Department of Defense Education Activity

PCS Information

Early Withdrawal Moving to Another Location?

While we hate to see you go, we would like to help make your transition as easy as possible.

Please complete the Student Withdrawal / Records Release Form and return to the Student Services Department.
Be sure to speak with your counselor so they can coordinate with the new school if necessary (especially with Juniors and Seniors).  Give as much advance notice as possible.
When Sponsors Move Out of Eligible Quarters
Rising seniors (current Juniors) may request continued enrollment by submitting a Good Cause Waiver.
Other DoDEA students occasionally may be able to continue their education through the end of a school year even when military sponsors move out of eligible quarters. This is decided on a case-by-case basis and is requested by submitting a Continued Enrollment Request Form.

Withdrawals and Transfers

Upon receiving final notification of your departure from the community, please inform us at least two weeks prior to your actual departure. This notification is needed to prepare your child's report card, transcript (if applicable), attendance records, and other documents. No progress marks are given in any quarter unless the child has attended school for 20 days during that quarter. In the final quarter, no recommendation for grade placement can be given unless the child attends school for 20 days in that quarter.

Elementary school withdrawal is different than higher grades regarding requirements and is based on the 20-day rule. With ten days prior notification, parents are welcome to pick up student records from the office on the last day of student attendance, after 2:30 p.m. The sponsor/spouse must sign for records, provide a copy of orders, and present an I.D. to receive the child's school records.

It is DoDEA policy that copies of student records are sealed and given to parents to be hand carried to their next school. Official (original) records will be sealed and mailed upon request by the receiving school. Parents who would like a copy of their child's records for their personal files must personally request an extra set of records to be made when filling out the withdrawal form. We cannot make personal copies without advance notice. It is a requirement to clear all debts (replacement or payment for lost or damaged books, library fines, cafeteria debts, etc.) BEFORE the last day of attendance.

Early Departure of Students
If a student is departing school with less than 20 school days in attendance, prior to the end of the school year and due to official military orders, the following statement will be written on their report card:

"Although (student's name) was unable to complete the school year due to the military transfer of his/her family, had he/she continued their current progress through (the date for 20 days of attendance) he/she would have been promoted to grade __ next school year."

If a child is departing school on or after the date of 20 days of attendance in the 4th quarter his/her report card will be completed as usual, to include all grades, comments, and promotion to the next grade level.

DoDEA Accelerated Withdrawal Policy
Excerpt from policy: The policy therefore requires that students present verification of the date of their sponsor's departure, i.e., Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or other official orders, to school officials in order to receive consideration for full academic credit. Students who withdraw prior to the 20-day limit receive a "withdrawal" grade rather than a final grade. At the elementary school level, administrators may annotate the child's progress report to indicate the student's status.

Speak with a school counselor to request Accelerated withdrawal.