CYS Services, local school districts
share resources to assist military Families
|A School District Informational meeting at Fort McCoy
in April provided school districts within a 50-mile radius of the
installation with information and resources regarding military children
and their Families. The meeting was hosted by the Fort McCoy School
Liaison Officer and the Operation Military Kids Assistant Project
Director/4-H Military Partnership Director.
Information presented during the meeting included ways schools and the
Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School (CYS) Services can partner to support
military Families/children with smooth and minimally stressful
transitions for the whole Family.
Becky Walley, School Liaison Officer, said the meeting also helped
support the Army Community Covenant by further strengthening the ties
and communication between CYS Services and the school districts. This
also will, hopefully, increase the understanding between everyone
involved and improve the experiences of military students and Families,
as well as civilian students and Families and staff in the local school
districts, Walley said.
Topics covered were defining military deployment, what it is, and what
reactions may manifest in school age children and youth; obtaining data
about military youth in the communities school districts serve;
understanding School Liaison Officer and Outreach Director roles and how
schools can use resources available through Fort McCoy; understanding
the Secondary Education Transition Study Memorandum of Agreement;
sharing best practices, resources, and questions with other school
districts; and sharing of resources to help educate others in the school
district and better support military Families.
About 20 people representing six school districts attended. School
districts represented were Alma Center, Mauston, Necedah, Richland
Center, Sparta, and Tomah.
School district representatives included superintendents, counselors,
social workers, directors of pupil services and principals.
A brainstorming session was held to gather information from the school
districts to see what they already do to help support military Families
and to gather information to what the school districts need to help
support military children and their Families.
The meeting established a line of communications the CYS Services
program will use to keep in contact with the districts and provide them
with resources to help them with military children/Families as they
transition into their school districts or experience deployment.
Walley said the overall feedback from the meeting evaluations was very
Respondents said they appreciated the new ideas, which will help them
better support students.
In addition, respondents liked the great ideas discussed to identify
Families and staff development, including the new resources, she said.
Future plans may include additional meetings, other information
available at Fort McCoy, such as through Army Community Service or the
Military Family Life Consultants, or a tour of the installation to
highlight available programs and services.
(Submitted by Fort McCoy School Liaison Officer, Child, Youth &