School Liaison Officer (SLO)
School Liaison Officer (SLO)
The School Liaison Officer serves the entire K-12 population regardless of where they are educated. School Liaison Officers are employed to help navigate academic pressures on military children and their families as they move around the world and transfer between school systems. The Navy SLO is here to assist families stationed in Busan and in Chinhae with any school related needs or questions.
What is a School Liaison Officer?
The School Liaison Officer serves as the liaison between the installation commander, military agencies, and schools by providing assistance in matters pertaining to student education. The School Liaison Officer also implements the Navy’s Strategic Planning for Education Advocacy K-12 recommendations in order to ensure Navy families have access to quality educational opportunities. School Liaison Officers level the playing field for military children by ensuring maximum educational opportunities for academic success.
Why Are School Liaison Officers Needed?
School transition and deployment support is a Navy readiness and retention issue. The Navy will benefit from having Sailors who are able to focus on their duties, whether ashore or deployed.
• Navy families move their children an average of every 2.9 years.
• Children of military personnel attend up to 9 different schools by graduation.
• Military families are reluctant to disrupt high school youth in their senior year.
• Deployments can impact educational outcomes of children.
• Many families decide to “separate geographically” to keep kids in their current school.
Families - Contact your School Liaison Officer for help with:
• Inbound/outbound school transfer
• Local schools and boundaries
• Finding the right school
• Understanding special education
• Meeting graduation requirements
• Finding military and local support services
• Home schooling support
• Preparing for college and scholarship information
Non-DoD School Program
The Non-DoD School Program (NDSP) is an option for command sponsored families stationed outside of the United States where DODEA schools are not available. The NDSP does not inspect or certify schools; families are given the opportunity to select the schools that works best for the needs of their children. Under the “downloads” section, please click on the Connected Magazine for education resources guide. Also in the “downloads” section, you will find the process for Enrollment and Withdrawal Process for NDSP.
For more information on NDSP and how it will support your child’s education needs while stationed overseas, please visit their website at https://www.dodea.edu/nonDoD/index.cfm or please contact the School Liaison Officer at 055.540.5381 or email@example.com.
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Due to limited resources, Busan and Chinhae are not duty location that support EFMP. Please visit the EFMP website at http://www.public.navy.mil/BUPERS-NPC/SUPPORT/EFM/Pages/default.aspx for more information.
Information on Home Based Study
The NDSP supports families who choose home based study as the education option that their children pursue. Please visit the NDSP site at www.dodea.edu/NDSP for more information on home based study and how the program can support you and your family with this education option.
As you prepare to transition to a new country and duty station, it is important to consider the challenges that our youth may face as they transition to a new school. Youth Sponsorship helps to connect children moving to new locations with children that are already there. This enables youth to make a smooth transition and be able to know at least one person when they arrive.
If you would like your child(ren) in grades 6-12 to have a Youth Sponsor, please fill out the short form in the Downloads section with your student(s), and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quarterly Youth Sponsorship Hail and Farewell events are held for youth in grades 6-12. Please check out the CYP calendar for more information about the next Hail and Farewell event.
If you are already in Chinhae or Busan (and are in grades 6-12) and would like to be a Youth Sponsor, please fill out the form in the Downloads section, and email the completed form to email@example.com.
Anchored4Life is a resiliency program developed by Trevor Romain. The program aims to help children in military families with some of the hardships and challenges that they may face throughout their life. Some of the topics that Anchored4Life helps with supporting children and their families are transition support, deployments, divorce and bullying to name a few. Currently, Anchored4Life is implemented within Busan Foreign School, Busan International Foreign School and CFAC Child and Youth Programs.
For more information on Anchored4Life, please their website at https://anchored4life.com/
Military Child Education Coalition: http://militarychild.org
National Military Family Association: http://militaryfamily.org
Morale Welfare and Recreation: https://www.facebook.com/NavyMWRKorea/
Commander Fleet Activities Chinhae: https://cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnfk/installations/cfa_chinhae.html