West Point Middle School Parent Student Handbook
School attendance is important and in order to receive the best education, students need to Be Here!
DoDEA has implemented a system-wide attendance policy for students in DoDEA schools throughout the world. This new policy is consistent with those found in many public schools throughout the United States. School attendance has been identified as a serious issue for children throughout the country and military children are no exception.
DoDEA's attendance policy provides specific guidance on attendance and identifies support services for students at-risk for not fulfilling the grade or course requirements.
Regular school attendance correlates directly with success in academic work, improves social interaction with adults and peers and provides opportunities for important communication between teachers and students. Regular attendance also has a cumulative effect of establishing life-long positive traits - responsibility, determination, respect for rules of society -- that are critical for developing career readiness skills, success in college and in life.
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. NC-Camp Lejeune District Schools does implement a system-wide Bully Prevention program as a part of the Safe Schools and Character Education program.
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 the Fort Stewart 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.
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:
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.
DoDEA has mandated that any and all school personnel report suspected child abuse and neglect (DoDEA AI 1356.01).
Our primary responsibility and concern must be for the safety and welfare of the child. The national mandate to prevent child abuse is so strong that school officials can be charged if they fail to report a suspected case of child abuse. Therefore, any and all suspected cases of child abuse/neglect are to be reported to the appropriate authorities.
Our ethical and mandated responsibilities in the DoDEA system require all staff members to report suspected cases to the appropriate school administrator and to the base or post Family Advocacy Program*(FAP). The FAP management team, composed of the military installation's medical, legal, law enforcement and social work staff, is responsible for determining if child abuse/neglect has occurred and provide appropriate services for the child and family.
Note: Individual military branches and/or installations may have additional reporting requirements, processes, or procedures. These additional responsibilities do not however, relieve a DoDEA employee from their duty to report suspected abuse to their appropriate school administrator and their Family Advocacy Program (FAP).
We are pleased to offer students access to the school-wide computer network for the Internet. Access to the Internet enables students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards. We believe that the Internet provides invaluable resources to our students.
Families should be warned that some material accessible via the Internet might contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. While our intent is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well.
Students, staff, and volunteers need to have training and an understanding of Internet use and responsibility before utilizing the Internet. Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Visiting inappropriate sites, or downloading inappropriate files, will result in the cancellation of that privilege. Federal regulation mandates that you protect and conserve government property and not use such property for other than authorized purposes. The Internet at school is government property.
In accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction 6600.01 "Computer Access and Internet Policy" the parents of all students in grades K-12 are required to sign the Student Network Use Agreement whenever a student registers for school. The agreement covers the use of the school LAN, Internet, and electronic mail (e-mail). The signed agreements are maintained at the school in each student's file. Students at SCHOOL using the Internet will be under the supervision of an Internet trained teacher/information specialist, or volunteer whenever accessing the Internet. The information specialist or teacher determines permission for students to print Internet information.
DoDEA Regulation 2051.1 is the policy and procedures for disciplinary action for all students enrolled in DoDEA. You are welcome to view the 45 page document is you wish.
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.
Each teacher has and enforces a classroom discipline plan. The steps of action are:
(Conferences, detentions, suspensions, or referrals are possible at any time depending on the disruptive behavior.)
Some items prohibited at school include, but list is not all inclusive:
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.
The school has the authority to conduct random and periodic searches of school property and seize contraband items belong to students, and to search student possessions and person when there is reasonable suspicion that the student has engaged in misconduct or is in possession of items prohibited as listed above.
Students have the responsibility for being aware of, and respecting the fundamental rights of others, and for participating in the development and observances of all applicable standards of conduct.
Surveillance equipment is present in the school and on the school buses. Students may be disciplined based on evidence gathered through surveillance equipment.
DoDEA HAS ZERO TOLERANCE FOR WEAPONS INFRACTIONS
Weapons in this category include firearms, knives (over 2" blade), explosives, realistic replica guns, nun-chucks, ninja knives, large chains and/or other dangerous weapons of no reasonable use to the pupil at school or at a school activity.
This category includes items not inherently dangerous, used inappropriately to injure or with intent to injure others or instill fear at school or at a school activity including by not limited to unrealistic replica guns, laser pens, small firecrackers, small pocketknives (less than 3" blades), or other inappropriate items.
NOTE: If the school year ends before the length of the suspension/expulsion, students are eligible for re-admittance to school without serving the full length of the expulsion, unless the act occurs during the last 6 weeks of the semester, in which case, the suspension can extend to the end of the next semester.
When firearms are involved, the principal must recommend a full calendar year expulsion.
Corporal punishment is defined as the intentional use of physical force upon a student for any alleged offense or behavior, or the use of physical force in an attempt to modify the behavior, thoughts, or attitude of a student. Corporal punishment is not practiced or condoned in DoDEA schools. Permission to administer corporal punishment will not be sought or accepted from any parent, guardian or school official.
West Point Middle School Parent Student Handbook
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.