Military Children & Education in Virginia
Military children often face being the new kids every year when mom and dad get orders for a new installation. Trying to figure out which school they should go to and where they stand academically can be hard to do on your own. The good news is there are school liaison officers who work for the military and help parents and children have the smoothest transition into a new school as soon as possible.
There are a number of school issues about which every parent should be knowledgeable. Some are a result of the federal No Child Left Behind Act; others are Virginia education requirements; some are unique to the school district; and some are specific to your child’s school.
Fortunately, a lot of this information can easily be found at the Hampton Roads Joint Military Services School Liaison Committee Web site – www.military212link.com. Other district- and school-level topics addressed on the Web site include attendance policies, school calendars, closures/delays due to severe weather, emergency notification, dress codes, grading scales, supply lists, special education requirements, school objectives, transportation and program offerings.
Another valuable educational resource which recently became available for military families is a free online tutoring program entitled SOAR, or Student Online Achievement Resources. This program, in partnership with the Military Impacted Schools Association, is designed to assist families with children in grades three through 12 improve their skills in math, reading and language arts. Students take a test on state learning standards and are directed to tutorials which will improve their skills where needed. Parents can monitor the progress of their child from anywhere in the world. Children must be registered by their parent through the following Web site: www.soarathome.org.
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