The School Liaison Officer is the primary point of contact between the military installation, the local schools and school districts, transitioning families and the community at large. The School Liaison Officer can provide support in the following areas:
- Assisting families with school transfers and helping to "level the playing field" for military children and youth.
- Connecting educators with the Navy deployment support system to inform them about cycles of deployment and tools that are available to assist educators when working with Navy children.
- Serving as subject matter experts for installation commanders on K-12 issues, helping to connect command, school and community resources.
- Offering support to exceptional military families with children who have special needs by providing assistance in making referrals, and in privacy, policy and state and federal regulation matters.
- Assisting Navy families involved in home schooling by sharing information and resources on issues, policies and legislation and leveraging Navy Child and Youth Program resources to assist families who have chosen the home-schooling pathway for their children.
- Creating a
volunteer network of resources to support installation and community members
who have a vested interest in the success of all youth.
- Working` with installation and school leaders to provide graduating military students with access to post-secondary information and opportunities.
NAVSTA Newport School Liaison Officer
Janet K. McCarthy M.Ed.
John F. Kennedy CDC Center
1376 Bushnell Street
Middletown, RI 02842
Phone:(401) 841-7126 (DSN 841-7126)
Fax: (401) 841-7698
Hours: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Additional hours by appointment
School Liaison Officer Duties & Responsibilities
The seven (7) core functions of a School Liaison Officer (SLO):
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 that are 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.
Special Education System Navigation: The School Liaison Officer should offer support to exceptional military families with children who have special needs in the following ways: provide information, make referrals, offer assistance in navigating, protect the privacy of students and exceptional military families and be knowledgeable of the policies and regulations.
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, and help leverage Navy Child and Youth Programs resources to support these families.
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.
Specific responsibilities include
- Serve as the installation point-of-contact for local Child and Youth Service matters.
- Facilitate communication between local school authorities and senior leadership.
- Advocate for the educational needs of military children.
- Provide information regarding all schools in the area.
- Ensure a communication link with inbound and outbound families on educational issues.
- Maintain contact information pertaining to the Exceptional Family Member Program and other local resources for students with special needs.
- Engage with school leaders, installation leadership and families on items of interest such as understanding required state testing, school exit exams, high school seniors applying for financial aid, student transition, Individual Education Plan (IEP) etc.
- Serve as a liaison between organizations providing services to students, school personnel and community to foster partnerships between schools, families, and military and civilian organizations.
- Educate teachers, counselors, and administrators on unique issues affecting military families.
- Command a working knowledge of federal, state and local laws applicable to military child education.