SHAPE MHS

Community Strategic Plan (CSP) - Volume I - School Years 2013/14 - 2017/18
Community Strategic Plan (CSP)
Volume I - School Years 2013/14 - 2017/18

Policies & Procedures

Our  provideshandbook information and guidance about school policies, procedures, and programs. 


Attendance Policy

In accordance with DoDEA attendance policy Regulation 2095.01 which went into effect on August 26, 2011, regular attendance is expected of all students. Since absences represent a serious loss in gaining their middle and/or high school educations, all students enrolled in Department of Defense Dependents Schools must attend classes regularly and punctually in order to be academically successful. The attendance policy can be found at DoDEA Attendance website.


Excused Absence Procedures

It is the responsibility of the parent/ guardian to call the school at 423-5755/5715 every time a student is absent. A student who has been absent from school (unless student was on a school-sponsored activity as explained above) is required, upon return to school, to present a signed note from the sponsor, parent, or legal guardian, stating the reason for and specific dates of the absence.

Absences and tardies will be excused for school sponsored events, including athletics, tournaments, and other interscholastic events.

Absences may be excused for the following reasons:

  • Personal illness
  • Medical, dental, or mental health appt.
  • Serious illness in immediate family
  • Death in immediate family or of a relative
  • Religious holidays
  • Emergency conditions such as fire, flood, storm
  • Unique family circumstances

It is the responsibility of the parent/sponsor to contact the school to report any absences. In the event of a Planned Absence, please contact the Assistant Principal to receive a Planned Absence Form.

DSN: 423-5715
Commercial: (32) (0)65-44-5715


Appearance/Dress Code

Proper attire is expected to maintain health and safety and to promote an effective learning environment.

Hats should not be worn in the building as a sign of respect for the military members we support.

The following clothing is not appropriate for school:

  • Clothing/jewelry that promotes violence, pornography, drugs, alcohol, gangs, undesirable behaviors or any illegal act.
  • Clothing that promotes fear in a school setting.
  • For safety concerns, students may be asked to remove excessively long chains or other clothing attire that is possibly hazardous to themselves or others around them in an emergency situation.
  • Flip flops or shower shoes and dark glasses may not be worn for safety reasons.
  • Clothing that shows excessive bare skin and/or underwear.
  • Pyjama pants

Students will be referred to the administration if their clothing is not appropriate. Final decisions on the appropriateness of garments/jewelry will be made by the administration. Students who comply with the first request, either of administrator or teacher, to change the offending piece of clothing will not have further consequences. It may be necessary to call the parent to bring a change of clothes.

DoDDS-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.

DoDDS-Europe promotes open and honest communications with parents should they have concerns regarding dress requirements. The primary consideration in making such decisions is concerns for the well being and security of all students.


Discipline

The SHAPE American Middle/High School discipline policy is designed to be progressive and flexible. The reference document for all administrative actions related to school discipline can be found in our DoDEA 2051.1. The degree of consequences will be consistent with the severity of the infraction. It is important that both parents and students understand that the severity of the infraction will ultimately determine the consequence imposed, and that school administrators, while maintaining firmness and fairness, also will retain flexibility in dealing with misconduct. As a general rule, the school will adhere to a system of increasing consequences, a sample of which might be:

  • Teacher contacts the parent/sponsor.
  • Teacher-assigned detention.
  • Detention.
  • Saturday School (0930-1300 or 1500, depending on the nature of the offense).
  • Suspension (Notification sent to District Superintendent, ASG Benelux Commander, and other officials as required due to their “need to know”.)

Repeated or subsequent offenses result in the next level of action. It is possible for serious violations to result in immediate suspension or expulsion. The military command, as well as the Civilian Misconduct policies and regulations, may be put into effect, depending upon the severity of the students' actions.


Electronic Devices

The school is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of personal electronic devices. Musical devices of any kind may only be used in the Green Room without speakers. Usage is not permitted in the hallways during the school day. Students who continue to use electronic devices after they have been asked to stop will have the device confiscated. On the first offense, the item may be retrieved by the student at the end of the school day. On the second offense, the item may be retrieved by the parent. Subsequent offenses will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Cell phones should be turned off during instruction time. Smart phones should not be used to place calls or texts during instructional time.Teachers will set out individual policies for the usage of electronic items in individual classrooms. Those policies will be announced in the syllabus and enforced by individual teachers.


DoDEA Computer and Internet Access Agreement for Students

SHAPE American Middle/High School students have the opportunity for increasingly wide access to stand-alone computers, to the school wide network, and to the Internet. With these privileges come responsibilities. Students are expected to use these resources appropriately. Terms and conditions of use are spelled out in the DoDEA Student Computer And Internet Access Agreement. DoDEA requires all students and parents to sign this written agreement prior to usage. Parents will sign the document at registration; students will sign it subsequent to instruction and orientation during their first week of school. Consequences for misuse or malicious behavior regarding the use of the school wide network will result in appropriate disciplinary action.


Visiting Privileges

Parents and other adult visitors to the school must first report to the Main Office before contacting teachers or students. Permission must be received from the school administration prior to anyone visiting classes while they are in session. Parents should make prior arrangements with teachers to visit classes as some activities taking place, such as tests, may mean a visit is inappropriate at that time. Students are not allowed to bring any guests, including former students and recent graduates, to school during the school day.

SHAPE MHS

SHAPE MHS

Unit 21420
APO, AE 09705-1420

Phone: 011-32-65-445715
Fax: 011-32-65-311664

It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to notify the school every time a student is absent.

DSN: 423-5715
Local: (32) (0)65-445-715
Fax: (32) (0)65 326 264


School Hours

8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Monday-Friday)