April is Month of the Military Child. At Circleville City Schools, 9% of our entire student body have direct connections to the service with a sibling, parent, or guardian tied to a branch of the Armed Forces. Nationally, over 1.88 million students nationwide are children of members of the United States military.
For families serving our country and defending our freedoms at home and abroad, establishing roots for academic success can often be a struggle as the assignments change.
According to the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (ICEOMC) (adopted in Ohio Code in July 2009), most military children will attend six to nine different school systems during their education from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Additional barriers to the academic process for military families and their children can include difficulty with the enrollment process, delays in transferring of grades and transcripts from other schools, adapting to new schools and routines, and building new routes and establishing new friends.
In an effort to streamline some of these barriers to the academic process for families in our district serving in our armed forces, we have compiled a list of resources below and established a district liaison to serve as the primary contact between military families and the schools. Additionally, we work with these families to also honor and recognize the contributions of their students and military families to organize surprise school visits and military awareness campaigns (such as our annual 3rd grade Patriotic Music program and recognition and Day of Honor Ceremony in the Fall).
At Circleville City Schools, a proud Purple Star School District, we are humbled to serve students and families with military connections in our community. While all of our students proudly wear their Red and Black Tiger stripes in the form of spirit wear in school, we are honored that there are members of our family who wear stripes affiliated with the Armed Forces each and every day. If Circleville City Schools can be of assistance in any way in providing resources for your family our home is always available to you. Contact Military Family liaison Evan Debo (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get started.