Maine DOE reminds districts of new military identifier for fall reporting

The Maine DOE is reminding superintendents, Infinite Campus (IC) data managers, building administrators and school office personnel of the state-wide implementation of the military-dependent child identifier responses in Infinite Campus expected in the upcoming October upload.

The military identifier is critical to helping the Department identify who our military children are in a state that has a long and proud tradition of military service. With this identifier, supports can be instituted for our military children in a proactive manner. Particularly in cases of Maine’s Guard and Reserve members, deployments may go unrecognized because of the primarily civilian roles of the service members and because members of Maine’s Guard and Reserve units often reside in communities that are distant from where they drill. All of our military families deserve access to support, and the military identifier will be helpful in allowing Maine DOE to recognize all service-connected families.

Please include the following military identifier question in your Pre-K-12 students’ “Welcome Back/Emergency Contact/Nutrition Program/Media Permission/Etc.” package, typically given to students on the first day of school.

The question presented to parents is specific and should not be reworded:

Are one or both of this student’s parents on full-time duty status in the active uniformed service of the United States (including members of the National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders), or within one year of medical discharge or retirement from those uniformed services? Parent is not required to provide this information.

The parent should be asked to answer Yes or No, and only positive responses are expected to be entered in Infinite Campus.

For more information or technical assistance, contact Maine DOE’s Military Family Education Liaison Randy Kassa at randy.kassa@maine.gov or 207-624-6776.