The mission of the School Liaison is to mobilize and use community resources to reduce the impact of the mobile military life style on military school-age children and families; to implement predictable support services that assist school-age children with relocations, life transitions and achieving academic success.
USMC School Liaisons support transitioning families in obtaining educational information and assistance from local school districts. The School Liaisons role is very comprehensive and is adapted at each installation according to the needs of the community.
Implementation of the School Liaison is assurance that USMC Leadership considers a quality education “is a Marine priority by working to ‘level the playing field’ for Marine families.”
New Interdistrict Transfer Law Affecting Military Families
The Governor of California has approved the bill AB306 regarding interdistrict transfers. This allows for school of choice options for Active Duty Service Members across California. Click AB306 to get more information.
Barstow Unified School District is in the process of making available a Fine Arts Academy magnet school. Anticipate opening 2016-2017 school year.
California Education Code 48200 provides that a pupil shall attend school in the district in which the parent or legal guardian resides, unless otherwise exempted. A parent whose request for his/her child to attend school outside of the district of residence has been denied may appeal to the San Bernardino County Board of Education. An appeal may be submitted whether the permit request was denied by the district of residence or by the district of desired attendance. Detailed information regarding the interdistrict appeal process can be obtained by reading Board Policy 151 at www.sbcss.k12.ca.us
Baseline Services Include
School transition support services
School and community partnership initiatives
Home school linkage/support
Post-secondary preparation opportunities
School Liaisons network, educate, and work in partnership with local schools to provide caring adults to enhance school-age education experience. The School Liaison provides military commanders with the support necessary to coordinate and advise military parents of school-aged children in education issues and needs and to assist in solving education-related problems. This support includes:
- Maintaining information on the availability and access of education services available in their areas
- Providing resources to parents, students, schools, commanders and communities that facilitate school transitions and relationships
- Educating local schools and communities about the needs of military school-age children and the military lifestyle.
- Mobilizing community resources to reduce the impact of the mobile military lifestyle on military school-age children.
- Serving as communicator and facilitator that assist parents and commanders in interacting with local schools an in responding to education transition issues for all school ages.
- Identifying barriers to the academic success and smooth transition of Marine school-age children and develop solutions to barriers.
- Referring families to support programs to ensure that military families receive responsive support with a minimum of referrals and paperwork.
- Promoting parent and community involvement in youth education
- Developing school and community partnership initiatives
Common Core Standards Adoption
Between February 2010 and November 2011, nearly all states adopted the common-core standards. By 2013, some states were debating to keep them, but as of mid-April 2014, only one state, Indiana, had formally reversed its adoption. For more information about common core standards across the U.S., please visitwww.corestandards.org
USDA Summer Food Service Program
The Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth/Special Needs recently met with representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services to discuss the 2014 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Childhood hunger is a problem that affects almost every community in this country. Approximately 21 million children in the United States receive free and reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). A challenge in this effort is ensuring children, even during the summer months, receive the nutrition they need. The SFSP was established to ensure eligible children, including military children, continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Through SFSP, free, nutritious meals are provided to all children at approved sites. The summer feeding program currently reaches only about 16 percent of eligible children nationally.
For more inforamtion, please visit www.whyhunger.org
Online Education Directory
Although named ‘Directory for Children with Special Needs,’ we have found that the directory can and is used by many families who are transitioning with a school-age child. The directory has assisted them in identifying school districts (on or near an installation) responsible for the provision of educational services to military children. Knowing the districts and schools is helpful when a family is considering where to live – especially if they will reside off the installation. The Directory is designed so that all the user has to do is select the state, and then the installation the sponsor will be assigned to in order to get a list of the early intervention agencies and school districts. Links then take them to the early intervention agencies’, school districts’ and schools’ websites.
Visit today at militaryonesource/onlineeducationdirectory.
Would you like to be a tutor? Do you need a tutor for your child? We are now offering a K-12 Tutoring Center in our new location! This program is for the MCLB community, supported by the MCLB community.