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.

AACPS Bd of Ed Meeting Re-Opening Update Summary - March 8, 2021

Dr. Arlotto gave an update to the school re-opening at the 03/03/21 AACPS Board of Education meeting that provided new information. 

A vaccine clinic has been set up at Severna Park HS for AACPS personnel.  Over the past three weeks 3 clinics have been held, 4,400 staff have been vaccinated with the first dose so far.  On March 4th the fourth clinic was held and second doses were delivered.

A data dashboard has been created by the IT team at AACPS.  This dashboard will share information about reported Covid-19 levels among hybrid students and staff.  The data dashboard will include Covid-19 resources.  It was live as of 3/3/21 and will be updated by 5 PM every Wednesday.  A link to the dashboard will be on the AACPS homepage.    

AACPS is currently planning for the summer including a robust offering of courses and activities including transportation and meals all free of charge.  These will be full day programs that are in partnership with Parks and Recreation.  It is meant to supplement the offerings of summer camps and daycare.  Financing will come from the federal government CARES-2 funding. 

Academic Testing

Last year MDSE issued COVID Assessment Waivers for standardized tests.  This year the MSDE required standardized testing for the 20-21 school year.  The members of the board expressed frustration regarding MSDE’s decision to proceed with testing at this time.       

AACPS has no intention of testing students this month or possibly early next month.  They are going to try and hold off as long as possible.  They are going to work with test coordinators and principals to try and minimize the impact on instruction and synchronous learning.  The AACPS Bd of Ed unanimously passed a motion that disagreed with the MSDE decision to impose state testing during the 20-21 school year.  They requested that MSDE grant the greatest flexibility by law to AACPS for testing if waivers are not granted.  


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.


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


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

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