The School Liaison Officer’s primary function is to serve as a conduit between parents, educators and the command so that military-connected children experience a seamless transition during the transfer between schools. Knowing that many military children move an average of every 2.9 years, School Liaison Officers can provide families with educational information to assist them as they begin their PCS planning.
The Child and Youth Education Services program supports military families with seven cores services provided by the School Liaison Officer:
- School Transition Services (PCS Cycle): School Liaison Officers assist families with school transfers and help “level the playing field” for military children and youth.
- Deployment Support: School Liaison Officers connect educators with the military deployment support system to inform them about the cycles of deployment and the tools available to assist educators in working with military children.
- Command, School, & Community Communications: School Liaison Officers serve as subject-matter experts for installation commanders on K-12 issues, helping to connect command, school and community resources.
- Home School Linkage and Support: School Liaison Officers assist military families by gathering and sharing information on home schooling issues, policies and legislation from local school districts. They also help leverage military Child and Youth Program resources to support these families.
- Partnerships in Education (PIE): PIE creates a volunteer network of resources to support installation and community members who have a vested interest in the success of all youth.
- Post-Secondary Preparations: School Liaison Officers leverage installation and school resources to provide graduating military students with access to post-secondary information and opportunities.
- Special Needs System Navigation: School Liaison Officers provide information about installation and community programs and services, make referrals to the Exceptional Family Member Program, and offer assistance in navigating the administrative systems within local education agencies.
Public School information
Please note: In Virginia your physical address determines the schools your children will attend.
Please find specific enrollment/registration information for:
- Isle of Wight Public Schools at http://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/page/enrollment/
- Portsmouth Public Schools at http://pps.k12.va.us/parents/prek_registration/
- Suffolk Public Schools at http://www.spsk12.net/parents/new-student-registration/
Medical information, required immunizations and forms are included. Registration must be done in person and at the zoned school site.
Private School information
There are many private school options in the Hampton Roads area. Please conduct an internet search for private schools located in your desired city.
Home School Information
Virginia Department of Education Home instruction information
- Isle of Wight
- Home Educators Association of Virginia
- Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers
K-12 Special Needs
Parents of special needs students can connect with their local public school’s Parent Resource and Information Center:
- Isle of Wight Public Schools
- Portsmouth Public Schools
- Suffolk Public Schools
Special Ed Connection, a free web-based resource available to Navy families, provides resources and tools that enable families to better understand special education requirements and available services.
Direct Step eCourses, another free web-based resource, can assist with navigating the complexities of special education laws and procedures.
Military OneSource offers assistance to families with special needs family members at their website
Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)
Guidance for Military Families with Students in Special Education in Virginia
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Liaisons are located at Fleet and Family Support Centers and provide information and referral to help EFM families identify and access appropriate military, national and community resources. They assist in the navigation of EFMP related programs and systems and are responsible for:
- Provision of information, referral and systems navigation to special needs families
- Linking families with available military, national and local community resources
- Non-medical case management
- Development and maintenance of Individualized Service Plans (ISP)
- Partner with Military Treatment Facility (MTF) Coordinators to provide information, education and marketing
The Youth Sponsorship program is designed to assist young people in making the transition from one installation to another successfully. It is our goal to help incoming youth adjust and get connected with a youth sponsor at the installation. Youth Sponsors will provide information about area schools, attractions and the surrounding community. This program is created by and for youth with youth involvement in every aspect of the program. To apply for a youth sponsor please complete the request form and email it to your School Liason Officer.
Interstate Compact on Education Opportunity for Military Children
The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
School Connectedness: Improving Students’ Lives
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
National Military Family Association (NMFA)