Florida Statute 1003.05 - Assistance to Transitioning Students from Military Families recognizes that school-aged dependents of military personnel often face numerous transitions during their formative years. The legislation provides that dependent children of active duty military who otherwise meet the eligibility criteria for special academic programs shall be given first preference for admission to such programs even if the program is being offered through a public school other than the school to which the student would normally be assigned. Special programs include magnet schools, advanced studies, Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, AICE and IB. A student whose parent is transferred or is pending transfer to a military installation within a school district while on active military duty pursuant to an official military order shall be considered a resident of the school district for purposes of enrollment when the order is submitted to the school district and shall be provided preferential treatment in the controlled open enrollment process of the school district pursuant to s. 1002.31.
Florida Statute 1000.36, Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, provides guidance to school districts on how to remove barriers to educational success imposed on dependent children of military families due to frequent moves and deployment of their parents. The Duval County School Board Policy 5.23 “Transfer Policy for Dependent Children of Transitioning Military Personnel” describes how DCPS operationalizes the two aforementioned Florida Statutes and is outlined below:
Identifying students who are eligible for first preference for admission to special academic programs.
- Dependent children of military personnel means school-aged children, enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, who reside in the household of the active-duty member; and,
- Dependent children of active duty military where “active duty” means the full-time duty status in the active uniformed service of the United States including National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders; and,
- Dependent children of transitioning military where “transitioning” means a period of 12 months where a child’s school assignment is impacted by the transfer of the active duty parent or guardian from one duty station to another; or,
- Dependent children, as described in section III.A.1, above, of deployed military where “deployed” means the period of one month before the deployment through six months after return to the home station; or,
- Dependent children, as described in section III.A.1. above, of members or veterans of uniformed services who are medically discharged or retired due to severe injury for a period of one year after medical discharge or retirement; or,
- Dependent children, as described in section III.A.1. above, of service members who die on active duty or as a result of injuries sustained while on active duty for a period of one year after death; or,
- Dependent children, as described in section III.A.1. above, of active duty uniformed military that will receive orders of separation where the family cannot relocate with the service member within one year; or,
- Dependent children, as described in section III.A.1. above, of active duty uniformed military that will be “Retiring or have Final Transition” to Jacksonville after retirement within one year.
- Documentation of current orders showing active status; or,
- Documentation of orders to deploy; or,
- Documentation of discharge or retirement due to severe injury; or,
- Documentation of proof of death due to injuries sustained on active duty; and
- Documentation of residency in Duval County for active duty, deployed, or discharged due to severe injury while on active duty or retired due to severe injury while on active duty; and,
- Proof of dependency.
- Parent must file the appropriate (i.e., magnet or special transfer option) application for magnet schools, advanced studies, Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, AICE, or IB; and,
- For high school acceleration programs where the initial application is merit based and submitted directly to the school(i.e., AP Honors, AICE, IB), parent must submit a letter of acceptance into the program from the school; and,
- Parent must file the Military Transfer Option Application with accompanying documents enumerated in Section III.D.1. above;
- Applications must be submitted to the School Choice Office.
- The military dependent application can only be used for one transfer request per transition.
Transportation to the school to which the student has been transferred is the responsibility of the parent or guardian unless such transportation is available through regular Duval County Student Transportation system. Transfers, once approved, are in effect for the entire school year. Students assigned to programs with Academic Performance Standards must meet the same criteria as non- military dependent students. Students wishing to transfer to the neighborhood school during the school year must follow the “Request to Return to Attendance Area School.”
Students seeking a transfer as a military dependent student must complete the 2020-2021 Military Transfer Option Application and provide the required documentation.
Pauline Andrews Akauola, Military Liaison