COPTA Military Family Welcome Packet
What PTA's Can Do
- Using National Standards to Support Military Families
- Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission Toolkit
- Time to Talk Kit for Parents of Military Families
- School Liaison Officers
- PTA Resolution: Educational Opportunity for Military Children
- PTA MAPP Brochure
- Organizational Resources for Military Families
- Fact Sheet on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities
- The Rules of Engagement
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Ten years ago, when a military deployment took place, the communities most affected were those near a military base. Today, with the increased deployment of reservists and National Guard a military deployment can affect a whole community.
Because military families often move, the Colorado PTA has raised its level of commitment to support and include military families in the PTA by providing assistance to military families and awareness to our community members when new military families move into our neighborhoods, our local schools, and join the PTA.
The point is simple: we can never forget that even as our military personnel make sacrifices each day for our country, so do their families. Regardless of whether they are located oversees or at home, our military families provide a level of support and we want to return the favor.
The Colorado PTA will continue to support our military families and hope that the information provided in the Military Family Alliance section of this web site will prove to be beneficial as you, the PTA members, reach out to our military families.
The National PTA Military Alliance for Parents and Partners(MAPP) is a group of organizations that work together to provide resources to and advocate for military-connected families.
The alliance identifies and addresses the unique social and educational challenges that these families face due to issues of deployment and mobility. Specifically, members of the alliance work both jointly and independently with National PTA to develop a collaborative strategy to create awareness around serving military families and provide and develop resources for military families. Read our brochure.
The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
Each April, all branches of military service recognize the contribution that the military child makes as their parents and guardians serve our nation by celebrating the Month of the Military Child.
Military families face unique challenges. The average military student will attend six to nine different school systems in their lives from kindergarten to 12th grade graduation. The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (Compact) addresses the inequities facing schoolchildren of military parents when they are required to relocate across state lines. Forty-five states have joined the Compact since 2008.
What Is the Compact?
The Interstate Compact provides for the uniform treatment of military children transferring between school districts and states. Developed by The Council of State Governments’ National Center for Interstate Compacts, the Department of Defense, national associations, federal and state officials, departments of education, school administrators and military families.
What Children Are Eligible for Assistance Under the Compact?
- Active duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders
- Members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year
- Members who die on active duty
What Children Are Not Eligible for Assistance Under the Compact?
- Inactive members of the National Guard and Reserves
- Members now retired not covered above
- Veterans not covered above
- Dept of Defense personnel, federal agency civilians and contract employees not defined as active duty
What Are Some of the Specific Educational Issues that the Compact Covers?
- Educational Records
- Kindergarten & First
Grade Entrance Age
- Placement & Attendance
- Course & Educational
- Special Education Services
- Placement Flexibility
- Absence Related to
How Does a State Join the Compact?
Each state must adopt the Compact through their legislative process. Participation is voluntary.
What Happens After a State Joins the Compact?
Each state appoints representation to a governing commission responsible for enacting rules to implement the Compact. Each participating state also creates a state council based on the requirements of their state legislation.
Let your School Superintendent or state elected officials know that you care about military families. Follow the directions below, as your message and recipient will be different based on which state you currently reside.
If your State HAS adopted the Interstate Compact (all states but New Hampshire, New York, Minnesota, Montana or Oregon), please:
Contact your School District’s Superintendent (contact information is typically available on the District website) Use the script below to send an email to your Superintendent reminding him/her of the Compact.
If your State has NOT adopted the Compact (New Hampshire, New York, Minnesota, Montana or Oregon), please:
Write your State elected officials and let them know that you support the adoption of the Interstate Compact. You can look up your state elected officials (and e-mail them directly) here. Just enter your zip code and click on your Representatives/Senators under “State Legislature.” Insert the script below to your email and click send.
Email Script for States that HAVE adopted the Interstate Compact
As an advocate for all children in our school, I wish to sincerely thank you for your service to the children in our district. Today I write to you on behalf of the military families in our district. April is the Month of the Military Child and serves as a reminder to all of us to fulfill our commitment to the children and families who make incredible sacrifices as a father, mother—or both—serve to protect our country.
Our state is one of 45 in the country which has adopted the Interstate Compact. The Compact works to ensure that military families are ensured a smooth transition when children must move due to parents’ military service. The Compact addresses multiple issues including:
- Transfer of Records
- Kindergarten & First Grade Entrance Age
- Placement and Attendance
- Special Education Services
- Absences Related to Deployments
- Eligibility for Extracurricular Participation
- Graduation Requirements
Each state which has adopted the Compact has in place a State Commissioner who serves as a resource for schools and other installments to ensure proper implementation of the Compact, as each school district in the state is required to follow the provisions of the Compact. If you have specific questions, I invite you to review the contact information and resources by clicking on our state here.
As we celebrate this month as the Month of the Military Child, thank you once again for your commitment to all children in our district, including military children.
Email Script for States that have NOT adopted the Interstate Compact
I write to you today as an advocate for the children of military families in our state. April is the Month of the Military Child and serves as a reminder to all of us to fulfill our commitment to the children and families who make incredible sacrifices as a father, mother—or both—serve to protect our country.
Sadly, our state is one of five which has not adopted the Interstate Compact. The Compact provides for the uniform treatment of military children transferring between school districts and states. This important Compact was developed by The Council of State Governments’ National Center for Interstate Compacts, the Department of Defense, national associations, federal and state officials, departments of education, school administrators and military families and requires an act of the state legislature to be adopted.
The Interstate Compact aims to address the many challenges that face military children who are forced to move—on average—between four and six times in their lifetime due to their parents’ military service. Specific educational challenges that are addressed include: enrollment; educational records; immunizations; kindergarten and first grade entrance age; placement and attendance; absence related to deployment activities, among others.
I urge you to work with your colleagues to swiftly pass legislation to adopt the Interstate Compact in our state. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this important issue. Thank you once again for your time and commitment to all children in our state.