- School Support Services – Fort Bliss
School Support Services - Fort Bliss
Effective June 24, 2020, the School Liaison Officers (SLO) are available to assist families with any school-related questions. In order to maintain social distancing requirements, SLO assistance will initially be provided via phone at 915-569-5064 or email at [email protected] We look forward to serving you!
School Support Services provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. A branch of Child & Youth Services (CYS), School Support Services features School Liaison Officers (SLOs), who help schools, installations and Families work together for student achievement.
SLOs are your best support in the area of education, schools and military transitions. SLOs are knowledgeable in current education news and policies. They act as the conduit between the school community – including local public school districts, private schools and home school Families – and the installation.
How do they do it? By
- Helping schools understand the challenges military Families face
- Informing parents about local school policies
- Giving Families information about local schools, graduation requirements, after school programs, youth sponsorship and homeschooling
- Connecting units and schools through partnership initiatives
- Conducting workshops to help parents navigate educational transition and advocate for their children
- Providing an array of resources that benefit military youth and improve school experiences
When Do I Need a SLO?
Getting ready to move:
- Information about your upcoming duty station and educational options in your new community
- Connection to a youth sponsor who can answer your child’s questions from a youth’s perspective
- Assistance with the steps to prepare for your children’s departure from their current schools
Once you arrive:
- Assistance with school registration and transition
- Help with questions about compliance and solutions regarding the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
- Two-way communication between the school and parent
- Connection with homeschool co-ops or support groups
During your assignment:
- Answers to your questions about schools, homeschooling, special education, scholarships, transitions and more.
- Parent education opportunities about college and career readiness, preparing for transition and the Interstate Compact
To ease the transition, contact your SLO as soon as you get orders.
Finding a School
Finding a new school and registering your child can be confusing.
We can help.
Our SLOs give you information on local schools so you can find the best fit for you and your family. They can also help you with everything you need to register – and can answer other questions, too. Contact our office and to get more detailed information.
Research-based Characteristics of Quality Schools
Most schools share fundamental characteristics that prepare students for the future. Research shows that the most effective schools are more alike than they are different. Here is some information about what to look for in quality schools:
- Five Key Features of Effective Schools
- Effective Schools Research Base
- What is Effective School Research?
- The United States Department of Education provides detailed information about choosing a school and offers a great number of resources to help you make an informed decision when choosing a school for your child.
TEA provides public school state accountability ratings based on three domains: Student Achievement, School Progress, and Closing the Gap. For more information about the El Paso area schools visit https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/accountability/academic-accountability/performance-reporting/school-report-cards. All schools on and around the installation are operated by EPISD, there are four (4) elementary schools and one (1) high school on federal property.
- 2018-19 Bliss Elementary School Report Card
- 2018-19 Powell Elementary School Report Card
- 2018-19 Hughey Elementary School Report Card
- 2018-19 Milam Elementary School Report Card
- 2018-19 Chapin High School Report Card
- 2018 Burnham Wood Charter School Performance Framework
- 2018 Harmony Science Academy ACAD Charter School Performance Framework
- 2018 IDEA Charter School Performance Framework
Registering your Child for school in a new location can be confusing. We know you want to get your kids settled in their new schools as quickly as possible. That's why we work hard to help you identify all educational opportunities available to you and your family. We can help you with information about how to register your child, including documents you will need to complete, school year start dates and age requirements. You can also contact our office and well be glad to meet with you to offer more detailed information.
- Birth certificate
- Immunization records (under the Interstate Compact military-connected students are authorized 30 days to provide immunization records if they are not available)
- Report card/transcript from losing school
- Social security card (will not prevent enrollment)
- Proof of income if applying for the National Nutritional School Program
- Valid identification of the parent/guardian enrolling the student
- Proof of residence (utility bill, lease, housing assignment, etc.)
Prekindergarten is available to all military connected student in the state of Texas. The student must be 4 years of age by 1 September, once registered, attendance is mandatory. If entering Kindergarten, according to the Texas Education Agency, students must be 5 years of age by 1 September. According to The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, "The Compact", students shall be allowed to continue enrollment at the grade level from the sending state regardless of age provided the student completed the prerequisite grade level in the sending state from a local education agency.
Eleven EPISD elementary schools offer Pre-Kinder for 3-year olds also meeting the state eligibility requirements, which includes being 3 years old by Sept. 1st of the current school year. Eight EPISD campuses offer Universal Pre-Kinder for 4 year olds by Sept. 1st without any other qualifications needed.
Stay Connected/Be Informed
Enroll in your child's school district emergency alert system and stay up to date on school closures, weather, emergency situations, etc.