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School Liaison Office


ROLE OF THE SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER

1. Serves as the primary point of contact for school-related matters.

2. Represents, informs, and assists Command.

3. Assists military families with school issues.

4. Coordinates with local school systems.

5. Forges partnerships between the military and schools.





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LOCATION
9500 Barlow Road
Bldg. 950
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060 map

CONTACTS
Wendy O'Sullivan
Megan O'Day

Phone
(703) 805-9119

Email Address
belvoir_slo@
belvoirmwr.com


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Program Information
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Support/Resilience Programs
Moving On
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PROGRAM INFORMATION

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School Liaison Officers of US Army Garrison Fort Belvoir serve all military connected families living in Fairfax County and Prince William County (active duty-all services, National Guard, Reserves, Retirees, DoD civilians, and DoD contractors).  For those who reside outside of these counties in northern Virginia, we will connect you to a Military School Liaison Officer covering other areas in the National Capital Region.


Public Schools

Virginia Department of Education School Report Card
Please reference the state report card so you may be informed and inquire when touring your school. Virginia has Standards of Learning and does not follow the Common Core. Every state has its own Department of Education which determines its own accreditation and standards. Because of this, it is not possible to compare to schools outside of the state. Where you live determines where your children attend school. Military waivers do not exist for the elementary school on Fort Belvoir.

Fairfax County School Boundary Locator

Military Families Relocating to Fairfax County

Prince William County School Boundary Locator

Prince William County Schools Military Family Orientation

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children
These Virginia Code of Law provisions are to assist military dependents moving from public education in one state to public education in another state.

Private Schools

Virginia Council for Private Education
Virginia Council for Public Education oversees accreditation of nonpublic preschool, elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth. A peer review process and an annual reporting requirement have been developed to monitor the standards. Please refer to the link for a list of private schools currently approved by the Virginia Council for Private Education:http://77241.inspyred.com/images/2014-03-26%20State%20Recognized.pdf

 

Important Fact for School Transitions
Accreditation through a VCPE Approved State Recognized Accrediting Member guarantees the transfer of student credits from the state recognized accredited private school to a public school and ensures recognition of teacher licensure credits for time served in an accredited private school.


Home Instruction

Virginia Requirements for Home Instruction
Notification by parent or guardian of intent to provide home instruction must be submitted by 15 August prior to the school year your child will receive home instruction. For families moving to the county during the school year, submission must be within 30 days of setting up residence. It is required for all students to demonstrate evidence of progress either through a composite score in/above the 4th stanine on nationally standardized achievement test (3rd grade/above) or a) subject portfolio for each quarter b) transcripts from distance learning program or college.

 

Before/AFter Care

There are several resources to support military connected children and youth while their parents have duty assignments.

Fairfax County Office of Children Centers
The Fairfax County Office of Children Centers located at your child's school follow the School District Calendar.

Prince William County Schools Contract Care
Prince William County Schools contract care through Minnieland Academy follows their School District Calendar.

Child Care Aware of America and the United States Military Services
The Department of Defense provides military benefits to dependents in need of extended care off the installation. Each branch of service offers a different benefit to dependents of those on active military orders and government civilians.

US Army Child & Youth Services, USAG Fort Belvoir

SitterCity
SitterCity assists with locating babysitters, nannies, certified home care providers, tutors, senior care, housekeepers, and pet care. The Department of Defense has paid the membership fees for active duty, reserves, and the National Guard.

 

Military-Specific and Government Academic Support

GI Bill

Transferability of Educational Benefits


In-State Tuition Programs for Military
Higher Education Opportunity Act, 2008 (P.L 110-135), Service members, active duty for a period of more than 30 days, and their dependents are eligible to receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities (that receive funds under the Higher Education Act of 1965) in the state where they reside or are permanently stationed.  An enrolled dependent may pay in-state tuition as long as they remain continuously enrolled at the institution, even if the service-member is reassigned outside of the state

Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014
For veterans and their dependents who are accessing the GI Bill with regards to in-state tuition. This bill was H.R. 3230 and signed into public law August 7, 2014.

Higher Education Opportunity Act, revised August 14, 2008
For veterans and their dependents for general in-state tuition clauses without reference to the GI Bill.

Please contact the Office of Military Services at prospective universities for further assistance.

Tutoring

Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families
Paid for by the Department of Defense, 24/7 Online professional  tutors available to help in more than 16 subjects and test preparation.

SitterCity
SitterCity assists with locating babysitters, nannies, certified home care providers, tutors, senior care, housekeepers, and pet care. The Department of Defense has paid the membership fees for active duty, National Guard, and Reserves of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force.

US Army Child Youth & School Services, USAG Fort Belvoir
Homework Labs are available in Before/After for elementary at the School Age Center and for middle and high at the Youth Center.

 

Government Internships for High School Students (These are not military specific)

US State Department

US Secret Service

Bureau of Land Management

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

National Park Service

Environmental Protection Agency

National Aeronautics & Space Administration NASA

USDA Forest Service

US Department of Agriculture

US Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

 

Service Learning Hours

Army Volunteer Corps
For students needing to meet adult supervised service hours, there are varying opportunities on Fort Belvoir.

Library of Congress Veterans History Project
For Students 10th grade and above, they may interview a veteran and contribute to The Veterans History Project (VHP). There is an individual Web page for each veteran who contributes. The webpages are within the permanent collections of the Library of Congress.

 

Support/Resilience Programs

Real Warriors (866-966-1020)
24/7 multimedia behavioral health support center for all military connected, Defense Centers of Excellence and Department of Defense.

MilitaryOneSource
You can access Military OneSource free non-medical anonymous counseling online, on the phone, or in person. Twelve free sessions may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings.

Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC)
MFLCs are available to meet in-person on or off the military installation. The free nonmedical anonymous sessions may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings.

Deployment Health & Family Readiness Library

App, National Military Family Association

 

Youth Sponsorship
Youth sponsorship emulates the Department of Defense Military Sponsorship Program. These programs are peer led with adult supervision and provide support especially during times of transition.

Youth Center, USAG Fort Belvoir

Military Youth on the Move
The Department of Defense designed Military Youth on the Move as one-stop shop for parents and students with moves and deployment.

Military Kids Connect
The Department of Defense formed the National Center for Telehealth & Technology to offer this online community for military connected students which provides access to age appropriate resources dealing with unique challenges of military life.

 

Moving ON

School Liaison Officers of US Army Garrison Fort Belvoir serve all military connected families and will connect you with the School Liaison Officer at your next installation. 

School Move Checklist, Military Child Education Coalition

Plan My Move, Military One Source

 

Partners in Education, USAG Fort Belvoir

To support school learning communities by collectively improving systems for transition predictability for military-connected and other highly mobile students.  Together, the school districts and the installation use the guiding principles outlined by superintendents, school board members, and commanders in the US Army Secondary Education Transition Study (SETS) to accomplish comprehensive outreach, create a network of professional development, and enhance educational activities.  Fairfax County Public Schools and Prince William County Schools are signatories of the (SETS) Memorandum of Agreement.






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