School Support Services

Hours of Operation- School Liaison Office (SLO)

Due to technical difficulties, please contact the facility by phone at 915-569-5064

Monday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Federal Holidays Closed

Contact

Welcome Center
505 Pershing Road, Room 135

Tel:
+1 (915)569-5064

Military DSN Tel:
(312)979-5064

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Welcome to Fort Bliss. The School Liaison Office is here to provide assistance as you transition into and out of El Paso area schools. We are conveniently located at the Welcome Center, 505 Pershing Road.

School Support Services (SSS) provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. A branch of Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS), SSS is home to the School Liaison Office, where School Liaison Officers (SLOs) help deliver the best educational resources and information for your children.

Out-processing Soldiers can clear Child and School Services (CYSS), School Liaison, and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR). And in-processing Soldiers can receive information on schools and CYSS programs at the School Support Services Office.

We specialize in education transitions, and make sure incoming and exiting Families have information about local schools, graduation requirements, after-school services/programs, youth sponsorship programs and home schooling. We also help parents better understand the education process, school organization and interaction strategies.

We are looking forward to serving you.

For detailed information on academic opportunities, graduation requirements, homeschooling, private school and much more click on our Student Parent Handbook.

 

What can the School Liaison Office (SLO) do for you?
  • Build relationships and facilitate communication among Army Families and the local school community
  • Inform and assist parents with school transitions and deployment challenges
  • Establish school and community partnerships
  • Facilitate access to home school resources for parents
  • Provide information about college and other post-secondary opportunities and preparation materials

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Coordinate and assist school-age and youth of military parents with educational opportunities and information necessary to achieve academic success.

Work in partnership with local schools to provide caring adults to enhance the education experience

  • Formalize the Army School Liaison Program
  • Promote parent involvement by Army parents of school-age children in their students education
  • Provide Army parents of school-age children the tools they need to overcome obstacles to education that stem from the military lifestyle
  • Promote and educate local communities and schools on the needs of military children
  • Assist parents in locating points of contact in the schools and makes referrals as appropriate

  • Maintain resource materials to assist parents in understanding the policies and procedures of the El Paso school system

Parents and families are the first and most important teachers. If families teach a love of learning, it can make all the difference in the world to the children.

The SLO works closely with our Garrison and school districts to ensure the best academic environment and access to a myriad of educational opportunities. Several process are in place to ensure transparency, ongoing collaborations, and effective communication of initiatives to parents of school age children. Several of these initiatives include the Process Action Team (PAT), and the School Council. The PAT meets three times annually and is comprised of senior leadership from the installation and the school districts. The intent is to identify and resolve issues that provide barriers to the transition of military connected students. The School Council Committee meets quarterly and is comprised of unit representatives from each Brigade or separate agency. The intent is to develop concerns highlighted within each Brigade or separate agency and work towards resolution. Concerns that cannot be resolved are elevated to the PAT.

Finding a school

Registering your Child for school in a new location can be confusing. We know you want to get your kids settled in their new schools as quickly as possible. That's why we work hard to help you identify all educational opportunities available to you and your family. We can help you with information about how to register your child, including documents you will need to complete, school year start dates and age requirements. You can also contact our office and well be glad to meet with you to offer more detailed information.

Registration Requirements

- Birth certificate

- Immunization records (under the Interstate Compact military connected students are authorized 30 days to provide immunization records if they are not available)

- Report card/transcript from losing school

- Social security card (will not prevent enrollment)

- Proof of income if applying for the National Nutritional School Program

- Valid identification of the parent/guardian enrolling the student

- Proof of residence (utility bill, lease, housing assignment, etc.)

Prekindergarten/Kindergarten

Prekindergarten is available to all military connected student in the state of Texas. The student must be 4 years of age by 1 September, once registered, attendance is mandatory. If entering Kindergarten, according to the Texas Education Agency, students must be 5 years of age by 1 September. According to The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, "The Compact", students shall be allowed to continue enrollment at the grade level from the sending state regardless of age provided the student completed the prerequisite grade level in the sending state from a local education agency.

Eleven EPISD elementary schools offer Pre-Kinder for 3-year olds also meeting the state eligibility requirements, which includes being 3 years old by Sept. 1st of the current school year. Eight EPISD campuses offer Universal Pre-Kinder for 4 year olds by Sept. 1st without any other qualifications needed.  

Stay Connected/Be Informed

Enroll in your child's school district emergency alert system and stay up to date on school closures, weather, emergency situations, etc.

EPISD Parent Portal

SISD Mobile App

 

School Districts that Support Fort Bliss

Fort Bliss is supported by ten school districts, nine in El Paso, TX and one in Gadsden, NM. Each district provides unique academic, cultural, athletic, and social opportunities. Socorro ISD operates on a modified school year calendar and begins earlier than the other districts. The links below will direct you to the school district where you will find the calendars. Most districts offer online registration which allows incoming families to begin the registration process online and complete registration at the campus. In the El Paso ISD, online registration is required. Visit your district to access online registration information.

 

School Districts that Support Fort Bliss

El Paso ISD

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Socorro ISD

Socorro ISD Calendar
Ysleta ISD
Clint ISD
Canutillo ISD

Canutillo ISD Calendar
Tornillo ISD

Tornillo ISD Calendar
Fabens ISD
Anthony ISD
San Elizario ISD
Gadsden, NM ISD

Gadsden, NM ISD Calendar

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Special Education Information

If you have a child with special needs, we can help you find information about the resources available in your school district. We can also help you connect with your local installation’s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) office. The EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive, coordinated, community support in areas such as housing, medical, educational and personal services to Families with special needs.

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The School Liaison Office and the EFMP office work closely together to support the needs of your exceptional family member. Visit the Fort Bliss EFMP page for more information.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources offers education, acronyms, tools, webinars and a directory of local Parent and Information Training Centers to help parents advocate for their children. The center focuses on proactive support and personal accountability.

Military OneSource has a range of resources to help with caring for a family member with special needs including education, health care, legal, financial points of contact, EFMP, School Liaisons, etc.

Military Community & Family Policy Office of Special Needs provides a directory of age-specific resources and States-at-a-Glance for localized special education resources and information.

DirectSTEP: DirectStep is a free Army sponsored online training for educators and parents on a host of special education topics.

Texas Education Agency - Special Education has a wide array of services and support available for students and families needing special education services in Texas.

Higher Education Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities

The guide includes information for future college students, parents, high school counselors and other educators. For students who are not college bound, information is available about other educational options and choosing a career. The guide also includes information regarding the full process of preparing for higher education, from planning ahead in high school, to what to do when accepted by a college.

Home School

Home Schooling has become mainstream and widely-used. We offer resources and information to help you provide quality home-based education.

Home School Legal Defense Association provides information on home school law, and general support and information about homeschooling.

Garrison Specific Information about home schooling in the area. Provide links ect.

Fort Bliss and El Paso area Homeschool Resources:

Fort Bliss Homeschool Association Facebook

El Paso Homeschool Association

 

Academic and Behavioral Support

We can help you find information and resources for academic and behavioral support, including:

Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families makes live tutors available online 24/7 to help with more than forty core subjects and standardized test preparation.  

Homework Support: Army Child & Youth Services provides homework labs in before/after school programs for elementary students at the School Age Center, and for middle and high school students at the Youth Center. 

Support/Resilience Programs:  School Support Services include information about other programs you can use for support and resilience-related issues.

Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) are available to meet in-person on or off the military installation. The free non-medical sessions are anonymous and may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings. Child Behavioral Specialists are located on the installation in Child & Youth Services programs, and in highly-impacted schools located on and off the installation.

Military OneSource has access to free non-medical counseling that’s anonymous and available online, by phone or in person. Twelve free sessions may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings.

Real Warriors is a multimedia behavioral health support center with tips for helping children cope with deployments and reunions.

National Military Family Association produces MyMilitaryLife, a free iPhone and Android app that provides Families with credible information tailored to your needs. 

Army One Source

Transition Support

New to Fort Bliss

Incoming Family Information Request

School Checklist for Parents

Leaving Fort Bliss

Student Withdrawal

Transitioning to a new school/outprocess

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3) addresses key transition issues military Families experience, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation.

Click here for a one pager on what Families, Parents and Guardians should know.

Click here for one pager on what schools and administrators should know.

 

Post Secondary Support

Our support doesn’t end with elementary education. If you have children preparing for academic life after high school, we can help you find information about testing opportunities, scholarships and military-specific resources that can help you plan.

Military-Specific and Government Academic Support information: G.I. Bill

Transferability of Educational Benefits: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil

In-State Tuition Programs for Military: Service members on active duty for a period of more than thirty days and their dependents are eligible to receive in-state tuition at many public colleges and universities in the state where they reside or are permanently stationed. An enrolled dependent may pay in-state tuition as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled at the institution, even if the service member is reassigned outside of the state. Regulations outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act, 2008 (P.L 110 - 135) and the Higher Education Act of 1965

College and Career Readiness: College and career readiness includes the content knowledge, skills and habits that students must have to be successful in post-secondary education. It also includes training that leads to a sustaining career. A student who is ready for college and career can qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses without needing remedial or developmental coursework.

Let us help you plan for your child’s college and career readiness:

College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness and Success 

Counselor Connection 

Army One Source Military Scholarship Handbook

Youth Education Support Services (YESS)

Work with School Liaison, SKIESUnlimited, Youth Centers, and community organizations to provide educational and extracurricular activities for youth. Provide resource materials to assist parents/youth in understanding transition polices and provide Sponsorship for incoming and outgoing youth. Provide information on Secondary Education Opportunities, e.g. Scholarships and Career Counseling. Provide information on leadership opportunities such as Youth Action Council, Installation Volunteer Program, Post Teen Council, and Speak Out for Military Kids.

Fort Bliss has five Child Development Centers, three School Age Service Centers, and two Youth Centers which provide a wide range of before and after school enrichment activities, summer camps, and programming during school breaks. Please visit their pages on the CYSS website. Many of the local school also offer a variety of after school programs ranging from academics, athletics, social, and military connected activities.

CYS Before and After School Pick Up

Youth Sponsorship

Getting ready for another move and want to find out about your new community? Why not let one of our youth sponsors help you.

Fort Bliss youth sponsors can answer questions about your new school, academic requirements, what to do, where to go, what to wear, find activities and clubs that interest you, and many other things.

Just fill out the Youth Sponsorship Form below and we'll match you up with another student with similar interests and hobbies.

Due to technical difficulties, please contact the facility directly by phone at 915-569-5064. 

Form requests links have (temporarily) been disabled at this time. Patrons should utilize phone numbers provided or stop by the facility for additional information.
Youth Sponsorship Program

Youth Sponsorship Program is implemented in many of our Schools, the Youth Centers, and School Age Services.

The Youth Sponsorship peer program addresses the need for social and emotional support to students. This peer program assures that new Students are connected with resources and provides opportunities to build friendships which is a pressing concern for all transitioning Students.

 

 

Scholarship Opportunities

This list is not inclusive of the thousands of available scholarships; however it does give you a good starting point and includes many scholarships available to children of military members and retirees. Deadlines and requirements vary so be sure to thoroughly examine the criteria for each scholarship.

 

Partner's in Education

Fort Bliss Partnership in Education (PIE) Program enjoys more than 30 years of collaboration with local school districts in an effort to enhance the educational environment through tutoring, mentoring, role modeling, participating in athletic and academic events, sponsoring JROTC programs, serving as guest speakers, and so much more. With over 100 partnered units and schools and in excess of 15,000 volunteer hours annually, we are proud of the dedication and selfless service of those who make such a difference in the lives of El Paso area students. Each year Fort Bliss celebrates the accomplishments of the prior year at the Annual Partners in Education Kick Off which also serves to reunify campus and unit leaders.

Military Family Liaisons

Military Family Liaisons (MFL) are employees of the school districts embedded in campuses highly impacted by military connected students and assist with transition, maintain communication with the SLO and Families, advocate for students, oversee military student support groups, and much more. The El Paso and Socorro ISDs employ MFLs.

To see if there is an MFL at your campus click here for EPISD, and here for SISD.

Parent Resources

Military Child Education Coalition

Scholastics

Apples4theteacher

PBS Kids

Discovery Channel

Month of the Military Child Essay Contest Winners

Taryn Stover Essay

Elizabeth Salmon Essay

Kaylah Belaval Essay

FAQ's

School Liaison Facts