The School Liaison Officer works in conjunction with Child, Youth and School Services and the local school community to address educational issues involving military children.
For assistance with K-12 school questions or information please contact School Liaison Officer
Camp Walker building #257
Phone Number: DSN 764-5467
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA):
School Calendar: http://www.dodea.edu/calendar/pacurrentcalendar.htm
Medical Requirements: http://www.dodea.edu/communities/medical.htm
Graduation Requirements: http://www.dodea.edu/college/grad.htm
State Testing Requirements: http://www.militarychild.org/military-parent/education-resource-center/
DoDEA Virtual School: http://www.dodea.edu/home/virtualSchool.cfm#
DoDEA/DoDDS Test Data: http://www.dodea.edu/schools/
Educational Programs: http://www.korea.pac.dodea.edu/ed-programs/index.html
School Bus Transportation: http://www.korea.pac.dodea.edu/transportation/index.html
Post-Secondary Education Preparation: http://www.dodea.edu/instruction/curriculum/Financial%20Aid/FinancialAid.htm
Information for Parents: http://www.dodea.edu/parents/
Information for Students: http://www.dodea.edu/students/
School Support Services: http://mwrkorea.com/slo.html
SPECIAL EDUCATION FAQs
1. What is the Special Education Regulation or Guidance in the overseas schools?
Special education is specially designed instruction, support, and services provided to students with an identified disability requiring an individually designed instructional program to meet their unique learning needs.
(a) DoD Schools
Visit DoDEA Website for Special Education Regulations:
(b) Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP)
The Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP) provides support and funding for the education of eligible family members of service members assigned at locations where the DoD does not operate a school within commuting distance. Service members may elect: enrollment at an international school in the surrounding area; a home school program; or a virtual school program. Service members who elect one of these options for command-sponsored family members must receive prior written approval from the *NDSP Manager.
Visit DoDEA Website for Non-DoD Schools Program Guidance:
*DoDDS-Korea District, NDSP Manager, DSN: 723-6691, Commercial Phone: 011-82-2-7913-6691
2. Is there an Overseas Screening Regulation?
DoD Instruction 1315.9, “Authorizing Special Needs Family Members Travel Overseas at Government Expense”
Visit DoDEA Website for Overseas Screening Regulation:
3. Who determines if my child is eligible for *special services?
A Case Study Committee (CSC) follows a process outlined in the Special Education Procedural Guide (2500.13-G) that leads to determination of eligibility for special education services. An existing Individual Education Program (IEP) provides information for overseas screening to pinpoint assignments based on availability of services in a particular location. Services are offered to students 3–21 years of age who have been determined eligible in one of five **disability categories.
*Description of Special Services: autism spectrum, communication impaired, emotionally impaired, hearing impaired, specific learning disability, intellectual disability, preschool, and vision impaired
**Student's disability(ies) as defined in Criterion A (Physical Impairments), Criterion B (Emotional Impairments), Criterion C (Communication Impairments), Criterion D (Learning Impairments) and Criterion E (Developmental Delay) in DoD Instruction 1342.12
4. How do I know which schools are able to serve my child’s disability in Korea?
Communities within DoDEA are identified by the levels of support services by disability category in place at specific locations. Cross reference the child’s level of support needed according to the IEP with the district, community, and school. All military communities within a district are identified by the level of support available. Note that in communities with multiple schools, not all programs are available in all schools. Students may be transported to a neighboring school for services.
Visit DoDEA Website for levels of support services by disability category at specific locations:
5. Will students with disabilities receive the special education services or programs they need overseas?
(a) Special Education Level of Support Services
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Special Education website <http://www.dodea.edu/curriculum/specialEduc.cfm> has a list of special education level of support services and designed instruction with point of contacts for overseas office. If a child requires special equipment, assistive technology or individualized paraprofessional support, you should contact the responsible area special education office:
Special Education Office Korea: Special Education Coordinator
DoDDS-Korea District, Unit 15549, APO AP 96205
DSN: 738-6022, Commercial Phone: 011-82-2-7918-6022
(b) Programs or Services for Children with Special Education Needs
The OCONUS Special Services Directory is intended to assist the medical and educational assignment coordinators to identify those military communities outside the continental United States (OCONUS) with pre-established programs for children with special education needs. The Directory does not identify pre-established programs or services for special medical needs.
Visit DoDEA Website for OCONUS Directory of Special Services:
6. Is there a resource guide for Families with special needs?
US Army Pocket Resource Guidebook:
The Army‘s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) had partnered with EP Global Communications on the Exceptional Family Transitional Training (EFTT) Program. This initiative delivers education and information support for Families with special needs and their service providers. This comprehensive listing of military, national and State resources will help Families transition successfully in areas such as early intervention, special education, mental health, and accessibility.
Visit EP Magazine Website for resource guide: http://www.eparent.com/
TRANSITIONS AND DEPLOYMENT
TRANSITIONSThe School Liaison Officer works with schools on transition issues to reduce barriers to smooth school transitions that military children face and to ease the adjustment into new schools.
The Department of Defense has conducted meetings and participated in and reviewed studies to identify what some of the issues faced by the military student and suggestions for making these transitions easier. Some of the educational, social, and emotional issues included:
- Educational Issues/Needs:
- Social Issues/Needs:
- Emotional Issues/Needs
If you are moving: Visit MCEC’s website at www.militarychild.org for tips
DoD’s Military Child in Transition and Deployment program has identified some common educational issues/needs, social issues/needs, and emotional issues/needs as well as behaviors to monitor.
- Educational Issues/Needs
During periods of deployment children share the following educational needs:
- Social Issues/Needs
Depending on age, a child may experience significant social issues and needs during a time of deployment. While preschool and elementary aged children typically require increased attention from parents and school, social interaction with peers can often take on increased value with adolescents. Although school and family must still play a significant role in their lives, it is important for adolescents to spend time with peers. Conversations and/or news coverage about war or deployment issues should be monitored for age-appropriateness.
- Emotional Issues/Needs
While individual children’s emotional needs and issues can vary drastically, all children need to maintain their daily routines at home and school to help cushion the impact of deployment. Common emotions during deployment include:
- Behaviors to Monitor
It is important to address these emotions with children and to provide them with reassurance and comfort. A child may exhibit a change in behavior while adjusting to being separated from his or her parent(s). However, if a child is exhibiting the following behavior six weeks after separation, a referral should be made to the appropriate parental, school, community or military service:
Other Websites for information to help with the transition and deployment:
Military OneSource: http://www.militaryonesource.com
Military One Source is a national service to support active duty and reserves service members and their families with any of their concerns: help with child care, personal finances, emotional support during deployments, relocation information, or resources needed for special circumstances.
In-State Tuition: https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/education/InState/index.htm
In-State Tuition provides information regarding eligibility of active military service members and their families for in-state college tuition rates in their home state or state of duty assignment.
School Transfer Checklist: http://www.militarychild.org/military-parent/checklist-for-transferring-students/
Graduation Exam Matrix: http://www.nga.org/cda/files/exitexammatrix.pdf
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has no jurisdiction over the education of overseas military dependent children. It is DoDEA policy to neither encourage nor discourage DoD sponsors from home schooling their minor dependents. DoDEA recognizes that homeschooling is a sponsor’s right and can be a legitimate alternative form of education for their dependents. According to DoD policy, the installation Commander’s responsibilities are logistical or administrative, there is no educational oversight regarding the public education provided by DoDDS.
There are frequently asked questions among home schoolers: Whose law do I follow – the state/country where we are stationed, or our state of residence? What are the military regulations related to homeschooling? Are there support groups at every installation? Is there a phone number that I can call to find out about homeschooling on any particular installation?
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has no jurisdiction over the education of overseas American military dependent children. It is DoDEA policy to neither encourage nor discourage DoD sponsors from home schooling their minor dependents. DoDEA recognizes that homeschooling is a sponsor’s right and can be a legitimate alternative form of education for their dependents. According to DoD policy, the installation Commander’s responsibilities are logistical or administrative, there is no educational oversight regarding the public education provided by DoDEA.
In order for homeschooling to succeed, parents need to have the time and energy to provide instruction on a daily basis and be involved in a local support group. Numerous avenues of support are usually available, so do some research and get connected with a local support group in your community. Some parents form groups with other home-schooled families or encourage their children to join community sports teams, clubs, or other groups. Many families are involved in homeschooling support groups. These groups of parents share responsibilities, including choosing and adapting curriculum, the actual teaching of the lessons, and some method of grading and evaluating whether the student has learned the necessary lessons.
What’s best for somebody else’s child may not be best for yours. Before making a decision, it’s important to gather as much information as you can to find out about the kind of education that would benefit your child the most, whether it’s homeschooling or it’s another kind of school.
Other Home School Websites:
Specifics for military families: http://www.militarychild.org/Homeschooling.asp
Home Schooling by state and state laws: http://www.hsla.org/laws/default.asp
National Home Education Institute, making informed choices: http://www.nheri.org/
Getting started in Home Schooling: http://www.home-school.com/GetStarted.html
Produces a magazine on home schooling): http://www.homeschooltoday.com
National Home Education Network: 55 Reasons to Home School http://www.nhen.org/
Activities and programs for gifted children: http://www.mensa.org/activities/giftedchildren.php3
National Association of Gifted Children: http://www.nagc.org/
SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted): http://www.sengifted.org/
SCHOOL TRANSFER CHECKLIST: http://www.militarychild.org/military-parent/checklist-for-transferring-students/
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Kindergarten children must be five years old by September 1st.
- First grade children must be six years old by September 1st.
Block Scheduling – Block Scheduling is a method of scheduling that lengthens the duration of a class period.
Traditional Scheduling – Traditional Scheduling is a method of scheduling six to eight class periods daily. Generally, each class period is less than one hour. The same subject is presented the same period daily with elective classes being alternated within the week or the semester
4X4 Block Scheduling – Students take four 90-minutes classes each day for one semester. An entire course is completed during one semester instead of a full year. Some courses may require sequential semesters.
Home School Legal Defense Association: http://www.hslda.org
Home schooling Info from all 50 States in the U.S.:http://homeschooling.miningcom
DoDEA Homeschooling Policy: http://www.dodea.edu/foia/iod/pdf/02OD002.pdf