School Liaison Officer

The goal of the School Liaison Officer is to provide military families the most up-to-date resources available in support of our children in K-12 education. School Liaison Officers provide academic resources as well as information about scholarships and all your child’s special needs. 

Homeschooling in Monterey?

You can register with a public school, private school, public charter school, correspondence course, virtual academy, or you can file an R-4 affidavit with the state. Contact your SLO for assistance.

Guide To Military Friendly Schools

Stop by the Fleet & Family Resource Center and pick up your free copy, or log on to www.militaryfriendlyschools.com. College shouldn't be a budget buster. Find out which schools participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and where you can make the best use of your child’s tuition money.

Breakfast for Your Brain Youth Tutorial Program

The National Naval Officers Association, offers free tutoring in all subjects for military and civilian students grades K-12 most Saturdays, 9-11 am at the NPS Knox Library. Volunteers (adults & high school age) welcome. Contact bfynnoa@gmail.com.

Youth Sponsorship

Did you know there are support groups available for your children? Transitioning from place to place can be stressful and confusing for military children. Thankfully there is support available for your children. Both La Mesa and Walter Colton Schools offer a Military Youth Sponsorship Club. If your child wants to meet other children who can relate and understand being a military child, have them join our groups. La Mesa meets every Friday at lunch and Walter Colton meets every Thursday at lunch. Contact your School Liaison Officer with any questions.

Student To Student

Student to Student is a program designed to help your high school student transition into their new learning and social environments. Monterey High School offers this program to provide support, friendship and knowledge about your student’s new school. Contact your child’s school counselor or your School Liaison Officer for more information.

What is a School Liaison and how can they help me?
- School Liaison Officers (SLO) help by providing you with educational information on your new area (based on residence) and link you up with a SLO in your next duty station if you are leaving NRSW. SLOs also offer resources on deployment support, are the liaison between command, schools and military families, work with commands and schools on the Partnership in Education program, can help families navigate the special needs programs in districts, and offer information and support for Home School and Post Secondary preparation.

How do I choose a school?
- We know the importance of choosing a school that best meets the needs of your military child(ren). Even though we are unable to make direct recommendations for schools, we are available to help you acquire information and research the schools in your area and within NRSW. We can provide overall information on districts as well as help you determine what schools you might be mapped to once you have a residence.

What is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)?
- A New Education Law: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation's schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation's national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country. For more information, please visit: https://www.ed.gov/ESSA

What are the health and immunization requirements?
- Immunization and health check up fact sheet for the California Dept of Education can be found at: www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/cefimmunization.asp. Once you determine where you will live and what school your child will attend, you should also check with your school to be sure there are no additional district requirements.

What are the School Registration procedures?
- This depends on what school district you are looking to enroll your child in. We recommend that once you establish residence, that you contact the school directly. However, one thing you can do to prepare is to use the Checklist for School Moves to ensure that you hand carry all necessary documents.

What do I do if I’m on a housing wait-list or am in temporary housing?
- Most military housing areas and school districts within school boundaries of military housing are familiar with this situation. We recommend that you ask your local housing office for a letter indicating that you are on the waitlist, and will be moving into housing within 30 days. Most times this is all the schools need to proceed with registration. If you have questions or issues, please contact your SLO.

What is the Interstate Compact and what can it do for my family?
- The Interstate Compact seeks to make transition easier for the children of military families so that they are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals. More information can be found at: www.mic3.net.

What options are there for before and after school care?
- Before and After school care is something that has created a challenge for some families given the lack of availability. We recommend that you start looking for care early! As soon as you arrive and have registered your child in school, begin by asking your school or district what they offer. This is many times the best option, particularly if they offer on site care. If they don’t, many times the school will know what is available close to the school or in your community. If you are still having difficulty, contact your School Liaison Officer and they will work with you to try to find other options.

What do I do if I’m moving with a child with special needs?
- In the Navy, your School Liaison Officer can help you with the special needs navigation of the school or district that you are planning to send your child(ren) to. You should also contact the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) to ensure that you are enrolled and that you have all information and resources that they offer. * Please note that the Marine Corps School Liaisons do not assist with Special Needs navigation. They have an EFMP that covers both medical and educational assistance. This is important to know in NRSW, and especially in Metro San Diego since we work jointly to serve our military families.

Can School Liaison Officers advocate in an IEP for my child?
- The Navy School Liaisons are not able to advocate on your behalf. In our program, we offer information, resources and help you find the right people to talk to at the school or district. If you ever have issues with your IEP or school, please call your School Liaison since we also have many community resources that can offer guidance and direct assistance.

How to Ensure a Smooth Move

Visit MilitaryOneSource for information on your gaining installation and surrounding communities. The site also provides information about the programs, services, and maps for military installations worldwide. You can also subscribe to their newsletters. You will also have access to a variety of information, including:

  • PlanMyMove, which gives you customized moving tools, such as timelines, calendars and checklists.
  • Both MilitaryOneSource and PlanMyMove connect you to reliable sources of information about programs and services outside the gate. Visit NAS Fallon’s Fleet & Family Support Center for additional relocation information.

 

Children With Special Needs

Your child should be enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) if he or she has special needs. EFMP Liaisons can be reached by calling 831-656-1008. The number for EFMP Navy Headquarters is (866) 827-5672.

*This is a mandatory program for any family member who has special medical, educational, developmental, and/or emotional need or concern.

State of California Resources

Visit the California Department of Education website: https://www.cde.ca.gov/. You will have access to a wide variety of information, including the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Common Core State Standards, UC/CSU Entrance Requirements, Specialized Programs and much more. There is also information on pending legislation in education, and education-related publications such as School Accountability Report Cards which are the best resource to obtain test scores and other data on each school in the state of California. Information on the Interstate Compact for Military Children is available on legislation that outlines ways that districts can work with military families to ease the challenges of transition and level the playing field (https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/pf/mc/).

Organizations Devoted to the Military Family

  • militaryinstallations.dod.mil: Are you a service provider looking for a program or service across all installations? Simply select the program or service and then choose any installation or enter any zip code. A downloadable directory for all installations will be available on the results page.
  • DoDEA: The Department of Defense Educational Activity instructional program provides a comprehensive pre-kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum overseas and at select locations in the continental U.S.
  • Military Youth on the Move: A website to help kids learn about new duty station
  • SchoolQuest.org: Includes school finder based on state or military installation, blog, library, state education resources and “Ask Aunt Peggie”.
  • Plan My Move: Installation specific information to help families PCS.
  • Military Homefront: Department of Defense website for official Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information, policy and guidance designed to help troops and their families, leaders, and service providers.
  • MCEC The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)'s work is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. MCEC School Quest is a school finder.
  • National Military Family Association: Founded 43 years ago, the National Military Family Association is the leading non-profit organization focusing on issues important to military families.
  • Fleet & Family Support Programs: Information on installations in Navy Region Southwest and the many services provided for military families.
  • MISA: Military Impacted Schools Association is a national organization of school superintendents. Our mission is to serve school districts with a high concentration of military children.
  • Interstate Compact for Military Children has been signed by the state of California and addresses the key issues of Eligibility, Enrollment, Placement and Graduation encountered by military families. Roll out has taken place in some districts in Metro San Diego and is pending in others. Contact your School Liaison for more information.

Special Needs Resources

  • SpecialEdConnection.com: Instantly locate proven strategies, helpful tools, special education law, federal statutes/regulations and more - with the online solution thousands of your colleagues already rely on. Username: navysand; password: navystaff
  • Navy EFMP: Exceptional Family Member Program. 
  • TASK: Team of Advocates for Special Kids is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to enable individuals with disabilities to reach their maximum potential by providing them, their families and the professionals who serve them with training, support, information, resources and referrals, and by providing community awareness programs.
  • PACER: With over 30 different projects, the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities.
  • LD On-line: The world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month.
  • NICHCY: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth.
  • Military Homefront Special Needs/EFMP: This site includes all enrollment information, toolbox of resources, and worldwide directory.

Additional Resources

  • Tutor.com: for U.S. Military Families, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, is a free program that allows eligible college and grades K-12 students in U.S. military families to connect to a live tutor online at any time for one-to-one help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading and more. The service is available at no charge to all grades K-12 students and service members-regardless of whether the service member is serving full-time or part-time-plus some adult dependents on active duty.
  • National Parent Teacher Association: An organization dedicated to making a difference in the education, health, and safety of America’s children and youth.
  • The Education Trust: Promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college.
  • Guide to Online Schools: From K-12 to college, explore online learning modes, hear from experts, and read how Khan Academy and other free resources help students get ahead.
  • Todaysmilitary.com: Provides overview of joining the military- resources for parents and educators.

Post Secondary Support

  • CollegeBoard.org: Offers students free grade, activities and test score specific profiles and information on hundreds of colleges.
  • StudentAid.ed.gov: Provides student financial assistance resources.
  • GIBill.va.gov: VA website for Post 9/11 GI Bill, transferability and Yellow Ribbon.
  • fastweb.com: Find schools and ways to pay on FastWEB.
  • finaid.org: The smart student guide to financial aid.

Academy and ROTC

  • defense.gov: Military Academy Links for West Point , Navy, AF, CG, Merchant Marine.
  • todaysmilitary.com: ROTC links for Army, Navy and Air Force.

Military Scholarship Resources

Additional Scholarship Resources

An additional list of scholarship opportunities is available to download from the box at the right. 

Youth Sponsorship (grades 3-12) provides access to positive peer groups and social activities, helping military children feel connected at their new duty station. If interested in connecting your child with a local youth sponsor, complete the fields below. Once received, you will be contacted by a School Liaison Officer/Youth Center Manager.

For Youth Sponsorship with School Age Care or Youth Programs, participants must be enrolled or a registered user.

Click here to get started!

 

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