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Sentinels Preparing to be Highly Successful!

School Address and Contact Information

Unit 3822
APO, AE 09126
Phone: 06565-61-4469
DSN Phone: 314-452-4469
From US: 011-49-6565-61-4469


Spangdahlem HS Mission

Educate, engage, and empower each student for success in a dynamic world.

Spangdahlem HS Vision

Excellence in education for every student, every day, everywhere.

Spangdahlem HS Schoolwide Goal

Spangdahlem High School will increase the number of students who meet or exceed expectations in written expression from 49% to 59% as measured by 2020 administration of the DoDEA CAS Summative Assessment.

Spangdahlem HS Motto

Sentinels Preparing to be Highly Successful!

Spangdahlem HS School Hours

Office Hours

Regular Hours

Wednesday Hours Delayed Start Early Dismissal

(Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri)


0700-1600 0700-1600
Instructional Day

Regular Hours

Wednesday Hours Delayed Start Early Dismissal
0800 - 1440
(Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri)
0800 - 1350 1000 - 1440 0800 - 1125
It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to notify the school every time a student is absent.

School Contacts

Name Staff Position Phone
School Meals Program
School Counselor
School Psychologist
Information Specialist


Handbook Contents

School Calendars
Admin Bios
General Information
High School Graduation
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...

Principal's Corner

Welcome Sentinels

Spangdahlem High School Principal's Message

Welcome to our Sentinel Family! The staff and I are excited to begin a new school year and look forward to working with each of you as we navigate the high school experience. Spangdahlem High School has a reputation of success in both academics and athletics. Our students win national recognition, are awarded prestigious scholarships, win sports championships, and participate in a robust program of rigorous course offerings. From our career practicum program which offers "real-world" work experience to AP Statistics that challenges mathematical thinking, our staff is ready to prepare your student for both college and career.

Spangdahlem High School promotes a culture of family, which means we work together to support each and every student that passes through our doors. Community, command, family, student, and staff partnerships ensure that our students are provided the support they need to reach their highest potential. Our open communication and willingness to listen starts with registration and continues each day after that. Please do not hesitate to contact the front office, the teaching staff or me at any point. We are here with the sole purpose of supporting our amazing military-connected students.

Be on the lookout for information and opportunities to volunteer in our school. Please follow us on Facebook to stay updated on current school events. Community, Command, and families are respected contributors to our success. My door is always open and I encourage you to spend time with us during the school day. I look forward to a year of learning, surprises, and student success. GO SENTINELS!

Dr. Anneliese Hyde


About Our School

Spangdahlem High School Points of Pride

  • Over 60% of our recent graduates were honored with a pathway completion distinction.

  • We are the only school in the district to produce a Capstone Diploma recipient.

  • One 2020 graduate JROTC Cadet was awarded a West Point appointment.

  • The Sentinels won 5 championships during the 2019-2020 fall and winter sports seasons.

  • Spangdahlem students participated in FBLA, ISLI, Junior Leadership Seminar, Creative Connections, MUN, STEMposium, DramaFest and Educators Rising.

  • Six students were selected for Honors Music.

  • 74% of our students are participated in a spring sport.

  • 50% of our Seniors participate in our career practicum program in partnerships with the 52nd Fighter Wing.
    - Our JROTC, AVID, and Video Communications students collaborate with the complex Spangdahlem Schools and their students.

  • All students have both a 4-year and career plan created with Choices 360.

  • Multiple student-athletes were awarded academic honors from the Region Office.

  • 21% of Freshmen are enrolled in an AP class.

  • Students are enrolled in the AP Seminar and AP Research classes and are on track to complete the AP Capstone Diploma.

  • SpHS is the only Air Force JROTC unit to be chosen to admit 8th grade cadets.

  • 99 students are enrolled in 13 AP Classes.

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Spangdahlem High School

Front of Spangdahlem High School


Europe West 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.

Dr. Anneliese Hyde - Spangdahlem HS Principal

Dr. Anneliese Hyde

Dr. Hyde’s career began with her student teaching at H.H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany. Her first assignment was in Baumholder, Germany where she taught a variety of classes at the high school level. After a military move with her family, she began teaching at Faith Middle School on Fort Benning. Her first administration experience came as she accepted the job of Headmaster at a local day school. While there, she was recognized as an educational leader in her community. Four years later, she took an assignment at Seoul American Middle School where she served in a variety of roles to include classroom teacher and information specialist. After eight years in Korea, she moved to Yokota High School in December, 2015 as the Assistant Principal.

Although teaching and learning are true passions, she also enjoyed a successful role as coach, athletic director, and mentor. Dr. Hyde has coached volleyball, soccer and basketball at the varsity, middle, and community levels. While serving as the CSI Chairperson, she led her school in creating and adopting a school vision, while focusing on increased student achievement. Dr. Hyde has also served on her school’s SAC and PTO boards, has steered her school to certification as the AVID Coordinator, worked with a variety of educators as a department head and Case Study Committee Chairperson. She received the Commander’s Award in 2011. She is especially proud to be part of a staff and school community that was awarded Blue Ribbon Status.

Dr. Hyde is a Gold Star Spouse that has a deep understanding of the hardships and rewards of being a part of the military community. She has two children; her daughter is a sophomore at the University of Alabama and her son recently graduated from Spangdahlem High School. Dr. Hyde is excited for the opportunity to work with and learn from the community, command, parents, and students as the Principal of Spangdahlem High School.


Teresa Moon - AFNORTH Community Schools,Brussels Community Schools,Kleine Brogel Community Schools,SHAPE Community Schools,Spangdahlem Community Schools Community Superintendent

Teresa Moon

Ms. Moon is a native of Hiram, Ohio. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Kent State University in 1993. Ms. Moon received her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University in 2008 and her Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University in 2016. She is currently working on her capstone project to complete her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. 

Ms. Moon began her career teaching high school mathematics and science in Florida. While there she coached softball and basketball and was the National Honor Society director. Ms. Moon was the Teacher of the Year in Pinellas County, Florida. She then relocated to Ohio to serve as a mathematics teacher at Crestwood High School and was the department chair for both mathematics and technology. Ms. Moon received the Ohio State Finalist: Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching. She also served as an instructor for Middle Childhood Education at Kent State University. The Ohio Department of Education employed Ms. Moon as a facilitator for 21st Century Teaching and Learning where she coached teams of principals and teachers across the state on project-based learning. 

Ms. Moon joined the DoDEA team as an Instructional System Specialist for secondary mathematics and science and as the district STEM coordinator. During that time, she implemented full STEM programs at schools in Fort Benning, Fort Rucker, and Maxwell Air Force Base. She then became the assistant principal at Joan K. Mendel Elementary School and the Principal of Yokota High School in Japan. Ms. Moon worked at DoDEA Headquarters in the Education Directorate as the Specialized Content Program Manager where she served as the lead for twelve of DoDEA’s curriculum programs. Ms. Moon then served as a Professional Practice and Improvement Specialist for the Center of Instructional Leadership in Europe. She designed professional learning and coached principals throughout Europe. Most recently, she served as the principal of Lakenheath High School in England. 

Ms. Moon has a strong passion for students and is honored to have the opportunity to support the community at Europe West District Office. She is the proud mother of four children: Darren, Randy, Rebecca and Jessica. She says that she couldn’t have achieved this amazing opportunity without the incredible support of her husband, Greg.


School Handbook

Dr. Jason Ter Horst - Europe West District Superintendent

Dr. Jason Ter Horst

Dr. Jason Ter Horst was raised in a military family and has been an educator for over twenty years. He taught grades K-12 throughout his educational career, spending the most amount of time at the middle school level as science teacher and coach. After earning a Master’s Degree in Leadership, Dr. Ter Horst became an assistant principal and then principal of a middle school in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After his middle school received national recognition as a Trailblazer Schools To Watch award winner, Dr. Ter Horst became an Executive Director of K-12 Schools in his district and supervised twenty schools and their principals. Concurrently, he taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in the Educational Leadership Department.

Three years later, Dr. Ter Horst became the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Curriculum, Student Services and Assessment in Colorado Springs, School District 11. There he supported a district of 58 schools and served 28,000 students through curriculum adoption, program evaluation, assessment development, improvement planning, and accountability structures. While serving as Assistant Superintendent, he was also involved with State-level work. He was part of a state-wide Accountability Workgroup, as well as a member of a state-level team focused on improving central office support to struggling schools in the State.

Dr. Ter Horst earned his B.S. from Colorado State University in Pre-Medicine. He completed his M.Ed. at the University of Colorado in 1998. In 2018, Dr. Ter Horst also completed his PhD program at the University of Colorado.

After twenty years in the Colorado Educational System, Dr. Ter Horst came to DoDEA in 2016, where he currently serves military connected families in the role of Community Superintendent for Kaiserslautern Military Community. As a former student in DoDEA himself, and a veteran of the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Community, he is committed to doing whatever he can to support our military community.

Dr. Ter Horst is known for his work ethic and a highly innovative approach to leadership and the education of students.


Ms. Leigh Johnson - Europe West Chief of Staff

Ms. Leigh Johnson

Ms. Leigh Johnson currently serves as the Europe West District as the Chief of Staff, Brussels, Belgium.

Prior to this assignment, Ms. Johnson served as the Chief of Human Resources (HR) over the Pacific Region HR Advisory Support Branch, Department of Defense Education Activity. In this position, Ms. Johnson provided leadership and oversight over all aspects of the DoDEA Pacific Region HR Advisory Teams, supporting the Pacific’s three geographically dispersed school districts. She served as the principal advisor to the Pacific Region Director for Student Excellence and respective District Superintendents concerning all HR policy and procedures.

Previously, Ms. Johnson served as the Human Resources Supervisor over the DoDEA Europe West District. Ms. Johnson oversaw the full range of human resources management functions and services. She served as the expert advisor to the District Superintendent on all HR related matters, represented him at Garrison Command meetings and worked with stakeholders on all levels to provide resolution to complaints, inquiries, and various concerns within the confines of prescribed regulations.

Prior to joining DoDEA, Ms. Johnson served at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center where she was instrumental in procuring and implementing new systems for use by the workforce, identifying training needs and working with contract management. She served as a liaison with the budget and logistics teams to ensure funding and necessary materials were available. Ms. Johnson also served in different positions for the Defense Logistics Agency, Department of the Army, and U.S. Army Medical Command. Preceding her Federal career, Ms. Johnson served in the United States Army where she provided HR and logistical support for various commands, maintaining property accountability and inventory.

Ms. Johnson hold a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management, and a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Business Administration.


School Handbook

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:

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 ( 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 (

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

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

High School Graduation

Graduation Requirements

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


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

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

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

Entering 9th grade in school year 2019-20

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

Entering 9th grade in school year 2021-22

Graduation Requirements, Class of 2026
School Year 2022-23, Class of 2026

Entering 9th grade in school year 2022-23

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1367.01: High School Graduation Requirements and Policy

Transferring Course Credits to a DoDEA School

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

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1342.29: Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
1367.01: High School Graduation Requirements and Policy

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

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 ( 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:

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: Provision 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 Choices360 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

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

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

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

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
1353.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities

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

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 ( to learn more.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

1347.01: Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures
1443.02: Prohibited Sexual, Sex-Based, and Other Related Abusive Misconduct Reporting and Response

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.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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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


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

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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

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

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Arrival at School

Parents of students who walk to school are advised not to allow their children to leave home too early. Due to the lack of supervision, children should not arrive earlier than 7:30 AM. Your cooperation in this matter will greatly enhance the safety and security of our students. Parents must come to the front office to sign their child in if he/she arrives after 8:00 AM. It should be noted that Base policy has determined that it is the responsibility of our students' parents as to whether their children are supervised by an adult or older sibling while walking to and from school or bus stop.

Student Conduct and Expectations

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"It is the teacher's right to teach.....And the student's right to learn."

The SHS staff and administration work diligently to encourage students to develop and demonstrate the behavior that will help them be successful citizens. The following five "I CARE" rules are emphasized throughout all classrooms at SES

  1. I will talk at the right times.
  2. I will listen and follow directions.
  3. I will be kind and respectful to everyone.
  4. I will complete my work and do my best
  5. I will be responsible for school materials and supplies

Sentinel Scroll

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Our scroll is published weekly and e-mailed to parent on Fridays. If you would like the scroll sent to an additional e-mail account, please make that request in the HS front office.


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The office assigns lockers and locks, and maintains an updated listing of locker assignments and lock combinations. Students may not share lockers, and are responsible for their own locker’s security, contents, cleaning and care. Students and theirsponsors may be held financially responsible for repair costs. Contents found in unsecured lockers will be removed, and students using a locker other than the one assigned may lose the privilege of having a locker.

Lockers remain the property of the school, and may be searched at any time. The school reserves the right to make general locker searches in conjunction with community or military police authorities, and school administrators may conduct a warrant-less search of an individual student’s locker when there is a reasonable suspicion that the search will produce evidence that the student has violated the law or the school’s rules.

Unsecured Property

Government and personal property are to be kept secure at all times on school grounds. Property left unattended or in unlocked lockers may be confiscated, and students responsible for the items may be subject to disciplinary action. Unattended property not only gives the school an unsightly appearance, but it also can create safety and security problems.

Lost and Found / Missing Personal Property

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Please bring found items to the Student Affairs Office. Lost and found articles are kept until claimed or for a period of one month, after which school personnel may dispose of them.

In the case of missing personal property, notify the administration as soon as possible, and if necessary, military or host nation law enforcement and make a statement concerning the circumstances. Actions taken against suspects involved in a theft and subsequent legal process will depend on the evidence obtained through investigations conducted by the administration or law enforcement agencies.

Posting Notices in School

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All posters, handbills, or other types of advertisement for events must have prior administrative approval before being posted on school grounds.

Electronic Devices/Telephones

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Electronic devices may be used before school, during lunch, or after school. Electronic devices may be used during the class period ONLY with permission from the instructor.  If electronic devices are out during class time without instructor permission the Student and the Device will be sent to the Principals office.  Subsequent incidents are treated as insubordination.  The school takes no responsibility for lost/stolen items.

Academic Recognition

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Class Ranking and Eligibility for Academic Honors

The determination of grade point average for class ranking, valedictorian and salutatorian selection is based on student grades attained at the end of the second semester of the graduating year.

Students who are graduating early, i.e., after completing 6 semesters of high school, are eligible to compete for these honors. However, students must have been enrolled in a Department of Defense Education Activity school during the entire first semester of the graduating year to be eligible.

Class rankings for graduation are determined following the second semester of the senior year for students enrolled at the end of the fourth quarter. All letter grades with a high school course code are averaged to determine class rankings for graduation honors. Students who completed a foreign language and/or an Algebra I or higher level math course in 7th or 8th grade should be aware that credits earned in these courses can count as high school credits, but grades will not be used to compute the cumulative GPA.

Honors Diploma

The honors diploma is awarded to graduating students who pass at least four (4) Advanced Placement courses and maintain a GPA of 3.8 or higher through the last semester of their senior year, in addition to meeting all standard requirements for graduation.

National Honor Society

This program is sponsored by the school and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Students are selected on the basis of academic achievement, community service and leadership. Applications are considered in the spring.


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All required textbooks are supplied without charge. Students are responsible for their care, and replacement if lost or damaged.

Guidance Counseling

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The guidance department is established to provide career, academic and personal counseling to the students of SPANGDAHLEM High School. Students may be excused from classes for appointments with the counselor.

Appointments are scheduled in advance; the counselor will send a hall pass for the student at the time of the appointment. Students should try to schedule appointments during their elective classes to minimize lost core class time.

The pass must have the date, time and signature of the guidance counselor. The student presents the pass to the teacher in the class that meets at the time of the scheduled appointment. The signature of the teacher from the class being missed is also required on the pass.

The guidance office is open daily from 0800-1235 and 1310-1510. Appointments can be made for alternate times. In emergency situations, the student will be seen immediately.

Controversial Materials Policy

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The inclusion of controversial issues and/or teaching methodologies in any area of the school program should involve communication with sponsors prior to the use of any such material or methodology.

If a book, film, video or other assigned teaching material is challenged by a student or parent as being improper or unacceptable, the person with the concern should immediately schedule a meeting with the teacher to review the unacceptable material or assignment and attempt to resolve the situation. If this informal intervention doesn’t result in a satisfactory solution, a committee consisting of the Department Chairperson, a parent, a student and the school’s information specialist will be appointed to review the complaint. The committee will address the complaint and material as well as hear from both the teacher and the complainant prior to making a ruling. If the material has been previously challenged, the committee will make a decision regarding the outcomes of the current and previous challenges and make a recommendation to the principal, who will make a final determination with respect to the use of the material.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2992.01: Information Center and Classroom Supplemental Materials Selection Policy and Challenge Procedures


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School sponsored dances are normally held on Friday evenings, with the exceptions of the Homecoming Dance and the Prom, which are on Saturday evenings. 

  • Students bringing a guest who is not a SPHS student must complete a permission form, which requires approval of a parent/sponsor and the principal.
  • Individuals older than 19 will not be considered to attend a high school dance. (The permission slip must be turned in 48 hours prior to the dance.
  • Students will not be admitted later than one hour after the scheduled start of the dance.
  • Students who leave the dance for any reason will not be readmitted.
  • Approved guests are required to present ID prior to entry and must have obtained approval from administration prior to attending.
  • Appropriate attire is determined by the nature/theme of the dance, but generally should not be in violation of the dress code for the school.


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Membership selection is based on leadership, service, character and scholarship. Members must have and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 from 9th grade and must have been enrolled at SPHS for at least one semester.  There is one membership selection process each year that begins after the first semester.

Students who have been inducted at another school and who transfer to SPHS become members of the SPANGDAHLEM Chapter, and they must meet the standards of our chapter. NHS has group service projects and all members are expected to participate. Members are reviewed by the faculty.  Those who fall below the standards which were the basis for their selection will be counseled, put on probation, or dismissed, based on the NHS sponsor decision. Any questions regarding NHS should be directed to the faculty sponsor of the activity.


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School policies and rules are in effect on all field trips sponsored by the school. A teacher is responsible for the students on a field trip, with parents and/or other adults sometimes assisting with the supervision. Permission slips may be sent home for parental signatures prior to the trips. A ratio of 10 students per chaperone is required.  


Neither a senior trip nor any other unauthorized class trip is considered a school function. Such a trip is not an approved activity. Parents or other community groups sponsoring such social trips must accept full responsibility for the event.
Planning must not be done on school time, and class or school funds may not be expended for the activity. Students may not be excused from school to participate in such events.

Student Council

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At Spangdahlem High School, the student council offers an opportunity for students to develop positive civic responsibilities through participation in student government. The Student Council encourages students to become responsible citizens through their participation in student government. Eligibility rules for candidates and rules for conducting campaigns and elections are published, announced, and uniformly enforced. Elections for class officers and representatives are held in the first month of each school year.  Likewise, the Student Council is elected at the beginning of the year.

Dress Code

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SPHS students, staff and parents drafted a new, gender-neutral, gender-respective dress code that supports student creativity and expression while maintaining a professional, academic environment. In general, neatness, decency, cleanliness and safety constitute the guidelines that all students are expected to follow in dress and grooming. Students dress and appearance that interferes with normal classroom instruction will not be permitted. See diagram for Standard dress requirements:

Dress Code

In Addition:

  • All students will wear shoes (appropriate for educational activities, i.e., athletic shoes for PE, protective shoes for science labs)
  • Garments with foul, provocative, racially inflammatory, sexist or tasteless words and pictures will not be permitted. Nor will any apparel with advertisements for tobacco, alcohol or drugs be permitted.
  • Hats or any other headgear are not to be worn by members of either sex in the classrooms.
  • No pajama bottoms or slippers should be worn to school.
  • Transparent clothing is not considered adequate cover.
  • No student shall present himself or herself to the school in a manner that is plainly offensive or likely to cause disruption. The school, in its discretion, shall prohibit any cosmetics, jewelry (such as fighting rings or chains or similar attachments), and clothing which it deems to have a substantial and disruptive or dangerous effect on the school atmosphere.
  • Clothing items with gang affiliation or intention to cause provocation will not be tolerated.
  • Costumes may not be worn at school except on approved occasions.

Schedule Changes

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Each student is provided an appropriate program of studies designed to foster academic and personal success. Placement of students is considered on an individual basis.  Decisions reflect the best interests of the student.

Occasionally it is necessary to make changes in a student’s schedule.
During the first 10 days of the school year for yearlong classes or the first 10 days of Semester 2 for semester long classes, a high school student’s schedule may be changed at the request of the student with good cause. Parental approval and signature is required. The principal must approve schedule changes that occur after the first two weeks of the semester and transcripts may be affected.


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EXCUSED ABSENCES are granted for illness, family emergencies (e.g. severe illness or death in the family or local hardship situation), medical appointments and religious observances that cannot be arranged during non-school hours. Excused absences are also granted to students participating in school-sponsored activities such as study trips, interscholastic activities and athletic events.

Extended absences due to hospitalization, emergency leave, etc., will be addressed on an individual basis by school administration.
For all excused absences, the completion of missed work is mandatory, and credit is granted (see MAKEUP WORK, below).


If a student is to be absent for a reason other than illness or emergency for more than 3 days, the pre-arranged absence process is required.  This ensures that students are responsible for checking on assignments and make-up work prior to the absence.  All paperwork must be completed three days before the absence begins. Any exceptions are handled on an individual basis with the admin. 

  • A parent comes to the school to request a pre-approved absence form and meets with the principal
  • A form is given to the student
  • The student takes the form to each of his/her teachers for classes that will be missed. Each teacher will endorse the form.
  • The form will be given to the registrar in the HS FRONT OFFICE to send copies to the teachers, parents, and administration.
  • Pre-arranged absences may be reported as unexcused.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES are recorded in cases of truancy, failure to provide a note following an absence (see ADMISSION FOLLOWING AN ABSENCE, below), attending non-school sponsored activities, “skip days,” oversleeping, babysitting siblings and missing the bus. For all unexcused absences, the completion of missed work is mandatory; the classroom teacher determines the granting of credit, if any.


The student must bring a written note from the sponsor or appointment location stating the date(s) of and reason(s) for the absence or call or email the school. Absences not cleared with a sponsor-signed, dated note specifying an excusable (see above) cause within one day following the absence or a call or email, will be coded as unexcused.

MAKE-UP WORK is required for all absences. The time allowed for make-up work is based on the number of days (class periods) absent.  As a rule, one day (class period) for make-up is allowed for each day (class period) of absence. After a reasonable time, and with appropriate notification to the student, the sponsor and the administration, make-up work may not be accepted for credit. The student is responsible for getting his/her make-up work from each teacher following an absence.  Because SPANGDAHLEM High School is on a block schedule, the make-up work is due at the next class meeting.

When a student is ill and it is anticipated the absence will be for more than one day, or when a student is suspended from school for discipline, sponsors may contact teachers to arrange to pick up homework assignments from the HS FRONT OFFICE, or to receive them electronically. The office will attempt to have work ready for pick up the next school day.


All students must be in attendance during scheduled semester examinations and system-wide testing. Only excused absences supported with verification from a doctor or sponsor will be granted excused absence status during these times. Make-up time for these examinations will be outside of the normal school day. Students are expected to be in school.


Students who do not attend school for a full day without an excused absence will not be allowed to participate in or attend a school-sponsored event scheduled on that same day. Students with an unexcused absence on a Friday will not be permitted to participate in weekend activities. The admin must approve exceptions to this policy.


Students who need to leave school during the day for an excused absence or for an emergency are to be signed out in the HS front office by a sponsor/parent/guardian via note, email, phone or in person. Students may not sign themselves out of school with one exception of lunch. Students leaving school without signing out are considered truant and subject to discipline.  Only juniors and seniors are allowed to leave campus for lunch.

Related DoDEA Policies & Regulations

2095.01: School Attendance, Change 1


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Tardiness is defined as being late for the start of a scheduled class. A student’s tardy arrival disrupts learning for all students in class, and is a serious matter. Students can avoid unnecessary tardies with planning and preparation—by visiting lockers only before school and at lunch (e.g. carrying materials for two class periods at a time), and limiting visiting with friends during the 5 minute passing time.

Students arriving late to school for any reason must report to the HS front office to sign in.

An EXCUSED TARDY pass is given by the office or by a teacher, for valid reasons, for example a scheduled appointment, or a teacher holding students briefly for conferences, assistance etc.

An UNEXCUSED TARDY is defined as late arrival to an assigned area or class without a valid, acceptable reason (and thus without an excused tardy pass). Three (3) unexcused tardy violations during a quarter are deemed excessive, and violate the discipline policy.  Students reaching the third tardy will generally be assigned one day of detention. Thereafter, the following actions will be taken at administrator discretion:
2nd referral: parent conference – (three days)
3rd referral: parent conference, possible discipline action

Student Success Team (SST)

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This committee reviews student situations where there is a concern on the part of faculty, parents, administration, or students regarding poor student performance academically, socially, or psychologically.  More often, the SST develops an individualized action plan to address the concerns presented.  The team presently consists of the school psychologist, guidance counselor, school nurse, administration, and teachers as appropriate. Parent referrals may be made by contacting any member of the team.


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SEMINAR Period meets on black days at Spangdahlem High School and each student is assigned to a seminar. This period is a time for students to read, get help from a teacher, work on school projects, do research in the information center, get organized, and conduct other matters related to school. 


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DoDEA-Europe schools prohibit wearing of specific colors associated with or intended to identify the wearer as a gang member wannabe. This can include certain sports franchise merchandise, or certain kinds of jewelry.  School dress codes also prohibit wearing clothing that promote or advocate the use of drugs, violence, or other undesirable behaviors.

DoDEA-Europe promotes open and honest communications with parents should they have concerns. 


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Inappropriate display of public affection between students is a behavior that is offensive to other students, parents, teachers and visitors.  As such, the following guidelines are in effect regarding such actions during school hours and on school grounds or at school events at any time. Public displays of affection are considered to be any physical contact other than holding hands.

Consequences for failure to demonstrate acceptable respect can range from a warning for a first offense to suspension for continued inappropriate displays of affection between students.

Video Surveillance

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Video surveillance equipment may be used in public areas of the school; students may be subject to discipline based upon evidence gathered through surveillance equipment. Students are not allowed to record students, teachers or anyone on school grounds without their permission.


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The school offers a well-rounded athletic inter-scholastic program.  Athletic programs are an integral part of the total educational offerings of a school and should enhance the physical, mental, social, and emotional growth of each participant. Practice sessions and games are scheduled outside the academic day.  Close professional supervision will be maintained to ensure that participants receive adequate instruction for safe, effective participation.  


Any player, who competes in the first scheduled game or is a member of a given team on that date, is not authorized to participate in any other sport during that sport season. Therefore, students are authorized to participate in only one sport in the fall, one sport in the winter, and one sport in the spring. 


An athlete who sustains an injury must obtain written approval from the doctor in order to resume participation.


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The primary purpose of the DoDEA schools is to prepare students to be productive citizens now and in their future lives. Our academic eligibility policy serves to ensure uniformity, promote good sportsmanship, achieve sound educational objectives, and assist students in staying on track for graduation.

Students must meet academic and behavioral guidelines in order to participate in school-sponsored extracurricular activities or to hold a leadership position in a curriculum-related club, team or student organization.

Eligibility to participate in interscholastic/extracurricular activities requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 and no more than one failing grade. Semester grades are used to determine initial eligibility for the fall and spring sport/activity seasons. First quarter grades are used to determine eligibility for the winter sport/activity season. This policy ensures that all students are on track to meet graduation requirements.

All students are monitored for D’s, F’s and less than 2.0 on a weekly basis throughout the activity or season. Students who have more than one failing grade in the classes in which they are enrolled are ineligible for competition/participation. A student participant who has been identified as being ineligible for three consecutive weeks may be dropped from the team/activity. Grades during the period of monitoring will be cumulative from the beginning of each quarter.  If a sport season or activity carries over from one quarter to the next, then the quarter grades will be used to determine eligibility for the week following the end of the quarter.

All incoming ninth grade students are eligible for the fall sports/activity season if they are not failing more than one class.

Students who do not meet the GPA/1 F requirement:

  • Students may request reinstatement of eligibility after the first three weeks of ineligibility.
  • This request must be supported by demonstrated academic achievement which meets the basic eligibility requirement of 2.0 GPA and no more than one failing grade.
  • The GPA of students who are reinstated will continue to be monitored every three weeks through the end of the season to ensure students maintain eligibility requirements.
  • Students unable to maintain eligibility after reinstatement will become ineligible for the remainder of the season.

Grade checks are done by 4pm every Tuesday of each week that interscholastic/activity programs are being held. A student declared ineligible on the Tuesday grade check will be ineligible from Wednesday 8am through the following Wednesday 8am.

A student declared ineligible may practice but is not authorized to participate in scrimmages, competition, be in school uniform at a scheduled event, or travel with the team/club to any away event.


Students who have reached or passed their 19th birthday on the first day of August will be ineligible to practice/participate in athletic events. A participant who is age-eligible before the first of September remains eligible throughout the school year.


A student shall be eligible for competition only during 8 consecutive semesters after entry into the 9th grade and prior to graduation. Extenuating circumstances may be the basis of appeal to the DoDEA Deputy Director.


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All school social activities will be scheduled through the Student Council and approved by the Administration. All school sponsored social activities will be chaperoned by faculty members and parents.

Only SPANGDAHLEM High School students and bona fide guests 14 to 18 years of age will be allowed to attend school social activities. A special form must be completed in order to have any guests attend many school functions. School sponsors of the event will have these available. All school policies are in effect during social activities and athletic events whether held at the school or another location.


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We look forward to working closely with you in pursuit of our mutual goal: our students’ success:

  • Attendance:  It is no surprise that regular attendance is linked by study after study to student success. Make students being in school a priority for your family:  schedule doctor’s appointments outside of school hours wherever possible, plan family trips around the school calendar, and allow students to stay home only when genuinely physically ill.
  • Team with teachers:  never hesitate to use our many modes of communication—phone, e-mail, DSIS, conferences—to work as partners with teachers. Support and back up teachers’ expectations at home, and share any concerns promptly with teachers.
  • Set aside regular time each day for homework and study. 
  • Encourage extracurricular participation, and attend the games and events.
  • Take the time to review this handbook, together as a family.


The school provides transportation for athletes to away events. A coach is responsible for athletes until they are picked up by parents/guardian.  If an athlete wants to return home using transportation other than the team bus, then their parent/sponsor must notify the coach in writing, and release the coach from responsibility for the athlete's safety and behavior. This request must be approved in advance by the admin. Sponsors/parents can only transport their registered student from the event.


SPANGDAHLEM High School’s Athletic Council will ensure due process to students arbitrating a dispute over interpretations of athletic rules. The Athletic Council will consist of the Athletic Director, one uninvolved male coach, one uninvolved female coach, a representative of the School Advisory Council, and a faculty representative.

The steps for appeal are:

  1. The athlete and coach should try to resolve all problems between themselves.
  2. Any request for an appeal should be submitted, in writing, to the athletic director stating the reason(s) for the appeal.
  3. A meeting to resolve the dispute will be held within three days of the receipt of the written request. The athlete and coach will be given notice of the time and place of the meeting.
  4. When the Athletic Council meets, each side in the dispute will be ready to present their positions. Once both sides have been presented, the board will make a recommendation to the Principal.
  5. The recommendation of the council will be reviewed by the Principal whose ruling will then be final.


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Frequent and open communication between school and parent reinforces the bond of mutual cooperation that is essential for our students’ continued educational growth.

We urge parents never to rely on rumor or hearsay. If you have a question or concern, the answer can be as close as a phone call or visit. Dr. Hyde maintains an open door, open access policy. Please become involved with our school and its programs.

For any questions involving a particular class, please contact the teacher involved to arrange a conference. Conferences should be held at any time a parent or teacher feels that a student’s academic performance, attendance, or conduct necessitates such a meeting. These conferences are normally scheduled during the teacher's preparation periods or after the school day. Twenty-four (24) hours’ notice is normally required to schedule a parent – teacher conference. If additional assistance is needed, contact a counselor or the principal.

Parent conferences with the teacher; teacher and student; and teacher, student and counselor are dependable ways to solve problems with students before they develop into major difficulties.

Parents may call the Main Office or the Student Affairs Office to schedule a conference with all the student's teachers in attendance.
The remaining DoDEA chain of command, from lowest to highest, is: Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, District Superintendent, DoDEA Area Director, and Director of DoDEA. 

An additional resource in the school-home-command partnership is the School Liaison with the 52nd Mission Support Group, available at DSN: 452-6942 or Commercial: 06565-61-6942.


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We view education at SPANGDAHLEM High School as a three-way partnership supported by teachers, parents, and students.  As a result, parents are most welcome visitors to the school campus. Additionally, we value ongoing communication via telephone, e-mail, written correspondence, DSIS, and the school website.  Further, commanders give clear guidance that sponsors should have the opportunity to attend parent teacher conferences, and their attendance is supported by our local command. The intent of the guidance is to bolster the home-school partnership by fostering the interaction between sponsors and educators.

  • The school’s phone number is DSN 452 4469 Commercial 0656561 4469.
  • DSIS, with regularly updated information about students’ schedules, grades, assignments and attendance, is accessible via a link from the school website; for new accounts follow the instructions as indicated.
  • Visit us any time (please remember to sign in at the Student Affairs Office).


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When both parents are, or a single parent is, absent from the area (TDY, special trip, etc.) it is important that they inform the school of the name, address, home and work telephone numbers of the person appointed as acting guardian. When the sponsor or parent absence is for overnight, a Power of Attorney should be obtained from the Base Legal Office.  In emergencies, if the school cannot contact sponsors or the individual designated as acting guardian, we are obligated to inform the respective commander.

Bus Safety Update

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MEMORANDOM FOR Guardians of Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) School Bus Riders

SUBJECT: Use of Video Surveillance on DoDEA Spangdahlem School Buses

  1. To promote the welfare and safety of all school bus riders, DoDEA’s Spangdahlem student transportation contractor, Faber Bus & Taxi, will implement the use of a passive onboard video surveillance system on select buses commencing on Wednesday, 9 March 2022.
  2. Faber Bus & Taxi shall comply with all Federal and Host Nation surveillance regulations and laws in its video monitoring operations.

Please feel free to see attached Memorandum