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Area Schools

Duval County Public Schools
https://dcps.duvalschools.org/

Clay County Public Schools
https://www.oneclay.net/

St. Johns County Schools
https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/

Nassau County Public Schools
https://www.nassau.k12.fl.us/

What are the School Registration procedures?

Inform your school district and school site of your upcoming arrival.  Registrars and front desk staff will advise on the process.  Some sites have online registration options.  Expect to fill out Registration Forms and provide birth certificate and immunization copies.  Also provide proof of residency or mention that you are awaiting on-base housing (which will require later verification).  It is recommended to send copies of IEP/504 documents at the time of registration. 

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 list the potential waitlist timeline. Most times this is all the schools need to proceed with registration. If you have questions or issues, please contact your School Liaison.

For information on Installation Relocation visit:

NAS Jacksonville
https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/nas_jacksonville.html

NS Mayport
https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/ns_mayport.html

NSB Kings Bay
https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/navsubbase_kings_bay.html

Other Installations
https://installations.militaryonesource.mil/

IMMUNIZATIONS

What are the health and immunization requirements?

Florida schools immunization requirements can be found at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/immunization/children-and-adolescents/school-immunization-requirements/index.html

Are there any Charter, Magnet or Private schools?

For information about these schools, please contact your School Liaison for more information or visit the below websites.

CHARTER:
http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/charter-schools/

Magnet:
http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/other-school-choice-options/magnet-schools/

Private Schools:
http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/private-schools/choosing-a-private-school.stml

Homeschooling:
http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/other-school-choice-options/home-edu/requirements.stml

Florida Virtual School:
https://www.flvs.net/

Homeschooling Advocates:
https://hslda.org/

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 do I do if I’m moving with a child with special needs?
You School Liaison can help you with the special needs navigation of the school or district that you are planning to send your child(ren) to. If you are Active Duty, 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. This should be done before you PCS and after you PCS.

Can School Liaisons advocate in an IEP/504 meeting for my child?
The Navy School Liaisons are not able to advocate on your behalf nor are they able to attend the meetings. School Liaisons offer information and resources.  They can also help you find the right people to talk to at the school or district. If you ever have issues with your IEP/504 or school, please call your School Liaison since they also have many community resources that can offer guidance and direct assistance.

For additional information/resources for Special Education/EFMP please visit the resources section.

POST-SECONDARY AND SCHOLARSHIPS

SCHOLARSHIPS

https://fisherhouse.org/programs/scholarships/   College scholarships for children of active, reserve, and retired service members.
https://www.benefits.gov/- Benefits.gov is an online resource to help you find federal benefits you may be eligible for in the United States.
Post 9/11 GI Bill VA website for Post 9/11 GI Bill, transferability and Yellow Ribbon

POST-SECONDARY

SAT test registration
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. 
ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success. It is administered annually 

TUTORING

Tutor.com/military: Tutoring and homework help provided at no cost to active duty service members and their eligible dependents.
Navy MWR Digital Library provides online resources for Navy families, Sailors, retirees, and civilians for recreation, professional development, and academic support.

PARTNERS IN EDUCATION (PIE)

PIE serves as a way for military members, and those associated with the command to provide opportunities to give back to the community through educated related volunteering. To learn more about how to volunteer through PIE, contact your School Liaison.

FAQ's

What is a School Liaison and how can they help me?
 A School Liaisons (SL) is a resource for you to use in making educational choices for your child(ren). School Liaisons help by providing you with educational information on your new area (based on residence) and link you to the SL in your next duty station when you are leaving. This connection helps promote a smoother transition from the outbound school to the inbound school. SL’s also offer resources on deployment support. This resource is not just for the family, but for educators as well. Deployments often change the daily routines of youth, and education is one of these routines that can see the impact. SL’s provide educators with ways to better understand the impact deployments have on families and peers, and how to better assist the students who have a parent(s) on deployment.   School Liaisons are the liaison between the commands, schools and military families. They work with commands and schools to provide the Partnership in Education (PIE) program. School Liaisons can help families navigate the special needs programs (IEP’s, 504’s) in districts, provide linkage for the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and offer information and support for Home School Families and can provide Post-Secondary resources.

How do I choose a school?
We know the importance of choosing a school that best meets the needs of your child(ren). Even though we are unable to make any direct recommendations for schools, we are available to help you acquire information for the schools in your area and within Navy Region Southeast. If you are relocating outside of NRSE, we can connect you to a School Liaison in your new duty location-we assist all branches. We can provide overall information on school districts, as well as help you determine what schools you might be zoned for to once you have a residence. Some questions to consider when looking at schools might include:

Does this school support any advance placement courses that your child is completing for college credits?

Does the school support any of your child’s extracurricular activities, or is there a similar program? If your child is in Gifted or Talented Education, will the new school have this program?

What kind of transportation is provided?

These are just a few of the questions that the SL can help answer or offer resources for.

 

What is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)?
ESSA was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. 

Highlights include:

• Upholds critical protections for America's disadvantaged and high-need students.

• Requires that all students be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers.

• Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students' progress.

• Helps to support and grow local innovations—including evidence-based and place-based interventions developed by local leaders and educators.

• Sustains and expands investments in increasing access to high-quality preschool.

• Maintains an expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in the lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.

You may see on the school enrollment package a question about identifying as a military family. This question is associated with the Military Student Identifier (MSI),  the MSI was passed with ESSA. This question is used to help track data to better serve our military dependent youth. That Data collected can be used to support additional resources for transitioning, military-connected youth and provide important raw data such graduation rates for military-connected youth, and much more. This is not to be confused with Federal Impact Aid that is asked every year in October.

For more information on the MSI visit https://forstudentsuccess.org/getting-school-districts-ready-for-the-military-student-identifier-msi/

Or  https://www.ed.gov/ESSA

IMMUNIZATIONS

What are the health and immunization requirements?

Florida schools immunization requirements can be found at

http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/immunization/children-and-adolescents/school-immunization-requirements/index.html

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?
Start looking for care early.  Begin by asking your checking to see if your installation offers a School-Age Program (SAC).  You can request care by visiting www.militarychildcare.com.  You may also inquire with the school or district about what they may offer.  If they do not have any on-site care, they may be able to advise regarding community options. When researching childcare, it is recommend that you look for accredited centers and that they are licensed providers. Each facility will offer different options. The Navy CYP SAC program is accredited, and provides many additional items/services that you may not find in centers that are not part of CYP. If you are still having difficulty, contact your School Liaison and they will work with you to navigate options.

What do I do if I’m moving with a child with special needs?
The School Liaison can help you with the special needs navigation of the school or district that you are planning to send your child(ren) to.  If you are Active Duty, 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.  This should be done before you PCS and after you PCS.

Can School Liaisons advocate in an IEP/504 meeting for my child?
The School Liaisons are not able to advocate on your behalf nor are they able to attend the meetings.  School Liaisons offer information and resources.  They can also help you find the right people to talk to at the school or district.  If you ever have issues with your IEP/504 or school, please call your School Liaison since they also have many community resources that can offer guidance and direct assistance.

Resources

TRANSITIONS

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3) has been signed by all 50 states and addresses the key issues of Eligibility, Enrollment, Placement and Graduation encountered by military families.
MilitaryOneSource (MOS) for information on your gaining installation and surrounding communities. The site also provides information about programs, services, and maps for military installations worldwide.
Anchored4Life (A4L) provides transition and resiliency resources and skills to counselors, teachers, parents, and youth. Contact your school or School Liaison to find out if A4L is offered at your school.
DoDEA  Department of Defense Education Agency provides information for families who will be using this resource based on if the duty location supports it (DoDEA operates in 7 States, 11 Countries, 2 Territories).
National Military Family Association (NMFA)  is a private non-profit association organized to improve the quality of family life of all military personnel.  Activities revolve around programs to educate the public, the military community, and the Congress on the rights and benefits of military families, as well as advocate for an equitable quality of life for those families.
MyPCS gives Sailors a way to access PCS-related information and resources using their personal mobile devices – no Common Access Card (CAC) required.
MyDeployment allows sailors on Active Duty PCS orders to access PCS-related information and resources, view orders, and create/submit travel vouchers.

SUPPORT

Military Kids Connect

Life for military kids is full of ups and downs. From adventure and unique experiences, to frequent moves and family adjustments - you may face challenges that your friends at school don’t know anything about. Making connections with other military kids can help you build resilience and find friends who understand your life.

https://militarykidsconnect.health.mil/

Military & Family Life Counselors provide non-medical, solution focused, problem solving counseling support, coaching, and education to children, families, service members and staff that work in the various Child and Youth Programs on the installation and in the schools.  Common activities:  Attend events, facilitate group discussion, present materials, brief the program, coaching, problem solving, providing education, emotional support, and managing resources.  Some typical issues addressed:  Bullying, developmental phases, conflict-resolution, self-confidence, communication, deployment and reintegration, leadership skills, stress and anger management, and behavior management techniques. Contact your School or School Liaison to see if an MFLC is available at your Child’s school.

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) delivers programs, services, and professional development to meet the needs of military-connected students, parents, and professionals.

Childcare services/before and after school:

Child and Youth Programs (CYP) are nationally recognized programs that ensure high quality and affordable child care and programming is readily available for military and Department of Defense families worldwide. Care can be requested by visiting www.militarychildcare.com

Visit the NAS Jacksonville CYP page at https://www.navymwrjacksonville.com/child-youth

Visit the CYP E-Library at https://elibrary.cnic-n9portal.net/

Navy MWR conducts activities and events, and delivers high-quality, innovative recreation programs in state-of-the-art facilities worldwide.

MyNavyPortal- Your One stop shop to manage your Navy Career.

https://my.navy.mil/index.html

For tutoring resources, please see the Schools link.

SPECIAL EDUCATION/EFMP 

Tricare ECHO: The Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) provides financial assistance to beneficiaries with special needs for an integrated set of services and supplies.

EFMP ROC is a ready, one-source access point to the Resources, Options and Consultations available to military families with special needs through Military OneSource.

 The Navy's Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) serves military families with special needs. The EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program for sponsors with qualifying family members.  Special needs include special medical, dental, mental health, developmental or educational requirements, the requirement for adaptive equipment assistive technology devices and services and/or wheelchair accessibility. Contact Fleet and Family Readiness at 904-542-5745 or the School Liaison to get in contact with the EFMP Program.

Florida Inclusion Network

https://www.floridainclusionnetwork.com/

EFMP Fact Sheet
https://www.militaryonesource.mil/leaders-service-providers/efmp-special-needs/efmp-fact-sheets/

Exceptional Student Education in Florida
http://www.fldoe.org/academics/exceptional-student-edu/

Legal Assistance for Military Families with Special Needs
https://www.militaryonesource.mil/military-life-cycle/friends-extended-family/free-legal-support-for-military-families-with-special-needs/

School Liaison

For questions, please email JAXS_NAS_MWR_SCHOOLLIAISON@NAVY.MIL.
Phone: (904) 778-2236
Mobile: (904) 238-6821
Fax: (904) 542-2869

Bldg 2065 Mustin Road
Jacksonville, FL 32212
Appointments recommended

The School Liaison Program was established under Child and Youth Education Systems (CYES) and falls under the Child and Youth Programs (CYP) umbrella under the Morale Welfare and Recreation of the U.S. Navy. It is designed to help families with PreK-12 Education system navigation. The School Liaison Program serves all branches and is established throughout the Navy.

The School Liaison (SL) supports:

• Active duty military, National Guard and Reserve military personnel, DoD civilians, and their families living on or off the military installation within the Service-approved catchment area.
• Those acting in loco parentis for eligible dependent PreK – 12 military children.

The SL serves as the primary link between school districts and school-level personnel, commanders, and military parents. SL’s serve as the installation subject matter experts for outreach educational support of military children in grades PreK – 12.

WHY SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICERS?
School Liaisons can provide insight and understanding and serve as liaisons to better help military youth and their families into their new school community. They are familiar with the different needs of our military community and how they can be vastly different than that of the surrounding communities. School Liaisons understand the unique circumstances that are part of being a military family. These include knowing:

• Military connected families move an average of every 2.9 years.
• Military children attend up to 9 different schools by graduation.
•Families experience increased stress related to deployment and training periods and youth are aware of what is happening around the world and how it could impact their family.

CORE SERVICES:
 School Transition Services (PCS Cycle): School Liaisons assist families with school transfers and help “level the playing field” for military children and youth.
• Deployment Support: School Liaisons 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 Navy children.
• Command, School, Community Communications: School Liaisons 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 Liaisons assist military families by gathering and sharing information on homeschooling issues, policies and legislation from local school districts.
• 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 Liaisons have resources to provide both graduating and junior classmen that are military-connected students with access to post-secondary information and opportunities.
 Special Needs System Navigation: School Liaisons 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.

Youth Sponsor

Youth Sponsorship (grades 3-12) provides access to positive peer groups and social activities, helping military children feel connected at their new duty station. For Youth Sponsorship with School Age Care or Youth Programs, participants must be enrolled or a registered user. If interested in connecting your child with a local youth sponsor, complete the fields below. Once received, a School Liaison Officer/ Youth Center team member will contact you.

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