School Liaison Officer

The School Liaison Officer (SLO) works to connect commanders, educators, and parents. The SLO serves as the subject matter expert for K-12 education issues. The SLO's primary function is to provide transition support to military and DoD-eligible families with school-age children to ensure smooth transitions between schools and positive educational experiences. The SLO can provide numerous resources to assist families, educators, and commands in their efforts to create positive and supportive educational environments for military children.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools is accepting Magnet Program Applications

On-time Magnet applications for the  2022-2023 school year will open at noon on October 11, 2021 and will close at noon on November 22, 2021. Magnet Information Brochures are linked below:

General Information
Step by Step Application Process


To apply, current AACPS students should use their lunch ID as their application username and password, which are also used to access the computers at school and Google classes.  Non-AACPS students will create a username and password when beginning the online application.  The Magnet Office cannot reset passwords.  Contact the Help Desk at 410-222-5135 for password resets.

START YOUR APPLICATION HERE  (UNTIL 12 PM on Monday, November 22, 2021)

Magnet Application Step by Step Guide:

BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES PLAN TO SHIFT SCHOOL START AND DISMISSAL TIMES FOR 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR

The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County has given its stamp of approval to formally shift to healthier school start and dismissal times when the 2022-2023 school year begins next fall.  The Board had previously requested a plan that would implement new start times in January 2022. In a unanimous vote however, the Board accepted the recommendation by Prismatic Services, Inc., to delay the shift until the fall. Schools will move to a bell schedule where elementary schools will begin between 8 and 9 a.m., middle schools will begin between 8:30 and 9:15 a.m., and high schools will begin at 8:30 a.m. Exact start and dismissal times of individual schools will not be known for several months.  Prismatic’s work to date shows that the shift can be accomplished at little to no additional cost, but the school system may need as many as 32 more buses to address existing overcrowding issues. The plan will create efficiencies in current bus routes by consolidating some bus routes and bus stops. Prismatic will spend approximately the next four weeks meeting with AACPS Transportation Department officials to continue to optimize the plan.

Implementation of the plan – which will bring about significant change for all schools, employees, and families – will require renegotiation of agreements with bus contractors, shifts in school meal and athletics schedules, and changes to child-care operations throughout the county. Superintendent George Arlotto has already begun assembling an implementation team to oversee the project and work through the various logistical aspects of this change.

Navy School Liaison Officers Provide Seven Core Services to Assist Families:

  1. School Transition Services (PCS Cycle): School Liaison Officers assist families with school transfers and help "level the playing field" for military children and youth.
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. Home School Linkage and Support: School Liaison Officers assist Navy families by gathering and sharing information on homeschooling issues, policies and legislation from local school districts, and help leverage Navy Child and Youth Programs resources to support these families.
     
  5. 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. The role of the School Liaison Officer in the PIE program is to serve as a conduit between Navy commands, schools, and CYP to establish relationships among the individuals and organizations involved in PIE initiatives such as "Adopt-A-School," Career Day speakers, "Saturday Scholars," and job Shadowing.
     
  6. Post-Secondary Preparations: School Liaison Officers leverage installation and school resources to provide graduating military-connected students with access to post-secondary information and opportunities.
     
  7. 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. 

Permanent Change of Station

If your family is planning a PCS move, don't forget to formally withdraw your child(ren) from their school. In most cases, you will receive a withdrawal or transfer packet with important information from your child's school file that will make it easier to enroll in the new school. For more tips on how to make school transitions as smooth as possible, contact the school liaison officer.

Moving OCONUS with school-aged children? DoDEA's online registration system allows parents to pre-register their dependents for school in a secure online environment. This system is also beneficial in providing the receiving schools with advanced awareness of student enrollment. Pre-register your child for school today through the online registration system.

The Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP) provides support and funding for the education of authorized command-sponsored dependents of military members and Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees assigned to overseas areas where no DoDEA school is available within the commuting area. At these locations, DoDEA supports a variety of options for children ranging from home school programs to public or private schools. Approval for the enrollment of an eligible minor dependent of a DoD sponsor must be obtained from DoDEA NDSP office prior to enrolling a child in a non-DoD school. Enroll your child today using this online registration system for NDSP.

Anchored for Life Program 

Download A4L Brochure to the right under Downloads. 

Anchored4Life is a resiliency program created by the Trevor Romain Company to help new students have an easier transition from one school to another. The program is funded by the Navy and is the place where connections happen. It is a peer-to-peer club to connect youth while building transition and resiliency skills. The club provides opportunities for peers to enhance social skills, learn leadership skills, build character, improve self-esteem, and integrate into their community. Youth will learn these transition and resiliency skills using the Club features.  At Anchored4Life, we define resiliency as the ability to bounce back from setbacks. A setback is roadblock that you navigate around to meet your goal.
 
Anchored4Life believes using affirmative materials can produce a range of positive outcomes. Anchored4Life integrates a positive youth development model and focuses on the 7 Cs of resiliency:
 
COMPETENCE: Competence is social engagement/physical and emotional health.
CONFIDENCE: Confidence is self-esteem building.
CONNECTION: Connection is sense of belonging, rapid integration.
CHARACTER: Character is developing a longstanding focus on responsibility.
CONTRIBUTION: Contribution is helping peers and service to others.
COPING: Coping is healthy strategies to handle situations.
CONTROL: Control is having responsibility to make wise choices.

Resources

Local School Information

Transition Assistance

Post-Secondary Support

School Listings for Local Area Checklist for School Moves College Planning Timeline
Registration Information Helping Children with Change College and Career Search
Graduation Requirements Homework Help and Study Test Preparation
Home Schooling Youth Sponsorship Paying for College

 

Special Education

Deployment

Educator's Toolbox

Special Education Overview Deployment Resources Toolkits and Training
State and Local Special Deployment Resources: Books for Children Research and Resources
Education Resources   Student Resources
Early Intervention Services   Interstate Compact
EFMP    

Useful Links

 

Events

Thursday, February 17, 2022

12:00PM

Virtual Webinar : Kinder Readiness

Thursday, March 17, 2022

12:00PM

Virtual Webinar: Parents' Place of Maryland

Thursday, May 12, 2022

12:00PM

Virtual Webinar: PCS w/ Kids - Smooth Moves

Thursday, July 21, 2022

12:00PM

Virtual Webinar: Parents' Place of Maryland

Thursday, August 4, 2022

12:00PM

Virtual Webinar : Back to School

Thursday, September 22, 2022

12:00PM

Virtual Webinar: Parents' Place of Maryland

Thursday, October 6, 2022

12:00PM

Virtual Webinar : Paying for College