Montgomery County school leaders have given the go-ahead to a school reassignment for children with a family member being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as part of a wounded warrior program in Bethesda.
Under a measure the school board unanimously approved this week, the military children will attend Bethesda Elementary, making official a long-standing link between the school and the military base, called Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB).
“This change is certainly in the best interests of students who reside at NSAB, where their loved ones are in rehabilitation,” said Superintendent Joshua P. Starr.
New Montgomery County school attendance zones had assigned the children to Rosemary Hills Elementary School, in Silvery Spring. for kindergarten to second grade, and North Chevy Chase Elementary School for third to sixth grades.
An advocate for the families said that sending the children to different schools could come as another hardship for families already facing enormous stress. About 12 students from wounded warrior families attend Bethesda Elementary at any given time.
“We’re extremely pleased with the decision,” said Horace Franklin, a school liaison officer for NSAB, which houses Walter Reed. Franklin said the consistency would allow families to focus on education and physical and emotional healing.