Overview

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Welcome to the National Guard Family Program e-learning lesson on communicating with teachers and school districts during deployments. Deployments affect all members of a National Guard family. Children’s emotional and behavioral responses regarding a parent’s deployment may be enacted in the school environment. Children may be more anxious and reserved or angry and aggressive—or they may refuse to go to school entirely. Supportive and empathetic interventions by school staff, when necessary, can ease a number of stressors for families. At the end of this lesson, you will be better equipped to identify strategies for informing teachers and school districts of youth challenges during deployments, recognize the importance of educating school professionals about youth challenges during a deployment, and specify key topics to discuss with school personnel to enhance outcomes for youth.

Informed school personnel can help support a student during deployment.

Children spend a majority of their waking day in a school environment. In certain situations for Guard families (e.g., in the case of a parent’s deployment), youth may hear negative things about war that can add confusion and misunderstanding. By educating school districts and teachers about the unique needs of school-age children, service providers and parents can generate increased sensitivity to issues that arise at school.

This lesson provides tools and information for communicating with schools.

At the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Identify strategies for informing teachers and school districts of youth challenges during deployments;
  • Recognize the importance of educating school professionals about youth challenges during a deployment; and
  • Specify key topics to discuss with school personnel to enhance outcomes for youth.