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

Due to COVID-19, schools are currently minimizing volunteers/visitors in the classroom.

A visitor/volunteer is someone who is not a school employee or enrolled student and enters the school during operating hours. The school administration has the final determination on visitors/volunteers authorized to be at the school. When visiting, visitors/volunteers may go only to the approved area indicated as their destination when signing in at the front office. All visitors will receive an appropriate visitor’s badge, which is to be displayed conspicuously at all times while on school grounds. Any change to the designated location must be approved by the school’s front office before the visitor/volunteer can access a different location within the school. Upon finishing their visit, visitors/volunteers must check out at the front office, return the visitor’s badge, and exit the school. Parents are welcome to visit the school and classrooms to observe the school’s programs for brief periods of time that do not interfere with instruction. Approval by school personnel is required for this type of visitation.

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

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

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

Enrollment

Proof of Eligibility: The sponsor does not need to be present at registration, as long as the parent or other adult registering the child has all the necessary paperwork, in accordance with DoDEA Regulation 1342.13, “Eligibility Requirements for Education of Elementary and Secondary School-Age Dependents in Overseas Areas,” September 20, 2006, as amended, and DoD Instruction 1342.26, “Eligibility Requirements for Minor Dependents to Attend Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS),” March 4, 1997. 

The following documents are necessary to complete the registration process:

  1. Proof of age;
  2. Medical records, including information on medical conditions, medications, and all dates and types of immunizations;
  3. Official documents to support eligibility (e.g., letter of employment, contract, permanent change of station [PCS] orders, etc.); and
  4. Proof of on-base residence (applies to students enrolling in DoD domestic schools).

Contact the registrar at your child’s school to update your child’s information or visit your school's registration page for more information on enrollment. 

In accordance with the policy stated in DoDEA Regulation 2095.01, “School Attendance,” August 26, 2011, as amended, school attendance is mandatory. All students are required to attend school to ensure continuity of instruction and that they successfully meet academic standards and demonstrate continuous educational progress. School attendance is a joint responsibility between the parent or sponsor, student, classroom teacher, school personnel, and, in some cases, the Command. Students with excessive school absences (or tardiness) shall be monitored by the Student Support Team to assist in the completion of all required work and successful mastery of course objectives.

Daily student attendance is identified based upon a quarter of the school day formula. Students will be identified as present or absent, based on the following criteria:

  1. Absent up to 25% of the school day = absent one-quarter of the school day
  2. Absent between 26%–50% of the school day = absent one-half of the school day
  3. Absent 51%–75% of the school day = absent three-quarters of the school day
  4. Absent 76%–100% of the school day = full-day absence

DoDEA considers the following conditions to constitute reasonable cause for absence from school for reasons other than school-related activities:

  1. Personal illness;
  2. Medical, dental, or mental health appointment;
  3. Serious illness in the student’s immediate family;
  4. A death in the student’s immediate family or of a relative;
  5. Religious holiday;
  6. Emergency conditions such as fire, flood, or storm;
  7. Unique family circumstances warranting absence and coordinated with school administration;
  8. College visits that cannot be scheduled on non-school days; and
  9. A pandemic event.

Unexcused absences may result in school disciplinary actions. An absence from school or a class without written verification from a parent or sponsor will be unexcused. Student attendance is calculated based upon the date of enrollment in a DoDEA school, which may occur anytime during the school year. Student attendance monitoring is designed to provide a continuum of intervention and services to support families and children in keeping children in school and combating truancy and educational neglect. Parents should notify the school of their child’s absence 30 minutes after the start of the school day.  Too many unexcused absences may trigger the Student Support Team to convene.

More about DoDEA Attendance Policy (dodea.edu/StudentServices/Attendance)

The Principal may authorize an accelerated withdrawal of a student who must withdraw from school 20 or less instructional days prior to the end of a semester, in accordance with Section 3.1.d, of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1367.01, “High School Graduation Requirements and Policy,” [TBD]. Accelerated withdrawal will only be considered if the parent/sponsor presents PCS orders. The parent or sponsor must present verification of the date required for the student to depart from the school (e.g., PCS orders). All of the conditions of an accelerated study program outlined by the student’s teachers must be met prior to withdrawal in order for grades to be assigned and credit to be granted. Students who withdraw prior to the 20-day limitation of the accelerated withdrawal policy will receive “withdrawal” grades rather than final grades. In this case, the sponsor/parent should notify the school two weeks prior to the date of withdrawal.

Report Card and Testing Information

At the beginning of each course or grade level, every DoDEA teacher shall make available information regarding grading policy and course requirements to parents and students. This information will be provided to parents and students by the end of the first month of the school year or by the end of the first month of the semester in the case of a semester course.

If any student demonstrates unsatisfactory progress or achievement, teachers must notify parents with enough time to correct the deficiency. Notification must occur as soon as unsatisfactory achievement is evident, and not later than the midpoint of the nine-week grading period.

Timely and accurate reporting of student progress shall be accomplished for students in grades 4–12, using the approved DoDEA Electronic Gradebook (EGB) System. All assignments (e.g., quizzes, tests, examinations, homework, speeches, etc.) that are used to assess and report student progress shall be promptly evaluated and/or graded, posted in the EGB, and returned to the student. The normal period of evaluation and posting should be no longer than ten calendar days from the day the assignment is collected, with reasonable exceptions for large projects. At a minimum, one assignment or grade should be recorded per week in the EGB System. To create an account and access the EGB System, please visit the DoDEA SIS Gradebook for instructions.

A traditional letter grading system will be used for grades 4–12 report marks.

Grade Numerical Range Description

A

90 – 100

Excellent: Outstanding level of performance

B

80 – 89

Good: High level of performance

C

70 – 79

Average: Acceptable level of performance

D

60 – 69

Poor: Minimal level of performance

F (failing)

0 – 59

Failing (No credit awarded)

For purposes of calculating a student’s high school GPA, the following scales shall be used:

Unweighted Standard Scale Weighted Advanced Placement (with AP exam)

4.0

5.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

3.0

1.0

2.0

0

0

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.

School Health Services

The DoDEA School Meals Program (SMP) supports academic achievement by providing nutritious meals to your students through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.  

  • The School Meals Program is a budget friendly and convenient program for parents that can save time, energy, money and reduce stress.  
  • Households must reapply every school year for free and reduced-price meals, beginning no earlier than July 1st.
  • All meals must be paid for in advance or at the point of sale.
  • A best practice is to fund your child’s account every pay day through the next pay day.

Visit your school's School Meals Program page for more information and the latest school menus.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students are expected to actively participate in the educational process, including school-sponsored activities in and outside of the classroom, as deemed appropriate. Students should bring to the attention of a school employee behavior or activities that may endanger the safety and well-being of themselves or others.

Students shall:

  1. Comply with policies, procedures and standards for student behavior;
  2. Refrain from conduct or behavior that is disruptive;
  3. Respect the rights and human dignity of other students and all school employees;
  4. Attend school and classes regularly, and punctually and make a conscious effort in all classes;
  5. Participate in and take advantage of educational opportunities provided by DoDEA schools;
  6. Assist school employees in operating a safe school by abiding by the laws of the United States, the local military installation, the host nation, and DoDEA policies, regulations, and procedures;
  7. Properly maintain school property and use school property and equipment for educationally authorized purposes;
  8. Promptly bring to the attention of a DoDEA school employee behavior or activities that may endanger the safety and well-being of themselves or others and to cooperate with school threat assessment procedures; and
  9. Promptly report to the DoDEA School Principal, or another DoDEA school employee, incidents or complaints, including, but not limited to, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or non-sexual harassment, based on race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation or status as a sponsor, parent or legal guardian; intimidation, hazing, bullying (including cyberbullying), or retaliation against persons who report or participate in the investigation of such incidents herein.

Students are expected to dress in a manner that complies with the school’s dress code policy as directed in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01, “Students Rights and Responsibilities,” April 6, 2021. Please refer to your school’s Web site or school handbook for specific dress code policy.

Student Conduct and Discipline

Management of student behavior is a responsibility shared by students, sponsors/parents/guardians, teachers, and the military command and school communities in general, in accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” April 6, 2021. Student behavioral management consists of teaching and reinforcing positive student attitudes and behaviors. Students shall treat teachers, administrators, and other school staff with courtesy, fairness, and respect; and teachers, administrators, and other school staff shall treat students with courtesy, fairness, and respect. All students will be disciplined in a fair and appropriate manner. School administrators shall operate and maintain a safe school environment that is conducive to learning. School administration will ensure prompt investigation and response to incidents or complaints involving students made by students, parents, teachers, or DoDEA staff members.

In accordance with the policy stated in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1347.01, “Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures,” April 7, 2021, discipline shall be progressively and fairly administered. Disciplinary actions include, but are not limited to, verbal reprimands, conferences, detention, time-out, alternative in-school placements, school service programs, community service and counseling programs. Other behavior management techniques will be considered prior to resorting to more formal disciplinary actions that remove a student from school for a suspension (short or long term). Long-term suspension or expulsion following a first offense may be considered when a student poses an immediate threat to his or her safety or the safety of others (e.g., offenses involving firearms or other weapons, fighting or violence, or the possession, use, or sale of drugs). Additional rules and procedures can be reviewed in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1347.01.

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.

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 Procedures

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 Far East Programs Procedural Guide (FEPPG) - 15 Oct 2021

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).

Parental Involvement

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 you to support the following activities:

  • Share in the Continuous School Improvement decision-making process (CSI Leadership Team, Tuesday Faculty Meetings, and CSI Second Cup of Coffee forum)
  • Join PTO and participate in meetings and activities.
  • 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 on the first Wednesday of the month for our School Improvement Leadership Team meetings.
  • Stay 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.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are held at the end of the first grading period, and during this time, report cards are distributed to parents. 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.

Parental Complaints and Concerns

The channel for the resolution of parental complaints/concerns is as follows:

  1. Parents are encouraged to meet first with teachers to resolve issues.
  2. If an issue cannot be resolved, the parent should then call an administrator for further advice and consultation.
  3. Our counselors are an excellent resource with whom to discuss student issues. We request, though, that you direct any teacher concerns directly to an administrator.

School Newsletter

Andersen Elementary School Newsletter is published every other Friday throughout the school year. The school office will email the newsletter to all parents whose correct 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.

BICYCLES

Many students arrive and depart school through the use of bicycles. Students need to use safety precautions when riding their bikes to and from school. They need to take extra caution when crossing the streets as well. Students are to walk their bicycle on the sidewalk and not cross over to the bike racks through the grass when they reach the school campus. Failure to walk their bikes on the school campus will result in a loss of bicycle privileges.

Bicycle Racks

The location of the bicycle racks is in front of the school, to the left of the main office doors as you face the school. Students need to place their bicycle into a slot on the rack. Students are not to leave their bicycle on the ground or park them in front of the exit doors. Students should not take up more than one space for their bicycle. Students are strongly encouraged to lock up their bicycles. The school is not liable for missing or stolen bicycles. Bicycles that are not parked appropriately may be confiscated for pickup by student or parent.

BUS PROCEDURES

Student bus transportation is the sole responsibility of the Guam North Student Transportation Office. The transportation office is located in room A120 at Andersen Elementary School. All students who ride DoDEA school buses must be registered with the DoDEA schools on Guam. The bus transportation officer can be reached @ 366-5467. ID bus passes will be provided to all students riding DoDEA buses, including Special Needs and Pre-K students. DoDEA students must always carry their bus passes with them.

All KINDERGARTEN students MUST be picked up by a parent/guardian at the child’s bus stop location. Bus drivers are not authorized to release a Kindergarten student if the parent/guardian is not there to meet her/him.. Students will be brought back to the school office and parents will be notified to come pick them up. Students must be picked up immediately after the sponsor is notified, or Security Forces may be notified. Students are only allowed to ride the bus for which a pass has been issued. Requests to ride another bus must be made through the Guam North Student Transportation Office.

Parents, sponsors, guardians and students are reminded that bus transportation to and from school is a privilege, which can be revoked administratively when students violate the expected standards of conduct and discipline while riding the bus.

When a student violates these rules, which have been provided for student safety and well-being, school administrators can suspend students’ bus privileges. It then becomes the sponsor’s responsibility to provide transportation to and from school for the student during the period of suspension. All questions concerning student transportation should be addressed to the transportation office.

SKATEBOARDS

Students are authorized to ride their skateboards to and from school; however, students must walk with their skateboard in hand when they reach the school campus. The use of skateboards anywhere on campus is prohibited at all times.

SKATE SHOES

Skate shoes are strictly prohibited anywhere on campus. These shoes present a serious safety concern at school.

Students should not wear these types of shoes to school at any time, for any reason. Failure to follow this policy will result in a phone call to the parents to bring the student another pair of shoes, and/or the wheels being removed and kept in the main office for pickup.

School Bus Safety/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.

LUNCH/NUTRITION BREAK

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.

Students will enter their respective PIN Number and the cashier will confirm that the student matches the name associated with the account.

Students have 30 minutes for lunch. If they are not finished with their lunch at the end of 30 minutes, rather than leave the cafeteria, they may remain to finish their lunch, but must refrain from visiting with friends. They are encouraged to try all items on their tray before emptying it. Students allergic to milk must have a doctor’s note presented to the manager of the cafeteria in order to be provided juice with their hot lunch at no additional cost. This note will be kept on file in the cafeteria.

The Student Meal Program is administered by the Navy Exchange on behalf of DoDEA. Please find the information about meal prices, menus, free and reduced applications, and more at www.mynavyexchange.com/StudentMealpRogram.

The DoDEA Guam Local School Wellness Policy outlines the standards and nutrition guidelines for all foods and beverages served to students, our goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, and other school based activities that promote student wellness, and our policies for food and beverage marketing. This document can be found on our school website under the Student Meal Program tab.

Per Guam District guidance, kindergarten through fifth grade students may not receive celebration snacks one hour before or one hour after designated lunchtimes.

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.

NUTRITIOUS SNACK

Many teachers allow their students to eat nutritious snacks while they work on their respective learning activities and assignments. Parents have the option to provide their children with daily fruit, cheese/crackers, 100% juice, and other nutritious snacks. Donuts, candy, chips, etc., are not nutritious snacks. In addition, soda is not considered a nutritious drink and therefore, is not allowed as a snack or at lunch.

CELEBRATIONS

Celebrations will only be scheduled during students’ specific grade level lunch times.

We work in tandem with our Facility Operations Specialist and Administrative Officer to ensure we resolve any facility issues that arise throughout the school year.

STUDY TRIPS

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 parents do 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. If parents elect to keep their child at home the child will be considered absent for that time not at school. Parents may attend the study trip with the child. 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 own expenses (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 a 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 at least 5 business days for processing of all volunteer request forms.

The channel for the resolution of parental complaints/concerns is as follows:

  1. Parents are encouraged to meet first with teachers to resolve issues.
  2. If an issue cannot be resolved, the parent should then call an administrator for further advice and consultation.
  3. Our counselors are an excellent resource with whom to discuss student issues. We request, though, that you direct any teacher concerns directly to an administrator.

Our staff is committed to ensuring your child/children receive a world-class education that meets their specific needs daily. Our staff members are also committed to ensuring they provide all students with meaningful, real- world, and enjoyable learning experiences and opportunities on a daily basis. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the administration if you have any questions, comments, or concerns pertaining to this policy.

All DoDEA schools should encourage parents to meet with their child's teacher for parent-teacher conferences. Parent-teacher conferences allow parents the opportunity to ask questions about their child's classes or progress in school. Parent-teacher conferences are a great way to discuss how parents and teachers can work together to help students perform at their best in school. If you are going to a meeting that was scheduled by the teacher or school, ask beforehand how much time you will have. If you will need more time or want to meet with the teacher again, let the teacher know at the end of the meeting. Please consult your child’s school for details regarding scheduling.

The Andersen Elementary School 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, monthly birthday celebrations for all children, the sale of school t-shirts and many other events.

The Parent-Teacher Organization consists of the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. In addition, the committee coordinator positions are: volunteer, spirit week, membership and box tops. If you are interested in volunteering or serving on the executive board or being a committee coordinator, please contact the PTO office via email at

The AES administration will form a placement committee if a situation arises in which a parent(s)/sponsors(s) make a request to have their child/children placed in a grade that is above or below their child’s expected grade level. The placement committee is comprised of at least one administrator, at least two teachers, and a school counselor. Other employees may be added to the committee on an as-needed basis.

Town hall meetings will be held at Andersen Air Force Base on an as needed basis.

We will have numerous school sponsored events that will take place throughout the school year. All of these events will be meaningful and hopefully serve as enjoyable and valuable learning experiences for our students. We are always in need of volunteers for these events. If you, or anyone you know, are willing and able to volunteer please let us know. We will keep you well informed as to when these events are taking place through email, our official Facebook page, as well as through other channels. Please let us know if you have any questions pertaining to our school sponsored evenings.

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

  • Roller blades, roller skates, wheelies or skate shoes
  • Stink bombs
  • Chewing gum
  • 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

The school has the authority to conduct random and periodic searches of school property and seize contraband items belonging to students, and to search student possessions and persons when there is reasonable suspicion that the student has engaged in misconduct or is in possession of items prohibited as listed above.

Each building is equipped with an elevator. Students with special needs and/or in need of assistance (e.g., broken leg, wheelchair assistance) are authorized to use the elevators with permission from an administrator. We appreciate your cooperation for taking the time to talk with your child about the importance of the elevators, their purpose, who may use them, and that authorization to use them must come from an Administrator.

Andersen Elementary School students are encouraged to take pride in their dress and conduct. All students are expected to dress neatly, adhering to the school district dress code. Students must observe and maintain healthy personal hygiene. Grooming is discouraged during class time. Students shall be required to dress appropriately in accordance with the following requirements to maintain social standards conducive to a proper learning atmosphere. The following are minimal expectations for dress:

ACCESSORIES

No student shall wear sunglasses indoors unless proper medical certification is presented. Sunglasses not medically required may be confiscated. Jewelry should be kept to a minimum. For safety reasons it is strongly recommended that long dangling earrings not be worn to school.

CLOTHING

Uniforms are required daily for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Students are to remain in their school uniforms while on the school campus. Parents will be notified immediately when their student is out of the required uniform. There may be days when the uniform requirement will be suspended for special events or other occasions; however, there will be a school announcement made regarding those special events.

The following guidelines apply: Attire advertising drugs, alcohol, signifying gang involvement or affiliation are prohibited. Attire should neither be excessively loose or tight-fitting. Shorts, skirts, skorts and dresses must reach the end of the wearer’s finger tips when arms are straightened loosely along sides or no higher than mid-thigh. Cropped/halter tops (no bare midriffs), sheer and spaghetti-strap clothing that reveal an excess amount of bare skin are prohibited. Tank tops and other revealing types of athletic shirts should not be worn.

FOOTWEAR

Shoes must be worn at all times. Crocs, zories, flip-flops, slippers, and steel-toed shoes are not allowed for safety reasons. Sandals may be worn provided they are safe and will not pose a hazard for the student. The heel on footwear should be no more than a half-inch high. Students should plan to wear tennis shoes or other athletic footwear on Physical Education days, which will occur every 4th day. We strongly recommend that tennis shoes/athletic footwear be worn at all times.

HAIR

Hairstyles must not impair sight or prevent adults from seeing a student’s eyes.

HATS AND HEADWEAR

No hats or head coverings are permitted to be worn in the building or classrooms. This includes headwear such as bandannas. Hats are permissible on the playground. Students should hand carry hats for wear during recess to the cafeteria.

MASKS

Masks are required each day. If students do not bring masks, they can proceed to the nurse to get a disposable mask for the day. If students refuse to wear a mask, it will be treated like a dress code violation. Parents will be notified immediately when their student refuses to wear a mask.

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Uniform

  • See that your child is punctual and regularly attends school.
  • Develop, maintain, and model for your child a respect for lawful procedures and the rights of others.
  • Maintain continuous communication with the school and your child’s teachers.
  • Monitor your child’s academic progress.
  • Maintain open communication with your child about proper school attitudes and behavior.
  • Investigate concerns your child brings home for better understanding and proper resolution of these concerns.
  • Respect the ideas and feelings of school personnel and students.
  • Promote and encourage appropriate grooming and attire.
  • Provide your child with a lunch daily.
  • Students will be provided a learning environment that is safe and encourages their best efforts.
  • Students will be provided with opportunities to become actively involved in their learning.
  • Students will be provided with opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities that extend their interests and abilities, as many as teachers are able to sponsor within our budget.
  • Students and parents will become essential elements in an educational School-Home Partnership.
  • School-Home communications will be maintained to assure that information about school programs and activities is made available in a timely manner.
  • Students, parents, teachers and the administration will be provided with collaborative opportunities to work together toward continually improving the total educational program.
  • Students have a right to receive a quality education. Students have a responsibility to listen to instructions, to work in a cooperative manner, and to follow classroom guidelines set by the teachers.
  • Students have a right to hear and be heard. Students have a responsibility to be attentive, by not interrupting or disrupting the class and respecting rights of others to learn.
  • Students have a right to be treated with courtesy and respect. Students have a responsibility to respect others by not teasing or annoying other people, by showing respect and courtesy toward others.
  • Students have a right to be safe. Students have a responsibility not to threaten or harm anyone else in school.
  • Students have a right to privacy, personal property, and personal space. Students have a responsibility to respect and use school property properly, and to respect the privacy of others, their personal property, and personal space.
  • Students have a right to be proud of their ancestry, cultural background, religious beliefs and gender. Students have a responsibility to be understanding and respectful of the ancestry, cultural background, religious beliefs, and gender of others.

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