee and the Institutional Review Board for Columbus State University.

Dr. Huddleston was an adjunct professor for Troy State University where she was honored with a Research Scholar Award in 2008. Her career and research focus have been on identifying barriers that must be overcome in schools so that all students have an equal opportunity to reach their fullest potential.

She co-authored a study presented collaboratively at University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) on gender dynamics and the cohort experience in a leadership preparation program. Dr. Cabezas-Huddleston's book review on The School Leaders Our Children Deserve: Seven Keys to Equity, Social Justice, and School Reform by George Theoharis has been published in the Journal of Educational Administration.  Her quantitative research study on Assessing Equity in Advanced Programs through an Invitational Theoretical Perspective was presented at the Alabama and Mississippi Sociological Association.  She also conducted research on Honors and Advanced Placement Programs: Closing the Achievement Gap and presented this topic at the Auburn University Research Institute.  Through collaboration and dialogue with her K-12 colleagues, she authored the District Manual: Response to Intervention, which was implemented in Harris County Schools, GA. 

Dr. Huddleston and her husband reside in Georgia.  Together, they have 5 children and 7 grandchildren.  Her grandfather served in World War II and her father served in the U.S. Army.  Her youngest son, Jake, is a Cavalry Scout in the U.S. Army and her step-son, Steven, served in the Marines.  Dr. Huddleston is passionate about serving military-connected students and families.

 

Mr. Greg Bull - Southeast Chief of Staff

Mr. Greg Bull

Mr. Greg Bull began his career in DoDEA teaching pre-school special education for nine years at Fort Jackson, South Carolina before becoming a school administrator at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in July 2010. As a teacher, Mr. Bull served in leadership roles to include the student support team chair, the continuous school improvement chair, and crisis prevention intervention instructor. He was recognized as Pierce Terrace School Teacher of the Year in 2007. Mr. Bull has had vast administrative experiences to include being the assistant principal at Andre Lucas Elementary at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, acting principal at Wassom Middle School, assistant principal at Fort Campbell High School in Kentucky, principal at Kaiserslautern Middle School and Spangdahlem Middle School in Germany, and principal at SHAPE High School in Belgium.

In 2012, Mr. Bull led Kaiserslautern Middle School through a successful school accreditation. In July 2014, at Spangdahlem Middle School he led the school in becoming a Green Ribbon Awardee in 2018. Additionally, Mr. Bull was a secondary school principal of the year nominee in the school year 2017.

Mr. Bull received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. He received a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of South Carolina in 2004. Subsequently, Mr. Bull also received a Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix in 2009.

 

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 Boards

This policy applies to DoDEA Americas

DoDEA school administrators, in partnership with sponsors/family members, students, and military leaders, promote communication through the establishment of school boards 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 boards.

Learn more about School Boards at your school's Get Involved page.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1342.25: School Boards for Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS)
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

Absence Procedures

This policy applies to DoDEA Americas
Please call the front office within 30 minutes of the start time when you know your child will be absent or tardy.

Appointments or Illness

Students will not be released from school on the basis of a telephone call. Parents must sign-out and sign-in their children when taking them to appointments and back to school. When students are sent home because of illness, they are to be accompanied by their parent(s) or authorized guardian/emergency contact.

Absence Notification

Parents are asked to call the front office when they know their child will be absent. The sponsor must provide the front office with a written explanation of each absence when the child returns to school. The sponsor's note, by itself, does not constitute an excused absence.

Parents will be informed of unexcused absences. Students will be required to make up all missed school assignments. Parents are strongly encouraged to work closely with their child's teachers to ensure all class assignments are completed in a timely manner.

Release of Students Policy

During the school day, students will be released only to a parent or to the person listed as the emergency contact on the registration form. The only exceptions will be:

  1. A signed note is received from the sponsor designating another adult to pick up the student or
  2. A military unit has designated someone to pick up the student when parents and emergency contacts could not be reached.

Tardy Policy

This policy applies to DoDEA Americas

Students arriving to school late or being dismissed early from school are signed in and out through the front office. The time and reason for being absent from school is noted for accountability.

Students arriving at school after the instructional day begins are considered tardy. If you know that your child will be late arriving to school, please make certain that a note is sent explaining why they are tardy. A student who is tardy should report to the office for a late slip before going to his/her classroom. A signed appointment slip from the dentist or doctor may be used in lieu of a note from parents. Parents should come in to the office to sign in their child; or a signed note is requested from parents.

Students who are tardy due to government transportation are excused and will not need to obtain a late slip from the office. A tardy not properly reported by the parent or guardian is unexcused unless circumstances warrant otherwise. The classroom teacher will report students who are frequently tardy to the administration. Parents may be contacted if it is noted that a student has numerous unexcused tardies.

Students with more than 5 unexcused tardies and/or early dismissals and students with more than 7 unexcused absences may be referred to the Student Support Team (SST) and then to the Command if the problem is not resolved.


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

Student Records and Information

This policy applies to DoDEA Americas

Student Records

Parents may review their child's cumulative school records at any time, with the assistance of school personnel. School records may not be removed from the main office.

Change in Student Information

It is imperative we maintain accurate, up-to-date information on each student enrolled in our school. We request parents to notify us immediately if there is a change in any of the following information:

  • Home address
  • Home telephone number
  • Work telephone number
  • Emergency contact name and/or telephone number
  • Rotation date
  • Mailing address
  • Student health concerns/allergies
  • Student's Last Name
  • Email Address

We are legally required to maintain current orders or extension to orders in order to enroll or re-enroll all students.

Court Orders

Parents and/or guardians must supply the school with a copy of any type of court order that may affect the student (e.g., who is allowed to visit the child, who has legal custody, etc.). These orders will be maintained in the student's cumulative file. If any changes take place during the school year with the court order, the school must be notified immediately. Teachers will be notified of any restrictions that affect students in their classes.

Power of Attorney

If you will be TDY or on any type of leave while your child(ren) is/are attending school, please be sure to obtain a special power of attorney to be used in case of emergency, and inform the teacher and school office of the name, address, and telephone number of the person taking care of your child. In addition, please notify the School Nurse, so they will know whom to contact in case of emergency. The School Registrar will keep a copy of the power of attorney in your child's cumulative file for emergency situations.


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

Grading System (K-3) Americas

For grades K–3, achievement codes rather than letter grades will be used.

Code Description

E

Exceeds grade-level expectations: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors independently without teacher support.  Students at this level are exceeding the grade-level standards.

M

Meets grade-level expectations: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors independently with minimal teacher support.

S

Steady progress towards grade-level expectations: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors with teacher guidance and support.

L

Limited progress towards grade-level expectations: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors in isolated or rare instances, or with a great deal of support.  The performance is inconsistent and below the normal range of expectancy for a student at this grade level.


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.


Parent Communication

This policy applies to DoDEA Americas

Questions and Concerns

Parents who have questions and/or concerns are requested to resolve it at the most appropriate and immediate level. For typical classroom matters, the following procedures should apply in order as needed:

  • Step 1- The parent discusses the matter with the teacher.
  • Step 2- The parent and teacher meet with the principal if the matter is not resolved in step 1.
  • Step 3- Those matters which cannot be resolved at the school level are referred to the Community Superintendent's Office.

These procedures follow the correct chain-of-command/line of authority from teacher to principal to superintendent and focus on resolution at the lowest level. Parents are encouraged to seek immediate resolution of problems. Prompt action can frequently prevent complications and more serious problems later on.


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: Nondiscrimination and Accommodation on the Basis of Disability in DoDEA Conducted Education Programs and Activities (cancelled)

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 (cancelled)
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

Grooming and Dress (MHS)

This policy applies to Fort Knox Schools

Purpose: The purpose of the dress code is to ensure the safety of students, minimize disruptions and distractions that can be caused by inappropriate attire, and promote a united and orderly learning environment; while ensuring that students are permitted their right to freedom of speech.

Guidelines:

Clothing, jewelry, and accessories that promote illegal activity, or that are decorated with lewd, vulgar or obscene illustrations or language are not allowed. Clothing suggestive of: illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, tobacco products, alcohol, sex, violence, hate speech, gang symbols, gang affiliation, obscenities, or lewd , vulgar or obscene language are specifically prohibited. The School Principal may exercise broad discretion in determining what is considered to be offensive.

Accessories

  • Hats, scarves (worn as head coverings), bandanas, caps, rakes, picks, combs, or sunglasses may not be worn inside the school unless for religious or medical purposes previously coordinated with the School Principal.
  • Dangerous jewelry such as dog collars, fish hooks, wallet chains, belt chains, spike jewelry or chains larger than 1/4 inch diameter are not allowed.

Pants

Pants must conform to the following:

  • Leggings and spandex may only be worn under shorts, skirts, skorts, or dresses, and not alone.
  • Pajamas, sweat pants, flannel pants and lounging pants are not allowed.
  • Sagging pants or visible underwear are not allowed. Pants that drop below the waist are not permitted.
  • Designer jeans purchased with small rips or tears in pants are permitted. Rips and tears above the knee is permitted only if student wears leggings underneath the jeans.

Shorts/Skirts/Skorts/Dresses

  • Must clearly exceed the length of student’s fingertips when extended.
  • Be composed of nontransparent material at least to length of student’s fingertips when extended.
  • Nightgowns are not permitted.

Shirts/Blouses/Tops

All shirts must meet the following criteria:

  • All blouses and dresses must cover the tops of the shoulder; undergarments should not be visible.
  • Muscle shirts, tank tops, sheer or seethrough tops, off-the-shoulder tops, spaghetti straps and shirts with cut out sleeves are not permitted.
  • Low cut shirts revealing cleavage are not permitted.
  • The back, shoulders, and midsection of the body are to be covered at all times. Shirt hems should be approximately at the hip/pockets.

Footwear

  • Footwear must be worn at all times. Shoes may be sandals, dress or athletic.
  • House shoes, flipflops and shoes with heels higher than 2 inches are not permitted. Any other footwear deemed unsafe will not be allowed during the school day; such as shoes with wheels or cleats.

Outerwear

  • Jackets, coats, pullovers, and sweatshirts with and without hoods may be worn. Hoods must be down at all times. This practice will be reviewed in January 2017 to determine compliance. If it is determined that students are continuously being corrected by teachers for wearing hoods during the school day, the dress code will be amended and hoodies will not be permitted for the remainder of the school year.

 

  • Trench coats that extend below the knee may be worn to school, but must be placed in the student’s locker prior to the tardy bell for first class period, and may not be worn until after the last class period of the day.

Book Bags

  • Book bags are permitted.
  • Book bags with wheels are not allowed.

Enforcement

The school administration shall have the right to evaluate any clothing to determine its acceptability within the guidelines of the dress code. Administrators shall also have the right to make an interpretation on the decency and appropriateness of any garment. The administration recognizes the inconvenience involved for parents to bring corrective clothing to school during the day; however this may be required if the student is unable to correct the infraction with alternate clothing.

  • It is the responsibility of the student to be knowledgeable of and comply with Ft Knox Schools’ dress code.
  • It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that the dress code is observed.
  • It is the duty of the teacher to ensure that the dress code is enforced fairly and consistently.
  • It is the final decision of the administration to deem what meets or does not meet dress code.

Consequences

Violations corrected prior to the tardy bell for their first class will not count as a dress code offense. Students found in violation of the policy after the tardy bell for their first class will be sent to Administration, who will evaluate the violation and instruct the student on correction of the violation. Students will be returned to class as quickly as possible and care will be taken to minimize time away from classroom instruction as a result of dress code violations.

  • 1st Offense: Correct the infraction and parent notification. If the student is not able to correct the dress code infraction, parents will be contacted to bring alternate clothing. Depending on the violation, students may be placed in inschool- suspension (ISS) until the parent is able to bring alternate clothing.
  • 2nd Offense: Correct the infraction, parent notification, and detention. If the student is not able to correct the dress code infraction, parents will be contacted to bring alternate clothing. Depending on the violation, students may be placed in ISS until the parent is able to bring alternate clothing.
  • 3rd and subsequent Offenses: Correct the infraction, parent notification, and student may receive in school or out of school suspension or a combination of both. If the student is not able to correct the dress code infraction, parents will be contacted to bring alternate clothing

School Security

Search and Seizure

General, non-individualized searches of school property (e.g., desks, lockers, storage spaces, and school computers, including data and internet access records), may be conducted by the principal on a periodic or random basis. The school affords students and parents adequate prior notice of its general search policy through the issuance referenced above and this handbook. The search shall be conducted by the principal in the presence of another school employee who will serve as a witness. General searches of school spaces and property may be conducted in cooperation with the appropriate installation authorities or military police, including dogs trained to detect the presence of contraband. Evidence found during a general search, or a dog sniff, that alerts authorities to potential contraband may provide reasonable suspicion sufficient to conduct an individualized search.

Individualized, reasonable suspicion or targeted searches may be conducted by a principal of a student’s personal belongings (including bags, personalized electronic mobile devices (PEMD) and the interior of student vehicles on school property) and in a student’s desk, locker, storage space, school computer, or other property of the school when there is reasonable suspicion to believe the student possesses a prohibited item. Targeted searches may be conducted whenever the student is involved in a school-sponsored or school-supervised activity or event so long as there is reasonable suspicion to conduct the search.

A targeted search of a student’s person shall only be conducted under exigent circumstances. When possible, a targeted search of the student’s person shall be conducted in a private room, or non-public area, and by a school official of the same sex as the student. Reasonable efforts to locate the student and to notify the parent shall be made prior to a targeted search or as soon as is practicable under the circumstances.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1353.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities

Standard Response Protocols

DoDEA has implemented action-based standard response protocols (i.e., lockout, lockdown, evacuate, and shelter) that can be performed during any emergency incident.

lockout logoLockout is directed when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school.  Use the mass notification system or public address system, stating: “Lockout! Secure the perimeter.”  Who actually conducts this task will vary based upon the school and incident taking place.

 

lockdown logoLockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside the school building.  Use the mass notification system or public address system, stating: “Lockdown! Locks, Lights, Out of Sight!”  Who actually conducts this task will vary based upon the school and incident taking place; however, all school staff shall have the ability to call for a lockdown.  Contact local emergency services, or 911, as appropriate.

 

evacuate logoAn Evacuation is called when there is a need to move students from one facility to another.  The action will vary based upon the type of evacuation.  Other directions may be invoked during an evacuation, and student and staff should be prepared to follow specific instructions given by staff or first responders.

 

shelter logoShelter is called when the need for personal protection is necessary.  Hazards that could generate the need to Shelter include tornado, earthquake, tsunami, and a hazardous materials incident.  Use the mass notification system or public address system, stating: “Shelter [identifying the hazard]!”  This command is typically called by the DoDEA designated official but may be called by students, teachers or first responders.

 

The Standard Response Protocols are incorporated into the school’s Force Protection Plan.  For more information on the Standard Response Protocols and how they apply within DoDEA, refer to DoDEA Administrative Instruction 5205.02, Volume 6, “DoDEA Force Protection Program:  Standard Response Protocols,” July 24, 2018.


Emergency School Closure

This policy applies to DoDEA Americas

Emergency school closure occurs when unforeseen circumstances such as broken water pipes, flooding, loss of power,severe weather, etc., warrant closure to be initiated during non-school hours. The decision to close the school is made through input from the administrators, our superintendent, and the Commander. An announcement of the closure will be broadcast on TV and/or radio, DNS, and through the base command units.

The DoDEA Notification System (DNS) allows for each school to contact all of their parents and/or staff with one phone message through an automatic dialing system. At the District level it allows a message to be sent to all parents and/or staff in the same method. This allows greater security and sharing of information with parents and staff. There is a Point of Contact (POC) at each location that has the necessary codes to access the system.

There are situations in which school may be canceled during school hours. Once again, this decision is made by the individuals stated above. Once the decision has been made to release students, staff members will alert all classrooms.Students who ride the bus will be released to board the bus at a set time. For those students who walk, ride a bike, or are picked up, they may be released once their parent/guardian has been contacted and agree with that process. If we are unable to reach a student's parent/guardian by the time teachers are released, the teacher will bring them to the office and the office staff will assist in contacting the parent. For these emergencies STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO LEAVE SCHOOL GROUNDS WITHOUT THEIR PARENT/GUARDIAN BEING NOTIFIED. As stated before,please ensure all contact numbers are updated at all times with both your child's teacher and the school office.


Emergency Evacuation

This policy applies to DoDEA Americas

In accordance with our antiterrorism/force protection plan, the school will be evacuated unless otherwise determined by the command and our district office. In cases where the school has to evacuate the premises due to any safety concerns,the students and staff will evacuate to designated locations away from the threat. If we have to leave the school area and/or send students home we will make every effort to contact each sponsor. During the time of any evacuation, all students will remain with their teachers. If information is received from our district office or from the Command Post to send students home, the school will then release the student(s) to the parent/guardian provided proper identification has been presented. We appreciate your cooperation during times such as these. Again, it is imperative that the school has updated contact information in case of any type of emergency. Please contact the school office to ensure all contact numbers are updated and current.


Campus Security

This policy applies to DoDEA Americas

School security is a national concern. Throughout the United States, youth crime and violence threaten to undermine the safety of our students' learning environment. Since the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) represents a cross-section of Americana, all partners in our community education process must understand and support the principles underlying a safe and secure learning environment as applied to creating a safe school. The underlying principles all relate to student rights to a safe and secure learning environment free from the threat or fear of physical violence; free from drugs, alcohol, weapons and other prohibited items; free from hazing, bullying or intimidation; and free from gang or criminal activity.

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) follows guidance for the Department of Defense and also issues instructions and policies concerning our schools. DoDEA Regulation 2051.1, Disciplinary Rules and Procedures outlines student conduct expectations and disciplinary consequences that may be invoked when the conduct of a student poses an immediate threat to his/her safety or the safety of others in the school. These student conduct expectations apply to student conduct that is:

  • related to a school activity while on school property
  • while en route between school and home, to include school buses
  • during lunch period
  • during or while going to or coming from all school-sponsored events/activities that affect the missions or operations of the school or district including field trips, sporting events, stadium assemblies, and evening school-related activities.

Violence, threats of violence, prohibited items, gang or criminal behavior, and bullying or intimidation will not be tolerated. Perpetrating a bomb threat or complicity in the act is grounds for expulsion. Additionally, local military regulations and laws may authorize criminal prosecution for such actions. Therefore, it is incumbent upon all community education partners - students, parents, military leaders, administrators, faculty and staff - to understand the serious nature of actions violating the principle student freedoms and the scope of authority over infractions as outlined in The DoDEA Disciplinary Rules and Procedures. The administration at each school is responsible for the management of student behavior.

Emergency Planning and Crisis Response (dodea.edu/Offices/Security/crisis-response.cfm)


School Closure

This policy applies to Fort Benning Schools,Fort Bragg Schools,Fort Campbell Schools,Fort Knox Schools

When hurricanes, snow or other severe weather conditions occur, it is sometimes necessary to cancel school, delay the opening of school, or dismiss classes early.

Before the School Day Begins

If it becomes necessary to cancel school due to inclement weather parents will be notified through our AdHoc system as well as listen to local radio or TV stations in the morning for information about school cancellation for the day.

After the School Day Has Begun

Once the school day has begun, every effort will be made to keep school in session for the entire day. Many of our children have two working parents, and we understand the problems that early dismissal might cause.

The decision to close school during the day is announced as soon as possible through our AdHoc system as well as on local radio and TV. It is important for parents to stay tuned to a local station if they suspect possible school closings.

Under the best conditions, it takes approximately two hours from the time an early dismissal decision is made until the last bus leaves a school. Children who ride a bus home from school, can expect to start arriving home any time from thirty minutes to over two hours after the dismissal decision is made. It is important for parents to discuss the possibility of an early closing due to inclement weather with their children. Establishing a plan for such occasions will help to eliminate confusion and worry for the child and will provide assurance for the parent and the school that the child is safe and secure.

The contact information on record with the school will be used for notifications. Please inform the school whenever your contact information changes.

Note: Your child's school may also notify you of important announcements using the AdHoc notification system.


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

Elementary School Discipline Matrix

This policy applies to Southeast
Modified on July 1, 2021

DoDEA AI 1347.01, Disciplinary Rules and Procedures, provides schools with guidance on the management of various disciplinary offenses.  This regulation allows districts to promulgate policies and procedures to supplement the regulation (Section 3.3). The Southeast District is committed to providing families, students, and schools with high quality supports that enable all students to achieve the highest outcomes socially, emotionally, and academically.  Behavioral supports is an integral part of this discipline plan.

This matrix of suggested consequences and behavioral supports for student misconduct does not supersede or contradict DoDEA AI 1347.01. It is provided to offer general guidelines for imposing progressively and fair disciplinary consequences along with supports, but in no way restricts the right and responsibility of school administrators to apply appropriate levels of discipline on a case-by-case basis, depending on the specific circumstances, even if it deviates from the suggested consequences identified in the table.

*this matrix applies to 6th grade students when a part of an elementary school

Administrator’s discretion applies to all areas where there is a choice or range of days for consequences.

Minor Offenses:

Administrative Table of Consequences for Pre-K thru grade 5

Minor Infractions Expectations and Interventions

Disrespect - Failure to respond appropriately to authority

  • Clearly define and post all expectations
  • Practice procedures for routines
  • State expectations
  • Provide a structured choice
  • Use a variety of consequences
  • Involve a problem-solving team
  • Establish a team to identify students requiring specialized plans

Horseplay - friendly touching, chasing

Classroom Disruption - interruption to the classroom/learning environment

Failure to follow cafeteria rules

Defiance and non-compliance - Failure to respond to adult requests and/or directives

Major Infractions

Administrative Table of Consequences for Grades Pre-K thru Grade 5

Unacceptable Actions / Behavior Pre-K- 2nd 3rd-5th*

Alcohol Possession - Possession/use/evidence of Intoxication

** possible 11 day suspension with expulsion hearing if sale and distribution

 

1st Offense

  • Notify Parents
  • 1-3- Day Suspension 
  • Refer to Counselor
  • Report to MPs/FAP

2nd Offense

  • Notify Parents
  • 3-5 Day Suspension
  • Disciplinary Hearing
  • Behavior Intervention Plan
  • Report to MPs/FAP

3rd Offense

  • Notify Parents
  • 5-10 Day Suspension
  • Expulsion Hearing
  • Report to MPs/FAP

Assault (Physical) of a staff or student - inflicting serious bodily injury to others

 

1st Offense

  • 1-3 Day Suspension
  • Refer to Counselor

2nd Offense

  • 3-5 Day Suspension
  • Behavior Intervention Plan

3rd Offense

  • 5-10 Day Suspension

4th Offense

  • Expulsion Hearing

Assault (Sexual)

3rd-5th* grade - Indecent behavior of a sexual nature
(to include sexual acts, exposure, or touching private parts)

6th grade - Indecent behavior of a sexual nature
(to include groping, fondling and consensual sexual acts)

1st Offense

  • Conference with counselor and parents

2nd Offense

  • Conference with administrator and parents

3rd Offense

  • Complete classwork in alternate location
  • Establish Behavior Intervention Plan

4th Offense

  • Behavior Plan to include diminishing disruptive behavior and refer to Family Behavioral Health

1st Offense

  • 1-3 Day Suspension
  • Refer to Counselor

2nd Offense

  • 3-5 Day Suspension
  • Behavior Intervention Plan

3rd Offense

  • 5-10 Day Suspension
  • Referral to Behavioral Health

4th Offense

  • ** Over 10-Day suspension
  • Expulsion hearing//Military Police notice//Anger management Referral

Bus Behavior Infractions - (See Bus Discipline Matrix for consequences)

Bullying - unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. (Physical/Verbal/Cyber, etc.)

1st Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent. Attendance in pertinent counseling.
  • 1-Day lunch detention.

2nd Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent. Counselor, teacher and administrator develop individual Behavior Plan.
  • 2-Day lunch Detention

***Continual Offences Teacher, Parent and Student Conference follow the same progression

1st Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent. Attendance in pertinent counseling.
  • 1-2 Days Suspension

2nd Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent. Counselor, teacher and administrator develop individual Behavior Plan.
  • 3-5 Days Suspension

3rd Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent. Counselor, teacher and administrator develop individual Behavior Plan.
  • 5-10 Days Suspension
  • Suspension in serious case.

Computer Misuse/Violation of Internet Agreement

(Personal email/entry into chat rooms/giving out password or using another person's password, downloading materials without permission, etc.) inappropriate use of school accounts for personal use, etc.

1st Offense

  • 5-Day loss of technology or Restriction of Specific Programs (Example:  Google Restrict 4:  Google Hangouts/Chats only)
  • Teacher contact parents
  • 2-day lunch detention

2nd Offense

  • 10-Day loss of technology or Restriction of Specific Programs (Example:  Google Restrict 4:  Google Hangouts/Chats only)
  • Teacher contact parents
  • 3-day lunch detention

3rd Offense

  • 10-Day loss of technology or Restriction of Specific Programs (Example:  Google Restrict 4:  Google Hangouts/Chats only).
  • Admin contacts parent
  • 3-day lunch detention

4th Offense

  • 1 Semester loss of technology or Restriction of Specific Programs (Example:  Google Restrict 4:  Google Hangouts/Chats only).
  • Parent admin conference

5th Offense

  • 1 Year loss of technology or Restriction of Specific Programs (Example:  Google Restrict 4:  Google Hangouts/Chats only).
  • Parent admin conference

1st Offense

  • 5- Day loss of technology or Restriction of Specific Programs (Example:  Google Restrict 4:  Google Hangouts/Chats only)
  • 2-day lunch detention

2nd Offense

  • 10-Day loss of technology or Restriction of Specific Programs (Example:  Google Restrict 4:  Google Hangouts/Chats only)
  • Teacher contact parents
  • 3-day lunch detention

3rd Offense

  • 10-Day loss of technology or Restriction of Specific Programs (Example:  Google Restrict 4:  Google Hangouts/Chats only)
  • Admin contacts parent
  • 3-day lunch detention

4th Offense

  • 1 Semester loss of technology or Restriction of Specific Programs (Example:  Google Restrict 4:  Google Hangouts/Chats only).
  • Parent admin conference

5th Offense

  • 1 Year loss of technology or Restriction of Specific Programs (Example:  Google Restrict 4:  Google Hangouts/Chats only).
  • Parent admin conference

Disruptive Behavior

Any action of behavior, verbal or physical, that significantly interrupts the learning environment

1st Offense

  • Conference with counselor
  • Contact Parents

2nd Offense

  • Conference with administrator
  • Contact Parents

3rd Offense

  • Complete classwork in alternate location
  • Contact Parents

4th Offense

  • Complete classwork in alternate location
  • Conference with parents

5th Offense

  • Behavior Plan to include diminishing disruptive behavior
  • Conference with parents

1st Offense

  • Conference with counselor
  • Contact Parents

2nd Offense

  • Conference with administrator, parents, teacher
  • Complete classwork in alternate location

3rd Offense

  • 1-2 days Suspension
  • Conference with parents

4th Offense

  • 3-5 days Suspension
  • Conference with parents

5th Offense

  • 5-10 days Suspension
  • Behavior Plan to include diminishing disruptive behavior
  • Conference with parents

Drug Possession/ Sale/ paraphernalia/suspicion of use

1st Offense

  • ** Over 10-Day suspension
  • Expulsion hearing
  • Military Police notice
  • Drug Dog sweep is possible

1st Offense

  • ** Over 10-Day suspension
  • Expulsion hearing
  • Military Police notice
  • Drug Dog sweep is possible

Extortion

 

1st Offense

  • 1-Day lunch detention
  • Restitution

2nd Offense

  • 2- Day lunch detention
  • Restitution

3rd Offense

  • 3- Day lunch detention Restitution
  • Conference with parents

4th Offense

  • 1- Day suspension Restitution

False Fire Alarm / Bomb Threat - making a false bomb or terrorist threat or pulling a false fire alarm

 

1st Offense

  • 3-5 Day suspension Refer to SST

2nd Offense

  • 5-10 Day suspension

3rd Offense

  • Expulsion hearing

Hitting/Fight (minor)

Contributing to / spreading rumor, instigating a fight. Failure to report a physical altercation. Pushing, slapping, grabbing, and scuffling

1st Offense

  • If behavior happens in the classroom- Student / administrator call parent. If at recess-student sits out. Behavior reported to classroom teacher for counseling.

2nd Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent
  • 2- Day lunch detention

3rd Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent Attendance in pertinent counseling
  • Refer to SST
  • 1-2 days suspension

4th Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent Counselor, teacher and administrator develop individual behavior plan.
  • 3-5 Days suspension

5th Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent Counselor, administrator and parent reexamine behavior plan
  • 5-10 Days suspension

1st Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent.
  • Attendance in pertinent counseling
  • 1-2 Days Suspension

2nd Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent.
  • Counselor, teacher and administrator develop individual Behavior Plan.
  • 3-5 Days Suspension

3rd Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent.
  • Counselor, teacher and administrator develop individual Behavior Plan.
  • 5-10 Days Suspension
  • Suspension in serious case.

Fighting  (mutual combat)

hitting another student, contributing to a physical altercation with inappropriate physical contact, mutual combat, etc.

1st Offense

  • If behavior happens in the classroom- Student / administrator call parent. If at recess-student sits out. Behavior reported to classroom teacher for counseling.

2nd Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent
  • 2-Day lunch detention

3rd Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent Attendance in pertinent counseling
  • Refer to SST
  • 1-2 days suspension

4th Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent Counselor, teacher and administrator develop individual behavior plan.
  • 3-5 Days suspension

5th Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent Counselor, administrator and parent reexamine behavior plan
  • 5-10 Days suspension

1st Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent.
  • Attendance in pertinent counseling
  • 1-2 Days Suspension

2nd Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent.
  • Counselor, teacher and administrator develop individual Behavior Plan.
  • 3-5 Days Suspension

3rd Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent.
  • Counselor, teacher and administrator develop individual Behavior Plan.
  • 5-10 Days Suspension
  • Suspension in serious case.

Forgery of signatures or initials

 

1st Offense

  • Administration counseling & contact parents or administration assigns peer mediation if available

2nd Offense

  • Detention
  • Refer to SST
  • Parent Conference

Harassment (Sexual)

sexual/sexually offensive behavior (lewd and obscene actions to include unwanted, inappropriate touching, propositions, sexual slurs, degrading sexual description, threats, verbal abuse, and other minor sexually inappropriate  actions.

 

1st Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent.
  • Attendance in pertinent counseling
  • 1-2 Days Suspension

2nd Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent.
  • Counselor, teacher and administrator develop individual Behavior Plan.
  • 3-5 Days Suspension

3rd Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent.
  • Counselor, teacher and administrator develop individual Behavior Plan.
  • 5-10 Days Suspension
  • Suspension in serious case.

Insubordination (minor)

Adamant refusal to comply with staffs directive.

1st Offense

  • If behavior happens in the classroom - warning student, administrator call parent

2nd Offense

  • Student/Administrator call parent
  • 1-Day lunch detention

3rd Offense

  • Student/Administrator call parent
  • 2 Day lunch detention
  • Refer to SST

1st Offense

  • Administration Counseling
  • 1-Day lunch detention

2nd Offense

  • 3-Day lunch detention

3rd Offense

  • 5-Day lunch detention
  • Refer to SST

4th Offense

  • 1-2 Day suspension
  • Conference

Nuisance Items/ Electronic Devices

Devices such as toys, portable video game devices, i-pod, MP3 player, pager, phones, smart watches, recorders, headphones, laser pointers etc, impacting instruction or causing disruption.

1st Offense

  • Administration counseling
  • 1-Day lunch detention

2nd Offense

  • 2-Day lunch detention
  • Parent pick up item

3rd Offense

  • 3-Day lunch detention
  • Parent pick up item

1st Offense

  • Administration counseling
  • 1-Day lunch detention

2nd Offense

  • 2-Day lunch detention
  • Parent pick up item

3rd Offense

  • 3-Day lunch detention
  • Parent pick up item

Smoking / possession of tobacco products

 

1st Offense

  • Administration counseling or administration assigns peer mediation if available

2nd Offense

  • 5-Day detention

3rd Offense

  • 1-Day suspension

4th Offense

  • 2-Day suspension Refer to SST

5th Offense

  • 3-Day suspension

Theft

Attempting to steal or wrongfully appropriate or receive stolen school, government, or private property.

1st Offense

  • Conference with counselor
  • Contact Parents
  • Restitution

2nd Offense

  • Conference with administrator
  • Contact Parents
  • Restitution

3rd Offense

  • 1 Day Suspension
  • Refer to SST
  • Restitution

4th Offense

  • 2 Day Suspension
  • Refer to SST
  • Restitution

1st Offense

  • 3- Day lunch detention
  • Refer to SST
  • Restitution

2nd Offense

  • 1 - Day Suspension
  • Restitution
  • Notification of Military Police

3rd Offense

  • 3-Day suspension
  • Restitution
  • Notification of military police

4th Offense

  • 5-Day suspension
  • Restitution
  • Notification of military police

Unauthorized Area

Presence in: (examples) Opposite gender restrooms, posted areas

 

1st Offense

  • Administration counseling or administration assigns peer mediation if available
  • 1-Day detention

2nd Offense

  • 2-Day detention

3rd Offense

  • 5-Day detention

4th Offense

  • 1-2  Days suspension

5th Offense

  • 3-5 Days suspension
  • Refer to SST

Use, possession and sale of drugs

include illegal drugs, misuse of legal substances like nonprescription drugs, medicine prescribed for another person, sniffing glue, inhalants

1st Offense

  • Student/administrator call parent
  • 10-Day suspension pending expulsion hearing
  • Military Police Notified

1st Offense

  • 10-Day suspension pending expulsion hearing,
  • Military Police notified

Vandalism

Destruction of Government or Personal Property, to include graffiti, defacing property (personal or government).

1st Offense

  • Conference with counselor
  • Contact Parents

2nd Offense

  • Conference with administrator
  • Contact Parents

3rd Offense

  • 1-Day Suspension
  • Refer to SST

4th Offense

  • 2-Day Suspension
  • Refer to SST

1st Offense

  • 1-2 Day suspension
  • Counseling referral
  • Refer to SST

2nd Offense

  • 3-5 Day suspension

3rd Offense

  • 5-10 Day suspension
  • Expulsion hearing

Weapons

Objects carried, presented, or used with the intent of threatening or harming any individuals, or that are capable of causing death or serious bodily injury

1st Offense

  • 10-Day suspension pending expulsion hearing
  • Military Police Notified

1st Offense

  • 10-Day suspension pending expulsion hearing,
  • Military Police notified.

Weapons/firearms

Possession of firearm, starter gun, any explosive, incendiary, poison gas, bomb, grenade or rocket

1st Offense

  • One calendar year expulsion

1st Offense

  • Expulsion one calendar year
  • Expulsion hearing
  • Military Police Notified

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

School Bus Discipline Matrix

This policy applies to Southeast
Modified on July 1, 2021

Administrator’s discretion applies to all areas where there is a choice or range of days for consequences.

UNSAFE BEHAVIOR (Section 7)

INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR (Section 7)

DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR (Section 7)

PROHIBITED BEHAVIOR (Section 7)

  • Fighting, pushing, shoving, or tripping
  • Use or possession of unacceptable items identified in DoDEA AI 1443.02 (The school bus is an extension of the school/campus)
  • Engaged in horseplay
  • Getting on or off bus while bus is in motion
  • Not properly seated
  • Hanging out of window
  • Making excessive noise or playing electronic equipment without using earphones
  • Obstructing aisles, steps, or seats
  • Pushing while boarding or leaving the bus
  • Failure to remain properly clothed
  • Public displays of affection
  • Eating, drinking, or littering on bus***
  • Using abusive/profane language and/or gestures
  • Spitting or biting
  • Failure to comply with bus driver’s or monitor’s instruction
  • Disrespect, distraction, or interference with driver
  • Harassing or interfering with other students
  • Damaging private property (requires payment of damages)
  • Throwing or shooting objects inside or outside of bus
  • Sitting in driver’s seat or tampering with bus controls
  • Opening or trying to open bus door 
  • Tampering with bus controls or emergency equipment
  • Violate any other school rule, law, or military installation guide

BEHAVIOR INFRACTION CONSEQUENCES (LOSS OF BUS RIDING PRIVILEGES)

1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense 4th Offense 5th and Subsequent Offenses

Warning

1-5 Days Suspension

1-20 Days Suspension

1-30 Days Suspension

Remainder of the Year

School Bus Discipline: Rules of student behavior and disciplinary procedures prescribed in Section 7 that are applicable to students en route by DoD-sponsored school buses between home and school and/or school-sponsored events and activities. The school administration has the discretion to process disciplinary actions for school bus infractions solely within the context of procedures prescribed in Section 7, or as a part of school discipline generally. Administration will administer consequences that are appropriate to the behavior therefore a warning may not be the appropriate response to a 1st Offense (i.e. Fighting).  Disciplinary action that might affect the placement of a student with disabilities must be processed under the disciplinary procedures for students with disabilities. (See DoDEA AI 1347.01)

Recommended referral forms and notification letters can be found in DoDEA AI 1347.01.

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

Student Conduct and Discipline

This policy applies to DoDEA Americas

The primary objective of school discipline is to maintain a safe and orderly environment that positively affects academic achievement. Discipline provides an opportunity for students to understand that inappropriate behavior results in appropriate consequences. These consequences are designed to keep the students academically involved. Exclusion from learning opportunities is a final disciplinary option. We believe it is imperative to provide students with feedback for their disruptive behavior and allow for planning to avoid future incidents of behavior.

Classroom Discipline

Each teacher has and enforces a classroom discipline plan. The steps of action are:

  1. Teacher counsels student
  2. Teacher and student conference
  3. Teacher contacts the parent
  4. Student may be  referred to the counselor
  5. Teacher and counselor may meet to develop behavior interventions
  6. Administration, teacher and counselor meet with parent and student

(Conferences, detentions, suspensions, or referrals are possible at any time depending on the disruptive behavior.)

Prohibited Items

Some items prohibited at school include, but list is not all inclusive:

  • Toys, electronics and other related toys, cards and games
  • portable communications devices
  • all audio devices including iPods and MP3 players
  • skateboards, scooters, roller blades, roller skates or heelys
  • chewing gum
  • cigarette lighters and matches
  • tobacco products; e.g., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco, snuff
  • fireworks of any type
  • weapons and/or ammo (real or pretend)
  • laser light pointers
  • any device that disrupts the classroom environment

Cell phones may be brought to school but must be turned off and stored in the backpack or locker during the school day.  In cases of emergency, students may contact their parents by using the phone if the school office.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2051.1: Disciplinary Rules and Procedures, Change 2 (cancelled)

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.


Classroom Environment

This policy applies to DoDEA Americas

DoDEA Schools provide a warm and nurturing environment for students. Classroom instruction, student assignments, assessments, and homework are standards based. The focus is on ensuring that all students master DoDEA standards through differentiated instruction and best practices. Classroom instruction is developmental and engaging so students are successful. Instructional time is protected to maximize learning opportunities. It is imperative that students are on time and remain in school throughout the day to capitalize on all opportunities.

Animals or Pets

Per DoDEA regulation, before an animal or pet can be brought in to the school for any reason (to include bringing in pets when there are no classes in session), the animal or pet owner must first have written approval from the Principal. Animals that could cause injury or harm to any person, WILL NOT be brought to school. The pet owner will provide a copy of the Veterinarian certificate for the Principal and School Nurse prior to bringing the animal or pet into the school. A copy of this certificate must be kept in the classroom at all times and a copy retained by the School Nurse in an animal/pet veterinary clearance file. In addition, a copy will also be kept on file in the school office. Animals are visitors at our school, not residents. If your child has any animal allergies, please notify our School Nurse in the school Health Office.

Water Bottles

Students are allowed to use personal water containers (plastic only, please) in classrooms and other instructional areas as appropriate. Staff and administrators have the right and responsibility to check the contents of all water containers. Water bottles should be clearly marked with the student's name and teacher.

No food or drinks will be allowed in the hallways, playgrounds, or stage area.

Birthday Celebrations

Teachers typically acknowledge students' birthdays but do not hold parties for each student. If parents would like to acknowledge a student's birthday in the classroom it is suggested that they bring non-food items (pencils, erasers, etc.) or healthy pre-packaged treats, which would be distributed after lunch services. Homemade treats are not allowed due to health and allergy concerns of students. Please do not bring flowers, balloons, or other gifts to the school.

Deliveries

To avoid interruption of instructional time, flowers or other gifts will not be delivered to students. If we should receive a delivery for a student, we will notify the student's parent and hold it in the office until the end of the school day for the parent to pick up.

Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem will be incorporated into the morning announcements. Participation is not mandatory, but all students are expected to show respect.


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

Playground Policy

This policy applies to DoDEA Americas

Use of Equipment

Parents should be aware that not all playground equipment is appropriate for all children who may use the playground. Parents and supervisors should look for posted signs indicating the appropriate age of the users and direct children to equipment appropriate for their age. Toddlers and preschool-age children require more attentive supervision than older children; however, one should not rely on supervision alone to prevent injuries.

Because all playgrounds present some challenge and because children can be expected to use equipment in unintended and unanticipated ways, adult supervision is highly recommended. A playground should allow children to develop gradually and test their skills by providing a series of graduated challenges. The challenges presented should be appropriate for age related abilities and should be ones that children can perceive and choose to undertake. Toddlers, preschool- and school-age children differ dramatically, not only in physical size and ability, but also in the intellectual and social skills.

Our playgrounds are closed to the public when school is in session.The playground equipment is appropriate for children attending the school. We also ask that all children be supervised at all times. Safety shall always be the prime consideration when children are playing. Any situation or activity that poses a hazard will be stopped. Children are expected to use our playground equipment for the purpose it was intended. Consequences of breaking the playground rules may lead to restriction of playground activities or stronger disciplinary action if the behavior is severe or persistent.

  1. Children should play in a safe and friendly manner. Children may not throw objects (sticks, rocks, dirt, etc.), call others names, argue, or play in a manner that is too rough. "Play fighting" typically results in real fighting and is prohibited. The school will not support "hitting back". When two children fight at school, both will be considered wrong. Adults are present in all school situations and should be used as a means of intervention before a fight occurs.
  2. Children should play only in designated areas and obtain permission from the playground supervisor in order to leave for any reason.
  3. Walk to the playground on the sidewalk in an orderly, quiet manner. This is necessary because you will pass classrooms that are in session. Use only "whisper" voices until you get to the playground. Students must use the sidewalks around our building for safety purposes and to save our grass. We want to keep our school campus looking great!

Playground Behavior Expectations

  • Be willing to try new things
  • Use encouraging word if someone finds an activity hard
  • Walk quietly and orderly as they exit and enter the building
  • Include everyone in play
  • Apologize for accidents
  • Show good sportsmanship
  • Actively engage in play and activities
  • Line up quickly and quietly
  • Take turns and share
  • Take care of equipment and clean up when play is over
  • Stay in approved areas
  • Leave sticks, rocks, mulch, and dirt on the ground
  • Wear proper shoes

Children's use of the playgrounds after school hours is only permitted under the supervision of parents.


Study (Field) Trips

This policy applies to DoDEA Americas

Academics are not restricted to the classroom, but take place in the community as well. Therefore, study trips may be ongoing throughout the school year. A letter from your child's teacher, to include the date, time, and destination of the study trip, will be sent home the week prior to the planned trip. At various times during the school year, classes may take study trips as part of the instructional program. Study trips are considered part of the instructional day. Children MUST HAVE A PERMISSION SLIP SIGNED BY THE PARENT before they go on any trip leaving the school. If a parent does not want to send their child on a study trip, the teacher will make alternate arrangements for the child to attend another class for the period of the study trip or parents may elect to keep their child at home. Parents may attend the study trip with the child in these instances. Chaperones may not bring siblings/infants on a study trip. As an invited chaperone, one's responsibility must be to help supervise all the students in the classroom.

Guidelines for Chaperones

  1. All chaperones pay their way (entrance fees, transportation, if not DoDEA funded bus, etc.).
  2. Other younger/preschool age children in the family will not be allowed to accompany parents on a trip, as they tend to distract parents and students alike.
  3. Children from other classrooms will not be allowed to accompany their brothers/sisters on a study trip.
  4. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE CHAPERONES TO SMOKE OR DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT ANY TIME DURING A STUDY TRIP.
  5. Chaperones are required to accompany the class to and from the trip. Following the bus in their private vehicle is not close supervision.
  6. Chaperones may not transport their student or any other student to and from the study trip. Students are required to ride the bus to and from the study trip. Under no circumstances may a child be checked out from the study trip(with the exception of a bona fide emergency). The child MUST return to the school and then he/she may be checked out at that time.
  7. Chaperones must have an approved volunteer application on file prior to attending a field trip as a chaperone. Please allow 5 business days for processing of all volunteer request forms.

Telephone Messages

This policy applies to DoDEA Americas

Teachers

To avoid disrupting instructional time, only emergency messages will be delivered to teachers in classrooms. All other messages will be placed in teachers' boxes or sent to the teacher via email, which they may be able to receive during the "Specials" period or at lunch.

To ensure the teacher receives the message, please call by 10:00 a.m. to allow the school office ample time to send the message. In addition, the school intercom system will not be used to deliver messages to students or to check your child out of the classroom unless there is an emergency approved by an administrator.

Students

Due to classroom transitions throughout the school day, it is not always possible to relay phone messages to students. To avoid disrupting instructional time, only emergency messages will be delivered directly to classrooms. All other messages will be sent to the homeroom teacher via email. The school office cannot guarantee delivery of phone messages to students received after 1:00 p.m. Please provide your child with transportation/pick-up instructions prior to start of school.


Communication

This policy applies to Scott IS

Email

DoDEA encourages all email communication to take place through official school email accounts. Please correspond with teachers through their DoDEA email accounts, not through grade speed.

Cell Phones

Cell Phones are not allowed in the classrooms. Cell phones must remain off and in a student’s locker during the school day. If a cell phone is brought to class, the teacher will take it and send it to the office.

  • 1st Offense-Warning and student can pick up the phone at the end of the school day.
  • 2nd Offense-A parent is called to pick up the phone from the office. Phone will remain in the office until a parent sign for it.
  • 3rd Offense-A parent is called to pick up the phone from the office and a detention is issued to the student.

Telephone

Teachers: To avoid disrupting instructional time, only emergency messages from parents will be delivered to teachers in classrooms. All other messages from parents will be placed in teachers’ boxes or sent to the teacher via email, which they may be able to receive when they do not have students. In addition, the school intercom system will not be used to deliver messages to students or to check your child out of the classroom unless there is an emergency approved by an administrator.

Students: Due to classroom transitions throughout the school day, it is not always possible to relay phone messages to students. To avoid disrupting instructional time, only emergency messages will be delivered directly to classrooms. All other messages will be sent to the homeroom teacher via email. The school office cannot guarantee delivery of phone messages to students received after 1:00 p.m. Please provide your child with transportation/pick-up instructions prior to start of school.


Social Media

Use of personal social media between parents/teachers/students is discouraged, other than official school social media communication.


Newsletter

This policy applies to Scott IS

School newsletters are published throughout the school year. The school office will email the newsletter to all parents whose correct primary email address is on file in the school office. The school newsletter is emailed in a PDF format. Your computer will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in order to view the newsletter. You can obtain this program (if you do not already have it installed on your system) on the Internet for free. If you are unable to or have difficulty opening the newsletter, the office will print a copy for you. The purpose of our school newsletter is to inform our parents, teachers and general military support of upcoming events and activities taking place in our educational system. Please keep an accurate email address on file in the school office.


Parent Involvement

This policy applies to Scott IS

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 PTO and participate in meetings and activities. Have lunch at school with your child.
  • 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).
  • Join the faculty for our School Improvement Leadership Team meetings.
  • Keep informed of school events and activities by reading the School newsletter 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.

Parental Questions and Concerns

Parents who have questions and/or concerns are requested to resolve it at the most appropriate and immediate level. For typical classroom matters, the following procedures should apply in order as needed:


Step 1. The parent discusses the matter with the teacher.
Step 2. The parent and teacher meet with the principal if the matter is not resolved in step 1.
Step 3. Those matters which cannot be resolved at the school level are referred to the Community

Superintendent’s Office, 270-439-1927 ext. 5002

These procedures follow the correct chain-of-command/line of authority from teacher to principal to superintendent and focus on resolution at the lowest level. Parents are encouraged to seek immediate resolution of problems. Prompt action can frequently prevent complications and more serious problems later on.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

We encourage parents to meet with their child's teacher for parent-teacher conferences. Parent-teacher conferences are held at the end of the first grading period. Report cards are distributed to parents during the conference. Conferences to discuss concerns, questions, and student progress may be scheduled at any time during the school year. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher as soon as questions arise. Requests for conferences may also be left at the school office for delivery to the teacher.

Parent/Teacher Organization

The PTO, an organization of parents and teachers, works for a better school environment by providing both financial and volunteer support for our school programs. The PTO sponsors a variety of activities such as book fairs, school pictures, school t-shirts sales and many other events. The Parent-Teacher Organization consists of the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. In addition, there are several committee coordinator positions that vary by the school PTO such as volunteer, spirit week, membership and box tops. If you are interested in volunteering, serving on the executive board, or being a committee coordinator, please contact the PTO.

PTO Objectives

The PTO is a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-sectarian organization. It cooperates with the school to support the improvement of education in ways that will not interfere with the education of students or the mission of the school and does not seek to control school policies.

Specific objectives include:

  • Providing a medium for exchange of information among parents, teachers, and other interested groups. Encouraging and developing programs and activities, which serve to enhance the quality of student education.
  • Identifying and promoting opportunities for students to secure the highest advantage in their academic, physical, and social growth.
  • Encouraging and maintaining a working dialogue between members, the local educational school system, the local government, and the community at-large on matters affecting the general welfare and education of students.
  • Membership is open to all parents and legal guardians of students attending the school as well as school staff. Contact the school for membership information.

 


Identification Cards

This policy applies to Scott IS

Per our regulations, ALL visitors to the school must present their ID card at the front office and sign-in to the school.


Classroom Assignment

This policy applies to Scott IS

Students are placed in classes based on their learning needs and the number of students already assigned to classes. An administrator is responsible for these decisions. Every attempt is made to maintain well-balanced and equitable groups. NAME REQUESTS FOR TEACHERS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. The school will do its best to match your child’s learning style with a matching teaching style. If you wish to discuss your child’s placement, please contact the school Principal, not the child’s teacher.
On occasion, classroom size may grow beyond an expected or desirable student-teacher ratio. When this occurs efforts will be made to balance classes, and this may result in a schedule change for your child. Parents will be notified of any schedule change.
 


Curriculum

This policy applies to Scott IS

Art Program

The Art Program has four primary goals:

  • Create Works of Art - Refers to the creating of art work, art vocabulary, skills development and learning about the elements and principles of design.
  • Demonstrate Aesthetic Perception - Focus upon acute awareness, well-developed observation, appreciation and taste, sense of beauty, intuitiveness, insight and comprehension.
  • Develop Knowledge of Art Heritage - Delineates the expected outcomes of learning about cultures, individual artists, art masterpieces and art careers.
  • Utilize Critical Judgment of the Visual Art - Refers to the recognition of difference, evaluation, and analysis, comparison, appraisal, discrimination and wisdom in artistic choices.

These goals, through which the learning outcomes of the art program are determined, are aligned with the DoDEA K-12 Visual Arts Standards and the National Standards for Visual Arts Education.

Music Program

The DoDEA Music Education Program for kindergarten through twelfth grade has four major goals

  • Participate in Various Forms of Musical Expression - The experiences of singing, playing, listening, moving to, and creating music lead to an understanding of musical concepts.
  • Demonstrate an Understanding of Musical Concepts - To translate or articulate the unique language of music, one should be able to use the vocabulary and notation of music.
  • Display an Awareness of the Interrelationship between Music and Society - Music is a vital part of any society's heritage. Hearing and performing a variety of diverse music helps one to understand the role music has played and continues to play in the lives of all people.
  • Display an Understanding and Appreciation of Music as an Art Form - Music evokes intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, and physical responses. One learns to be sensitive to the power and beauty of music alone and in its interaction with other art forms.

These goals, through which the learning outcomes of the music program are determined, are aligned with the DoDEA K-12 Music Education Standards and the National Standards for Music Education.

Physical Education Program

The Physical Education Program ensures all K through 5 students are provided the opportunity to participate in a structured physical education program. The DoDEA Physical Education program for kindergarten through fifth grade has three (3) major goals:

  • Personal and Social Development Skills - Students apply responsible personal and social development skills in the Physical Education setting. They learn to perform activities safely, follow the rules of the class and game, as well as display behaviors that are age appropriate and supportive.
  • Motor Skills and Movement Patterns - Competency in motor skills and movement patterns is needed to perform a variety of physical activities. The ability to apply movement skills in sequence from simple to more complex will help build a foundation for the other skills to be learned and will assist the student to be successful in future physical activities.
  • Physical Activity and Fitness - A physically active lifestyle is essential to maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness. Students participate regularly in activities that develop cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and aerobic capacity. These activities enhance and support the acquisition of lifetime skills.

We ask that the following guidelines be followed:

  • Wear proper physical education attire, shoes included.
  • Have a pair of athletic shoes to be used only for PE.
  • Always cooperate with the teacher and other students.
  • Be prepared to exercise and have fun.

If the student cannot participate for one or two days because of illness or injury, the parent/guardian must write a note stating the reason. Students unable to participate in PE for an extended period are required to have a note from a doctor stating the reason for the limitation or exemption from PE and the period of time the student cannot participate. Students must drink adequate fluids before PE Class. All injuries occurring in Physical Education must be reported immediately to one of the PE teachers, who will decide if the child should go directly to the School Nurse. The PE teacher will inform the class room teacher.

English as a Second Languages (ESL)

DoDEA Regulation 2440.1 - English as a Second Language Programs, March 2007

An English language learner (ELL) is a student identified as one who is in the process of acquiring English as an additional language. In accordance with the policy stated in the DoDEA

Regulation 2440.1, “English as a Second Language Programs,” March 16, 2007, DoDEA’ s ESOL Program is a language acquisition program designed to teach ELLs social and academic skills as well as the cultural aspects of the ELLs to succeed in an academic environment. It involves teaching, listening, speaking, reading, writing, study skills, content vocabulary, and cultural orientation at appropriate developmental and proficiency levels with little or no use of the native language. ESOL instruction is in English and can be provided in a variety of settings and program configurations. The amount of instruction given will vary according to the student's needs and classification. ELLs are involved in mainstream classes during the day.

Gifted Education Programs

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) provides exemplary educational programs that inspire and prepare all students for success. The goal of the DoDEA Gifted Education program is to identify students with high potential and exceptional performance and to offer challenges that match their strengths and needs.

Services are provided because identified students have a documented need for differentiation and challenge in their instructional program. This differentiation provides daily academic challenge and social-emotional support to ensure continued intellectual growth and development. The DoDEA schools determine the most effective methods to meet the needs of students identified for gifted education services. Schools consider individual strengths in matching student to services because each student has a unique profile of strength.

Students who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment have learning needs which require differentiated learning experiences. Such experiences are those in which the content, strategies, and expectations of student performance have been adjusted to be appropriate for students identified for gifted services.

Special Programs for Children with Disabilities:

Child Find

The purpose of Child Find is to identify children in the community, age 3-21, who may have a disabling condition such as physical, social emotional or cognitive processing difficulties (PSCD). Once located, these students are screened and assessed to determine the nature and extent of special services needed and appropriate placements may be made using available resources. Referrals can be made to the school office for the Child Study Committee (CSC) to contact you.

Special Education Services

DoD Manual 1342.12 – Implementation of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents, June 2015

Special education is considered specially designed instruction, which is provided at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, home, hospitals and institutions, and in other settings, as well as instruction in physical education. In accordance with the policy stated in the Department of Defense

Instruction 1342.12, “Provision of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents,” June 17, 2015 the law requires school districts with students with disabilities to be provided reasonable accommodations to allow access to educational programs and associated activities to the same extent as students without disabilities. Please contact your child’s school for specific details relating to your child if you would like to discuss eligibility requirements.

Students with Disabilities

DoDEA Administration Instruction 2500.14 - 2500.14 - Nondiscrimination and 504 Accommodation on the Basis of Disability in DoDEA Conducted Education Programs and Activities. April 2012
DoDEA Regulation 2500.10 – Special Education Dispute Management System, August 2001

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 Enclosure 3 in the 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 free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment at no cost to the parents. Disability services that students may be eligible for include speech-language pathology; audiology services; interpreting services; psychological services; physical and occupational therapy; recreation including therapeutic recreation; social work services; school nurse services designed to enable a child with a disability; counseling services including rehabilitation counseling; orientation and mobility services; and medical services for diagnostic or evaluative purposes. Please contact your child’s school for specific details relating to your child. In accordance with Section 5 in the DoDEA Regulation 2500.10, “Special Education Dispute Management System,” August 28, 2001 either the parent or the school may request mediation to resolve a disagreement concerning a child’s individualized education program, including the delivery of medically related services.


Student Conduct

This policy applies to Scott IS

DoDEA Americas has developed guidance for updating and standardizing the policy and procedures for disciplinary action for all students enrolled in DoDEA (April 4, 2008), Regulation 2051.1. The following excerpt lists the grounds for discipline including suspension and expulsion.

E3.1. General. This enclosure describes student conduct warranting disciplinary action or consequence and provides guidance as to the seriousness of offenses. However, this Regulation does not list every offense nor does it dictate the seriousness of any particular offense. Instead, it describes categories of conduct with sufficient specificity to inform the student of the type of conduct that may result in disciplinary consequence and is intended to alert principals to their flexibility in assessing the seriousness of offenses for purposes of determining the appropriate consequence. Disciplinary sanctions may be imposed for student conduct:

E3.1.1. While on school property.

E3. I .2.While en route between school and home or any school activity.

E3.1.3. While on vehicles owned by the Government or contracted by DoDEA schools for the transport of students.

E3. 1.4. During the lunch period on a school day, whether on or off campus.

E3.l.5. During or while going to or from all school-sponsored or school-supervised events/activities that affect the missions or operations of the school or district including field trips, sporting events, stadium assemblies, an evening school-related activities.

E3. I .6. 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 to the school.

E3.2. School Bus Discipline. Rules of student behavior and disciplinary procedures prescribed in enclosure 8 that are applicable to students en route by DoD-sponsored school buses between home and school and/or school-sponsored events and activities. The school has the discretion to process disciplinary actions for school bus infractions solely within the context of procedures prescribed in enclosure 8, or as a part of school discipline generally. Disciplinary action that might affect the placement of a student with disabilities must be processed under the disciplinary procedures for students with disabilities. (See enclosures 6 and 9)

E3.3. Additional Guidance at the School/District Level. In addition to this guidance, individual schools; school districts; or directorates may promulgate student policies/manuals that implement the procedures of this Regulation subject to prior coordination in accordance with subparagraph
5.2.8 of this Regulation.

E3.4. Discipline for Minor or First Offenses. A student may be disciplined for relatively minor offenses or first offenses not presenting an immediate threat of danger to self or others through the use of written or oral reprimands or notice to the sponsor/parent/guardian, time out, teacher/student/ conferences, suspension of school or extracurricular privileges, and by any other teacher intervention deemed by the teacher or principal to be appropriate. Minor offenses 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, 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.

Nothing in this paragraph precludes the imposition of more serious disciplinary actions when a student engages in repeated or multiple acts of misconduct and the teacher or principal determined that the nature of the offense, in the context of all circumstances, warrants a more severe consequence than contemplated by this paragraph. Grade (score) reduction as a disciplinary action is not an appropriate means of discipline.

E3.5. 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:

E3.5.1. 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 I 365(h)(3) of 18 U.S.C.(reference (k)).

E3.5.2. 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

E3.5.3. Possessing, using, distributing, or the attempted possession; use; or distribution of alcoholic beverages.

E3.5.4. 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.

E3.5.5. 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.

E3.5.6. Offering, arranging, using, or negotiating to sell drug paraphernalia, or the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

E3.5.7. Robbing or extorting, or attempting robbery or extortion.

E3.5.8. Damaging or vandalizing school, U.S. Government, contractor, or private property.

E3.5.9. Stealing, wrongfully appropriating, or attempting to steal or wrongfully appropriate; or knowingly receiving stolen school, Government, contractor, or private property.

E3.5.10. Committing any lewd, indecent, or obscene act; or engaging in habitual profanity or vulgarity.

E3.5.11. 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.

E3.5.12. 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).

E3.5.13. Gambling in any form.

E3.5.14. Fighting or otherwise engaging in conduct that endangers the well-being of a student or others.

E3.5.15. 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).

E3.5.16. Using portable communications devices contrary to school policy (e.g., beepers, cell phones, personal computers, BlackBerrys; 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.

E3.5.17. 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.).

E3.5.18. Forging, cheating, or plagiarizing the work of others.

E3.5.19. Possessing or using fireworks or other explosive devices.

E3.5.20. Violating attendance regulations or policies (i.e., truancy).

E3.5.21. 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 relate 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.

E3.5.22. Violating any law, rule, regulation, or policy of the military installation or the school. E3.5.23. Failing to report or otherwise be complicit in the above-described acts.

E3.6. Notice to Law Enforcement Authorities. The principal of the school shall notify the Installation Commander, or his or her designee for law enforcement or legal affairs, of any acts that may violate local laws or any situations that may pose a threat to the safety or security of the installation.

E3.7. Confiscation of Property. Authorized school officials may immediately confiscate any property belonging to, or in the possession of, any student if the possession or use of that property is inconsistent with the conduct required by this regulation, or good order and discipline. Unless possession of the item is illegal or dangerous, the confiscating official will return the property to the rightful owner or the student's sponsor as soon as is practicable and safe, or issue a receipt for its retention until such time as it may be returned. Confiscation is not considered a disciplinary action, but is accomplished to preserve health and safety, or to provide evidence incidental to the exercise of disciplinary action.


*Please refer to Appendix C to view the discipline matrix of possible discipline consequences


Recognition and Awards

This policy applies to Scott IS

DoDEA recognizes that rewarding outstanding student achievement and performance is an integral part of the education process and that providing incentives and awards enhances student self-esteem and promotes the goals and mission of DoDEA.

A school awards program may include recognition in a number of areas, e.g., achievement or performance in academics, athletics, school activities, attendance, citizenship, leadership, service, or any other activity deemed worthwhile by the school.

The provision of awards and incentives is the responsibility of the local school. The history, traditions, and current needs of each school should determine the number and nature of the awards given to students. Schools should establish, in writing, the criteria and process for selecting recipients for each award given. The award program should be reviewed at least every two (2) years by the principal in conjunction with parents/sponsors, teachers, and students. The final authority in determining the number, type, and recipients of school awards is the principal.

HONOR ROLL: Students in grades 5 & 6 earning A’s and B’s in the areas of Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening), Math, Science, and Social Studies, qualify for the Honor Roll. These students will be honored with a certificate of achievement following the issuing of report cards on a regular school day.

PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL: Students in grades 5 & 6 earning academic excellence by making all A’s in the areas of Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening), Math, Science and Social Studies, qualify for the Principal’s List. These students and their parents will be honored following the issuing of report cards on a regular school day.


Books, Materials and Technology

This policy applies to Scott IS

Books on Loan

Textbooks and/or workbooks are furnished without charge. Sponsors are responsible for payment in case of loss or damage to textbooks, musical instruments, workbooks, library books, science equipment, audio-visual equipment, computer equipment, or other school property.

Parents may request to borrow books. The request MUST first go through an administrator for approval. Once the request is approved, supply personnel will prepare the proper documents for the parent’s signature. This document will note the book(s) being checked out from the school. They return date will depend on the request and the books on loan. If the book(s) is/are lost or damaged, parents will be responsible for replacing the book.

Care of Books and Materials

Textbooks and educational supplies are issued to students for their use. Students are responsible for the proper care and return of these materials. Parents are encouraged to help by placing book covers on the books. Payment for lost or damaged books will be required in the following manner:

  • New - 100% of cost
  • Good - 75% of cost
  • Fair - 50% of cost


Any student who willfully cuts, defaces, or otherwise damages any property, real or personal, may be suspended from school. Sponsors will be liable for all school damages. Report lost or damaged materials to the supply office within one week of occurrence. Payment is made at the front office by money order, made payable to Treasurer of the United States, NOT to the school.


Student Supplies

This policy applies to Scott IS

Schools are responsible for procuring certain supplies. School supplies are available through military exchanges as well as commercial vendors. Parents may wish to purchase supplies after teachers have sent requests for any additional supplies home at the beginning of the school year. Copies of the proposed list of supplies are available in the school office or at any of the base exchanges. The School Supply List also appears in Appendix A.


School Pictures

This policy applies to Scott IS

The PTO schedules school pictures for all students within the first two months of school. Schedules, picture packages, and additional information are sent home with your child well in advance of school picture day. If you have a problem with your child’s photographs, please contact the school office and a contact name and number will be provided to you. The school is not responsible for the quality, misplacement, or services of school pictures.


Lunch Program

This policy applies to Scott IS

Cafeterias operate in all Fort Knox schools and serve nutritious USDA compliant hot lunch in our school cafeteria.

Free and Reduced Lunch: Parents interested in applying for free or reduced lunches may pick up an application in the school office. Families are required to reapply each year.

Until students are approved for free or reduced lunches they must either pay full price for lunches or bring a lunch from home.

Breakfast and Lunch Prices
 

BREAKFAST

  • Free Breakfast NO CHARGE
  • Reduced Breakfast Daily (1 meal) .30
  • Full Price Breakfast Daily (1 meal) 1.75
  • Extra Milk .50
  • Adult Breakfast 2.75

LUNCH

  • Free Lunch NO CHARGE
  • Reduced Lunch Daily (1 meal) .40
  • Full Price Lunch Daily (1 meal) 2.85
  • Extra Milk .50
  • Adult Lunch 4.00

Food and Nutrition Services Meal Account

For each student, the Food and Nutrition Services Office creates a meal account. Parents have the responsibility to ensure adequate funds are available in the meal accounts at all times to avoid negative balances. Meal account payments are taken daily in the cafeteria between the hours of 8:00-10:30 am. Checks are no longer accepted as payment for meal accounts. For those parents interested in making payments by credit card, internet website www.k12paymentcenter.com provides access to a 45-day history of what students are buying for breakfast and lunch. For more information parents may go to the website to register or contact the FCS Food Service office at 640-1211 extension 5011 or 5024.


Food Allergies

Students who have documented food allergies must provide a doctor’s statement indicating the nature of the food allergy and what substitutions are to be provided.

Outstanding Lunchroom Balances and Charges

A new procedure for handling outstanding lunchroom charges has been adopted by the District to insure that sponsors are informed of the status of their child’s lunch account as well as to enable the District to collect these balances in a timely manner. The procedure follows:

  • Low balance letters will be sent out once a week when full price students reach a balance of $7.00 and below, and reduced price students reach a balance of $2.00 and below.
  • If a student charges 2 meals, an attempt to contact the sponsor will be made by telephone. If the sponsor cannot be contacted after three attempts, a letter will be mailed requesting that the outstanding charges be paid. If the balance is not paid within ten (10) working days, the assistance of the superintendent and the sponsor’s military commander may be sought.
  • Parents may call for an account balance at any time. Money may be sent with the student in an envelope marked with the student’s name and teacher, or parents may come to the cafeteria to make payments.

Please DO NOT come to make a payment during serving hours.
To better monitor your child’s balance, please inform the cashier/manager if you do not want your child to purchase ala carte items with money in their account. Milk sold separately is considered ala carte. If the child does not bring a drink and doesn’t have money in his/her account, a cup is given for water from the drinking fountain.

Student should not borrow money or lunch from another student. They should not use another student’s PIN number or charge lunch on another student’s account.
Any unused portion of a meal account will be refunded upon transfer at any time during the school year.

Free or Reduced Priced Meals Application

Families are encouraged to complete an application for free or reduced priced meals. A new application is required for each school year. Only one application is required per family. You can now apply for Free and Reduced Lunch online: go to www.LunchApplication.com

Please notify the Child Nutrition Program if you have a child beginning school this year whose sibling was in the Free/Reduced Lunch Program last year. Free/Reduced Lunch Applications for those children who were in the system last year must be renewed each year within the first thirty (30) operating days of the school year.


Note: No student will be deprived of a meal at school regardless of lunch account balance. However, we encourage families to keep lunch account balances current.

Lunch from Home

Please insure that the lunch:

  • Contains a variety of nutritious foods.
  • Does not require the use of the microwave or a refrigerator.
  • Does not contain carbonated drinks.
  • Is not packed in an unsafe food container.

We discourage bringing fast food from local restaurants into school cafeterias.


Lunchroom Behavior

  • Use good table manners. Talk softly.
  • Be courteous and respectful to everyone.
  • Always walk and watch where you are going.
  • Objects, including food, are never to be thrown.
  • All food/drinks are consumed in the cafeteria.
  • Remain seated at your table until dismissed.
  • Do not share your food and do not ask for food from other students. Parents pay for/prepare what they want each student to eat for lunch.

Menu

Menus are distributed to students once a month and are published on the school website.

Nutrition Break

Many teachers schedule a nutrition break during the day. Parents may send fruit, cheese/crackers, 100% juice, and other nutritious snacks with their children for this break. Donuts, candy, chips, soda, etc., are not considered to be nutritious and therefore, is not allowed as a snack or at lunch.

Parties and Parent’s Lunch at School

All children eat at school whether they buy or bring their lunch. If you wish to eat lunch with your child on special occasions, please sign in at the front office.

Due to allergies, a focus on nutrition, and maximizing instructional time, the DoDEA Americas Southeast District wants to limit bringing in “birthday treats” to share. Contact your child’s classroom teacher for updates.

Sack Lunches for Field Trips

Please be advised that sack lunches are available from the cafeteria for field trips. Student meal accounts may be used for payment.


Information Center (Library)

This policy applies to Scott IS

The purpose of the Information Center is to support the entire school curriculum and to reflect the philosophy, goals, and objectives of the school. The Information Center provides support in intellectual and physical access to information as well as providing students opportunities to expand their world by using various media and technology resources.


Staff Development/Early Release

This policy applies to Scott IS

Teaching is a dynamic profession, therefore, teachers need to constantly receive in-service training to ensure that they are current and on the cutting edge of what is happening in the field of education. DoDEA incorporates in-service and staff development days throughout the school year. These days are over and above the 180 instructional days in the school calendar. Training may be scheduled for a full day or on Early Release days. This time will give the teachers a block of time to meet and work on school improvement goals and other staff development training. Parents are always welcome and invited to attend these staff development/in- service training sessions. These dates are noted on the school calendar as soon as planned and throughout the year in our school newsletters. At various times throughout the year, additional staff development/in-service days may be scheduled. We will notify parents of these dates as they are announced through our school newsletter.


Lost and Found

This policy applies to Scott IS

All articles found at school are to be turned to the office, or the classroom teacher. Items, such as jewelry or money, must be turned into the school office to be claimed. Unclaimed articles will be donated to charity, after a reasonable amount of time. Students may check the lost and found area in the office for lunch boxes, articles of clothing, and other items.


Visitors

This policy applies to Scott IS

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.

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.

Access to Facilities

Schools shall allow equal access to school facilities being used for student sponsored non-curriculum related activities, if a school allows any such group access to its facilities.


Appendix A: Supply List

This policy applies to Scott IS

Intermediate School Supply List

5th Grade:

  • Pencils and Pencil Top Erasers
  • 5 count package of glue sticks
  • Loose Leaf Paper, Wide Rule (recommend at least 2 packages)
  • 4 folders of assorted colors (Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow)
  • 5 composition notebooks (same color as folders if possible)
  • Colored Pencils
  • 1, 2 inch binder
  • 1 pencil pouch to fit in binder
  • 2 spiral notebooks
  • Variety pack of highlighters
  • Backpack

New for School Year 2020-21:

  • Cloth Face Masks
  • Earbuds for computer use

6th Grade:

  • Pencils with erasers (replenish frequently)
  • Loose-leaf paper (replenish frequently)
  • 3 composition notebooks (not spiral)
  • 1 each for ELA, SS, and Read 180, if applicable
  • 3 plastic pocket folders with prongs
  • 1 each for ELA, math, and science
  • 1 binder or trapper keeper
  • Should be large enough to fit agenda, HW, and miscellaneous worksheets. This binder or trapper keeper should include dividers or folders for each subject.
  • Pencil case (Item to be kept in binder or trapper keeper)
  • 1 pack of colored pencils (Items to be kept in pencil case)
  • 1 pack of markers (Items to be kept in pencil case)
  • Pens

New for School Year 2020-21:

  • Cloth Face Masks
  • Earbuds for computer use

Appendix B: Intermediate School Bell Schedule

This policy applies to Scott IS

6th Grade Bell Schedule:

Period M, T, W, and F Period Thursday
1st Period 8:30-9:20 1st Period 8:30-9:12
2nd Period 9:23-10:13 2nd Period 9:15-9:57
3rd Period 10:16-11:06 3rd Period 10:00-10:47
4th Period 11:09-12:47 4th Period 10:50-12:22
Lunch/Recess 11:09-11:54 or 12:02-12:47 Lunch/Recess 10:50-11:35 or 11:37-12:22
5th Period 12:50-1:40 5th Period 12:25-1:05
6th Period 1:43-2:28 6th Period 1:08-2:00
7th Period 2:31-3:15 7th Period No 7th Period on Thursdays

5th Grade Schedule ELA

Period M, T, W, and F Period Thursday
Homeroom 8:20-8:35 Homeroom 8:20-8:30
ELA Block 1 9:05-11:20 ELA Block 1 8:30-10:30
Recess 11:20-11:35 Lunch 10:30-11:00
Lunch 11:35-12:05 Recess 11:00-11:15
Specials 12:05-12:50 Specials 11:15-12:00
ELA Block 2 12:55-3:15 ELA Block 2 12:00-2:00

5th Grade Schedule Math and Science

Period M, T, W, and F Period Thursday
Homeroom 8:20-8:35 Homeroom 8:20-8:30
Social Studies 8:35-9:05 Math 1 8:30-9:30
Math 1 9:05-10:05 Science 1 9:35-10:20
Math Intervention 1 10:05-10:35 Recess 10:25-10:40
Science 1 10:35-11:20 Lunch 10:40-11:10
Lunch 11:20-11:50 Science 2 11:15-12:00
Recess 11:50-12:05 Specials 12:05-12:50
Science 2 12:05-12:50 Math 2 12:55-2:00
Specials 12:55-1:40    
Math 2 1:45-2:45    
Math Intervention 2 2:45-3:15    

Appendix C: Bus Safety

This policy applies to Scott IS

BEHAVIOR STANDARDS ON AND AROUND SCHOOL BUSES, STUDENTS WILL:

  1. Comply with all school rules with the "Behavior Standards for School Bus Students."
  2. Board and exit the bus in an orderly, safe manner.
  3. Present bus pass when boarding the bus, and upon demand.
  4. Remain seated while on the bus.
  5. Talk with other passengers in a normal voice.
  6. Keep all parts of the body inside the bus windows.
  7. Keep aisles, steps, and empty seats free from obstruction.
  8. Remain fully and properly clothed.
  9. Treat the driver and fellow students with respect.
  10. Promptly comply with the bus driver's or monitor's instructions.
  11. Treat the bus and other private property with care.

ON OR AROUND SCHOOL BUSES, STUDENTS WILL NOT:

  1. Fight, push, shove, or trip other passengers
  2. Use or possess unacceptable items identified in the school "Code of Conduct."
  3. Push while boarding, on, or exiting the bus.
  4. Get on or off the bus while the bus is in motion.
  5. Make excessive noise, or play electronic equipment without earplugs.
  6. Put objects out of bus windows or hang out of windows.
  7. Engage in horseplay.
  8. Obstruct aisles, steps, or seats.
  9. Engage in public displays of affection.
  10. Eat, drink, or litter on the bus.
  11. Use profane or abusive language or make obscene gestures.
  12. Spit or bite.
  13. Harass, bully, or interfere with other students.
  14. Disrespect, distract or interfere with bus driver.
  15. Damage private property.
  16. Sit in the bus driver's seat, or touch bus operating devises or equipment.
  17. Open or try to open bus door.
  18. Throw or shoot objects inside or out of bus.
  19. Tamper with bus controls or emergency equipment.
  20. Violate any other school rule, law or military installation regulation.

Bus Safety

Recommended referral forms and notification letters can be found in DoDEA Regulation 2051.1, E8, A4 – A8.

***Students may drink water and eat snacks on any daily commute bus that travels one-way in excess of one hour between the first pick-up and drop-ff. However, littering on the bus is still prohibited, and students are required to take their litter off the school bus. Any student who litters on the bus shall be disciplined in accordance with DoDEA Regulation 2051.