A Great Guide to Child and Youth Services
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September - December • Number 37 • 2021
From the desk of Sheila R. Curtis
Chief of Child and Youth Services
Your child’s education is important to you… and it is important to CYS, too. Supporting Soldiers and Families is the cornerstone of Child & Youth Services. In our effort to provide the best services and programs for our Families, we have joined with our schools and community partners through our Partners in Education efforts. I encourage our Soldiers and Families to be well informed and empowered to be your child’s best advocate.
The annual Schools Council Meeting (SCM) provides an opportunity for school districts, the installation and Families to work together toward a successful educational experience for all military-connected students. Soldiers and Families use the SCM Community Input Form to provide feedback. Issues can be submitted to the School Liaison Office.
The Fort Hood School Support officers have also established SCM Working Groups. The Working Groups are comprised of delegates which include subject matter experts, educators, and parents. The three Working Groups are: Special Education, Student Success, and Higher Education. Group members meet after each SCM to discuss issues and develop recommendations, which are then presented at the annual Fort Hood Education Summit.
The Education Summit is an executive level meeting with senior leaders from Fort Hood, local school districts and community partners. This allows the school district superintendents to meet and collaborate with Fort Hood commanders, agency program managers and community members to gain knowledge of resources and programs available on Fort Hood. Current topics that are important to military Families are discussed and a distinguished panel of experts is available to answer participant questions.
The Youth Sponsorship Program connects incoming military students with a local Fort Hood youth to support them in their transition to the area. There are many initiatives that take place throughout the school year associated with this program, including A Day in the Life of a Soldier, where students spend the day with a Fort Hood unit to experience first hand what the Army is all about.
School Support Services also oversees the Adopt-a-School (AAS) program. We are grateful to our dedicated Soldiers for their commitment to mentorship and leadership within the local schools. We are proud to announce that all schools in our nine surrounding school districts have been adopted and have active Soldier involvement in volunteering and making a positive impact on students.
Our Home School Resource Fair and Family connection meetings provide useful tools for Home School Families, along with great CYS programs, such as Youth Sport & Fitness and Instructional Programs. I encourage you to get involved and get to know your School Liaison Officers and CYS team.
We stand ready to serve you and your Family!
Sheila R. Curtis
Chief, Child & Youth Services (CYS)
CYS Inclement Weather Plan
How does inclement weather affect Child and Youth Services openings? Due to the unpredictable nature of Texas weather, we encourage you to become familiar with the CYS Inclement Weather Plan and how it might affect you and child care arrangements.