JFKS Policies and Regulations

Illness / Absence
In case of illness, the homeroom teacher/tutor and the ES or HS office must be informed of the student’s absence by e-mail each day by 08:00 at the latest. Please put the office in the cc of your email (elementaryschool@jfksberlin.org  or ). Parents must submit a written excuse note to the homeroom teacher by the third consecutive day of illness. If the student is excused from sports due to injury or illness, please submit the written excuse to the sports teacher.

Absences due to illness may be excused by the parent up to and including three consecutive days. Upon the student’s return to school the written excuse must be given to the homeroom teacher or tutor stating the length of and reason for the absence.  Absences due to illness for four consecutive days or longer require a doctor’s note (Bescheinigung) in order to be excused.

Students diagnosed with a reportable disease (meldepflichtige Krankheit, which must be reported to the health authorities per the German Infection Protection Act (Infektionsschutzgesetz, or IfSG)) such as mumps (Mumps), measles (Masern), rubella (German measles, Röteln), chicken pox (Windpocken), scarlet fever (Scharlach), strep throat (Streptokokken) or another infectious illness such as COVID-19, or have been in quarantine at home due to suspected cases of COVID-19, must inform the school immediately. On the first day back, students must give the homeroom teacher a doctor’s certificate (Gesundschreibung) confirming that the student is no longer infectious and may return to school.

Student participation in school related activities are marked as “excused” absences. Students remain responsible to catch up on all work missed including homework. They have to make arrangements with their teachers to find out about assignments and, if necessary, make-up dates for quizzes or tests.

Any leave of absence up to three days can be granted by the homeroom teacher or tutor; longer periods have to be approved by a principal. A leave of absence right before or after vacation cannot be granted by the homeroom teacher but would need a principal’s approval.  As a rule, however, leaves of absences right before or after vacation are not granted. Requests for a leave of absence for longer than three days must be submitted in writing signed by both parents / legal guardians. Request forms are available in the offices or in the parent section of the website.

Regular attendance is important for a successful school experience. Any absence for which a proper excuse has not been received during the above period is considered “unexcused” and will be marked as such on the student’s report card.

Please use this Absence Excuse Form for HS Students – it needs to be printed, completed and signed by a parent or guardian.

Traffic
The JFKS Traffic Committee has created a document with detailed information on the traffic situation around the school and explanations of the rules and street signs related to parking. Thank you for keeping our students safe!

Wheels Policy
The use of wheels for transportation on the JFKS campus and on the entire ramp is not allowed for safety reasons. Upon reaching the drop arms on each side of the ramp or the back gate, students, teachers and parents are expected to walk their bicycles, carry their skateboards or push their scooters. “Heelies” are not allowed on campus anywhere. Wheelchairs may be used by handicapped people.

Lice Policy
If you are notified by the school of a case of lice in your child’s grade level, please check your child’s hair and head to make sure they are lice free.

If lice are discovered we require proof of treatment (packaging of medication used) and a written confirmation that the child is lice-free after treatment. Only then your child is allowed to return to school. A second treatment is required per the treatment instructions (usually 7-10 days after the first round).

Teaching and Learning Materials
The Berlin Senate supplies the funds for teaching and learning materials for Elementary and High School students. JFKS will purchase schoolbooks at bulk prices, and lend out other learning materials to the students, freeing the parents of the task of locating and buying books and learning materials.

Grading Policies

Elementary School:
Students are graded according to the German (numerical) grading system. The following list shows the equivalent in the American grading system for Grade 4-6:

1 96 -100%
2 80 – 95%
3 60 – 79%
4 45 – 59%
5 16 – 44%
6 0 – 15%

High School:
Students are graded according to the German (numerical) grading system. The following list shows the equivalent in the American grading system for Grades 7-12:

1 = Very Good 1+ = A+ 1 = A 1- = A
2 = Good 2+ = A- 2 = B+ 2- = B
3 = Satisfactory 3+ = B- 3 = C+ 3- = C
4 = Adequate 4+ = C- 4 = D 4- = D
5 = Poor, Failing 5+ = F 5 = F 5- = F
6 = Failed 6 = F


Homework Policies

Elementary School

Entrance Class None
Grades 1 and 2 10-20 minutes per day
Grades 3 and 4 20-40 minutes per day
Grades 5 and 6 30-60 minutes per day

High School

Grades 7-9 90 minutes per day
Grade 10 120 minutes per day
Grade 11 6 hours per week
Grade 12 10 hours per week

Early Release Due to Hot Weather
Early release due to hot weather means that JFKS instruction and activities will end for all grade levels (EC-10) at 13:30. Students must leave campus, or remain in Hort or Late Birds. Grades 11-12 have regular instruction and will be not be released early.

Policy will take effect when temperature of 25°C is measured in any third floor ES classroom by 10:30. The decision to declare early release will be made at 10:30.

When the decision is made to declare early release, 7th and 8th hour as well as all after-school activities sponsored by JFKS will be cancelled. By 11:00, parents will be notified via email and an announcement will be made for all students and staff over the intercom in the school buildings. A notice will also be put on the front page of the JFKS website. The school will notify all necessary parties such as the caterers, bus company, Hort and Late Birds.

Supervision will be provided by JFKS for students not enrolled in Hort/Late Birds and who go home on school buses at 15:00. At 13:20, grades EC-2 are released as usual (Hort, Late Birds, bus, pick-up). Children who would have attended a 13:20 after school activity sponsored by JFKS must be picked up or enrolled in an after-school program (Hort or Late Birds). At 13:30, grades 3 -6 are released by their homeroom teacher following 10 minute homeroom. At 13:30, grades 7-10 are released. Grades 11-12 continue regular class schedules.

Weapons and other Dangerous Objects
In order to insure the safety of all persons on the school campus, it is forbidden to bring any sort of weapon or dangerous object to school. Weapons include fixed knives of all types, foldable jackknives,switchblades,butterfly knives, gas pistols, and any implement or instrument which could be used as a weapon.

Lost and Found
If you recently lost something, there are several places you might be able to find them:

Elementary School Collection Point: GR202
All items are collected in the white closet in GR202. Every Wednesday, items are moved into the red closet after a photograph has been taken of every item. Pictures can be found online here: JFKS Lost and Found.

High School Collection Point: W102
All items are collected in the HS office in W103. Every week, items are moved to the white closet in GR202 (Elementary School Lost & Found) to be included in the online album (JFKS Lost and Found) on Wednesdays. Items in the picture album can be located in the red closet in GR202.

Gym/Sporthalle Collection Point
All items are collected in the big chest in the entrance area of the gym. More valuable items can be picked up in the gym office by contacting one of the sports teachers.

Email if you have any questions. Please note the donation dates on the website.

Hallway Policy (Elementary School)
For safety reasons, only walking is allowed in the hallways and on the stairs due to the large number of students. If students are caught running they will be asked to return to their starting point and walk the distance again.

Students are asked to move quietly and speak in a normal tone of voice. When using the stairs, students stay on the right hand side. Bouncing balls in the hallways is not allowed.

Electronic Devices – Elementary School
The use of electronic devices brought from home is not allowed for students in the JFKS Elementary School. Upon reaching the front or back gate, students are expected to turn off and put away all mobile phones, mp3 players, game boys etc. Electronic devices used at school will be taken away and given to the homeroom teacher who will return them the following day when a note from the parents has been brought to school. In some cases in the upper elementary school, parents are expected to come to school to retrieve cell phones, when students are using them on school grounds or during instruction.

Electronic Media Devices* (EMDs) – High School
Effective with the beginning of school year 2019/20, approved for a one year trial period (with a review of the policy to be undertaken after the completion of the first semester):

Grades 7 – 10: No EMDs* shall be used by any student on the campus during school time. The EMD must be turned off and out of sight (no buzz, tones or lights).

Grades 11 – 12: No EMDs shall be used on the campus during school time other than in in the student lounge.  When in the classrooms, the EMD must be turned off and out of sight (no buzz, tones or lights).

All Grades: Teachers can specifically allow the use of EMDs during their class for educational purposes. Students are allowed to use their own EMDs for educational purposes in the library.

All Grades:  It is inappropriate and not permitted (i) to use EMDs for uploading or otherwise distributing photographs and/or personal information about other students, teachers, the administration and parents without their explicit permission and to use EMDs for obtaining or distributing in any fashion restricted information for tests, quizzes and other school work and (ii) while on campus to play games without educational purposes or to access websites banned by the school.

* Definition of EMDs: All devices, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, watches, desktops, etc, which have online-access.

Students moving to Brandenburg
JFKS students who move to Brandenburg may continue enrollment at JFKS if the student submits proof of the guest student (Gastschüler) status by the Berlin Senate School Authority (Senatsschulverwaltung) and the relevant State School Authorities in Brandenburg.

Upon moving to Brandenburg, parents of JFKS students should immediately initiate the process of obtaining guest student status by contacting their relevant State School Authority (e.g. the Staatliche Schulamt Brandenburg a.d.H. for the cities of Potsdam or Brandenburg, and the Landkreise Potsdam Mittelmark and Teltow-Fläming). Please be aware that you will not receive any prompting and must undertake this process independently in order to continue your child’s enrollment at JFKS. JFKS is not able to counsel or assist you in obtaining this status, and has no influence on the processing time of your application.

Please refer to the Guest Student Agreement (Gastschülerabkommen) between the Land Berlin and the Land Brandenburg (link here) for more information.

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John F. Kennedy School

Teltower Damm 87-93
14167 Berlin, Germany


Elementary School (EC-6)

Phone: + 49 30 90299 5711
Fax: + 49 30 90299 6377


High School (7-12)

American Secretary:
+ 49 30 90299 5758
German Secretary:
+ 49 30 90299 5710
Fax: +49 30 90299 6868