Please wear PURPLE on Friday, April 21 to recognize April as the Month of the Military Child. The Virginia Department of Education is encouraging schools to take the time to celebrate and honor our military associated students.
Purple represents the blending of the colors of the five branches of our armed forces – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Who are military-connected students?
The Code of Virginia defines military-connected students as a student enrolled in a public school whose parent is serving in either (i) the active component of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or National Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Services or (ii) the reserve component of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or National Guard.
Why are military-connected students unique?
Most military children attend schools in six to nine different school divisions from kindergarten to 12th grade, and on average, a military student transfers more than twice during high school. With each move come different graduation requirements, eligibility for services and programs, school calendars, deadlines for specialty programs/school/extracurricular activities, and more. In addition to frequent moves, family separations through deployments and reintegration following deployments can make school-, home-, and community-life challenging for military children.