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Military Family Support

Principal's Welcome
On behalf of Prince George County Public Schools, I would like to welcome you to David A. Harrison Elementary School. We are excited to have your child join the Harrison Family! We understand the needs of military families, and know that transition can be difficult. We are here to make you and your child feel welcomed and at home.
The Interstate Compact on Education Opportunities for Military Families provides information on transition issues that many military families may encounter. These issues include attendance, enrollment, placement, and eligibility. The compact proposes that most military children will attend six to nine different schools from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Our goal at Harrison is for every child to be successful! Our staff works hard to create a safe and caring environment where each child can learn and reach their potential. We want to be of assistance during the challenges of transitions in and out of our school.
Harrison’s student body is comprised of approximately 50% military dependent students. The teachers and I are very thankful we are able to have a full time Military Family Life Counselor assigned to our school. This year, Mrs. Julie Stoke will be returning to Harrison as our Military Family Life Counselor. Your permission will allow Mrs. Stoke to conduct classroom lessons, small group sessions, and individual sessions in partnership with our school counselors. During your time with us, please contact us if you have questions or need assistance with anything.
We appreciate you entrusting your child to us. We look forward to getting to know you and partnering with you for a successful school year.
Christopher Scruggs
Military Support Staff Resources
Name Role Phone Number
Kim Carabin, Harrison Guidance Counselor School-Based Military Student Support (804)991-2242
Robin Germanos, Director of Elementary Education School Division Military Student Support (804)733-2700
Chaundra Taswell Military School Liaison Officer (804)765-3813
Julie Stoke, Licensed MFT Harrison Military Counselor (804)712-9030
Rebecca Dingas, Assistant Principal Student Transition Team Coordinator (804)991-2242
Planning Your Arrival to Harrison Elementary
For registration information or questions contact the school registration clerk (804)991-2242.
Registrations are completed from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily Monday through Friday. Appointments are required. Please call the school to schedule an appointment, (804)991-2242.
Documents to bring with you to registration:
Original Certified State Issued Birth Certificate
Virginia Physical signed by the Physician
Immunization Records
Proof of Residency (Deed, Lease, Rental Agreement)
Previous School Records
IEP Records (if applicable)
Court Issued Custody Papers (if applicable)
Preparing Your Move From Harrison
Please call the school two weeks prior to the withdrawal. Speak with the registration clerk to request paperwork.  Final grades and departing documents (report card and or interim, shots, physical, birth certificate, withdraw form, IEP or 504 if applicable) are provided to the parent(s) during the withdraw process.  Any other documents are requested from the receiving school upon enrollment.
Academic Planning for Military Families

Use the resources below to learn more about academic planning options for Military families at Harrison Elementary

PGCS Student Services Website

   PGCPS Website-Military Families


Specialized Student Services Navigation and Parental Rights

Use the links below to access information regarding Virginia Consent Provisions and Parental Rights in Schools and Divisions

PGCS Military Family Resource Page


Additional Resources
Additional Resources 
Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the National Center for Interstate Compacts and the Council of State Governments has developed an interstate compact that addresses the educational transition issues of children of military families.  The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children is a law that has been adopted by all 50 states and Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA schools). The law applies to the receiving state. To exercise provisions, parents must be on active military orders. This does not extend to Department of Defense (DoD) civilians or DoD contractors.

For more information visit the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity site.

 Student Ambassador Program
Harrison Elementary offers a student ambassador program for 3rd and 4th graders. Students must apply and receive a recommendation from a teacher and parent. This is a two year program that allows the students to showcase Harrison to incoming families and offers buddy support to new students throughout the year. Student ambassadors are assigned a classroom to partner with for the school year.