Back to school: DODEA COVID-19 operational guidelines in place

Photos courtesy of DODEA Pacific
Photos courtesy of DODEA Pacific

Back to school: DODEA COVID-19 operational guidelines in place

DoDEA Pacific

DODEA Pacific is excited to welcome students back to school for the 2021-22 school year!

Schools in the Pacific region will continue to follow DODEA’s COVID-19 Operational Guidelines and Protocols to support a safe and healthy learning environment. Families can find the most recent version of these guidelines here.

Mitigation strategies including social distancing, face masks, healthy hygiene practices, and a daily health pre-screening (required for all students and employees prior to going to school each day) will continue to be followed. This pre-screening includes a temperature check and visual check for symptoms associated with COVID-19. Parents will be required to sign a standard acknowledgement acknowledging their responsibility to perform the pre-screening protocol.

Parents are their child’s first teachers and play an important role in preparing their child for the school environment. To make sure your child is ready:

  • Teach and reinforce proper use, removal, and care of face coverings with your child. 
  • Ensure your child understands how to wash his or her hands properly. Teach proper cough/sneeze etiquette. 
  • Talk to your child about what the school environment will look like.

School supplies
Every summer, DODEA Pacific releases a school supply list for the upcoming school year.

For school year 2021-22, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, students will not use shared classroom supplies. We ask that all student supplies be labeled with the student’s name so that we can ensure each child’s items are kept separate. These school supply lists serve as general lists for each grade level across all schools in our region. Your child may not end up using every item; we encourage parents to keep receipts.

Please understand that the optional supplies listed, including hand sanitizer and wipes, are not mandatory. Our schools will be equipped with the resources necessary to effectively mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any concerns regarding these supplies, please reach out to your child’s school.

To view general lists of school supplies for each grade level in the Pacific region, visit the website.

Student Supports Services
Student Support Services (SSS) is an integral part of the total education program. The Student Support Services Department includes DODEA school nurses, school counselors, school psychologists and school social workers (located only in certain locations). The SSS staff members at each DODEA school partner with parents, community, students and other educators to assist in creating an educational environment conductive of academic, personal, social and career growth of all students. Student Support Services staff members are extensively involved in implementing programs that support DODEA Community Strategic Goal 1, to challenge each student to maximize his or her potential and to excel academically, socially, emotionally and physically for life, college and career readiness.

Confidentiality of services
Counseling is conducted with students and parents individually and in small groups when requested and determined appropriate. School counseling is short-term, voluntary and confidential. Parental permission is obtained prior to any extended individual or group counseling. Student Support Services staff may assess students at-risk without parent permission. Confidentiality of student and family information is a priority for Student Support Services Staff Members. Information will remain confidential unless there is a need to know such as the threat of danger to one’s self or others.

Support teams
The DODEA handbook offers guidance on the development and implementation of Student Support Teams (SST). This handbook is intended to assist administrators and teachers when planning and operating the SST. DODEA PACIFIC SCHOOL SUPPLIES - SY 2021-22

DODEA’s Choices360 is a comprehensive, easy-to-use, online career and academic planning resource that helps DODEA students graduate with a diploma and a plan. Website


School Year 2021-2022 (175 Instructional Days and 190 Teacher Work Days)

Monday, August 23     First Day of School
Monday, September 6     Labor Day: Federal Holiday
Monday, October 11     Columbus Day: Federal Holiday
Thursday, October 21     End of First Quarter (41 Instructional Days)
Friday, October 22     No School for Students - Teacher Work Day
Thursday, November 11     Veterans Day: Federal Holiday
Thursday, November 25     Thanksgiving Day: Federal Holiday
Friday, November 26     Friday: Recess Day
Monday, December 20     Begin Winter Recess (20 December – 1 January)
Saturday, December 25     Christmas: Federal Holiday

Saturday, January 1     New Year’s Day: Federal Holiday
Monday, January 3     Instruction Resumes
Thursday, January 13     End of Second Quarter and First Semester (45 Instructional Days)
Friday, January 14     No School for Students – Teacher Work Day
Monday, January 17     Martin Luther King Day: Federal Holiday

Second Semester (90 Instructional Days)

Tuesday, January 18     Begin Second semester and Third Quarter
Monday, February 21     Presidents’ Day: Federal Holiday
Thursday, March 24     End of Third Quarter (47 Instructional Days)
Friday, March 25     No School for Students – Teacher Work Day
Monday, March 28     Begin Spring Recess (28 March – 1 April)
Monday, May 30     Memorial Day: Federal Holiday
Tuesday, June 7     End of Fourth Quarter and Second Semester (43 Instructional Days)    
Wednesday, June 8     No School for Students – Teacher Work Day

Tips for supporting your child’s education

Supporting a child’s education is one of your most important responsibilities. By cultivating a love of learning and knowledge at a young age, you can set up your child for success. Here are some strategies to help you build a foundation of learning for your child.

Nurture learning at home 
Learning doesn’t stop when the school day ends. A child absorbs as much or more at home and through his or her experiences as through a textbook.

Try some of these tips to encourage learning at home:

  • Keep to a routine. Make homework part of the routine by sticking to the same spot and time of day. Make sure your child has a quiet place to study.
  • Monitor homework. Check your child’s homework every night, not just to see whether it’s done, but also for quality. Help your child carve out chunks of time to tackle larger projects.
  • Praise your child’s efforts. Children learn best by positive reinforcement. Whenever you have an opportunity, praise your child for a job well done.
  • Encourage learning at home. If your child is interested in insects, buy an ant farm. Talk about something in the news or a book he or she just read. Fostering full-time learning is one of the best ways you can equip your children for life after graduation and future success.

Relationship with school
Your relationship with the school will demonstrate to your child and the school’s staff the importance you attach to education. Even if you relocate often or are temporarily deployed, there are ways you can build a relationship with the school and your child’s teachers to help your child perform as well as possible:

  • Meet the teacher. Allowing your child’s teacher to put a face with your name is a great way to show your investment in your child’s education.
  • Attend events. Being present at back-to-school nights, school board meetings, open houses and school fairs can help both you and your child feel more connected to the school.
  • Volunteer. There are dozens of ways to give your time to your child’s school, so it’s just a matter of finding a way to volunteer that suits your schedule.
  • Join the parent/teacher group. Attending PTA/PTO meetings can be a great way to stay in the loop about what’s happening at the school and how you can get involved.

Tap into resources
Providing the best possible education for your child is not a one-person job. Be sure to tap into the support and resources of your military community.

  • Home-schooling resources are found on your installation, such as school liaison officers; child, youth, and teen programs; and activities through your installation’s Department of Defense Education Activity school.

Give your child the best chance for success. Foster an appreciation for learning — it can help your child meet his or her potential and develop life skills that extend far beyond the classroom.

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Talk with an education consultant

If you would like to talk to an expert about educational concerns, Military OneSource offers free and confidential one-on-one sessions with professionals knowledgeable about education resources. Learn more about How to Ease Back-to-School Transitions With a Military OneSource Education Consultant.

COVID-19 continues to create challenges, and Military OneSource is here to help. Consultants are available 24/7 anywhere in the world to help you stay strong while you navigate military life. No matter what kind of questions or concerns you have, you can call us at 800-342-9647, call OCONUS or start a live chat.

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