To earn the designation, a school must do the following: provide services to transitioning students and families, update its Web site with pertinent information, actively participate in JVEF initiatives, engage parents in school activities, accommodate schedule and curricular needs of new students, and maintain a safe environment for all students (JVEF, 2006).
Pacific Command funded an annual customer satisfaction survey to identify issues of concern and to help gauge the effect of the many JVEF activities and initiatives on the perceptions of military parents and students in the schools.
Results from this survey are expected to be extremely useful to the HI DOE and the military-impacted schools as well as to JVEF as future years' projects and expenditures are planned.
More importantly, JVEF assists school personnel to help approximately 10,000 military dependent students transition in and out of Hawaii schools each year.
At the same time, JVEF has provided 12 staff development sessions at meetings of school complex areas to help schools attend to the needs of students whose parents have been deployed.