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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Pendleton Liaison Helps Children Transfer to New Schools

  • May 31, 2011
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The children of military personnel face a number of issues after moving to a new school district, affecting enrollment, placement, athletic eligibility, graduation requirements and attendance when parents are being deployed or on leave, according to Maria Swanson, the school liaison officer for Camp Pendleton.

Swanson offered the example of a high school senior who shows up in the spring semester and doesn’t have enough time to meet a graduation requirement to perform a certain number of hours of community service. Perhaps the school system can offer an alternative, Swanson told Camp Pendleton Patch.

About 60 percent of the military families stationed at Camp Pendleton, in Southern California, live in the community. The Murrieta Valley Unified School District, which enrolls at least 750 military students, recently created an advisory committee to ease transitions for military families. Next year, the district hopes to appoint a military liaison to its staff.

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