The education and welfare of school-age children is a quality of life issue. Military families experience challenges with reciprocity and quality of education from location to location. School-age children are as transient as their military parents and may encounter transition and academic challenges.
The CYES-School Liaison is the central point of contact for commanders, military families, and local school systems on school-related matters. SLs network, educate, and work in partnership with local schools to address or enhance the military child's education. The SL assists commanders and Total Force families in meeting the challenging demands of the military lifestyle by developing and maintaining partnerships between parents, installation leadership, local schools, including home schools, private schools, charter schools, virtual schools, Department of Defense Education Activity and International Schools and the community. The hallmark to force retention is the expectation that families are safe and well supported. Strong families improve mission readiness. The CYES School Liaison program provides military children the opportunity to thrive academically, socially and emotionally, regardless of duty station, deployments or transition status.
Child & Youth Education Services (School Liaison) is committed to outreach, advocacy, and partnership initiatives that generate real-time solutions for military-connected students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 as they face global educational challenges and transitions.
To deliver unparalleled educational advocacy, outreach, and partnerships for military-connected students around the globe!
Student focused…Partnership Driven
School Liaisons support transitional issues affecting military connected students and assist in facilitating solutions.
Deployment/Parental Absence Support
School Liaisons provide families and school personnel with resources focused on parental absence, to include the cycle of deployment and academic, social and emotional impact.
Installation, School and Community Communication
School Liaisons are installation subject matter expert to Commander/Command Staff/parents for all local Pre-K-12 education issues regarding military child education.
Home School Support
School Liaisons share information on homeschool issues, concerns, local policies, and regulations of state/local education agencies and connect home school families to their community.
Community Relations, Partnerships and Outreach
School Liaisons create a network of parents, community partners, and military/civilian personnel to support installation/community and school systems.
Academic Planning and Post-Secondary Preparations
School Liaisons leverage installation/school resources (e.g., Education and Training Flight) to provide graduating military students’ access to post-secondary information and opportunities.
Special Education Support
School Liaisons connect families with appropriate resources needed to navigate school systems.
7 C’s of CYES
School Year 20-21 Re-entry plans issued by Local Education Agencies (LEAs) must adhere to the New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED) Guidelines, Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control.
On 8 March 2021, the NM PED provided guidance to LEAs have the authority at the local level to move from hybrid learning to a full school week. The NM PED expects all LEAs to make this transition by 5 April 2021.
Parents have the choice as to whether or not their child or children return to face-to-face schooling for the full week or remain in a virtual learning environment.
Families who selected one of the virtual academies for their students should expect that this new development won’t affect that choice. If this changes, this information will be updated.
To view the Press Releases that are applicable to schools and NM families, please visit https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/press-releases/
As a result, the Board of Education for Alamogordo Public Schools voted to implement the Addendum to the Continuous Learning Plan. The options available for families are below:
For more detailed information on the options outlined above, please visit Alamogordo Public Schools Re-entry Plan https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gF_KsTbLDJQZQvo1sSsMbwR-7ygpi0Pd/preview?authuser=0
Other Education Options
If you are interested in exploring any of these other education options for your child, please contact Ms. LaurieAnn Goodier.
As expected, this change in how the school year will look brings forth questions. The FAQ below will address many of the questions families have, however, if you have an individual question or concern, please reach out to LaurieAnn Goodier, Holloman CYES-School Liaison, for support and assistance.
Q: What if my child receives special education services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or has a 504 in place?
A: Parents of students on IEPs will be notified in writing concerning how services will be provided. An Individual Continuity Plan or Individual 504 Continuity Plan will be established. This will be determined on an individual basis. Please check with your child’s school if you have additional questions.
Q: If I want my student to continue to attend classes virtually, but they are currently enrolled in the Hybrid Model, what can I expect?
A: Students who request to remain in virtual classes will be transitioned from the Hybrid Model into one of the APS Virtual Academies. This transition may result in a change to your child’s teacher and classes.
Q: Will my student receive meals on the days they are not “on site” or if we choose the virtual academy?
A: All students in APS are eligible to receive meals regardless of how education is being delivered.Meals are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at specific school sites. Families residing on Holloman can pick up meals in the back lot of Holloman Middle between 11 am - 1 pm. Currently, student’s meal accounts will NOT be charged for each meal provided.
Q: Will students be required to complete state standardized testing?
A: It is expected that students will return to campus in the Spring to complete the NM State Assessments.
Q: How will students be graded?
A: Coursework will be graded by individual teachers. Students in elementary will be graded using Standards Based Grading (1-4) and secondary students will receive grades on the A-F scale.
Q: What is the plan for safety and hygiene for students?
A: APS has outlined new and additional safety and hygiene protocols for staff, students and families. For a detailed overview, please visit http://alamogordo.ss12.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_372378/Image/APS%20Return%20to%20School.pdf
Q: What non-medical mental health resources are available for students?
A: Military students in need of non-medical mental health support services have the option of utilizing their school counselor https://sites.google.com/alamogordoschools.org/covid19/teaching-our-kids/school-counselor?authuser=0, the School-Based Military Family Life Counselors (Holloman ES and Holloman MS students only) or Military OneSource. Please contact LaurieAnn Goodier, CYES-School Liaison, if you need assistance.
Q: How do I register my student for school?
A: Alamogordo Public Schools uses PowerSchool as their Student Information System. A step by step guide is linked below. This guide addresses action steps for both new and returning students.
Q: What do I do if my student will PCS during the school year?
A: Kindergarten-2nd-5th Grade Students: water bottle labeled with first and last name, fully-charged ChromeBook, labeled with their first and last name and already signed into their account, ChromeBook charging cable, headphones and school supplies. *All children attending School Age Care and/or the Youth Center are required to wear a mask*
Q: Is my student eligible for Advanced Enrollment?
A: Yes. The NM Public Education Department (NMPED) has issued guidance to local school districts that allows for advanced enrollment for military students. The guidance states, “Military families that wish to enroll their students in a school operated by a school district will complete the LEA’s registration application and attach a written statement of intention to relocate to the attendance zone of the school in which the family’s new residence or assigned military base is located. For military families wishing to enroll their student in a charter school, the registration application will be accompanied by a written statement of intention to relocate to New Mexico. Enrollment under this guidance should be permitted at any time during the school year, without need to be physically present in the state, and should be done while ensuring removal of barriers to students’ educational success as a result of the move.” For more information or the full guidance, please contact LaurieAnn Goodier, 49WG.SL.SchoolLiaison@us.af.mil.
Q: My child attends School Age Care. What do they need to bring each day?
A: Kindergarten and First Grades Students: water bottle labeled with first and last name and school supplies; 2nd-5th Grade Students: water bottle labeled with first and last name, fully-charged ChromeBook, labeled with their first and last name and already signed into their account, ChromeBook charging cable, headphones and school supplies. *All children attending School Age Care and/or the Youth Center are required to wear a mask*
For additional FAQs, please visit
New Mexico Public Education Department: https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/NMPED-Reentry-FAQ-7-23-20.pdf
Alamogordo Public Schools: https://sites.google.com/alamogordoschools.org/nmped-plan/faq-about-fall-re-entry?authuser=0
USAF Connect App>49th Wing>K-12 School Resources
Need child care for the upcoming school year?
Sign up for an account at https://militarychildcare.com/ and select which type of care you need.
23-25 July 2020: Registration for Alamogordo Public Schools www.alamogordoschools.org and selection of virtual academy or hybrid education model
10 August 2020: First day of 20-21 School Year for Alamogordo Public Schools-VIRTUAL ONLY AT THIS TIME
18 and 21 September: APS Parent Teacher Conferences (Check with your child’s school for more information)
30 October: No School for APS
23-27 November: Fall Break for APS
21 Dec 2020-5 Jan 2021: Winter Break for APS
18 January 2021: No School for APS
5 and 8 February 2021: APS Parent Teacher Conferences (Check with your child’s school for more information)
15 February 2021: No School for APS
22-26 March 2021: Spring Break for APS
2 April 2021: No School for APS
7 May 2021: No School for APS