Summary

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When a child is experiencing a stressful event at home, school performance and behavior can be affected in a number of ways. When educators are armed with knowledge about a student’s circumstances, they can better equip themselves to support and encourage the student. Family Program staff can play a vital role in helping youth adjust by speaking to school personnel about common deployment challenges. It’s also vital for parents to take responsibility for communicating with teachers about their child’s personal circumstances. Thank you for taking the time to learn about communicating with teachers and school districts during deployments.

Communication can help schools support their students during deployments.

Through open communication with parents and Family Program staff, schools can find the right balance of helping a child maintain stability and structure in the classroom, while also getting support when needed. Modifications and support at school can help ease the anxiety and stress a child may be experiencing at home. Schools are in a position to recommend additional help for the child outside of school. If a child’s symptoms interfere with everyday functioning, it is time for professional help. Early intervention is the most successful.

Check out these resources for more information.

  • The National Guard Youth Site puts users in an interactive “mall” where kids can visit message boards, play games, and find age-specific information about deployments and keeping in touch with loved ones overseas.