Procedural Information / Documentation Before Moving
- All immunizations are up-to-date and documented. (Hand carry.)
- All ID cards are up-to-date and/or plan to obtain new ID cards (This includespassports, if necessary).
- Know location of all bank books, account numbers, and addresses for each account (checking, savings, money market accounts, equity line of credit).
- Know location/address of safe deposit box and have keys with you or close safe deposit box before departure. (Hand carry documents.)
- Account for all credit cards; make a list of all account numbers.
- Inform Post Office of your address change.
- Make all final payments: rent, telephone, water, electricity, gas, trash pick-up, local taxes, other.
- Arrange all pet documentation; be informed about state law for new community regarding vaccination and possible quarantine.
Student Records, Regulations, and Placement
- Have children’s most recent school records, separate files per student. (Hand carry. Do Not pack with household goods.)
- Contact housing office at the new installation re: housing availability or housing assignment to help determine possible areas to explore for educational options for children.
- Consult receiving installation website and SITES website for names and locations of surrounding schools.
- Consult SchoolMatters.com for school performance data.
- Consult “Choosing A School for Your Child,” a Department of Education guide or further information regarding school selection.
- Contact Community Service for information on youth activity programs at your gaining installation/surrounding communities.
- Contact School Liaison Representative or school counselor for further information, if needed.
- Visit websites of the State Department of Education and local school district for information on Kindergarten entry age, entry and exit testing and graduation requirements.
- Understand process for transferring records, placement of students and school eligibility requirements for Kindergarten entrance.
- Understand receiving state’s graduation requirements for high school students. Have copies of the grading system (including weighted grades) for current and receiving school which may affect your children’s Grade Point Average and a copy of course descriptions.
- Give current school adequate notice of your departure and formally process out of current school. Deliver all hand carried records to receiving school according to school policy.
- Update immunization records if necessary. Check whether a state-specific immunization form is required. If so, obtain a copy and have your doctor transfer the data so that you are ready for school registration.
- Upon arrival, provide receiving school with address of previous school so that official student records can be sent.
- Arrange a school (or schools) walk-through with the administration of the receiving school(s) for you and your children.
- Make an appointment to meet with the receiving school administrators, teachers, and nurse (if your child has specific health/educational concerns).
Emotional Needs of Children During the Move
- Involve children in the move; ask for their help, ideas and concerns.
- Answer their questions honestly. Address any concerns promptly. If you do not know the answer, say so; then research the answer with your child.
- Look at the websites of the new community and new schools with your children; older siblings can assist the younger children.
- Allow children to pack select items to hand carry to the new community.
- Recognize the efforts of children and continue to offer encouragement throughout the process.
- Acquire student sponsors for each of your children either through the receiving installation’s Family Service or Youth Program or through the receiving school. Encourage your children to call, write or email their sponsor to talk about their new school and community and answer any questions.