- Did you know that your child is allowed deployment-related absences to spend time with military parent pre-deployment or post-deployment/reunification? In 2019, the NC Senate introduced Bill 230, which authorizes dependents excused absences to spend time with an immediate family member who is on active duty and on deployment orders, on leave from or has immediately returned from a deployment to a combat zone or combat support position, is on rest and recuperation.
- 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) so that the school can provide any needed support) • Stay Connected: Harnett County Public Schools offer an online student information system, called Home Base, which allows you to see child’s attendance & grades. Contact your child's school for parent login information.
- Deployment-related absences: Communicate with your child’s teacher/principal/school social worker prior to the absence.
Military Kids Connect (MKC) is an online community for military children, ages 6 to 17, providing age-appropriate resources to support children dealing with the unique psychological challenges of military life. Content includes things such as:
- graphic novels and mini documentaries by military kids sharing their experiences.
- activities and online forums.
- modules for children and parents on handling grief, loss and physical injury; and
- lesson plans and military culture module for educators.
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.
- 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 you have made that might be out of the student’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.
- 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.
- 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.