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 Navy School Liaison Officer (SLO) program helps installation and regional commander’s work with state departments and local school districts to foster awareness of the stressors on military families brought about by frequent transitions and extended deployments.
professionals are located on all major Navy installations and serve as linkages between all military families and schools. Parents, educators, and community members are encouraged to contact their local School Liaison Officer with any questions.
School Liaison Officer Core Functions
- 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.
School Liaison Officer Specific Responsibilities
- 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.