Prince William schools to help military families transition

Prince William County Public Schools is planning to hire a transition specialist who will help children in military families adapt to their new schools, school officials reported.

Military families move on average six to nine times during their school careers, school officials reported. A transition specialist will work with school counselors at Ashland, Henderson and Pattie elementary schools, which have the highest concentration of military families in the county.

The new position will be paid for by a $570,000 grant awarded by the Department of Defense. The grant will also fund curriculum and professional development for military families district-wide.

Carolyn Custard, director of student services for Prince William Schools, is a retired military spouse, whose children went to 10 different schools.

“It’s hard when you come in, and the kids were in Girls Scouts, and you want to know what’s available in this community,” she said. “We have military families who transition all the time...We want to be sure we meet their needs.”

Michael Alison Chandler writes about schools and families in the Washington region.

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