It is vital that your child's school is made aware of your family's deployment status. Without this knowledge, your child may miss out on key support within the educational setting. The school will only know about a deployment upon notification by the family. Contact your child's school today to work proactively in ensuring your child's success.

  • Did you know that your child is allowed deployment-related absences?
  • Did you know that your child's school counselor is available for deployment support?
  • Did you know that your child's teacher is a great resource for recognizing changes in your child during a time of deployment?
  • Remember that your child's school depends on you to communicate about an upcoming deployment!
School & Deployment
•   School Notification: Families should notify the school about an upcoming deployment (including Family Care Plan details, AF Form 357) so that the school can provide any needed support.
•    Stay Connected: Wayne County Public Schools offer an online student information system, called Home Base, which allows you to see child’s attendance & grades.
•    Deployment-related absences: Please contact the school and communicate with your child’s teacher/principal/school social worker prior to the absence.

The Defense Department website for military children contains many features to help parents and educators explain difficult topics of the military lifestyle to children. The website launched in January 2012 and has served more than 125,000 visitors. To mark its one-year anniversary, the website added new content including:
  • military culture videos and lesson plans for teachers, school counselors, and educators to better understand the differences between military and civilian youth;
  • graphic novels and mini-documentaries by military kids sharing their experiences; and
  • new modules for children and parents on handling grief, loss and physical injury. 


Excerpt from MCEC's "On the Move" magazine, Special Topic Article, Volume 6 Issue 2 

We all play a critical role in making sure we maintain the balance between providing adequate time in the classroom and supporting the special needs of military families. The following are recommendations that will lead to enhanced educational opportunities for the military dependents.
  1. Let your child's teacher, or if your child is a secondary student with multiple teachers, the school counselor/principal know about your pending deployment and any special arrangements for car eyou have made that might be out of the hcild's normal routine. The earlier you notify the school about your future deployment, the more time they  have to make sure they are prepared to support you in any way your circumstances may need.
  2. As your time for your deployment to a combat area or a reunion with your family following a deployment nears and you would like your child to be excused to spend time with you, notify the school in advance of the absence. Putting your advance request in writing is probably good practice for everyone.
  3. School district discretion is used when determining excused/unexcused absences. Some factors may include your child's previous attendance and whether or not your son/daughter is earning passing grades. Remain vigilant in tracking your child's grades during the months leading up to your deployment or reintegration, especially if you plan to ask for your child to be absent from school in order to spend time with you.
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