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Catholic Schools in Lafayette, Indiana

Military-Connected Families Process

Military-Connected Families at Lafayette Catholic School System in Lafayette, Indiana

Unique Needs and Challenges

The Lafayette Catholic School System recognizes that military-connected students have unique needs and challenges. We are committed to meeting these needs and help military-connected students thrive in our school environments. We are grateful for all military personnel, our military families, and veterans.

If you’re a military-connected family who needs assistance, please reach out to Tabi Perior, Military Family Point of Contact at tperior@lcss.org or call (765) 607-4919.

Military-connected students face the following challenges:

Separations from a parent or caregiver due to deployments;
High mobility rates – active duty families move every two to three years (This is approximately three times more often than the civilian population. Students often experience six to nine moves during their PK-12 school education);
Academic and social challenges attributed to frequent school changes, deployment of a parent(s), return of a deployed parent, injury to or death of a parent, etc.;
Difficulties qualifying for, receiving, or continuing special needs services due to differences in regulation interpretations, testing required to enroll in or receive special needs services, and resource availability in school districts;
Understanding and interpreting new school regulations and policies;
Elevated stress – making new friends and finding a new peer group in a new school; adjustment to a new school, community, and home; At-risk for depression and anxiety due to relocation, deployment of a parent(s), etc.; and,
Adjusting to curriculum and instructional methods or school climate/culture that may differ from school to school.Adapted from Military-Child Education Coalition

What is a Military-Connected Student?

Military-connected students are official dependents of a Military Service member.