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Deployment-Related School Attendance Policies

06/04/2011 Published by: Suzanne

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Categories: Your Child's Ages & Stages, Student 2 Student Programs Worldwide, Special Topics

Military families often face difficult decisions when it comes to their children . . . moving during the school year v. during the summer; moving to a new area where schools don’t offer the same programs available in previous ones; ensuring students have the correct credits to satisfy graduation requirements if they move during high school.   Deployments can bring stress to a whole new level.

Consider this example . . . your spouse is coming home for his/her mid-tour leave and your family wants to enjoy a “getaway” for some precious bonding time.  Sounds great, doesn't it?  So what’s the issue?  This trip falls during your child’s school-year and s/he’ll have to miss school.  How will the school’s attendance policy handle this scenario?  In the past, parents often faced having unexcused absences on their son or daughter’s school record. 

Recent developments, however, are setting the stage for more accommodating policies when it comes to military families in situations like this.  Visit the Library and read "Deployment Related School Attendance Policies" to learn more about guidance and policies which have proven successful in addressing these issues in schools and districts around the country.

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