Department of Defense Education Activity

General Information

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.


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 (

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.

High School Graduation

This information identifies DoDEA's high school graduation requirements. Students who plan to pursue college athletics should also visit the NCAA Eligibility site to ensure their course taking aligns with NCAA eligibility requirements. The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children is now formally recognized as part of DoDEA's secondary education policy. Please consult with the school counselor for further guidance or questions regarding graduation requirements.


DoDEA graduation requirements differ depending on the year a student enters 9th grade. The requirements are identified below on three separate color-coded documents dated to correspond to the year of initial entry into 9th grade. These documents are intended to help students and parents to determine the number of credits and the distribution of credits by subject area required to receive a DoDEA standard diploma or an honors diploma. Please consult with your school counselor for further guidance or questions.

In which year did your student enter the 9th grade for the first time?

Graduation Requirements, Class of 2014 and 2015
School Year 2018-19, Class of 2022

Entering 9th grade in school year 2018-19

Graduation Requirements, Class of 2019 and Beyond
School Year 2019-20, Class of 2023

Entering 9th grade in school year 2019-20

Graduation Requirements, Class of 2014 and 2015
School Year 2020-21, Class of 2024
Entering 9th grade in school year 2020-21
Graduation Requirements, Class of 2019 and Beyond
School Year 2021-22, Class of 2025

Entering 9th grade in school year 2021-22

DoDEA accepts the official courses, grades and earned credits of middle school (grades 7–8) and high school (grades 9–12) students who transfer to a DoDEA school from other DoDEA schools or who earn course credits in an accredited non-DoD system (public or private), correspondence, online, and/or home-school program. The accreditation for the sending school or school system must be from one of the six U.S. regional accrediting associations, one of the U.S. state education agencies, or by a public- or state-supported system of accreditation for public or private education programs in a foreign nation, in accordance with Section 4.7, of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1367.01. Please contact your child’s school for questions regarding course credit transfer process and approval.

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 Gradespeed ( for instructions.

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

Grade Numerical Range Description


90 – 100

Excellent: Outstanding level of performance


80 – 89

Good: High level of performance


70 – 79

Average: Acceptable level of performance


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)











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

Code Description


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


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


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.


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

School Health Services

Your Community School Meals Program

The DoDEA School Meals Program is dedicated to building student health and academic achievement in our communities. Daily access to nutritious foods is the foundation for students to reach their full potential.

  • Our program provides parents convenience and reduces stress by providing budget friendly meals that are nutritious, too!
  • School meals served during SY21-22 are free to all students in accordance with USDA guidance.
  • Our program is a participant of the USDA National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program ensuring the high standards of nutrition of served to your student.

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.

It is DoDEA policy that discipline be maintained consistently and appropriately. We encourage students to grow in self-control, develop a sense of regard for fellow students, and have pride in their school community. Students have the responsibility for conducting themselves in a manner that does not violate the rights of other people. Along with staff, students share the responsibility of developing a caring climate within the school that is conducive to productive learning.

  • Show respect for the learning of others by not displaying disruptive behavior.
  • Protect others and self from danger and injury.
  • Demonstrate respect for school property.
  • Obey all school adults promptly.
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Wear appropriate attire to school.
  • Take responsibility for own actions.
  • Bring no items that could cause physical harm to oneself or others.
  • Toys and other entertainment items (electronic or otherwise) brought from home are prohibited in classrooms,common areas or on the bus or playground.

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.

DoDEA enforces a no weapons policy. Students and parents are hereby notified that possession of weapons (see 'Weapons' section below) or replicas of weapons can result in expulsion from school.

In addition to weapons, students are not allowed to bring knives, matches, lighters or other dangerous objects to school. Toys, electronic devices, trading cards, chains, (even on wallets or keys) CD's and water guns should not be brought, as they tend to distract children from their learning tasks. Possession of tobacco in any form and alcohol will not be tolerated. Gum is not allowed in school. This list is not all-inclusive. If you have any doubt about bringing an article to school, consult the school office. Nuisance items, which are dangerous to the safety of others or have the potential to cause damage to personal or school property such as fireworks, smoke & stink bombs, eggs and shaving cream will be confiscated and not returned. When appropriate these items will be given to the Security Police. Prohibited items will be confiscated and released only to the sponsor.

It should be noted that possession or use of a weapon or prohibited items on DoD property is a crime and will be reported to security officials. Disciplinary action may include suspension or expulsion. DoDEA supports a no tolerance policy for weapon possession.

In order to progressively provide disciplinary responses, the Europe South & West District puts the following matrix in place to be followed by administrators:

Category I: Minor Infractions

Category I:  Minor Infractions Referral Possible sanctions for Category I infraction may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following actions:
  • Tardiness (to class or to school)
  • General classroom misconduct
  • Failure to follow general instructions
  • Public display of affection /Improper show of affection
  • Eating/drinking in class (gum included)
  • Loitering in an unauthorized area
  • No hall pass
  • Running, playing, or horseplay (hall or grounds) that may en-danger self or others
  • Unauthorized sale of items (candy, etc,)
  • Dress code violations which the student refuses to correct
  • Minor disrespect (talking back, rolling eyes, etc.)
  • Other minor offenses
Referral 1: Warning and/or contact with the parent/guardian
Referrals 2-4: Warning, parent contact, and/or detention, Saturday School; 1 day In-School Suspension
For Referrals 5 and each additional referral. Warning, parent contact, and/or detention, Saturday School; 1 day In or Out of- School Suspension. Once a student has accumulated a minimum of 5 referrals, a behavior plan may need to be created to address behavioral concerns.

An administrator may offer the following alternatives to Out-of-School Suspension:

  • A parent may opt to shadow his/her child for one day instead of any 1 day out of school suspension. A parent is not to be an active participant in the class and is to be an observer only.
  • The Principal at each school may limit the number of times that shadowing is allowed instead of Out of School Suspension (OSS).

NOTE: If the offense has taken place in the teacher’s classroom (with the exception of tardies), all teachers are generally expected to deal with Category I offenses in an appropriate manner prior to referring a student to an administrator (including parental contact and referral to guidance). The consequences listed above come into effect only after the student has been referred to an administrator

Category II: Serious Infractions

Category II:  Serious Infractions Referral Possible sanctions for Category II infraction may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following actions:
  • Using portable communications devices contrary to school policy (e.g., beepers, cell phones, personal computers, Blackberry’s, iPhones; other similar devices capable of receiving or transmitting audio, video, picture, or text message; portable electronic devices, including: cameras, electronic games, portable radios, compact disc players, iPods, portable DVD players, or similar devices). Such equipment and devices are subject to confiscation by school authorities. (Individual principals will determine the locale for keeping such devices during the school day.)
  • Minor Vandalism ($25 or less) (Restitution required)
  • Minor Theft ($25 or less) (Restitution required)
  • Leaving school grounds without administrative permission (also includes failure to sign out)
  • Falsifying, forging, cheating, or plagiarizing the work of others. (written or verbal)
  • Abusive, profane, or obscene language, gestures, or material (student to student): This includes, but is not limited to the following references: race, religion, gender, creed, national origin, personal or physical attributes, disability, intellectual ability, or matters pertaining to sexuality.
  • Failing to leave the school, the school grounds, the school bus, or otherwise failing to follow the instructions/directions of the principal or staff member in charge after being told to do so; or is otherwise not authorized to be present in such areas (e.g., expelled or removed).
  • Disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties. This provision includes not only horseplay and other forms of disorderly conduct, but also includes: lying to and/or making false statements to school personnel, and/or the violation of other rules and guidance established for an orderly educational atmosphere.
  • Possessing or using tobacco, or any product containing tobacco or nicotine products; including, but not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel nut or related paraphernalia (lighters, matches, rolling paper, etc.)
  • Any activity that endangers self or others while at school
  • Violating attendance regulations or policies (i.e., truancy).
Referral 1: After School Detention
Referrals 2: Detention or Saturday School or Work Detail
Examples of work detail: working the booster tent, help setting up the football field; assisting at the track meet, etc.
Referrals 3: 1 day In or Out of School Suspension
  Referral 4: 2-3 Days of the combination of Saturday School, and/or In or Out of School Suspension
  Referral 5: 3-5 Days of the combination of Saturday School, and/or In or Out of School Suspension.

An administrator may offer the following alternatives to Out-of-School Suspension:

  • A parent may opt to shadow their child for one day instead of any 1 day out of school suspension. A parent is not to be an active participant in the class and is to be an observer only.
  • The Principal at each school may limit the number of times that shadowing is allowed instead of OSS.

Category III: Severe/Extreme Infractions

A student may be disciplined, to include removal from school (i.e., suspension, expulsion, or out of school placement) in appropriate circumstances; when a preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that the student has engaged in any of the following acts of misconduct:

  • Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause, physical injury to another person; or has threatened to use or has used physical force against any person, including physical force that causes serious bodily injury to a person, as defined by section 1365(h) (3) of 18 U.S.C. (reference (k)).
  • Possessing, using, or transferring to another person any dangerous weapon (section 930(g)(2) (reference (j)), (e.g., any firearm, knife, explosive, incendiary device, or dangerous object) at the school or at a school-sponsored activity. A minimum 1-year expulsion is required for the possession of firearms.
  • Possessing, using, distributing, or the attempted possession; use; or distribution of alcoholic beverages.
  • Possessing, using, distributing, or the attempted possession; use or distribution of any illegal/controlled substance; as defined in enclosure 2. A mandatory expulsion recommendation is required for a second offense.
  • Offering, arranging, using, or negotiating to sell drug paraphernalia, or the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Robbing or extorting, or attempting robbery or extortion.
  • Damaging or vandalizing school, U.S. Government, contractor, or private property.
  • Stealing, wrongfully appropriating, or attempting to steal or wrongfully appropriate; or knowingly receiving stolen school, Government, contractor, or private property.
  • Gambling in any form.
  • Fighting or otherwise engaging in conduct that endangers the well-being of a student or others.
  • Bullying (including cyber bullying) another, or a group (e.g., engaging physical intimidation, taunting, hazing, name calling, insulting, cursing, gesturing, or verbally abusing any person; including, but not limited to: comments, abuse, or harassment based on that person's race, religion, gender, creed, national origin, personal or physical attributes, disability, intellectual ability; and matters pertaining to sexuality, or characteristics of another person or the associates of another person).
  • Engaging in, or attempting to engage in, acts of arson, making a threat to bomb, burn, or destroy in any manner a school building or school property, or intentionally making a false report of a bomb threat or fire (e.g., making a terrorist or bomb threat, pulling a fire alarm, etc.).
  • Possessing or using fireworks or other explosive devices.
  • Violating the terms and conditions of the DoDEA Student Computer and Internet Access Agreement, or by illegal or unauthorized means gain access to the computers, software telecommunications, and related technologies of others; engage in any willful act that causes physical or financial damage or otherwise disrupts information technology, or use a computer or communications device to communicate threatening, harassing, indecent messages; or download obscene or pornographic materials.
  • Violating any law, rule, regulation, or policy of the military installation or the school.
  • Failing to report or otherwise be complicit in the above-described acts.


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.

SUBJECT: Computer Access and Internet Policy DoDEA AI 6600.01

POLICY: It is DoDEA policy that:

  1. The use of DoDEA IT resources shall be permitted for official and authorized purposes including communication, research, and educational or professional development in support of the DoDEA mission.
  2. Internet use for educational, administrative, and research purposes will be encouraged and supported in agreement with the terms and conditions contained in the DoDEA Technology user agreement policy
  3. All use of DoDEA IT resources will be accomplished through individual user accounts, except as specifically authorized by the Designated Approving Authority (DAA).

If a student violates the DoDEA Technology user agreement policy, the following actions will be imposed.

Category I: Minor Infractions Referral Possible sanctions for Category I infraction may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following actions:
  • Misuse of email
  • Using inappropriate language
  • Being abusive or impolite
  • Contacting inappropriate persons
  • Using e-mail at inappropriate times
Referral 1: Warning, Parent contact, and/or Detention
Referral 2: Suspension of email for 10 Days
Referral 3: Termination of email for SY and Administrative Action
Referral 4: **Administrative Action
Category II: Serious Infraction Referral Possible sanctions for Category II infraction may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following actions:
  • Sending or receiving offensive materials
  • Violating copy right
  • Using computer resources without permission
Referral 1: **Administrative Action
Referral 2: Suspension of LAN and email for 2 weeks
Referral 3: Termination of LAN & email accounts RESTRICTION of computer usage
Referral 4: **Administrative Action
Category III: Severe Infraction Referral Possible sanctions for Category III infraction may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the
following actions:
  • Damaging Hardware. Software, or network
  • Changing configurations
  • Accessing another users private Files (i.e. H:drive files)
  • Modifying using , deleting or misusing public files (K:or common drive, teacher files)
  • Using another user’s account or allowing him/her to use yours
  • Attempting to get around safety and security measures ( i.e. web filters, virus scan, etc.)
  • Sexually Offensive behavior
  • Insubordination with disrespect and profanity
Referral 1: *Suspension of LAN and email for 2 weeks
Referral 2: Termination of LAN & email accounts RESTRICTION of computer usage
Referral 3: Termination of ALL Computer privileges
Referral 4: **Administrative Action
Category IV: Extreme Infraction Referral Possible sanctions for Category IV infraction may
include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following actions:
  • Using electronic means to threatening, bullying, harassment and/or abuse others
  • Accessing restricted private data
Immediate termination of all computer privileges and suspension from school

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

Students whose sponsors are retired military, unauthorized DoD employees, non-DoD government workers or non-government personnel must pay tuition. DoD dependents that are authorized attendance in a DoDEA school may complete the current school year if the DoD sponsor is transferred, dies, or retires during the school year. The tuition rate is payable at the start of each semester. Tuition rates vary according to the sponsor's affiliation with the U.S. Government. If additional information is required, contact the Registrar DSN 368-9552 CIV 02/717-9552.

Grades K-5 Elementary School
Morning Instruction/Specials 0825-1225
Morning Recess (K-3) TBD by Teacher
K-1-2 Lunch 1215-1245
3-4-5 Lunch 1255-1325
Afternoon Instruction 1330-1503
Wednesday Early Release 1415

Middle and High School Schedule Block Schedule

  • BLUE DAY PERIODS 1,2,3,4
  • MS LUNCH 1039-1113
  • HS LUNCH 1123-1159
  • 6 minute passing period with staggered class release


BAS daily schedule 21-22


Why: Timely School Updates and Important Information to Parents. What: DoDEA Emergency Alert Notification System (AtHoc) will be used to notify parent of immediate concerns. Parents will be emailed and texted messages to the requested phone number or email on file. Phone calls will not be activated for non-emergency information. Contact information will be pulled from ASPEN and verified through the school secretary. Distribution lists will be created based on grade levels, athletic participation, activity participation, and bus routes. POC: BAS School Secretary.


Why: School Communication “All Things BAS”, DoDEA’s BluePrint, Curriculum Implementations CHILD FIND COMMUNICATION WITH BRUSSELS AMERICAN SCHOOL 25 What: First Wednesday in October, November, January, February, March, and May. 09:30 in the MPR. Visit with the administration, DoDEA and USAG Benelux guests, and BAS spotlight students.

A senior may request a partial schedule ONLY with a written parent request and administrative approval. A counselor, including all necessary classes for graduation, must work out the schedule in advance. Partial schedules will be approved only if a student is currently employed or for a medical or family emergency.

Students have an opportunity to select courses for the entire school year during the spring or upon registration. Parents, students, teachers and counselors are involved in the course selection process. Once schedules are issued in the fall, schedules can be changed only if a student is in the wrong class or a teacher sees that a student isn’t properly placed. Requests for schedule changes for frivolous reasons (“I don’t like the teacher,” I don’t like the course,” I don’t need the course to graduate,” etc.) will not be honored.

Dropping/adding of classes may occur ONLY during the first two weeks of each semester. Any class dropped after the second week of each semester will receive a grade of F (Fail) and no credit will be earned.

School social functions are an important part of our extra-curricular program. The following guidelines should assist those concerned with scheduling, sponsoring, or chaperoning such activities.

Dances are organized for Brussels American School students. Visitors may attend sponsored dances with approval by School Administration. Potential visitors must be at least high school age and are required to abide the visitor procedure. The deadline for such approval is 1530 hours two school days before the dance. Group approval may be granted to members of visiting student groups. Guest lists will be prepared and only registered guests will be admitted to the dance.

Students (and guests) will be expected to comply with the school dress policy (as stated in this handbook) while attending dances. Guests are subject to all school policies.

Every event must be sponsored by an approved student group recognized by the student council and school administration. The group must have a faculty sponsor and an adequate number of chaperones must be present.

Individual classroom rules/guidelines are posted in each classroom. Students will be expected to know, and abide by the guidelines of their respective classroom and be aware of the consequences connected with those guidelines. School-wide Rules (expectations) for students are:

  1. Walk and line-up quietly in the hallways (in a single file), to and from the playground, gym and lunchroom.
  2. Follow directions the first time
  3. Speak respectfully to peers and adults
  4. Keep your hands and feet to yourself – be respectful of personal space
  5. Remain calm
  6. Model acceptable behavior for others around you
  7. If there is a problem, talk to an adult

Any behavior that disrupts teaching or creates a danger to others will be cause for disciplinary action.

Cell phones and electronic devices, i.e. iPods are NOT to be used during the school day, which includes LUNCH and RECESS periods for elementary students. However, middle and high school students may use them during their lunch period. Devices may be used on the school bus before and after school, but upon entering the school campus they should be secured in students’ backpacks or lockers.

The student or students responsible will pay for malicious damage to school property, books, or equipment. Assessment of any damage done will be based on replacement costs, including materials, and labor. Serious offenders will be disciplined accordingly and are subject to suspension or expulsion. Students and parents will be reported to the appropriate military authorities if restitution is not made in a timely manner.

The school is NOT responsible for any lost or damaged items. To prevent these items from being lost, they should be marked clearly with the child’s name. Educational flashcards may be brought if requested by the classroom teachers.

BAS is a learning community where children are educated, cared for, and their learning acquisition celebrated. We want all children to feel physically and emotionally safe. In accordance with DoDEA policies, toy weapons, fighting, bullying and dangerous behaviors will not be tolerated. We are also concerned that children can be harmed emotionally when other children use inappropriate language and/or gestures. Profanity, cursing, sexual harassment and degrading or hurtful comments related to a student’s race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, handicap, gender or religion, will not be tolerated. Students who participate in any such activities will be disciplined and may be suspended from school so that parents may have the opportunity to teach their children the inappropriateness of such behavior and the hurt it can cause to others.

While in the cafeteria for lunch, students should talk quietly, walk, sit at assigned tables if necessary, use good table manners, and remain seated until dismissed by a monitor. When dismissed, children should go directly to the line-up area facing the Lincoln Plaza.

School lunch will be served according to pandemic guidelines.

  • Students will be provided one lunch option as a Grab-And-Go. One option will be served each day. The lunch menu will be posted in the daily bulletin and on the BAS Remote Learning Platform. An additional MHS lunch period has been added to the daily schedule.
  • Students will queue for lunch service according to social distancing protocols.
  • Students will be seated 6 feet or 1.5 meters apart according to social distancing protocols. Students can remove their masks to eat their lunch. When they are done eating, masks need to be put back on and remain on during the remainder of the lunch period.
  • Lunch seating has been expanded to include the MPR, Stage, HN room, Lincoln Plaza, and the Media Center. Students will be seated in the order of rooms listed.
  • Microwaves will be allowed for student use following sanitizing guidelines.

If your child is RETURNING to BAS in the fall all monies left will rollover into the next school year. If your child is LEAVING or graduating, you may come into the cafeteria at the end of the year and retrieve any cash remaining in US Dollars. If your child is leaving and attending another Overseas DODEA school, the account will stay active, and the new cafeteria will be able to have access to the account, and all money transferred into their system.

Opportunities for recess are: 1) from arrival in the morning until 0825; 2) morning recess, 0950-1005; 3) before or after lunch for 30 minutes. During inclement weather, recess is held in the MPR. Due to the nature of Belgian weather, it is imperative for students to be prepared and dressed appropriately for outside recess. Playground monitors and administration will determine, on a case by case basis, when outside recess will be moved inside. When the temperature drops below 25ºF/- 4ºC, recess is moved inside.

Please review these rules with your children and try to use these same rules after school when your own children are playing at the school. Our students should:

  1. Play in supervised areas only.
  2. Sit on swings correctly.
  3. Stay out from under all playground equipment.
  4. Play games, and use equipment safely.
  5. Stay out of all bushes, trees and planters.
  6. Wear weather-appropriate clothing (coats, jackets, hats, gloves, boots).

To ensure the safety of our students and your children it is essential to know what student plans are for transportation and after school care. We know that we have a dynamic and wonderful school and our parents / guardians sometimes have different needs than other schools. We try to accommodate our parents and guardians but a new policy has been developed that should help everyone communicate their needs better.


Please use for all attendance communication. In addition, route all requests for short term transportation changes to This box is specifically for your student to ride a bus different than their assigned route. The BAS office staff will ensure the message reaches your student and all appropriate parties. For all other transportation questions, please contact the bus office. Contact information is located on the back of your student’s bus pass.

Telephone Messages

Please note, emergency messages are delivered to classrooms during instructional time. All other messages are scheduled to be delivered during non-instructional time and between bells for MS/HS.


  1. Before your child leaves for school, please make every effort to inform them if there is change to his/her routine. If the change involves an altered bus route, please email We request notice of pre-planned changes before 14:00 to ensure message delivery to student and teacher.
  2. Your message will be delivered to the student, teacher, bus office, and BAS administration.
  3. Long standing Elementary plans such as - every Wednesday your child goes to CYS - will be noted and kept in a binder and teachers will be informed. If this plan changes please call the Front Office. 
  4. In the event of an emergency, call the BAS Office at 02717-9900 and we will assist.

After school care is available through the U.S. Army Moral Welfare and Recreation (MWR), Child and Youth Services (CYS). The Child and Youth Services (CYS) provides programs and services for children of eligible military and civilian families. Tel: +32 2-717-9534/9535, Military DSN Tel: (314) 368/9534/9535.


Students with a valid driver’s license are permitted to drive an automobile to school. It is the student’s responsibility to secure the car and its contents. Students are not authorized to use the car during the school day.


Students desiring to ride motorcycles (mopeds) must receive special permission from the school before riding the vehicle on campus. With administrative permission, parking is required near the bike racks in the front of the school parking area. Riding a moped to school is a privilege that can be revoked for failure to comply with school rules and regulations.


Bicycles require no special permission for campus access. However, parking is required at the bike racks at the front of the school entrance. Students are not permitted to ride bicycles, mopeds, or cars on campus or to leave the campus during school hours. All safety gear MUST be worn when operating a moped or bicycle on campus.


  • Facemasks are mandatory in all areas of Brussels American School.
  • No students are allowed in any of the buildings before 0815.
  • Elementary students report directly to their classrooms upon arrival.
  • Middle and High School students can access their locker after 0815.
  • Students are to report directly to their first period class upon arrival.
  • Lingering in the hall before or after classes is not allowed.
  • Early dismissal for ALL STUDENTS every Wednesday @ 1415.


  • Morning parent drop off is located in the front of the school in the traffic lane nearest the side walk. This is a Kiss-N-Go Zone. No parking is allowed.

SY 2021-2022 PM PARENT PICK UP  

  • 1458 Early Dismissal: K-1 students are to be picked up outside the Administration Building Lobby. Please maintain social distancing while waiting for your student.
  • 2-3 students are to be picked up in the Kiss-N-Go Zone. Parents are to remain in their car and can leave when the student has been picked up
  • 4-12 students will be allowed to leave the school and walk to where their parent is parked in the far pickup lot. Please pre-arrange a plan with your student so they know where to find your vehicle.
  • 1500-1515 is a stop movement period from the bus zone to the CYS building.


DoDEA owns and maintains school lockers that students may use for their convenience in storing books, coats, and other items during the school year. Because the lockers are government property, the school reserves the right to joint control over the student lockers, including the right to search lockers at any time without prior notice. Students are to use and are responsible for the locker assigned to them.

Students in grades 6-12 are assigned lockers during the first week of school. Students who register during the school year will receive their locker assignment from the Main Office. Students will also be assigned lockers in the gymnasium locker rooms for Physical Education. BAS assumes no responsibility for items stolen from hall or gym lockers.
Responsibility includes:

✓   Keeping lockers clean and free of debris and graffiti
✓   Reporting needed repairs to the Main Office.
✓   Preventing and reporting vandalism to a locker.
✓   Keeping locker locked and secured at all times.

BAS students abide by a long-standing honor code, and therefore do not use locks on their lockers. However, students desiring to have a lock may come to the Main Office and one will be issued to them.


Building traffic controls and social distancing

  • Markers have been placed on the floor to demonstrate social distancing requirements
  • Place makers are on the hallway floors to designate traffic flows and to facilitate social distancing when transitioning in the buildings.
    • Ground floor of the elementary, middle and high school buildings are one-way traffic moving North (in the direction of the gym)
      • North stairs of all buildings are up only
    • First floor of the elementary, middle, and high school buildings are one- way traffic moving South (in the direction of the administration building)
  • South stairs of all buildings are down only
  • Music and Art building are one way only, entering through the music room
  • Please follow the enter, exit, one way, and wrong way signs
  • Outdoor walkways follow automobile traffic patterns in Belgium, always stay to the right. Blue footprints indicate the direction of traffic flow. Additional animal tracks lead students to specific destinations following traffic patterns.
    • Green- Buses
    • Black- Gym
    • Purple- MHS Classrooms
    • Red and White- Elementary School
    • Orange- Music and Art
    • Yellow- HN Room for asynchronous art, DL, and Health

Drinking fountain at brussels American school

  • All drinking fountains are water bottle refill only.
  • Sanitizing your hands before and after refill is required
  • Maintain social distance as you wait in queue


  • Students have full access to lockers. If a student would like a lock, please notify their seminar teacher.
  • PE lockers will not be assigned to students for school day use.

Lunch Service During a Pandemic

   Beginning SY2020-2021, school lunch will be served according to guidelines.

  • Students will be provided one lunch option as a Grab-And-Go. The lunch menu will be posted in the daily bulletin and Parent Portal. An additional MHS lunch period has been added to the daily schedule.
  • Students will queue for lunch service according to social distancing protocols.
  • Students will be seated 6 feet or 1.5 meters apart according to social distancing protocols. Students can remove their masks to eat their lunch. When they are done eating, masks need to be put back on and remain on during the remainder of the lunch period. 
  • Lunch seating has been expanded to include the MPR, Stage, HN room, Lincoln Plaza, and the Media Center. Students will be seated in the order of rooms listed.
  • Seniors will be allowed to eat in the Media Center
  • Microwaves will be allowed for student use following sanitizing guidelines


  • Elementary classes will have regular sanitizing and hand washing as part of their daily schedule.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been placed outside of and throughout the school

Brussels American School is fortunate to have a wide array of expertise in its multi- disciplinary team of support specialists.  These specialists assist parents and teachers with the health, social, emotional, and academic concerns of students, as well as serving on the Case Study Committee (CSC).

Contact with these support specialists can be made by calling 02/717-9900. The procedure for processing an initial referral (presenting problem) from a parent, teacher, or student is simple, contact the team and a meeting will be scheduled. Concerns are then discussed by the CSC Team. Testing may or may not be recommended.  If testing is needed, parental permission will be obtained, and the testing will be administered by  a multi-disciplinary team to enable CSC personnel to identify the problem. The parents are then invited to the CSC meeting to discuss eligibility. The student’s records, teacher observations, and test results are discussed.  If the student is declared eligible for Special Education and related services the committee, with input from the parents, will discuss an appropriate program to meet the student’s needs.


Child Find is an outreach program that actively seeks to locate and identify children and youth from birth through age twenty-one who may have developmental delays or educational disabilities and may be in need of special education and related services. If you have concerns about your child, please contact Mrs. Kleckner – Case Study Committee Chairperson/PSCD/Learning Impaired Teacher: DSN 368-9925 or CIV 02/717-9925.

Students are expected to dress in a manner that complies with the school’s dress code policy as directed in the DoDEA Administrative Instruction 2051.02, “Students Rights and Responsibilities,” Enclosure 2 (3,c,1) and Enclosure 2 (5,l). Please refer to your school’s Web site for specific dress code policy.

Appropriate dress and appearance not only make a good impression for our school and community, but also have a positive influence on overall school climate. A student is expected to dress in a manner that is not offensive to others, is not revealing, and does not cause a distraction within the academic environment. The dress code for Brussels American School applies to all functions on campus property and during all school activities in other locations.  The school principal and assistant principal reserve the right to make judgments concerning the appropriateness of items of clothing not addressed in this policy. The school administration, the teachers, the military chain of command, and the parents will enforce this policy. Students are expected to dress and be groomed in support of the educational program and orderly operation of the school.

Clothing Category

Inappropriate Clothing

Inappropriate References

Inappropriate Styles


Hats of any kind
Distracting hair accessories

Gang Affiliation
Alcoholic Beverage
Hats Flagged
Offensive Humor



Spaghetti strap
Racer-back and tank
Off-the -shoulder

Gang Affiliation
Alcoholic Beverage
Offensive Humor

Any shirt shorter than waistband of pant or skirt
Biggie and oversized too small exposed undergarments


Holes above fingertips
Pants below the waist
Shorts and Skirts above fingertips
Pajama pants

Gang Affiliation
Alcoholic Beverage
Offensive Humor Inappropriate

Leggings, jeggings, and form-fitting athletic pants may only be worn with fingertip length shirt, skirt, or shorts.
Exposed undergarments Provocative


All dresses must comply with the shirt and skirt requirements


See shirt and skirt requirements


Sox only Bare Feet

Flip-flops (elementary, science, and individual classroom policy)

Gang Affiliation Alcoholic Beverage Tobacco
Offensive Humor Inappropriate



Chains Spikes/Studs
Dark or colored glasses Pajamas



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