MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. --
As school children’s summer vacation comes to an end, base officials want to be sure that not only are the children ready, but parents and base personnel are too.
Students living at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany have a choice of attending Dougherty or Worth County Schools, and must live in Lee County to attend school there. Dougherty County schools are the first to start on Monday, followed by Lee County on Aug. 13 and Worth County on Sept. 7.
“Parents can prepare their children for school by ensuring that elementary students have the required school supplies and uniforms. For new students, parents need proof of address such as a utility bill, child’s birth certificate, social security card, a Georgia immunization certificate and a Georgia eye, ear and dental screening certificate,” said Dana Wallace, school liaison, Marine and Family Services, Marine Corps Community Services, MCLB Albany.
Wallace said that if a child has been on an individual education plan, parents need to bring that as well, especially if they have children with special needs.
“Most of the schools are equipped to deal with children with special needs and assistance is provided based on the level of services they require. Most children with special needs will go through the exceptional family member program here and a representative there will ensure they have what they need for school,” she said.
Wallace said buses arrive early enough to give students a chance to get to school early so they can have breakfast and not be on the buses for extended periods of time.
“Students attending Worth County schools catch the bus in the parking lot adjacent to Building 3010 outside the main gate,” she said.
Dougherty County buses come aboard the base to make their rounds in the housing area each morning and afternoon and all schedules will be available soon, so base personnel need to be prepared for traffic changes in the morning and afternoon.
“The safety of our service member’s children is of the utmost importance. We will be instituting heightened vigilance and safety awareness, placing an emphasis in base housing during the morning and afternoon hours,” said Sean Lamonzs, assistant police chief, Marine Corps Police Department, Public Safety Division, MCLB Albany. “Safety is everyone’s responsibility.”
Lamonzs added that drivers who don’t abide by the rules and regulations of the installation could subject themselves to stiff penalties, such as four points assessed to their base driving privileges and up to a 60-day driving suspension.
According to Wallace, children may be overwhelmed with new daily routines required for going back to school and it may be compounded for children who have recently relocated to the base.
“It may be a good idea to start preparing a week in advance to get children used to the routine. A few proactive tips for parents preparing for back to school are to plan ahead, help a child lay out clothes and school materials the night before, make sure a child receives sufficient sleep and get them up and going in plenty of time to prepare for school each morning,” Wallace said.
Wallace works with Marine families to ensure that parents have information they need to send their children to school, whether it is private, public or home school. Parents who need additional information or limited school supplies can call(229) 639-7497.