School Liaison Officer

 

The School Liaison Officer’s primary function is to serve as a conduit between parents, educators and the command, so military-connected children experience a seamless transition during the transfer between schools. 

The School Liaison Officers can offer information on area schools and help facilitate communication between the military family on matters relating to regional public and private schools as well as home school and alternative modes of education.

The School Liaison Officer provides information and resources for military families on internal organizations as well as some local organizations.

 

The School Liaison Officers can:

 Answer questions about school enrollment options

 Provide information about local schools and boundaries

Assist with inbound/outbound school transfers

Help you understand and navigate the special education process

Provide resources for college readiness

Assist with agency referrals ...And much more!

 

Core Services:

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 Navy 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 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 Navy families by gathering and sharing information on home schooling 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 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.

 

 

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 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. Academic, demographic, and fiscal information on California schools can be found using the following resources:

Ed-Data
California Dashboard
School Accountability Report Card

What are enrollment options?
Public school enrollment is based on home of residence; however, there are some exceptions. Depending on the district, there are options to enroll based on place of employment or to apply for an inter-district transfer. Charter schools in the area have their own policies depending on their charter. Several private schools and online schools are also available. 

What are the health and immunization requirements?
Review the Immunization and health check up fact sheet for the California Department of Education. 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 districtrequirements.

What are the School Registration procedures?
Each school district has its own registration policies and procedures. Before you establish residency, please check with the district/school where you intend to enroll your child(ren) to verify school boundaries/charter enrolments, or transfers processes. School district boundary mas are available on district websites. The documents you should hand-carry for your new school are listed in the School Relocation Checklist

What do I do if am on the housing wait-list or am in temporary housing?
School districts within school boundaries of military housing are familiar with this situation. Depending on the district, parents may be asked to provide proof they are residing in temporary accommodation, a letter from housing stating the family is on the housing wait-list, or military orders. If you have questions or issues, please contact the NAS Lemoore School Liaison Officer.

How do I provide proof of residency if my family is staying in temporary accommodation?
Schools surrounding the installation are familiar with the PCS process. Schools will make accommodations on proof ofresidency until families have a permanent home. Elementary schools on base will also accept proof of employment at NAS Lemoore in lieu of residency. If you have questions or any issues with residency, please contact the School Liaison Officer.
 

What is the Interstate Compact and what can it do for my family?
The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children provides for the uniform treatment of military children transferring between public school districts and states. The goal of the Compact is to replace the widely varying policies affecting transitioning military students. The Compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation. Visit the Interstate Compact Commission for more information.

What options are there for before and after school care?
For students attending Akers and R.J Neutra schools on the installation, before and after school care is offered at the Youth Program School Age Care, or Child Development Homes (CDH). Information and registration is available at MilitaryChildCare.com. Other schools may offer on-site before and/or after school care. Please contact the school or school district office for more information on their programs.

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 where you are planning to send your child(ren). You should also contact the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) to ensure you are enrolled and to inquire on the local information and resources they offer.

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 Officer for community resources on Special Education guidance and direct assistance.

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
California Department of Education

TUTORING
Tutor.com: Tutoring and homework help provided at no cost to active duty service members and their eligible dependents

POST SECONDARY
CalVet  College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents: The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus

Post 9/11 GI Bill

SAT test registration

ACT test registration

Studentaid.gov The U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) provides more than $120 billion in financial aid to help pay for college or career school each year. A list of scholarship opportunities is available to download from the box at the right. 
 

TRANSITIONS
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.

Military One Source for information about your gaining installation and surrounding communities.

Anchored4Life provides transition and resiliency resources and skills to counselors, teachers, parents, and youth.

Department of Defense Education Authority (DoDEA) DoDEA operates 163 schools in 8 Districts located in 11 countries, 7 states, and 2 territories. 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION NAVIGATION
Tricare ECHO: Special Ed Connection

NAS Lemoore EFMP: The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) includes identification of the family member's special needs and enrollment in the program, assignment coordination and family support

UCP of Central California (UCPCC) The Family Resource Center at UCP provides a place of learning, comfort and courage for families of children with disabilities.

The UCPCC Empowerment Center provides advocates trained in special education laws provide support and advocacy to parents as they build new relationships with their local school district and other agencies.

Exceptional Parents Unlimited: EPU's mission is to strengthen and empower children and families facing extraordinary medical, developmental, and parenting challenges.

Central Valley Regional Center: Provides assessment, evaluation, case management, programs, and activities for people with developmental disabilities

DirectSTEP® eCourses explain legal requirements and best practices for behavior management, autism, IDEA eligibility, IEPs and more. They also teach parents and educators how to handle critical education issues to obtain positive outcomes while applying education laws to the day-to-day world of teaching and learning. These eCourses are available for use by all Sailors, parents, Military/DoD personnel assigned to Navy installations and K-12 educators serving military children. Visit Direct Step today and self-register for eCourses. The following documents are available for download: Get Started with Direct Step | Direct Step Courses

Kings County Public Schools

Links to the 13 school districts in Kings County can be found on the Kings County Office of Education website and the NAS Lemoore School Liaison Officer has additional resources to assist families who are relocating to NAS Lemoore and the surrounding area.

High school children living in housing at Naval Air Station Lemoore, and in Lemoore, are zoned to attend Lemoore High School. Hanford residents attend one of the schools in the Hanford Joint Union High School DistrictHanford HighHanford West, or Sierra Pacific high schools.

Kings County Charter Schools

University Charter 6-8, Lemoore Middle College High 9-12, Island Elementary K-8 and Pioneer Elementary District Schools K-8 are all public charter schools within driving distance of NAS Lemoore. Some public charters in the area give priority placement to students who live within their boundaries; others give priority to students residing in their districts. Applications for charter schools are available at school/district sites. The enrollment period for these schools can be as early as a year in advance. If charter schools have more students requesting to enroll, than space available, most form waiting lists.

Online Public Schools

Lemoore Union High School District and Hanford Joint Union High School District offer online high school:  Lemoore Online  Hanford Online Charter. Other online public school options are available to Kings, Tulare, and Fresno County residents.

Private Schools

Private schools in Lemoore

Mary Immaculate Queen School (PK-8)

Kings Christian School (PK-12).

Kings, and surrounding counties, have additional private school options. 

The California Department of Education maintains a searchable listing of all private schools in the state.

Homeschooling

California does not have specific homeschooling laws; however, the following options allow families to school their children in the home.

Establish a home-based private school by filing the Private School Affidavit with the California Department of Education

Enroll children in a private school that offers independent study

Enroll in a public school independent study program or public charter school that offers a homeschool program

A parent with a valid California teaching credential, for the grades being taught, can use the tutorial option

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is the nation’s largest, homeschool advocacy organization. 

The NAS Lemoore Child and Youth Program offers weekly PE to military homeschooled children. Please call 559-998-4344 for more information.

School Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) Video Teleconferencing Services Now Available!

Military & Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) are here to listen now more than ever. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MFLCs can now offer video teleconferencing services to help Service Members, spouses, children and staff address:

• Deployment and reintegration issues
• Marriage and relationship issues
• Parenting and family issues
• Communication challenges
• Stress and anxiety
• Sadness, grief and loss
• Daily life issues

Consultations and trainings are free and anonymous.* No records are kept.

Support for Adults:

• Telephonic and video non-medical counseling

Support for Children and Youth:  

• Individual video non-medical counseling sessions for minors age 13 to 17 (parent or guardian must be available at the start of each video session to give parental consent and provide line of sight requirements)

• Family video non-medical counseling for minors 6 to 12 years of age (parent or guardian must attend each session)

School MFLCs can be reached at the following phone numbers to establish a telephonic or video non-medical counseling appointment:

• R.J. Neutra MFLC: 559-376-3059
• Akers MFLC: 559-707-3421
• Lemoore Elementary & Meadow Lane MFLC: 559-309-3243
• Cinnamon, UCS, Engvall, and Liberty MFLC: 559-267-8093

* Exceptions to confidentiality include duty-to-warn cases, such as child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, harm to self or others or present/future illegal activity

Upon enrollment into the School Age Care or Teen Center, your child is eligible for a Child and Youth Programs, 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. 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.

 

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