Informing Military Leadership

Father and sonsSchool Liaisons are reminded to keep their commanders updated about policies that affect children with special needs. These policies change periodically. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and IDEA are likely to be reauthorized in the next few years, and the revised laws will change policies regarding children with special needs.

In addition, leadership should be regularly updated on the general issues, concerns, and trends that affect families connected to the installation that need special education services for their children. School Liaisons should keep their commanders abreast of their external relationship-building activities, including participation in community task forces and meetings with parent groups and school officials.

School Liaisons should also work to inform families, with the support of leadership, on the requirement and importance of enrolling their child with special needs in EFMP to ensure appropriate resources are available at the new duty station.