What is a School Liaison Officer (SLO)?
School Liaison Officers (SLOs) are civilians who are contracted through each branch of service to provide School Support Services. They are familiar with the unique aspects of military life that can have an effect on a student’s education. They help to build partnerships between military families, installations, and schools and act as the Installation’s point of contact for all things school related. They can provide assistance to relocating families and act as an advocate for military connected students. Depending on the branch of service, School Liaison Officers may also be called a Family Resource Specialist or Point of Contact (POC).
What does a School Liaison Officer do?
The role of the SLO is to provide information, resources, and referrals to military families. SLOs provide school transition assistance and act as a support during deployments. They can provide support to families as they navigate the special education system. Since a School Liaison Officer is usually familiar with the military connected students in their area and with the challenges they are facing in their local school districts, they can be a great resource for Parent Centers. School Liaison Officers can also provide information and assistance to military families who choose to homeschool or to enroll in private, charter or online schools.
The responsibilities of a School Liaison Officer will vary from installation to installation, based on the needs of the installation and at the commanding officer’s discretion. For example, on one installation the school liaison officer may attend IEP meetings with the family, while on another installation they might not be able to attend meetings; however, they will give advice and review the IEP with the family separately. Parent Center staff can ask a SLO directly about their responsibilities on a particular installation.
Where can I find a School Liaison Officer?
School Liaison Officers can be found at most major military installations. You can find contact information for the military installations near your parent center by using our Interactive Maps. We have also included links to the directories for School Liaison Officers for each branch of service. If you would like help getting in touch with a School Liaison Officer, Contact us!
Air Force School Liaison Directory (external link)
School Liaisons-Army (external link)
Army Reserve School Support Services (external link)
Marine Corps School Liaison Officers (external link)
Navy School Liaison Officers (external link)
School, Deployment and the Military Child (external link)
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