Education Policies and Programs Supporting Military Families
Information on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children, Impact Aid, and Virginia Codes Supporting Military Families
With the unique transition challenges encountered by our military-connected families, there are policies and programs in place to help support our military families as they transition from one district to another.
In accordance with the Code of Virginia (22.1-287.04), local school divisions are required to identify students who have a parent in the United States uniformed services. Completing this form allows Virginia localities to maintain reliable and accurate data for potential grant funding and to receive services to meet the needs of uniformed services-connected students.
Identification of Military-Connected Students Form
Identification of Military-Connected Students (Vietnamese)
The Interstate Compact of Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3) establishes a set of rules designed to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents.
The compact is in effect in all 50 states and in DoDEA schools.
Armed with the appropriate information, most decisions about a transfer student can be made at the school level.
Through the registration process, it is important to establish whether the MIC3 applies to the transferring student. If it does, special care should be taken to fully explore how the compact should be used.
The impacts generally fall into 4 categories:
- Enrollment (immunizations, Entrance Age, Records)
- Course/Grade Placement and Attendance (Program placement, Special Education Services, absences related to deployment)
- Eligibility (non-custodial parent, extracurricular participation)
- Graduation (course waivers, verified credits, transfer in senior year)
The Impact Aid policy was designed to compensate local school districts for the local funding share that is reduced or eliminated because of a Federal presence that is not taxable. School districts with federal lands, military installations, federal low-rent housing or Indian Trust land within their boundaries lose local revenues. Impact Aid is designed to compensate school districts for this lost revenue. Impact Aid goes into the general fund and is intended to offset the costs (e.g. staff, facilities, and transportation) associated with educating military-dependent children and other special groups.
FCPS uses the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid to identify federally connected students and to support our request for Impact Aid resources.
For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and submit or return the survey by the deadline. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. FCPS staff will process the information with the utmost confidentiality. To ensure complete accuracy, please use the pre-filled survey form that was sent home with your child. If it is not available, please use the form below.
For questions regarding the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid, please call 703-329-7750 or email. Additional information about Impact Aid programs and grants is available on the U.S. Department of Education's website at DoED Impact Aid Programs.
Impact Aid Forms
FS 57 Form: Impact Aid Letter and Student-Parent Survey Form (English)
FS-57-Form: Impact Aid Letter and Student-Parent Survey Form (Arabic)
FS-57-Form: Impact Aid Letter and Student-Parent Survey Form (Chinese)
FS-57 Form: Impact Aid Letter and Student-Parent Survey Form (Farsi)
FS-57 Form: Impact Aid Letter and Student-Parent Survey Form (Korean)
FS-57-Form: Impact Aid Letter and Student-Parent Survey Form (Spanish)
FS-57-Form: Impact Aid Letter and Student-Parent Survey Form (Urdu)
FS-57-Form: Impact Aid Letter and Student-Parent Survey Form (Vietnamese)
April is the Month of the Military Child!
Each year, Fairfax County Public Schools acknowledges the service and sacrifices of our military-connected students, and celebrates the strengths and assets they bring to our schools, division wide. We encourage our entire community to wear purple on Purple Up! Day to say thank you and continue to build awareness around military culture. Visit Month of the Military Child 2023, and please join us next year.