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April is the Month of the Military Child
Each year communities across the nation take time to recognize military children. These children proudly support their parent’s service in the Armed Forces and know firsthand of the sacrifices required to keep our nation safe and strong. It is for this reason that Governor McAuliffe has issued a certificate of recognition designating April as the Month of the Military Child.
Additionally, the Virginia Board of Education issued a resolution of recognition recognizing April as the Month of the Military Child thereby encouraging Virginia schools and communities to celebrate military children.
On March 24, 2017 Dr. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction, released a Superintendents Memo announcing the issuing of these documents. This memo references VDOE’s commitment to the care and education of military connected children and points to resources specifically designed to assist schools and communities in planning Month of the Military celebrations.
Lastly, “Purple Up Day” is being held on April 21st. VDOE encourages all to wear purple on April 21 to show solidarity and support for military children. Purple represents the blending of the colors of the five branches of our armed forces. Here in Virginia, we are proud to be home to Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, National Guard and Reserve families. To help in promoting this “Purple Up!” celebration VDOE has created this flyer for use.
Virginia is home to some of the nation’s largest and most important military installations, so it is not surprising that the commonwealth's schools educate more military children than any other state. As of September 2016, there are more than 73,000 military connected students in Virginia, living in every community across the state.
Frequent moves, family separations through deployments, and reintegration following deployments can make school, home, and community-life challenging for military children. Yet, even in such circumstances, these students continually demonstrate resilience and perseverance. Their contributions to our schools and communities include unique and valuable perspectives on learning, friendship, and growing up.
Virginia is a proud member of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children and is committed to the care and education of the children of the men and women of our armed forces. By partnering with school liaison officers, military leaders, educators, and community organizations, the Virginia Department of Education provides resources and support for military service children and their families during all stages of transition and deployment.
Use the menu to the right to navigate to sub-sections of this topic:
- Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
- Guidance Documents & Training Materials
- Virginia Laws Related to the Education of Military Children
- School Liaison Officers Contact Information
- Model Programs & Initiatives
- Military Family Resources
- Month of the Military Child
For more information, contact:
Virginia Department of Education
P. O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120