Department of Defense Education Activity

Sullivans ES: Policies and Procedures

Search:

Our school's Student Handbook provides information and guidance about school policies, procedures, and programs. You can download our handbook PDF or review it online or check out the links below.

General Information

Procedures for Students in 1st - 6th Grades

Arrival

  1. Children in grades 1-6 should not arrive on school grounds before 0745. Children will be unsupervised if they arrive earlier than the established time.
  2. Students meet their class in the ES Gym and will remain there until dismissed by staff to their classes. Due to the anticipated start of construction we will be lining up inside this year.
  3. Students who arrive after 0800 are considered tardy and must obtain an entry pass from the main office. Parents must accompany tardy students.

Dismissal

  1. Students in grades 1-6 are released directly from their classroom at 1445.
  2. Elementary students must leave the school grounds as soon as they are dismissed. Students who walk are not allowed in the area where the buses are being loaded nor are they allowed to remain on campus.
  3. Parents who pick students up at school are asked to avoid the areas where the buses load. Please arrange with your students to pick them up in the designated area.
  4. Bus riders are expected to immediately report to their bus. School buses are scheduled to depart at 1500.
  5. Children who participate in School-Age-Care programs with the MWR youth center will report to the ES gym.

Parents please make sure your child knows their afterschool routine. It should be a routine, with very few changes.

Kindergarten

Arrival

1. Kindergarten students who ride the busses will be picked up at the drop-off zone by school staff and escorted to classes.

2. Kindergarten students who reside on base or within the commuting zone will line up in the designated area. Parents or authorized siblings are required to remain to provide additional supervision until the students will enter the classes.

Dismissal

1. Kindergarten students who reside on base or within the commuting zone must be picked up in the room by parents or authorized family members or caregivers.

2. Kindergarten students who ride the bus are escorted to the busses by school staff.

3. Kindergarten students who participate in School-Age-Care programs with MWR youth center will remain in the classroom until released directly to MWR staff.

Parents, please make sure your child knows their afterschool routine. It should be a routine, with very few changes.

Tardiness/Late Arrivals to School

When a student is late for school, his/her parents are required to sign the student in at the main office and fill out a tardy slip. Students cannot be dropped off without any notification by the parents or guardians.

Early Student Arrivals

Students are not permitted in the school before or after school hours unless under the supervision of a teacher. There is no supervision for children before 0835.

Cancellation and Unscheduled Dismissal of School

It may be necessary at some point during the year to cancel/close the school due to political emergencies, strikes, facility breakdowns, weather, etc. If it is not possible to get written notice out to parents in advance, the U.S. Forces radio and TV will be used to broadcast changes. Parents should make arrangements for an alternative place for their children to go whenever there is no one at home to meet them. The decision to cancel school is made by the Base Commander. When school is canceled, all available communication systems will be used to notify parents as far in advance as possible.

For detailed information of Tropical Cyclone/Typhoon conditions and how they impact school operations, access this link:  Tropical Cyclone/Typhoon Guide

Departure During The School Day

  1. Students cannot be released to non-family members without written verification from the sponsor. If a parent intends to
  2. pick up a student before regular dismissal time, a note should be sent to the teacher and the office as soon as this need is known. Please do not contact the office unless it is an emergency. We make every effort not to disrupt classes.
  3. A parent who wishes to take a student out of school during the school day (for a medical appointment for example), should send a note indicating the specific time the child should be released from class. The teacher will be contacted to send the student to the office, or if the note from the parent indicates a specific
  4. "pick up" time, the teacher may wish to send the student to the office to wait for the parent. Please do not go to your student's classroom without checking with the office first.

Picking Up Students After School

  1. Parents are not permitted to drive cars or park in the "Staff Only" parking lots or bus loading area. When picking up children, park in designated areas. Double parking is illegal and cars may be ticketed.
  2. Parents are required to sign children out in the office when picking up children during the school day.
  3. If older siblings pick up children, establish a meeting place outside the building.

DoDEA school administrators, in partnership with sponsors/family members, students, and military leaders, promote communication through the establishment of advisory committees to address issues (school initiatives, procedures and policies) locally. This is a system-wide way for parents to get involved in their child’s local school. Consult your child’s school to learn more about school advisory committees.

This policy is currently being updated. Notification will be provided when the approved policy has been released.

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

For safety reasons, all visitors and volunteers must report to the school’s front office immediately upon entering the school. 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.

Enrollment

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.

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

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. 

Report Card and 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 (https://dodea.gradespeed.net/gs/Default.aspx) for instructions.

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

Code Description

CD

Consistently Displayed: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors independently with minimal teacher support.

P

Developing/Progressing: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors with teacher guidance and support.

N

Not Yet Evident: 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.

X

Not addressed: The knowledge, skills, and practices embodied in the grade-level standards were neither taught nor evaluated this marking period.

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.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student dress and personal grooming are the responsibility of the student and the parents. The school administration reserves the right to advise parents when students come to school dressed in a manner that is disruptive, in poor taste, or affects the health and well-being of the individual or classmates. It is the policy that all individuals will present a good public image, and maintain good order, discipline, and morale appropriate in the Japan AOR. Each individual, whether military or civilian, is an ambassador of the U.S. and the U.S. Armed Forces while in this AOR. As such, individual dress, attire, and conduct should reflect credit upon oneself, the U.S. Armed Forces and the United States.

Students are also expected to be neatly groomed and dressed in clothing that is appropriate for the activities which they will participate in during the school day. Certain clothing and apparel may be considered inappropriate; therefore, students may be sent home for clothing and/or apparel that:

A. is unsafe and unsanitary.

B. is vulgar, offensive, and that represent rude and disrespectful attitudes or actions.

C. contain slogans and /or pictures related to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence, weapons, death,

cults, profanity, vulgarity, or lewd and sexual references.

D. includes negative depictions of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, and gender.

E. is symbolic of gangs or other questionable groups.

F. is perceived as questionable by school or base authorities.

A committee comprised of students, parents, teachers and administration have designated the following dress code:

Acceptable:

  • Students will wear neat and clean clothing.
  • Both shoulders and armholes should be covered so as not to expose any undergarments.
  • Pants, shorts, or skirts should fit at the waist so as not to expose any undergarments.
  • The hems of shorts or skirts should extend below the ends of the fingertips when arms are at sides.

Not Acceptable:

  • Halter tops, tube tops, midriff tops, or tank tops that expose undergarments.
  • One-shouldered tops or shirts, or those that have an altered neck area that allow for one or both shoulders to be exposed.
  • Arm holes on all tops should not gap, extend, or open so that body parts or undergarments are exposed.
  • Hip-hugger pants exposing the waist or hips, yoga pants, leggings, and tights worn as pants or baggy pants worn excessively below the waist.
  • Sagging is strictly prohibited.
  • Skirts or shorts worn with tights shorter than the end of fingertips with arms at sides.
  • Long skirts with slits above fingertips are also not acceptable
  • Clothing, jewelry, or buttons that contain offensive language (such as profanity, sexual content or racial, ethnic, or religious slurs), or display illegal substances (such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, etc.).
  • Articles that can cause injury to other students, property or self, such as studded bracelets, studded necklaces, chains, etc.
  • Dark glasses or sunglasses inside the building, unless medically approved.
  • Headgear (males or females) such as bandannas, doo-rags, and sweat bands are not to be worn during the school day.
  • Hats and stocking caps may not be worn in any school building during the school day.

COLD WEATHER GUIDELINES (If Applicable)

Sasebo fall and winters are not generally too cold and you can be sure that your child will most likely be outside each day for an extended period of time. Recess is cancelled only in extreme weather conditions and students must walk outside between buildings to lunch and ENCORE and other special classes. Students may also be waiting outside prior to the start of the school day for the entrance time. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. The following parameters are evidence-based and are used to determine if a child is ready for outdoor play:

  • At 50 degrees (F) and lower, all students must have a jacket.
  • At 40 degrees (F) and lower, all students must have a winter weight jacket or coat. A fleece and/or hoodie are not considered winter weight.
  • At 32 degrees (F) and lower, all students must have gloves, hats or hoods, and be wearing socks. Socks should be high enough so that there is no exposed skin. Shoes should adequately insulate the feet from the cold pavement or snow. Ballet style slippers are not recommended in snowy or wet weather.

Jackets and coats must have functioning zippers and/or buttons. Light weight, short-sleeved shirts can also be a problem during the day, as classroom temperatures vary. Dressing your child in layers is highly recommended.

IDENTIFY YOUR BELONGINGS

Put your child(ren)’s name on everything that belongs to them (inside coats, jackets, hats, and everything else—even lunch boxes / bags and book bags). We want them to be able to identify their belongings. If they came to school with it in the morning, please check to see that they brought it home when they return at the end of the day.

School is our business and students are expected to dress accordingly. Consequences for infractions are:

1st Infraction: If a student is found to be in violation of the dress code, student will be given the opportunity to change or call parents to bring a change before being sent home.

2nd and or more: The above procedure will take place with an addition of assigned detention. School is our business and students are expected to dress accordingly. Administration will make the final determination on the appropriateness of the dress.

Students are expected to dress in a manner that complies with the school’s dress code policy as directed in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 2051.02, “Students Rights and Responsibilities,” April 17, 2012.  Please refer to your school’s Web site or school handbook for specific dress code policy.

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; and
  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.

Student Conduct and Discipline

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 implements 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 insure our children are not bullied, do not act as bullies, and will not allow others to bully. Our schools have a moral obligation to provide our students and the school community with the proper information, prevention strategies, and defenses to create a safe, accepting and caring environment for all.

DoDEA's Bullying Awareness and Prevention Program

Management of student behavior is a responsibility shared by students, sponsors/parents/guardians, teachers, and the military command and school communities in general, in accordance with Enclosure 2 of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 2051.02, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” April 17, 2012.  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 Regulation 2051.1, “Disciplinary Rules and Procedures,” March 23, 2012, as amended, discipline shall be progressively and fairly administered.  Disciplinary actions include, but are not limited to, verbal reprimands, conferences, detention, time-out, alternative in-school placements, school service programs, community service and counseling programs.  Other behavior management techniques will be considered prior to resorting to more formal disciplinary actions that remove a student from school for a suspension (short or long term).  Long-term suspension or expulsion 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 Regulation 2051.1.

Some items prohibited at school include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Toys and electronic games
  • cell phones or other portable communication devices
  • iPods or MP3 players
  • skateboards, scooters, roller blades, roller skates, wheelies or skate shoes
  • stink bombs
  • chewing gum or betel nut
  • cigarette lighters and matches
  • tobacco products; e.g., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco, snuff
  • firecrackers
  • weapons and/or ammo (real or pretend)
  • laser light pointers

Technology

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

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

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

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

Student Transportation

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

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

School Policies

Eligibility Rules for Interscholastic Athletic Competitions

School administrators, athletic directors, and coaches shall ensure that the eligibility rules are observed in all DoDDS interscholastic athletic competitions in accordance with in DoDEA Manual 2740.1 and the Pacific Area Interscholastic Athletic Program (PAIAP) Manual.

Student Travel Eligibility

DoDEA Manual 2740.1 and the Pacific Area Interscholastic Athletics Program Manual provide a uniform interscholastic athletic program and guidance on student travel eligibility. This policy extends to both academic and athletic events.

Athletic Contests: Students must participate in ten days of practice prior to competing in any athletic contest. Athletes participating in consecutive athletic seasons are exempt from the 10-practice rule as long as 10 days have not passed between active participation in the preceding sports season. Students transferring from another school may begin participating in contests immediately if the 10-day practice requirement has been met.

Far East Tournaments: Students may participate in the Far East Tournament if they have been a member of the team/activity for at least one-half of the season. Before departure for any Far East event another parent/player meeting will occur to review the Code-of- Conduct and to discuss expectations while attending the event. Players whose parents do not attend this meeting will not travel to the Far East event and/or participate in any games at the event.

Attendance Prior to Events: Students who do not attend school will not be permitted to participate in or attend any school- sponsored event that same school day, which includes a practice or game. Principals are authorized to make exceptions to this policy. (DoDEA Administrators’ Manual – 1005.1).

CELL PHONES

It is recognized that that cell phones have become a parent's tool to help to monitor their children's whereabouts. During the school day

student's cell phones should be in silent or manner mode. Interruption of classroom routines due to cell phone use could result in the phone being brought to the office for a parent to pick up. This includes students making outgoing calls, playing games, sending texts. Should a student need to contact a parent the school has phones for student use.

Several methods are used to keep parents informed about school programs and activities. Parent notes reminding parents of important school events or updating newsletter information are sent home from weekly by email. In addition, your child's teacher may send home a class newsletter as well. Please remind your child of the importance of delivering these communications to you promptly. Information on current school events may also be obtained from AFN.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

For your child’s school year to be most profitable, parents and teachers should work closely together. Good school-home relations are vital to the child’s attitude toward learning and feelings of personal acceptance. If your child appears to be disturbed about school activities or homework requirements, do make an appointment to talk with his/her teacher for clarification and possible solutions to the problem. Working together will ensure the best educational program for your child. School-wide conferences are scheduled at the end of the first grading period (e.g., November). A conference day is also scheduled at the end of the second and/or third quarters for new families or staff members and families requesting to meet. Teachers or parents may also initiate a request for a conference during these dates. Individual conferences may be initiated at any time during the school year by parents and teachers. A written or telephone request is all that is necessary to schedule an appointment before or after school (class) hours. 

Parent Newsletter 

The school makes every effort to communicate often with our parents and community members. Every other week throughout the school year, you will be advised of school happenings through the official school-parent newsletter. In addition, reminders will also periodically be published to advise you of important events and dates. The primary means of parents receiving copies of this bi-monthly newsletter is via their e-mail accounts. Hard-copies are available upon request and in the main office.

Report Cards / Progress Reports 

Report cards are issued four times a year. First quarter reports are issued at a scheduled parent conference in November. Two half-days (or one full day at the end of the second quarter) are scheduled for second (and third) quarter conferences, especially for new Students and for those parents or teachers wishing to conduct a special conference to discuss possible academic concerns. Parents or teachers may request a conference at any time. Students who are new or are PCS’ing midpoint in one marking term, report cards are issued after 20 days of attendance.

Classroom Visits by Parents

Parent visits to the classroom are welcome but meetings/discussions should be prearranged with the teacher, usually 24 hours ahead. We, at AEIS, strive to ensure that we provide an academic environment. An interruption made to a classroom disrupts the learning process. Therefore, we ask that parents schedule an appointment with the teacher so that S/He may discuss the needs of the child in private with you.

Telephone Messages

We discourage children from bringing money or valuable items to school such as, cell phones, walkmans, CD players, etc. We ask that, when necessary, students carry money in a neck purse or billfold and never leave it in their desk or book bag. Skateboards and scooters are also not allowed at school. The school cannot be responsible for the security of these items.

Chain of Command

Parents are encouraged to resolve student matters directly with teachers. However, when it is impossible for matters to resolve at the teacher level, please refer your concern to a school administrator. School-level Chain of Command:

Office of DoDEA Policy

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

Policy and Legislation