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School Address and Contact Information

Unit 3241
APO, AE 09094-3241
Phone: 06371-47-6021/6023
Fax: 06371-598-0033
DSN Phone: 480-6021/6023
DSN Fax: +011-49-6371-953-843
From US: (49) 06371-47-6021/6023


Ramstein IS Mission

RIS is Educating, Engaging, and Empowering each student to succeed in a dynamic world.

Ramstein IS Vision

To be among the world's leaders in education, enriching the lives of military-connected students and the communities in which they live.

Continuous School Improvement Goals

Using data-informed instruction: 

Literacy: RIS will strengthen implementation of College and Career Readiness for all students by ensuring all classrooms teaching Literacy skills reflect standards-based instruction, as measured by performance on the DoDEA CCR Summative Assessment by 5% increase of students 'meeting or exceeding expectations' over two years, ending SY21-22. 

Strategy: Our school will implement instructional strategies for readable writing and citing text evidence to improve student performance in text comprehension and written expression. 

Math: RIS will strengthen implementation of College and Career Readiness for all student by ensuring all classrooms teaching Mathematics reflect standards-based instruction, as measured by performance on the DoDEA CCR Summative Assessment by a 10% increase of students 'meeting or exceeding expectations' over two years, ending SY21-22. 

Strategy: Our school will implement Mathematical Teaching Practices by using tasks which promote reasoning and problem solving as well as use/connect mathematical representations to improve student performance in Math Modeling and Application. 

Ramstein IS School Hours

Grade School Hours Office Hours Summer Office Hours
3 - 5 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  9:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

School Contacts

Name Staff Position Phone
School Webmaster
School Secretary
School Psychologist
School Nurse
5th Grade School Counselor: 5th Grade
School Meals Program School Meals Program
Information Specialist Information Specialist
3rd Grade School Counselor: 3rd Grade
4th Grade School Counselor: 4th Grade


Handbook Contents

School Calendars
Admin Bios
General Information
Report Card and Testing Information
Special Education
Reporting Abuse Neglect Suicide Risk and Threats
School Counseling Services
School Health Services
Student Rights and Responsibilities
School Security
Student Conduct and Discipline
Student Transportation
School Procedures

School Handbook

Director's Message: Mr. Thomas M. Brady

Thomas M. Brady

Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Members of Our Community, 

As we begin School Year 2022 / 2023, I feel a tremendous sense of optimism. 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, DoDEA experienced disruptions and obstacles unlike anything in our organization’s history. While the past few years have been difficult, they also highlighted the remarkable way that our DoDEA community can rally together to create novel solutions to unique challenges, demonstrate flexibility and compassion, and work collaboratively to support our students and families. 

The health and safety of our students is always our top priority. The pandemic is not over yet, and we as a school system must continue to remain prepared and agile. We have learned a great deal since COVID-19 first appeared, and we are prepared to respond quickly and dynamically to whatever may come our way. 

Please take a moment to review our DoDEA COVID-19 Operational Guidelines and Protocols, Version X. 

These operational guidelines are a key part of DoDEA’s role in total force and the warfighter’s mission readiness. DoDEAs goal is to protect the health and safety of our military communities and to maximize students in school learning. We will continue to use an integrated package of prevention and control measures to avoid COVID-19 transmission in our schools.
As a result of our response throughout the pandemic, infection rates among students and staff remained remarkably low. Through cooperation, mutual support, and adherence to our operational guidelines, we will continue to learn within a safe and healthy environment, without sacrificing our rigorous educational standards.   

School Year 2022 / 2023 will also be the first year in which the full suite of College and Career Readiness Standards are fully implemented. This is the product of countless hours of innovative and collaborative work from dedicated professionals throughout DoDEA. The investment of time and resources into our College and Career Readiness Standards has positioned us to further and more fully embody our mission to Educate, Engage, and Empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world. 
Now, more than ever, I am consistently impressed with the dedication, passion, and commitment of our staff, our students, and our families to continuously adapt to each new challenge and overcome every obstacle. By working together to support one another we have continued to thrive academically and as a community.  
We cannot always predict what challenges the world will place before us on our path, but with dedication and teamwork we can know that we will continue to fulfill our vision to ensure Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere.  

School Operations in COVID-19

This policy applies to DoDEA Europe

Continuity of education is a critical quality of life component for military families and communities. We recognize that school operations impact on the readiness of our military partners to complete their mission. Our teachers and the routines of school provide an important element of stability for our students which adds significantly to their success. In-classroom Instruction is the optimal learning environment for our military-connected students. We will seek to provide as much in-school instruction as possible for all students every day to the best of our ability, and in accordance with official health guidelines. more...

Quick Facts

This policy applies to Ramstein IS
  • Parent volunteers at RIS: Volunteers are encouraged in our school, especially with PTA and SAC. The RIS School Advisory Committee (SAC) is a requirement for all DoDEA schools. The SAC advises the principal on items of importance to parents and teachers as well as policies and programs. Check with the main office for the date and time of the next SAC meeting. Visitors are limited to essential only due to COVID mitigations. Details will be shared by your child's teacher. Volunteers must first stop in the main office to sign-in for a visitor's pass. 
  • Contact-the-Teacher-First Policy: The school strongly urges parents to contact the teacher first if there is a concern or problem prior to contacting the principal. This year, meetings may be in-person, telephonic, or virtual. When wishing a conference with a teacher, parents are asked to make arrangements in advance with the teacher. This is best for the school’s educational program and students because it ensures that instruction and learning are not interrupted by surprise visits. Visitors must stop in the main office to sign in and receive a visitor’s pass.
  • Starting School: When registration is completed by 1100 on a regular school day, your child may begin school the next day. If registration is after 1100, your child will not start the next school day, but rather the day after. If registration occurs over the winter holidays or during spring break, your child will begin school on the Tuesday after the break is over. This helps school personnel ensure that teachers are notified of the incoming student, and for desks, and materials are ready for your child so they can feel welcome and included from their first moments at RIS.
  • Safety Concerns:
    • COVID Guidelines: We follow current operational guidelines, protocols, and mitigations set forth by DoDEA, the local military command, and host nation policies. This currently includes masks and social distancing. Also, class and holiday parties are suspended for SY21-22. Changes are made as updates occur. 
    • Important: You must notify your child’s teacher in writing if your child will go home a different way than usual. We will only accept changes made over the telephone in an emergency and only after verification of the caller’s identity. If you pick up your child at the end of the day, please make arrangements for where you will meet outside the building and be sure you pick your child up promptly. 
    • For SY21-22, parents must call the office prior to coming on campus. As a security precaution and to ensure the safety of your child, you must sign them out at the main office if you are picking them up while school is in session. Your child will be paged to meet you in the office. Also, be sure to sign your child back in when he/she returns. If your child arrives after 8:15, a parent is required to escort them to the main office and sign them in. Student safety and security is always the highest priority at RIS.
    • Morning arrival supervision for students who ride the bus begins with the arrival of the first bus. Students who walk or are brought to school by parents should arrive no earlier than 0805 (Mon-Wed & Fri) and 0905 on Thursdays. Students enter classrooms at 0805 (Mon-Wed & Fri) and 0905 on Thursdays. School dismissal is 1445 for all students daily.
    • Parking: The street (New York Avenue) leading to the school is closed to traffic each school morning between 0750- 0810 (Mon-Wed & Fri) and 0850-0910 (Thur) and afternoons from 1440 to 1505. Please observe these times so that your vehicle does not interfere with arrival and dismissal or endanger students during this high-traffic time.
    • Pick-up and Drop-off Zone: The designated pick-up/drop-off area for RIS is located at the corner where Columbia Drive and Jefferson Avenue intersect (by Donnelly Park, Field #1). Ten parking spots have been designated for drop off between 0745-0815 (Mon-Wed & Fri) and 0845-0915 (Thur) and pick up from 1430-1500.
  • Attendance: Research indicates that consistent, daily attendance is paramount to student success. It is therefore important to understand that DoDEA takes student attendance very seriously. DoDEA’s attendance policy states that student attendance is mandatory and that all planned/unplanned absences or tardiness be reported to the school.
    • For SY21-22, parents play a vital role using the pre-screening protocol with their child each school morning. Should your child have symptoms /indicators of possible illness, please keep your child at home.
    • Parents must report unplanned absences or tardiness to the school by 09:15 (Mon-Wed & Fri) or 1015 (Thur) on the day of absence/tardiness. This can be done by calling the main office at CIV: 06371-47-6023 or DSN: 480-6023 or by sending an e-mail to RamsteinIS.Attendance@dodea.edu.
    • Planned absences must be reported no later than the day prior (more time is always better) to the expected absence. School administration will work with parents who have exigent circumstances to support children who may miss school for a valid reason. Absences of two days or more must be coordinated with school administration by completing an extended absence form (visit or call the main office to acquire this form) prior to the absence. School administration will review the requested absence and will determine whether or not it is excusable. IMPORTANT: Except for PCS, absences during the two weeks prior to Winter Break and Summer Break will be unexcused.
    • For students who are absent due to a contagious illness, parents need to report the illness to the school nurse so that precautions can be taken in the classroom. Medical appointments and other discretionary appointments should be scheduled during non-school times to maximize student learning.
    • Parents must call the office prior to entering campus (CIV: 06371-47-6023 or DSN: 480-6023)and must be present in the main office to sign-out AND sign-in their children when taking them to appointments and back to school.
    • NOTE: Main office personnel will only send for student from class when the parent is present.
    • School personnel cannot accept a change of plans for dismissal after 1415. Please visit http://dodea.edu/StudentServices/Attendance/index.cfm for more information on DoDEA’s attendance policy.
  • Extra-curricular Activities: For SY21-22, depending on COVID mitigations, we offer outdoor-based and virtual clubs at RIS will meet after school. Information on extra-curricular activities and sign-ups are shared through the monthly school newsletter.
  • Student Concerns: If a student feels that they have been bullied, there are several ways to report this: complete a student incident form in the front office; speak to a teacher, counselor, or admin. These reports are taken seriously by administration.
  • Bus Concerns: Questions or concerns about school buses are handled through the Student Transportation (bus) Office. You may reach them at DSN: 480-2877 or CIV: 06371-47-2877 between 0900 - 1415.
  • School Meal Program:
    • AAFES provides the school meal program at RIS. Parents are able to set up an account at the customer service area of the Exchange with your child’s DoDEA Student ID #. Students are assigned a six-digit PIN number to pay for meals.
    • For SY21-22, our partners at the Exchange School Meal program have extended the waiver for breakfast and lunch prices this school year. This includes Grab & Go Meals for DVS students. Any available ala carte line items cost regular prices. 
    • You can manage your child’s meal account by going to www.mypaymentsplus.com. Money can be added to the account directly at the cafeteria by check or cash, or by debit or credit card at the Exchange or on the MyPaymentsPlus website. IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you maintain a positive balance on your child’s meal account at all times. Also, please note that student meal accounts are not charge accounts; therefore, negative account balances are watched very closely. First and second notices will be sent if your child’s account balance drops into negative territory; however, please understand that we are required to notify military command if these reminders go unheeded. 
    • Students who bring their lunch from home may purchase milk or snacks at the cafeteria.
    • A free or reduced price meal program is offered at RIS. Apply online at https://freeandreducedapps.aafes.com/. This is an annual requirement, so even though you may have qualified for the program in the past, you have to reapply.
  • Before and After School Care: The School Age Program on Ramstein provides before and after school child care. They may be reached at DSN: 480-3272 or in person at the Ramstein School Age Services located in building 2002.
  • RIS Connects: In addition to our webpage, www.dodea.edu/RamsteinIS/index we are also found on the following social media accounts: https://www.facebook.com/RamsteinIS/ and https://twitter.com/ramsteinis #StudentSuccessAtRIS
  • Employment Opportunities: If you would like to be considered for employment with the school as a meal monitor, teacher, education aide, substitute teacher, office or clerical staff, please visit the DoDEA HR website at http://www.dodea.edu/Offices/HR/employment/vacancies.cfm to see how you can become a part of the RIS team.

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents and Students,

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Ramstein Intermediate School, I extend to each of you a warm welcome. You are part of an outstanding community. Ramstein Intermediate School's location is very inviting, nestled in the woods on Ramstein AFB. We provide a kind, caring, and productive learning environment for each child. We are very proud of our school, students, staff, and community. We anticipate an exceptional year for improving student achievement, improving home school partnerships, and improving the quality of instruction.

Each year we strive to make Ramstein Intermediate School an even better place for our students. We invite parents to become actively involved in our school by serving on the School Advisory Committee, Parent Teacher Association, School Improvement Leadership Team, or by volunteering with the PTA or in classrooms. Every parent has something to contribute to our school. Research clearly shows that the best schools are those in which parents are active partners in their child's education.

We know that there is at least one child in our school that is special to you. We look forward to working with you to ensure that your child has the best educational experience we can provide.


Caryn Currie


About Our School


Ramstein Intermediate School is part of the DoDEA Europe East School District and has a school population of approximately 750 students in grades 3rd - 5th and over 90 staff members comprised of teachers, support specialists, instructional specialists, counselors, school psychologist and administrators. Ramstein Intermediate is located on Ramstein Air Base in proximity to Ramstein Elementary and Ramstein Middle schools. Our school serves the military and DoD dependents of the Ramstein community which is part of a bigger complex of schools located within the German city of Kaiserslautern. Our school colors are Royal Blue and White and our mascot is 'Spots Jaguar'.

We pride ourselves on providing an educational experience that not only encourages success by addressing individual learner needs but also promotes rigor through high quality instruction and educational resources. Teachers at Ramstein Intermediate use current educational trends as well as traditional pedagogical strategies within their instruction to ensure that all students are given opportunities to succeed. We provide technology and information services that are always at the fingertips of students and teachers and encourages learning beyond the classroom. Our school also has a diverse enrichment program which includes after-school clubs to encourage social and academic growth.


Europe East District Map SY22-23


School Calendars


DoDEA Europe : School Year  2022 - 2023 Calendar

Non-Standard DoDEA Europe School Calendars

Standard DoDEA Europe School Calendar

Note: Calendar based on 190 day teacher workdays including:

5 Teacher Orientation/Pre-service/Professional Learning Days

4 Professional Learning Days

4 Teacher Work Days

2 District Continuous School Improvement Days (+1 for districts going through accreditation)

Reporting date for non-administrative educator personnel

Monday, August 15, 2022 Reporting date for non-administrative educator personnel for CCR training, orientation and classroom preparation (17-21 August)

School Year 2022-2023 (175 Instructional Days and 190 Teacher Work Days)

First Semester (84 Instructional Days)
Monday, August 22, 2022 First Day of School
Monday, September 5, 2022 Labor Day: Federal Holiday
Monday, October 10, 2022 Columbus Day: Federal Holiday
Thursday, October 27, 2022 End of First Quarter (45 Instructional Days)
Friday, October 28, 2022 No School for Students - Teacher Work Day
Friday, November 11, 2022 Veterans Day: Federal Holiday
Thursday, November 24, 2022 Thanksgiving Day: Federal Holiday
Friday, November 25, 2022 Friday: Recess Day
Monday, December 19, 2022 Begin Winter Recess (19 December – 2 January)
Sunday, December 25, 2022 Christmas: Federal Holiday
Sunday, January 1, 2023 New Year’s Day: Federal Holiday
Monday, January 2, 2023 New Year’s Day Observed
Thursday, January 12, 2023 End of Second Quarter and First Semester (39 Instructional Days)
Friday, January 13, 2023 No School for Students – Teacher Work Day
Monday, January 16, 2023 Martin Luther King Day: Federal Holiday
Second Semester (91 Instructional Days)
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 Begin Second semester and Third Quarter
Monday, February 20, 2023 Presidents’ Day: Federal Holiday
Thursday, March 23, 2023 End of Third Quarter (45 Instructional Days)
Friday, March 24, 2023 No School for Students – Teacher Work Day
Monday, March 27, 2023 Begin Spring Recess (27 March – 31 March)
Monday, May 29, 2023 Memorial Day: Federal Holiday
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 End of Fourth Quarter and Second Semester (46 Instructional Days)
Thursday, June 8, 2023 No School for Students – Teacher Work Day


Admin Bios

Parents are encouraged to follow the chain of command when issues/concerns arise: please speak with your child’s teacher first, then administration.

Ms. Caryn Currie - Ramstein IS Principal

Ms. Caryn Currie

Ms. Caryn Currie is the principal of Ramstein Intermediate School (RIS) located within the Ramstein military community at Ramstein AB Ramstein, Germany. She joined RIS in August of 2019 from the principalship at Hohenfels Elementary School. Previously, she was assistant principal at Ramstein Intermediate School and also served as the assistant principal at Kaiserslautern Middle School. 

Ms. Currie is from South Carolina. In 1991, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education along with minors in Early Childhood and Psychology from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Following her graduation, Ms. Currie attended the University of Georgia where she majored in Early Childhood Special Education. She began her teaching career in 1993 as a special education teacher in Goldsboro, North Carolina. In 1997, she joined DoDEA as a teacher at SHAPE Elementary School at SHAPE, Belgium. She taught kindergarten and then later moved to second grade. During the school year 2000-2001, Ms. Currie was a faculty member when SHAPE Elementary was awarded the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence. In 2003, Ms. Currie returned to the United States and taught third grade at a private school in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was there that she completed a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from Louisiana State University at Shreveport. Two years later, she moved to Spangdahlem, Germany where she rejoined DoDEA as a teacher at Bitburg Elementary. 

Ms. Currie has held numerous school improvement leadership roles. These include committee chairperson for several school improvement goal committees and leading school staff as the Continuous School Improvement chairperson. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Ms. Currie also has experience as a professional development trainer. She presented a workshop on "How to Differentiate in the Elementary Classroom" to administrators and teachers from throughout Germany and was a Kaiserslautern District trainer for teachers on using the Developmental Reading Assessment 2 to guide reading instruction at the elementary school level.

Ms. Currie is married to a retired Air Force member and followed him as a military spouse during all of his active duty assignments. They have one son.


Ms. Patricia Cameron-John - Ramstein IS Assistant Principal

Ms. Patricia Cameron-John

Ms. Patricia Cameron-John joined Ramstein Intermediate School as an Assistant Principal in October of 2018. She also served as an Assistant Principal at Netzaberg Elementary. She was born and raised in London, England, and at 16 years of age, her family made New York their home. 

She has a bachelor's degree in education, a Master of Science in Education, and a Master of Science - Advanced Graduate Study in Administration and Supervision from the City University of New York. She taught at Patrick Henry Elementary in Heidelberg for ten years and at Ramstein Intermediate School for several years.  

Special Education has been a deep-rooted part of her professional career. She has worked in many different educational settings and programs. In addition, she served as an Assistant Principal for the Board of Education, the Deputy and Assistant Director of Education for the Department of Juvenile Justice for New York City, an Accredited State-Approved Educational program, and the Director of an Alternative High School. 

Ms. Cameron-John is married with adult children. She and her husband love to travel, visit family in England, the United States, and Trinidad, Tobago. She is an active member of two service organizations-Delta Sigma Thea and Order of the Golden Circle. Additionally, she loves to read and take long hikes in the woods.

Her educational philosophy is "Tell me, and I forget, teach me, and I remember, involve me, and I learn." (irc, 2006).


Vacant - Ramstein IS Assistant Principal



Dr. Andrew Rynberg - Ramstein, Kaiserslautern, Wiesbaden, Sembach, Baumholder - MS/HS Community Superintendent

Dr. Andrew Rynberg

During his 23-year career, Dr. Rynberg has served as an elementary, middle, high school, and alternative education principal. He began his career as a high school teacher and routinely draws from those experiences the richness of what, why, and how he provides leadership to schools. Dr. Rynberg has academic degrees in Munitions, Business Management, Accounting, Curriculum & Instruction, and K12 School Leadership. Dr. Rynberg served in the U.S. Air Force and has worked in federal service with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, and with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).

Most recently, Dr. Rynberg served as DoDEA’s Elementary Principal for SHAPE American School in Mons, Belgium. SHAPE Elementary School provides a plethora of opportunities and programs to support a multicultural setting whereby students participate with peers from around the world. Likewise, as with his prior position as DoDEA Elementary Principal with AFNORTH International school in Brunssum, Netherlands, Dr. Rynberg came to appreciate the multicultural academic and social learning opportunities that our students have benefitted from each day.

Prior to his leadership role at AFNORTH Elementary School, Dr. Rynberg served as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction for the School District of Indian River County (SDIRC) in Vero Beach, Florida. As SDIRC’s leader of curriculum and instruction he oversaw the needs for 26 schools, 1,200 teachers, and 18,000 students.

Dr. Rynberg also supported more than 100 schools as a Principal Leadership Coach. As a certified Leadership Coach with Michigan State University and as an Instructional Coach with the University of Florida. Since 2005, he has worked with and supported more than 200 school leaders as well as thousands of instructional staff.

As United Kingdom Community Superintendent for the Europe West District, Dr. Rynberg will continue to work for the best possible outcomes needed to promote the social, emotional, and academic needs of all kids and will provide strong leadership to support DoDEA’ s leaders, staff, and parents for the highest quality education for students.


Mr. Joseph Lovett - Ramstein, Kaiserslautern, Wiesbaden, Sembach, Baumholder ES/IS Community Superintendent

Mr. Joseph Lovett

Mr. Joseph Lovett joined the Europe East District Office as Community Superintendent in August 2020. He is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has worked in education for 45 years. He has had the honor to work for DoDEA since 1983.

Mr. Lovett attended the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Community College, and Mankato State University. He received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and his graduate degree in Educational Administration from Mankato State University (now University of Minnesota-Mankato).

Prior assignments have been as Community Superintendent for Europe West at RAF Feltwell in the UK, principal at Vogelweh ES, Ramstein ES, and Bitburg ES, assistant principal at Mannheim ES, business officer for the Hessen District Superintendent’s Office, teacher at Darmstadt ES and elementary classroom teacher in Minnesota 1976-1983. Mr. Lovett was named DoDEA Europe Elementary Principal of the Year in 2017.

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Lovett has supported his community through serving as a volunteer with Community Theatres, Deutsche Basketball Bund, School PTAs, and Booster Clubs.

His three adult children graduated from General H.H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden. Mr. Lovett’s family lives in the KMC where his wife Kimberly Lovett, a teacher of students with visual impairments, works at Ramstein Intermediate School.


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Mr. Steven Sanchez - Europe East District Superintendent

Mr. Steven Sanchez

Mr. Steven L. Sanchez has more than 30 years of experience as an educator and 25-plus years with DoDEA. Mr. Sanchez previously served as the Community Superintendent of the Europe South District and former Heidelberg District Assistant Superintendent. He has also served on the European Athletic Council, the Transcript Review Team, Senior Advisory Leadership Group and co-chair of the SAT Committee for DoDEA.

Mr. Sanchez was the Kubasaki High School principal in Okinawa, Japan from 2006-2010. During his tenure as principal, he added Advanced Placement courses and Career and Technical Education courses to the Kubasaki curriculum while graduating 99% of its seniors from 2007-2010. Mr. Sanchez served on the Far East Activities Council and the Okinawa Activities Council as well as serving on the DoDEA Guidance Counseling Task Force from 2007-2009.

In 2002 Mr. Sanchez was promoted to principal of Yokota Middle School in mainland Japan. Also in 2002, Mr. Sanchez received the Commander's Award for Civilian Service from the Department of the Army. While in Yokota, Mr. Sanchez was the coordinating principal of the Yokota schools, assisted in coordinating athletics and served as chairperson for the Kanto Plains Association of Middle School Principals.

In 1997 Mr. Sanchez was selected as the Assistant Principal of Vicenza American High School. In 1990 he joined DoDEA and moved with his family to Italy where he began teaching Spanish and Social Studies at Vicenza American High School. In addition to Spanish, Mr. Sanchez is also fluent in Italian.

Mr. Sanchez earned his Master's Degree in Education from Framingham State College of Framingham, Massachusetts in 1996. That same year he entered the Aspiring Leader's Academy in DoDEA, which he completed the following year. Mr. Sanchez began his high school teaching career in 1984 teaching Spanish and Physical Education in Vallejo, California. A native of Loomis, California, Mr. Sanchez graduated with Honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1984 with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Spanish. As an undergraduate he studied during the 1982-1983 school year at the University of Madrid.


Dr. Louis D'Angelo - Europe East Chief of Staff

Dr. Louis D'Angelo

Dr. Louis D'Angelo is very happy to start his 9th year with DoDEA. He started in his current role of the Europe East Chief of Staff in 2018. Prior to joining the Europe East district, Dr. D'Angelo was with DoDEA Japan as the principal of Zama Middle-High School. He started his career with DoDEA in Misawa, Japan as an Assistant Principal of Edgren Middle-High School. Before joining DoDEA, he was an Assistant Principal at two high schools in Norfolk, Virginia. He taught high school English in Chesapeake, Virginia prior to moving into school administration. Dr. D'Angelo is retired from the Virginia Air National Guard, 203rd REDHORSE Squadron.


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General Information

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

The Department of Defense (DoD), in collaboration with the National Center for Interstate Compacts and the Council of State Governments, has developed an interstate compact that addresses the educational transition issues of children of active duty military-connected families.  Currently, all 50 states, DoDEA and the District of Columbia participate in this interstate compact, which provides uniform policy for resolving the educational challenges experienced by military-connected children as they transition between school systems.

We encourage all of our families preparing to transition, to, from or within a DoDEA and/or stateside school system to engage with the School Liaison (SLO) from the sending and receiving locations.  The SLO is the local contact for schools and has valuable information about school calendars, hybrid learning, early enrollment, student services, how to manage quarantine requirements and more. 

“Call your SLO before you go”
In order to prepare records for your students school transition.

 A directory of School Liaisons is updated annually and can be found at: https://www.dodea.edu/Partnership/index.cfm

The Compact ensures that mobile children of military families are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children.  States participating in the Compact work to coordinate graduation requirements, transfer of records, course placement, unique learning needs, assessments and other administrative policies.

For additional information or transition support, please contact or call the Partnership office at 571-372-6026.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1325.01: DoD Impact Aid Program for Local Educational Agencies, Change 2
1342.29: Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Access to School Facilities

If the principal permits a school to operate a limited open forum by maintaining a practice of allowing any single non-curriculum-related student group access to school facilities, the principal shall ensure that all of such student groups (including activities of religious nature) are permitted equal access to meet on school premises and use school facilities during non-instructional time. Access to groups may be denied if the principal determines that a student or student group has or is likely to substantially interfere with good order or discipline or violate any Federal, state, or local law, or DoD or DoDEA regulation/policy.

Visitors and Volunteers

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

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

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

School Advisory Committees

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1342.15: Educational Advisory Committees and Councils
1358.01: School Boards, Advisory Committees, and Dependents Education Council


Registration Process

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. 

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1342.13: Eligibility Requirements for Education of Elementary and Secondary School-Age Dependents in Overseas Areas, Change 3
1342.26: Eligibility Requirements for Minor Dependents to Attend Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS)

Immunization Requirements

health services immunizationStudents who enroll in DoDEA schools are required to meet specific immunization requirements (DoDEA Regulation 2942.01, “School Health Services,” September 2, 2016).  These requirements represent the minimum and do not necessarily reflect the optimal immunization status for a student. Acceptable forms of official proof of immunization status may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Yellow international immunization records;
  2. State agency-generated immunization certificates;
  3. School-generated immunization certificates; and
  4. Physician, clinic or hospital-generated immunization records.

It is the responsibility of the sponsor/parent/guardian to provide their child’s most current immunization record at the time of enrollment and when immunizations are updated.  Parents of incoming students are allowed up to 30 days from the date of enrollment to obtain documentation of any missing required immunization(s).  If the missing required immunization is a series, then the first dose of the series must be administered, and documentation must be provided to the school within the required 30 days. Students who have immunization(s) due during the school year will have 10 calendar days from the due date to receive their vaccine(s) and to submit documentation to the school. The due date of a vaccine is on the date the student reaches the minimum recommended age for vaccine administration.


Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2942.01: School Health Services

Immunization Exemptions

A waiver for immunization exemption may be granted for medical or religious reasons. Philosophical exemptions are not permitted. The applicable DoD Command must provide guidance on the waiver process.

A statement from the child’s health care provider is required if an immunization cannot be administered because of a chronic medical condition wherein the vaccine is permanently contraindicated or because of natural immunity. The statement must document the reason why the child is exempt. This request for immunization exemption from specific vaccines due to vaccine contraindications or natural immunity must be completed and submitted to the school at the beginning of the child’s enrollment or when a vaccine is due. Request for exemption only needs to be completed one time for the duration of the child’s enrollment at the school.

If an immunization is not administered because of a parent’s religious beliefs, the parent must submit an exemption request in writing, stating that he or she objects to the vaccination based upon religious beliefs. The immunization waiver request must be completed and submitted to the school at the beginning of every school year. For students arriving after the school year has started, this request/written statement must be submitted at the initial enrollment and at the beginning of every school year.

During a documented outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease (as determined by local DoD medical authorities), a student who is attending a DoDEA school program under an immunization waiver for that vaccine will be excluded from attending. This is for his or her protection and the safety of the other children and staff. The exclusion will remain in place until such time that the DoD Command determines that the outbreak is over and that it is safe for the student to return to school.

DoDEA Immunization Requirements

Grade-level Placement

Kindergarten and grade 1 placements are determined by minimum age requirements, in accordance with Enclosure 2 of DoDEA Regulation 2000.03, “Student Grade Level Placement,” March 2, 2010. A student who will reach his or her fifth birthday on or before September 1 of the school year is eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten in DoDEA. In addition, a student who will reach his or her sixth birthday on or before September 1 of the school year is eligible to enroll in grade 1 in DoDEA. Placement in grades 2–8 is predicated upon completion of the preceding year. Students entering a DoDEA school (kindergarten through grade 8) from a non-American or host nation school will be placed in the grade level corresponding to their ages, assuming yearly progression from grades 1–8.

Grade-level status (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12) will be determined by the number of course credit units earned by the student, in accordance with Section 2 of DoDEA Regulation 2000.3, “Student Grade Level Placement,” March 2, 2010. Students entering grade 9 must have successfully completed grade 8 and/or been previously enrolled in grade 9 and earned less than 6 credits. Students entering grade 10 must have successfully completed grade 9 and earned a minimum of 6 course credits. Students entering grade 11 must have successfully completed grade 10 and earned a minimum of 12 course credits. Students entering grade 12 must have successfully completed grade 11 and earned a minimum of 19 course credits.

In accordance with DoDI 1342.29, “Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children,” January 31, 2019, for students transitioning from a sending school system to a DoDEA school, at the time of transition and regardless of the age of the student, the DoDEA school shall enroll the transitioning student in the same grade level as the student’s grade level (i.e. in kindergarten through grade 12) in the sending state’s local educational agency. For kindergarten, the student must have been enrolled in and attended kindergarten class in order to assure continued attendance in kindergarten in a DoDEA school. Students who have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite grade level in the sending school system will be eligible for enrollment in the next higher grade level in the DoDEA school, regardless of the student’s age.

All DoDEA students, including students with disabilities, English language learners (ELLs), and students with accommodation plans, should be afforded the opportunity to participate in the standard DoDEA secondary curriculum, as appropriate, based upon their individual circumstances.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1342.29: Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
2000.03: Student Grade Level Placement

Transcripts/Records Policy/Access to Student Records

Student records and transcripts may be requested from several different sources, depending upon the student’s last date of attendance or graduation date. Parents/sponsors of current and prospective elementary/middle/high school students should contact the school’s registrar directly for assistance. For further information, please visit the DoDEA Student Records Center (dodea.edu/StudentServices/transcripts.cfm). You may also consult with the counseling department at your child’s school for issues regarding student records.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)/Language Services

This policy is currently under review

An English language learner (ELL) is a student whose first language is not English and is in the process of acquiring English as an additional language. In accordance with DoDEA Regulation 2440.1, DoDEA’s English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program is designed to teach ELLs to acquire English language and literacy proficiency through content. The ESOL Program builds students’ social, cultural, and academic skills so that identified ELLs succeed in an English language academic environment that provides equitable access to college- and career-ready opportunities as their English-speaking peers.

The ESOL Program involves teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, and study skills at the appropriate developmental and English language proficiency levels. This is accomplished by teaching language through a standards-based, high-quality academic content that pursues the student’s orientation within the United States culture. The ESOL Program’s instruction can be delivered in a variety of settings and program configurations. The scope and amount of ESOL instruction provided is determined by the student’s age, grade level, academic needs, and an English language proficiency evaluation. DoDEA’s ELLs may receive instruction both through the ESOL Program and within the main classroom setting.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2440.1: English as a Second Language Programs

Attendance Policy

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)

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2095.01: School Attendance, Change 1

Accelerated Withdrawal

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1367.01: High School Graduation Requirements and Policy
23-ED-001: Accelerated Withdrawal for Dependents with Permanent Change of Station Orders

Home-school Students

DoDEA recognizes that home schooling is a sponsor’s right and may be a legitimate alternative form of education for the sponsor’s dependent(s). Home-school students who are eligible to enroll in a DoDEA-Europe, DoDEA-Pacific and DoDEA-Americas school are eligible to utilize DoDEA auxiliary services without being required to either enroll in or register for a minimum number of courses offered by the school. Eligible DoD home-school students using or receiving auxiliary services must meet the same eligibility and standards of conduct requirements applicable to students enrolled in the DoDEA school who use or receive the same auxiliary services. Any student, including eligible DoD dependent home-school students, who has not met the graduation requirements to earn a DoDEA diploma may not receive DoDEA commencement regalia, the DoDEA diploma, nor participate (walk) in a DoDEA commencement ceremony.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1375.01: Home-School Students, Change 1

Report Card and Testing Information

Grading Information

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

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

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

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1377.01: Student Progress Reports

Grading System (4-12)

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)











Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1377.01: Student Progress Reports

Grading System (K-3) EUR/PAC

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.

Progress Reports/Report Cards

In accordance with the policies and procedures in DoDEA Regulation 1377.01, “Student Progress Reports,” September 4, 2018, it is DoDEA policy to issue a progress report every 9 weeks for any student present or enrolled for at least 20 instructional days or more in a marking period.  Any written comments by teachers on progress reports should be stated objectively.  The comments should be based on evidence about the student and should not represent opinions that cannot be supported by evidence

Achievement codes will be given at the end of the second, third and fourth marking periods for students in grades K–1.  Grades will be given at the end of each of the four marking periods for students in grades 2–12.  Achievement codes or grades on report cards will be determined by the degree to which students are achieving established program objectives or standards.  For students in grades K–12, unsatisfactory achievement of program objectives or standards will be reported to parents during each marking period as soon as evident, but no later than the midpoint of the nine-week grading period to allow sufficient time for a student to correct the problem.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1377.01: Student Progress Reports

Parent-Teacher Conferences

All DoDEA schools should encourage parents to meet with their child’s teacher for parent-teacher conferences.  Parent-Teacher Conferences (dodea.edu/parents/conferences.cfm) allow parents the opportunity to ask questions about their child’s classes or progress in school.  Parent-teacher conferences are also a great way to discuss how parents and teachers can work together to help students perform at their best in school.  Parents/sponsors who plan to attend a parent-teacher conference scheduled by the teacher or school should inquire on the amount of time allowed before attending.  If more time is required or the parent/sponsor wants to meet with the teacher again, the parent/sponsor should notify the teacher at the end of the conference.  Please contact your child’s school for details regarding scheduling of parent-teacher conferences.  DoDEA encourages all communication to take place through official school email accounts.

System-wide Assessment Program

All DoDEA students in grades or programs identified for system-wide assessments shall be included in the DoDEA Comprehensive Assessment System (DoDEA-CAS), in accordance with DoDEA Regulation 1301.01, “Comprehensive Assessment System,” October 4, 2018.  Students who have been identified as having disabilities or are ELLs shall participate using either the standard DoDEA assessments, with or without reasonable and appropriate accommodations, or through the use of the appropriate DoDEA alternate assessment, as per their Individual Education Plan (IEP), 504 Accommodation Plan, or English Learner Plan.  All assessments selected for use within DoDEA shall:

  1. Align to clearly defined standards and objectives within the content domain being tested
  2. Be valid and reliable and controlled for bias
  3. Be one of several criteria used for making major decisions about student performance/achievement.

The results of each assessment shall be used as one component of the DoDEA-CAS for major decisions concerning a student’s future learning activities within the classroom setting.   

For more information about the DoDEA-CAS, including the testing administration matrix, test descriptions, and testing calendar, please refer to: dodea.edu/assessments.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1301.01: DoDEA Comprehensive Assessment System

Special Education

Special Education Services

The purpose of special education is to enable students to successfully develop to their fullest potential by providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).Special education is specially designed instruction, support and services provided to students with an identified disability who require an instructional program that meets their unique learning needs.  The purpose of special education is to enable these students to successfully develop to their fullest potential by providing FAPE in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as implemented by DoD Manual (DoDM) 1342.12, “Implementation of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents,” June 17, 2015.

In DoDEA, special education and related services are available to eligible students, ages 3 through 21 years of age.  To be eligible for special education:

  1. The child must have an identified disability;
  2. The disability must adversely (negatively) affect the child's educational performance; and
  3. The child must require a specially designed instructional program.

If found eligible for special education and related services, DoDEA students are provided FAPE in accordance with an IEP, with services delivered in the least restrictive environment and with procedural safeguards, in accordance with the requirements of DoDM 1342.12.

Please contact your child’s school to discuss your concerns if you suspect your child may have a disability and be in need of special education services.  The Case Study Committee chairperson will provide you with specific details relating to the evaluation process and can explain eligibility requirements further. 

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1342.12: Implementation of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents

Disability Accommodations and Nondiscrimination

Apart from special education, a student with a disability, or who has a record of a disability, or is regarded as having a disability, shall not be excluded from participating in, or be denied the benefits of, any DoDEA education program or activity or be subjected to discrimination based solely on a disability. In accordance with DoDEA Administrative instruction 2500.14, “Nondiscrimination and 504 Accommodation on the Basis of Disability in DoDEA Conducted Education Programs and Activities,” April 29, 2009, as amended, students with disabilities shall be provided a FAPE and shall participate with students without disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate to ensure equal access to educational opportunities. This means that a student with a disability that does not require specialized instruction may be eligible for accommodations to ensure participation in school programs and activities. Please contact your child’s school for specific details.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2500.14: Nondiscriminiation and 504 Accommodation on the Basis of Disability in DoDEA Conducted Education Programs and Activities, Change 2

Reporting Abuse Neglect Suicide Risk and Threats

Child Abuse and Neglect

In accordance with the policy in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1356.01, “Family Advocacy Program Process for Reporting Incidents of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect,” November 5, 2018, all DoDEA personnel will participate in the identification and reporting of incidents of child abuse and neglect. School personnel shall report all suspected or alleged child abuse to the local Family and Advocacy Program (FAP) office, child welfare service agency (if available) and their immediate supervisor within 24 hours. All employees shall cooperate with the FAP process. The DoD FAP provides for the identification, treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1356.01: DoDEA Family Advocacy Program Process for Reporting Incidents of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect

Suicide Risk and Threats Towards Others

In order to prevent violence, suicide and other harmful acts among children and adults in schools, the need for reliable ways to identify persons who may require assistance is a critical step. All DoDEA employees must notify the DoDEA school administrator when a DoDEA student has made any statement or engaged in actions that may indicate threat of harm towards self or others.

Suicide Risk

Any indication of student suicidality must be immediately reported to the DoDEA school administrator.  The DoDEA student who exhibits suicidal ideation or behavior, or who makes a statement or engages in actions that may indicate self-harm or suicidal thoughts, shall be immediately assessed to obtain specific information to determine the risk level.  The results of that assessment shall be communicated to the DoDEA school administrator and documented.  Regardless of the level of risk reported, in all cases, a DoDEA school administrator or designated member of the Case Management Team must directly notify parents or legal guardians of the concern.  For additional assistance in this process, please contact the district school psychology instructional systems specialist.

If a parent or legal guardian disagrees with school recommendations for evaluation of a student’s dangerousness to self, or refuses to take parental or legal guardian responsibility for the safety of their child, the DoDEA school administrator must inform the parent or legal guardian that DoDEA policy requires that school personnel protect the safety and health of the students.  Parent or legal guardian refusal to address identified medical needs may necessitate a report to the local FAP office and local Child Protective services if neglect is suspected, as outlined in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1356.01.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1356.01: DoDEA Family Advocacy Program Process for Reporting Incidents of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect

Threats Towards Others

When a DoDEA student makes an explicit or implicit threat, or if the student’s behavior indicates that a threat is serious and reasonably likely to be acted upon, the DoDEA school administrator shall take action based on the level of the threat.  Certain types of serious threats require immediate notification to local law enforcement entities without regard to the level of threat yielded.  The DoDEA school administrator shall immediately report the following student behaviors to the local law enforcement entity:

  1. A threat that involves stalking of any person on a school bus, on school property or at a school-sponsored activity;
  2. Threats to bomb, burn, kill, or harm school personnel; and
  3. Threats of death or bodily injury to a person or members of his or her family or threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property.

The DoDEA school administrator shall also immediately report any act that may constitute a criminal offense to the parents or legal guardians of minor students involved in the act and shall report that the incident has been reported to local law enforcement, as required by Federal, state, or local law.  The DoDEA school administrator may report other threats to the local law enforcement entity, as necessary and appropriate.  The DoDEA school administrator shall inform the parents or legal guardians that they may contact local law enforcement for further information, as necessary and appropriate.

School Counseling Services

School Counseling Services

DoDEA school counselors provide comprehensive counseling programs to all students in grades K–12, in accordance with DoDEA Regulation 2946.1, “School Counseling Services,” July 13, 2009, and DoDEA Manual 2946.2, “Department of Defense Education Activity School Counseling Services,” January 1, 2006. Counseling programs are designed to foster a foundation for lifelong learning by removing barriers to students’ academic success. Early identification and intervention of students’ academic and social/emotional needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and promoting academic growth. School counselors provide direct and indirect student services and curricular activities to increase the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for students to achieve their potential academically, socially, emotionally, and physically for life, college, and career readiness.

Elementary school counseling programs are crucial in supporting students’ attitudes and personal views toward school, self, peers, and social groups. In elementary grades, school counseling programs support and provide education on prevention and intervention services, promoting positive academic skills, career awareness, and social-emotional development — skills students need to be competent and confident learners. 

Secondary school counseling programs are designed to meet the rapidly changing needs of students in grades 6–12, while preparing them for high school and beyond. College and career exploration and planning are emphasized at the secondary level. As middle school students learn to manage more independence and responsibilities, school counseling programs are designed to connect learning to practical application in life and work, support personal/social skills, and foster effective learning/study skills. 

High school counseling programs are designed to foster student preparation and readiness for successful college and career pathways after high school.  All secondary students create and manage a four- to six-year plan with their counselor. The four- to six-year plan is managed in SchooLinks and is designed to teach students how to create and attain their graduation, college, and career goals, while taking into account their interests, aptitudes, and graduation requirements.

Please contact your school counselor for additional information regarding the school counseling program.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2946.1: School Counseling Services
2946.2: DoDEA School Counseling Services

School Psychology Services

DoDEA school psychologists provide a range of services designed to support students’ learning, growth, and development. They are experts in student mental health and learning/behavior, and they partner with various stakeholders throughout the school and community to support students’ academic and emotional needs. School psychology programs are designed to foster safe, healthy and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between the school, home, and community. School psychologists aim to improve academic achievement, support diverse learners, promote positive behaviors and safe school climates, and strengthen school-family partnerships. Core functions of school psychologists include mental health interventions, behavior management, crisis intervention and response, assessment, and consultation and collaboration.

Please contact your school psychologist for additional information regarding the DoDEA School Psychology Program.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2946.03: School Psychological Services

School Health Services

School Health Services

Health Services School NurseDoDEA School Health Services aims to optimize learning by fostering student wellness.  The school nurse serves as the health service expert, providing health care to students/staff and implementing interventions that address both actual and potential health and safety conditions.  The school nurse collaborates with the school administrator to promote the health and academic success of students and serves as the liaison between the school, community, and health care systems. This collaborative effort creates opportunities to build capacity for students’ self-care, resilience, and learning. 

The school nurse’s responsibilities include:

  1. Providing leadership in promoting personal and environmental health and safety by managing communicable diseases, monitoring immunizations, and providing consultation and health-related education to students and staff to promote school health and academic success; 
  2. Providing quality health care and intervening with actual and potential health problems through health screenings, health assessments, and nursing interventions, including the development of health care and emergency care plans to enable students to safely and fully participate in school;
  3. Providing case management services to direct care for students with chronic health conditions in order to ensure their safety and increase their access to the educational program; and
  4. Collaborating with school and community-based resources to reduce health-related barriers to student learning, improve access to health care and develop school-community partnerships to support academic achievement and student success.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2942.01: School Health Services

Student Illness

health services illnessDo not send your child to school if he or she is ill. Staying home to get the proper rest, nutrition, and parental care is for your child’s benefit as well as for the benefit of the other children in the school who may be unnecessarily exposed to a contagious illness. The following are examples of when a student should remain home:

  1. A temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  The student must be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours (a complete school day) before returning to school.
  2. Actively vomiting or has diarrhea.
  3. An illness which presents with contagious symptoms.
  4. Other symptoms interfering with learning or participation, such as abdominal pain; ear ache; itchy, painful eyes; light-sensitivity; or profuse exudate from the eyes necessitating frequent wiping.
  5. Severe uncontrolled coughing or wheezing, rapid or difficult breathing, and coughing lasting longer than five to seven days.
  6. Episodes of vomiting in the past 24 hours. A student must remain home until vomiting resolves (no further vomiting for 24 hours).
  7. Frequent, loose or watery stools compared to the student’s normal pattern; not caused by diet or medication. A student must remain home if a) he/she looks or acts ill; b) he/she has diarrhea with temperature elevation of 100°F or greater; and c) he/she has diarrhea and vomiting.
  8. Blister-like lesions (impetigo, including streptococci, staphylococcus, and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections) that develop into pustules with weeping and crusting. A student must be medically evaluated, remain home for at least 24 hours after initiation of medical treatment and remain home until determined not infectious by a medical provider.  Lesions must be covered for school attendance.
  9. Ringworm lesions must be covered for school attendance.
  10. Thick discharge from eye, necessitating frequent wiping and may be accompanied by pain, redness to the white part of the eye and light sensitivity.  Student must remain at home until symptoms clear or completion of 24 hours of medical provider-prescribed ophthalmic treatment.
  11. Measles, mumps, rubella, (German measles), chicken pox, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. A student must remain home until determined to be not infectious by a medical care provider.

If your child becomes ill during the school day, the school nurse will contact you to pick up your child.  To return to school, your child must be without symptoms for 24 hours and fever-free without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.

Parent Notification

As a general rule, the parent or sponsor will be notified by the school administrator or school nurse if a child has:

  1. Any illness or injury that causes concern or inability to participate in school activities;
  2. Eye, ear, or teeth injuries;
  3. Head injury;
  4. Second- or third-degree burns;
  5. Severe pain;
  6. Sprains or possible fractures;
  7. Temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit;
  8. Vomiting or diarrhea; and
  9. Wounds that may require stitches.

Allergies and Chronic-Acute Conditions

health services conditionsPlease inform the school nurse of any medical condition and health concerns your child may have to better serve and protect your child’s welfare in accordance with DoDEA Regulation 2720.1, “First Aid and Emergency Care,” September 8, 2003.

Food allergies (including peanut/nut allergies) are a significant health concern within the school environment. Allergic reactions can range from mild symptoms to life-threatening reactions. Ensuring a safe environment for all students and visitors is a primary focus for the school administration and staff. In an attempt to raise awareness and limit unnecessary exposure during school hours, the following steps have been implemented to address food allergies:

  1. Notify the school nurse of ANY allergy to food, drug, insects, etc., that your child may have;
  2. Provide the school nurse with medication/doctor’s orders/emergency care plan/parent permission form;
  3. Teach children at home about their food allergies and the importance of not sharing any food with others in school or elsewhere; and
  4. Notify the classroom teacher about your child’s allergens and check with the classroom teacher prior to bringing in any food for classroom celebrations.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2500.14: Nondiscriminiation and 504 Accommodation on the Basis of Disability in DoDEA Conducted Education Programs and Activities, Change 2
2720.1: First Aid and Emergency Care

Medication at School

health services medicationWhen medication must be administered during the school day, it must be delivered to the school nurse in the original container and properly labeled by the pharmacy or primary care manager/provider, stating the name of the student, the medication, dosage, route, time of administration, and current date of issue. Contact the school nurse for the required Medication Consent Form. This form must be filled out and signed by the prescribing state licensed medical provider and also signed by the sponsor/parent/guardian. The sponsor/parent/guardian needs to bring the signed form and the medication to the school nurse. If the school nurse is not present, the signed form and medication must be presented to the school principal, acting principal, or health aide for safekeeping. It is acceptable for parents to bring in self-purchased over-the-counter medication to be kept in the health office for their child’s use at school, but the medication must be accompanied by a physician’s prescription and signed parental consent form.

In some rare situations, students are allowed to keep their rescue or emergency medicine with them while in school or at school-related activities. The prescribing primary care manager must provide a written statement that the student must be in control of his or her medication due to a life-threatening medical condition. The parent must provide written consent for the medication to stay with the student. See the school nurse to obtain the appropriate form for medications to be administered during school hours or for a student to self-carry emergency medication.

First Aid and Emergency Care

health services injurySchool personnel will administer first aid as efficiently as possible to the dependent student when needed to treat minor injury or illness, in accordance with the DoDEA Regulation 2720.1, “First Aid and Emergency Care,” September 8, 2003. In accordance with Section 6 of DoDEA Regulation 2720.1, should a student sustain a more serious illness or injury, the school nurse will make a judgment call based on nursing assessment to determine if the student needs emergency medical care requiring a response by an emergency medical team (EMT) and possible transportation for treatment at a health care facility. If a student needs emergency medical care requiring an ambulance, the school will make reasonable efforts to contact the sponsor/parent/guardian or emergency contact. In the absence of a parent, a school administrator or designee may accompany the student to the medical treatment facility.

The EMT, health care facility, or attending health care provider(s) may be non-U.S. or non-military facilities or providers, especially if the dependent student is located overseas. Treatment decisions will be made exclusively by the health care provider(s) if the nature of the dependent student’s injury or illness requires immediate health care, in accordance with their standard operating procedures regarding the delivery of emergency care for the dependent student.

It is very important for the school to have a current address, home phone number, mobile phone numbers, duty phone number, and the phone number of another adult to act as emergency contact in case parents cannot be contacted.

Contact your school nurse for additional information regarding the DoDEA School Health Services Program.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2720.1: First Aid and Emergency Care

School Meals Program

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1015.5: DoD Student Meal Program

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1353.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities, Change 1

Discrimination-Free Education Programs and Activities

No DoDEA student shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, be subjected to, or be permitted to subject others to discrimination in any DoDEA-conducted education and training programs and activities on the basis of their race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or status as a parent, which is commonly known as their protected class, in accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1443.01, Volume 1, “Executive Order 13160 Administration: Compliance Requirements and Appeals,” February 22, 2019.

Although DoDEA cannot guarantee every student a learning and activities environment free from annoyances, petty slights, or minor offenses, DoDEA is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free from unlawful discrimination and will not tolerate incidents of discriminatory unequal treatment, hostile environments (including those created by sexual assault and sexual harassment [discussed in greater detail below under “Student Conduct and Discipline”]), or impermissible disparate impact based on a student’s protected class, or retaliation against anyone because they have made a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation related to an allegation of discrimination.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

Scholastic Integrity

Students are responsible for their own scholastic integrity by neither giving nor receiving assistance (written, oral, or otherwise) on tests, examinations, final evaluations, or class assignments that are to be graded as the work of an individual. Any suspicion or evidence of forging, cheating, or plagiarizing the work of others will be investigated. Any student who is in violation will receive no credit. There will be an appropriate consequence for the particular assignment, and a letter will be sent home to be signed by the parents and returned to the teacher. A copy of the letter will be filed in the student’s discipline folder for the period of the school year.

Freedom of Religious Expression

According to Section 3.6 of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” April 6, 2021, students may observe religious practice in school, such as celebration of religious holidays, engaging in private prayer, saying grace before meals, and wearing yarmulkes and head scarves, as long as the practice does not violate student standards or cause substantial disruption. Students may engage in independent religious discussion to the same degree that they may engage in other types of permissible speech. The freedom to engage in religious expression in school does not include the right to compel other students to participate in religious practices or discussion. Students may express their beliefs about religion in the form of homework, artwork, presentations, and other written and oral assignments, free from discrimination by school faculty or other students based on the religious content of their submissions. Such assignments and submissions shall be assessed by curricular standards or other relevant instructional criteria in accordance with Section 4 of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1353.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities, Change 1

Interscholastic Athletics

This policy is currently under review

In accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1443.01, Volume 1, “Executive Order 13160 Administration: Compliance Requirements and Appeals,” February 22, 2019, all high school students, and middle school students in some cases, are provided the opportunity to participate in the Interscholastic Athletic Program without unlawful discrimination based on their race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, status as a parent, or other factors unrelated to that participation. There are equitable uniform eligibility policies for participants in all athletic programs. Please refer to your regional Interscholastic Athletics Program policy for details relating to your school. For DoDEA-Americas schools, please consult your state of residence athletic policies and the school athletic director for specifics regarding state regulations and requirements.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

Student Dress Code

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1353.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities, Change 1

School Security

Search and Seizure

General, non-individualized searches of school property (e.g., desks, lockers, storage spaces, and school computers, including data and internet access records), may be conducted by the principal on a periodic or random basis. The school affords students and parents adequate prior notice of its general search policy through the issuance referenced above and this handbook. The search shall be conducted by the principal in the presence of another school employee who will serve as a witness. General searches of school spaces and property may be conducted in cooperation with the appropriate installation authorities or military police, including dogs trained to detect the presence of contraband. Evidence found during a general search, or a dog sniff, that alerts authorities to potential contraband may provide reasonable suspicion sufficient to conduct an individualized search.

Individualized, reasonable suspicion or targeted searches may be conducted by a principal of a student’s personal belongings (including bags, personalized electronic mobile devices (PEMD) and the interior of student vehicles on school property) and in a student’s desk, locker, storage space, school computer, or other property of the school when there is reasonable suspicion to believe the student possesses a prohibited item. Targeted searches may be conducted whenever the student is involved in a school-sponsored or school-supervised activity or event so long as there is reasonable suspicion to conduct the search.

A targeted search of a student’s person shall only be conducted under exigent circumstances. When possible, a targeted search of the student’s person shall be conducted in a private room, or non-public area, and by a school official of the same sex as the student. Reasonable efforts to locate the student and to notify the parent shall be made prior to a targeted search or as soon as is practicable under the circumstances.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1353.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities, Change 1

Standard Response Protocols

DoDEA has implemented action-based standard response protocols (i.e., lockout, lockdown, evacuate, and shelter) that can be performed during any emergency incident.

lockout logoLockout is directed when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school.  Use the mass notification system or public address system, stating: “Lockout! Secure the perimeter.”  Who actually conducts this task will vary based upon the school and incident taking place.


lockdown logoLockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside the school building.  Use the mass notification system or public address system, stating: “Lockdown! Locks, Lights, Out of Sight!”  Who actually conducts this task will vary based upon the school and incident taking place; however, all school staff shall have the ability to call for a lockdown.  Contact local emergency services, or 911, as appropriate.


evacuate logoAn Evacuation is called when there is a need to move students from one facility to another.  The action will vary based upon the type of evacuation.  Other directions may be invoked during an evacuation, and student and staff should be prepared to follow specific instructions given by staff or first responders.


shelter logoShelter is called when the need for personal protection is necessary.  Hazards that could generate the need to Shelter include tornado, earthquake, tsunami, and a hazardous materials incident.  Use the mass notification system or public address system, stating: “Shelter [identifying the hazard]!”  This command is typically called by the DoDEA designated official but may be called by students, teachers or first responders.


The Standard Response Protocols are incorporated into the school’s Force Protection Plan.  For more information on the Standard Response Protocols and how they apply within DoDEA, refer to DoDEA Administrative Instruction 5205.02, Volume 6, “DoDEA Force Protection Program:  Standard Response Protocols,” July 24, 2018.

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1347.01: Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures, Change 1
1353.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities, Change 1

School Bus Behavior

Riding school buses is a privilege that may be suspended or revoked if a student does not behave in a safe and proper manner in accordance with DoDEA behavior expectations, which is in accordance with Section 7 of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1347.01, “Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures,” April 7, 2021.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1347.01: Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures, Change 1

Prohibited Sexual, Sex-Based, and Other Related Abusive Misconduct

DoDEA does not allow any form of sexual harassment, sexual assault, problematic sexual behavior in children and youth (PSB-CY) and other related abusive misconduct of, or by, employees, students, or anyone participating in DoDEA-conducted/sponsored education, training programs, and activities, committed both on and off DoDEA premises.

All DoDEA students are responsible for not committing acts of sexual harassment, sexual assault, PSB-CY, and other related abusive misconduct, in accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1443.02, “Prohibited Sexual, Sex-Based, and Other Related Abusive Misconduct Reporting and Response,” February 21, 2019 (DoDEA AI 1443.02, and for cooperating with any investigations and resolution of complaints made in accordance with this Issuance. Students who violate this policy are subject to discipline in accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction, “Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures,” April 7, 2021.

The right to be free from other related abusive misconduct includes physical and/or emotional misconduct that does not qualify as sexual assault or sexual harassment, but that is still intended to make a student feel pressured, uncomfortable, physically threatened, in pain, embarrassed, or offended. It also includes the right to be free from an adult, or another student, trying to exploit their position of authority or influence over a student to force or manipulate them into an inappropriate personal and/or sexual relationship, even if the student does not think it is harmful. DoDEA does not recognize sexual or romantic interactions between any student and a DoDEA employee or volunteer to ever be consensual, even if the student is of the lawful age of consent.

Students who are experiencing sexual assault, sexual harassment, PSB-CY, or other related abusive misconduct should report it, in accordance with Sections 4 and 5 of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1443.02, “Prohibited Sexual, Sex-Based, and Other Related Abusive Misconduct Reporting and Response,” February 21, 2019.

It is extremely important that a student not suffer in silence or be allowed to be exploited or manipulated into an inappropriate relationship. If such is happening to a student personally, or to someone they know, the student should let an adult know about it right away. The student may tell someone he/she feels comfortable with and trusts, such as their parent, teacher, nurse, or coach, or go directly to the school principal or program director, at any time. When a DoDEA employee or volunteer becomes aware of a violation of this DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1443.02, they are required to report it to their school principal or program director, with the possible exception of certain disclosures made during confidential communications not otherwise subject to mandatory reporting requirements in accordance with Issuance.

Students may visit DoDEA’s Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention Web page (dodea.edu/sexualharassment) to learn more.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1347.01: Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures, Change 1
1443.02: Protecting Against Sexual Harassment Based on Conduct of a Sexual Nature

Student Rights and Responsibilities

This policy applies to DoDEA Europe

DODEA students have the Right to a discrimination-free learning environment in which no individual, on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or status as a parent, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to, discrimination in a DoDEA-conducted or -sponsored education or training program or activity, pursuant to Executive Order 13160, DoD and DoDEA policy, and Federal law.

Students shall treat teachers, administrators, and other school staff as expected within the code of conduct, to include courtesy, fairness, and respect; and teachers, administrators, and other school staff shall treat students as expected within the code of conduct in this Issuance, to include courtesy, fairness, and respect. 

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1353.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities, Change 1

Bully Prevention

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.


Computer Access/Internet Policy/Electronic Devices

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

6600.01: Computer Access and Internet Policy

Role of Social Media

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 Services

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.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

4500.02: Student Transportation Services

School Procedures

Student Discipline

This policy applies to DoDEA Europe

Management of DoDEA student behavior is a responsibility shared by DoDEA students, sponsors/parents/legal guardians, teachers, and the military and school communities and consists of teaching and reinforcing positive DoDEA student attitudes and behaviors. Discipline should be progressively, equitably and fairly administered, is sequential and preplanned, and normally occurs in a hierarchy of consequences for repeated offenses of the same behavior. 

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1353.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities, Change 1

School Arrival

This policy applies to Ramstein IS
This policy is currently under review

This year, students enter classrooms at 0805 (0905 on Thursdays) with daily dismissal for all students being 1445. The earlier entry allows time for hand-washing and sanitizing. Morning supervision for arrival of bus riding students begins with the arrival of the first bus. Students who walk or are dropped off to school by their parents should arrive no earlier than 0800. 

For SY 21-22: each student enters the Courtyard each morning and selects a white or blue ‘Pawprint’ nearest their classroom entry door to stand on, while wearing a face covering. When possible, students standing on the same color Pawprint (six feet spacing) may have mask-free time. As more students arrive so that both blue and white Pawprints are used, students are required to wear their face coverings.   

The designated drop-off and pick-up zone for RIS is located at the corner where Columbia Drive and Jefferson Avenue (by Donnelly Park, Field #1) intersect. Ten parking spaces are designated for student drop off between 0755 – 0810 (0855 – 0910 on Th) and 1430 – 1500 on school days. While some families use the Commissary lot, please note: the street in front of the school (New York Avenue) is closed to traffic between 0750 to 0815 (0850 to 0915 on Th) and from 1440 to 1505 on school days. Please observe these times so that your vehicle does not interfere with arrival or dismissal, thereby endangering students during these high-pedestrian traffic times. For safety reasons, students are not allowed to go to the Commissary before or after school.  

Students are considered late if arriving after the bell has rung. Late students need to sign in at the office, accompanied by a parent, and receive a pass if they arrive after the morning bell. 

Collaboration Thursdays:

Every Thursday, teachers engage in grade-level or school-wide focused collaboration. As such, the start of those school days have a Late Start - as they are delayed by one hour and begins at 0905.

Visitor Guidelines

This policy applies to Ramstein IS

As COVID-19 Operational Guidelines allow, parents are welcomed and encouraged to visit school to observe their children in a classroom situation; however, you are asked to inform the teacher prior to your visit by note, E-mail message or phone 24 hours in advance. This ensures the class is not at a specialist's class or that an activity such as testing is taking place which could be disrupted if a parent visits unexpectedly. Students who wish to bring a guest must receive the approval of all teachers involved as well as an administrator.

All visitors are required to stop by the main office to sign-in, show identification, and obtain a pass in order to maintain a safe and secure learning environment for our students. Passes are to be worn so they are easily visible from front-facing. 

For SY 21-22: for the safety of our students and staff, visits to our school campus are limited at this time. 

Electronic Devices (personal)

This policy applies to Ramstein IS

Students are not allowed to bring personal electronic devices onto school grounds. If items are brought they must be stowed in the student’s backpack upon arrival at RIS. If they are brought out during the instructional day, the item will be taken away and the student’s sponsor must pick up the item from the office.

Electronic items can be easily lost or damaged. RIS does not accept the responsibility to replace lost or stolen items. If a student brings an electronic device, they are completely responsible for the item.

If a child has a cell phone, it must be turned off while on the RIS campus and kept in a student’s book bag or other secure location. If a parent wishes to contect their child, then call the office and leave a message. Students are not allowed to carry cell phones around with them on campus. If a cell phone is taken away it must be picked up by the student’s sponsor from the office.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1015.01: Student Activity Funds Management and Administration

Inclement Weather and School Delays / Closing

This policy applies to Ramstein IS

There are times when weather situations could result in school being closed. KMC members can monitor changing weather conditions, traffic information, school delays, closures, and early release information on AFN radio frequency (105.1 FM). Additionally, information is shared on the Ramstein Official social media channels, Ramstein Air Base Mobile App (USAF Connect > Favorites > Ramstein Air Base) as well as alerts are sent via the DoDEA Notification System aka At-Hoc (email, text messages, and phone calls). 

If there is a school delay, it is determined by the KMC Commanders about 0500, with an announcement of "no school" or "delayed start." Just for clarity, when a two-hour delay is called, students would arrive two hours after 0815 (arrive at 1015) and NOT two hours after the late start (NOT 1115 on Thursdays). 

If buses do not run, then there will be no school for ALL students attending Ramstein schools.  All families should have an emergency location for students to stay (e.g. neighbor's home) if school is delayed or must be dismissed early. It is important that your child know where he/she is to stay in an emergency situation.  If you experience problems or have questions concerning bus transportation, please contact the Student Transportation Office at 480-2877 (BUSS) or 06371 47 2877.

Appearance/Dress Code

This policy applies to Ramstein IS

Germany has lots of rain and the weather changes at a moment’s notice. It can be warm and sunny one minute and wet then cold the next. As students are outside every day for recess, passing to and from specials classes, and to lunch/recess: they should arrive to school dressed for variable weather conditions. Shoes should also be suitable to wear in any weather. Due to safety considerations, wearing ‘flip-flop’ footwear is not allowed.

In the winter months, dressing for the weather is very important as daily recess is outdoors. Student’s winter clothing should include gloves, hat, and an outdoor jacket which withstands wet, cold weather.

School Meal Program

This policy applies to Ramstein IS

The breakfast and lunch program at RIS is run through AAFES. For SY21-22, our partners at the Exchange School Meal program have extended the waiver for breakfast and lunch prices this school year. This includes Grab & Go meals for DVS students. Any available ala carte line items cost regular prices. Parents are able to open an account for their student at the Customer Service Center in the Exchange. Please have the DoDEA Student ID number provided by the school registrar’s office available. Your child will be issued a six digit Horizon PIN by AAFES in order to charge for meals during lunch.

When the account balance is low, parents will need to either go to the Exchange Customer Service Counter, visit the school lunchroom before 10:30 or after 1:20, or pay online to place more money in your child’s account. For more information on lunch, menus, prices, etc, use the link: https://www.aafes.com/about-exchange/school-lunch-program/  

AAFES now offers MyPaymentsPlus (www.mypaymentsplus.com), an online service that provides you the convenience and information you need to manage your student’s meal account. This system speeds up serving lines in the cafeteria, eliminates the need to send checks to school, or worry about lost or forgotten lunch money, and ensures that your child will receive a nutritious meal. To create a new account, visit your AAFES Exchange and then log onto www.mypaymentsplus.com. Follow the onscreen directions and register your student using their Student ID number.  The student ID number for MyPaymentsPlus is available at the Exchange customer service or from the cafeteria. This student ID is not available in the Main Office. 

Free and Reduced Meals
Free and reduced meal applications are available online using the AAFES link https://freeandreducedapps.aafes.com/. Please Note: If your child was on the Free and Reduced Program last year, you MUST re-register again this year.  

Student Messages/Transportation Changes

This policy applies to Ramstein IS

In order to ensure optimal safety and security measures are in place, any transportation changes for a student have to be made in person. Exceptions may be made for urgent emergencies. School personnel cannot accept a change of plans after 1415. It is challenging and disruptive to learning to pass along changes at the end of the school day for over 750 children.

Ultimately, the best practice is for families to discuss after-school plans with your child before sending them to school. We appreciate your understanding and support of this policy and know that we all want to create the safest environment for our children. Please discuss after school plans with your child before sending them to school.

Problem Solving Steps at RIS

This policy applies to Ramstein IS

Students: talk with the adult (classroom teacher, lunch/recess monitor) so they are able to help and have the student complete an Incident Report as needed. The Incident Report is turned into the office for investigation and to resolve the problem. 


  • If you have a concern about something at the school, please make an appointment with your child's teacher to discuss your concern first. You may reach them via email (using the format firstname.lastname@dodea.edu ) or by leaving a message when calling the main office. 
  • If the issue isn't resolved after communicating with the teacher, speak to the guidance counselor for your child's grade level. 
  • If the issue cannot be resolved at this level and you decide to seek the assistance of either an assistant principal or principal, you will always be asked if you spoke to the teacher and counselor first. 

Grade Level Guidance Counselors:

3rd Grade: Dr. Anne Hubbard  4th Grade: Mr. Gilbert Cortez   5th Grade: Ms. Michele Cook 


Principal: Ms. Caryn Currie 

Assistant Principals: Ms. Patricia Cameron-John and Ms. Deirdre McAlpin. 


Thank you in advance for using these effective steps for problem resolution. 

Communication with Teachers

This policy applies to Ramstein IS

While frequent communication is a key component of student success, please understand that should you telephone to speak to a teacher after 0800 or before 1445, a message will be taken for the teacher to return your phone call so that instructional time is not interrupted.  

While the use of e-mail has certainly facilitated written communication, also please be aware that once the instructional day begins at 0805 your child’s teacher may not read a message that you sent until their planning period or after the instructional day ends at 1445. The official email for your child's teacher is in the format of firstname.lastname@dodea.edu You may expect a teacher response back within 24 hours. 

School Support Programs

This policy applies to Ramstein IS

General Education Program 

Curriculum textbooks and materials in DoD schools are reviewed every seven years. A team of educators and parents review materials based on how thoroughly the DoDEA CCR standards are addressed, whether or not technology is a component, and other educationally sound criteria. 
The following publishers are currently supplying materials for our core subject areas: 

  • Literacy: Benchmark Advance
  • Mathematics: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / GO Math! 
  • Science: FOSS kits and FOSSweb 
  • Social Studies: Teachers' Curriculum Institute / Social Studies Alive! (Gr3-4) and History Alive! (Gr5) 
  • Health: Harcourt Brace 

To learn more about the content areas and DoDEA Standards, please visit http://www.dodea.edu/Curriculum/index.cfm 

Host Nation 

The DoDEA Host Nation Program is a unique feature of DoDEA's elementary school program and is designed to provide students with an introduction to host nation culture and languages, taught by Host Nation Teachers, as an essential experience of the DoDEA curriculum. With Host Nation Teachers as guides, students participate in activities which build appreciation and understanding of the culture of the country in which they are located. This intercultural program offers DoDEA students the opportunity to study the German culture and community.  More information may be found at the link https://www.dodea.edu/Curriculum/nationStudies/index.cfm  

Information Center (Library) 

Ramstein Intermediate School's Information Center is located in building 1000. Over 16,000 books, video cameras, computers, computer programs, and access to online databases and e-books are available for students and teachers to enhance learning. Students check-out books from the library system, and this year pick-up/delivery of hard-copy materials are made to classrooms on a regular basis. 

Educational Technology  

RIS has computers in the Information Center as well as mobile COW (Computer On Wheels) stations for classrooms in addition to interactive flat panel boards and digital document cameras in each classroom. Teachers, with the support of the Educational Technologist and the Information Specialist, integrate computer technology into the daily curriculum. Lessons and activities are designed to integrate 21st Century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication with educational experiences including analyzing and applying new knowledge. 

Guidance / Counseling Program 

Three full time guidance counselors provide counseling services at RIS. The major goal of the guidance program at RIS is to assist in creating an educational environment conducive to the academic, personal, social, and career growth of students. Counselors see students individually and in small groups. School counselors also teach classroom lessons and serve as resources for special lessons and enrichment activities. Counselors interpret system-wide assessment results for teachers and parents and also serve as liaisons with many community resources. Students may see their counselor on a walk-in basis or may be referred by a parent, teacher, or administrator. 

Extra-Curricular Activities 

Ramstein Intermediate School offers a variety of after school activities. At this time, to adapt to COVID-19 Operational Guidelines, SY21-22 club activities will be offered either outdoors or virtually. Additional information about these activities will be sent home in September.

PLEASE NOTE:  After school team sports for elementary school age students are the responsibility of Youth Services – not DoDEA-Europe. DoDEA-Europe does not have authority nor does it receive funding to initiate such services in elementary schools.

RIS School/Home Partnerships

This policy applies to Ramstein IS

Parent and community involvement in the educational process takes many forms. Examples of School/Home Partnership activities include PTA, SAC, and dependent on current COVID mitigations in place - classroom assistance/tutoring, library assistance, guest speaking, sharing special skills or hobbies, Career Day, and much more. We hope you will be an active partner in your child’s education.  

Kids 4 Kids - Deployment Support Group 

The Ramstein Intermediate PTA, along with the school counselors and psychologist, and Military Family Life Counselors formed a partnership to support students with deployed parents. Deployed is different from TDY.  The deployed parents of these students are away from the family at least three months and are typically in a remote area or “hot spots”. Approximately once per month, special activities are offered to encourage cross-aged partnerships of Kids 4 Kids members with similar deployment-related experiences and, at the same time, allow them to have some stress-free fun. Most of the activities are held on campus, the Ramstein Youth Center, or at Donnelly Park. There is no cost to participate in this program.  Please contact your child’s counselor for more information and permission to participate. 

Student Support Services 

Student Support Services (SSS) is an integral part of the total education program.  The Student Support Services department includes the school nurse, school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers (located only in certain locations).  The SSS staff members at each DoDEA school partner with parents, community, students and other educators to assist in creating an educational environment conductive of academic, personal, social and career growth of all students. Student Support Services staff members are extensively involved in implementing programs that support DoDEA Community Strategic Goal 1, to challenge each student to maximize his or her potential and to excel academically, socially, emotionally and physically for life, college and career readiness. Please visit the Student Support Services website for further information based on your situation or discuss with an administrator at your student’s school. 

RIS Parent Teacher Association (PTA) 

The Ramstein Intermediate School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) invites your family to become actively involved in our school. Your participation and voice in your child’s education do make a difference. In the past, the PTA has supported our school with supplemental classroom materials, positive incentive rewards, and financial support of enrichment programs for students.

General membership PTA meetings are held four times per year. Your involvement and support are greatly appreciated. There are chair positions for parents such as (Fund Raising; Family Events/Bingo; Membership; Publicity; School Photos; Snack Shack; Spirit Wear; Teacher Appreciation; Yearbook; Popcorn; and more).  If you are interested in serving on the PTA Executive Committee, please e-mail the PTA at Ramstein.pta@gmail.com 

RIS School Advisory Committee (SAC) 

The Ramstein Intermediate School Advisory Committee makes recommendations and advises the principal on all matters within jurisdiction, including school policies toward students and parents; instructional programs and educational resources within the school; allocation of resources within the school to achieve educational goals; pupil-services (health, special education, testing, evaluation, counseling, and extracurricular activities); students’ standards of conduct and discipline; and policies and standards of the dependents’ education system related to the above matters. SAC elections are held each spring to fill any of the two open parent and two staff positions with election terms of two years. 

Learning Community Members

This policy applies to Ramstein IS

We appreciate our partnership with our military, recognizing them as valuable additional learning community members. 

School Liaisons

86th MSG: Ms. Jennifer Hahn & Mr. Christopher Lamb
Ramstein AB, Bldg 2203, Rm 111 

DSN: 480-9374, CIV: 06371-47-9374
Email: 86msg.slo@us.af.mil 

USAG – RP: Ms. Lynn Rice
Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Bldg 162, Rm 116
DSN: 541-9061, CIV: 0611-143-541-9061
Email: lynn.s.rice.naf@mail.mil 

Department of the Air Force 

  • Commander, USAFE-AFRICA: Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian 
  • Commander, 3rd Air Force: Maj. Gen. Randell Reed 
  • Commander, 86th Air Wing: Brig. Gen. Joshua Olson  
  • Commander, 86th Mission Support Group: Col. Amy M. Glisson  
  • School Partner: 86th VRS (Vehicle Readiness Squadron) 

Department of the Army 

  • USAG Rheinland-Pfalz Garrison Commander: COL Vance Klosinski 
  • 21st Theater Sustainment Command Commanding General: BG James M Smith