Children With Special Needs
If you have a child with special needs, be sure to enroll him or her in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). This is a mandatory program for any family member who has special medical, educational, developmental, and/or emotional need or concern. The special need should be identified by a healthcare provider so that you can attend one of the free EFMP Orientation Workshops and get the paperwork necessary for enrollment in the program. EFMP Workshops are conveniently located at various times and locations to accommodate your schedule. For more information, please call the EFMP Coordinator for NAS Fallon. The office is located at Naval Branch Health Clinic Fallon and the number is 775 426-3111. The number for EFMP Navy Headquarters is 866-827-5672.
Teens in High School
If you have a child who will be in high school, review the gaining state’s graduation requirements. In particular, familiarize yourself with the school’s grading system and weighted grades (such as AP classes). This may affect your child’s GPA. The state of Nevada high school graduation requirements (and links to Churchill County Schools-Fallon, and Lyon County Schools-Fernley) can be found at the Nevada Department of Education web site. Be sure to give the losing school adequate notice of your family’s departure (at least two weeks, if possible). Encourage your child to visit the Military Teen/Military Kids on the Move website.
Easing Your Child's Anxiety About The New School
• Become familiar with your child’s school before your child’s first day. Give your child as many details as possible about the new school and the surrounding community in order to ease the first day jitters.
• Help your child establish ways to stay in touch with friends at their previous duty station. This gives him a sense of continuity as he acclimates to the new school environment and makes new friends.
• Encourage children to talk with their teachers. Getting to know their teachers makes it easier for them to ask for help. If you have a young child, make a point of meeting the new teacher personally.
• Talk to your children about their school experiences. Encouraging your child to talk about his frustrations in her new learning environment provides her with a healthy forum for expression.
• Encourage your child to join extracurricular activities such as clubs or school organizations. This is a positive, productive way to meet people with shared interests.
• If school work is challenging, talk to your child’s teacher. Children should not wait until they are overwhelmed to voice their concerns. This is a good way to model positive interaction with the teacher.
• Finally, do not hesitate to contact your local School Liaison Officer. We are ready and willing to help you with every phase of your school transition!
Visit the Fleet and Family Support Center at NAS Fallon!