“While the United States has been described as “a nation at war,” the burden of combat is carried by less than 1 percent of the population. The military has been fighting for almost a decade – since a month after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks – the longest sustained era of conflict in the nation’s history. And unlike previous wars, these have been carried out by an all-volunteer force.” -Ret. U.S. Army Gen. Stanley Allen McChrystal
Currently, more than 7,000 children with parents who are connected to the military attend schools in the Northside Independent School District. Led by the efforts of school counselors, NISD school communities work diligently to support military families and address their unique educational challenges.
Children whose parents serve in the military endure high rates of mobility and the effects of multiple deployments. With frequent moves, children experience challenges associated with losing friends, teachers, and the comfort of a familiar environment. Northside school communities are committed to supporting military children in order to address these challenges and promote the resiliency necessary to cope with military life.
In January 2011, President Obama released a report titled "Strengthening Our Military Families: Meeting America's Commitment," which was a directive to establish a coordinated and comprehensive federal approach to supporting military families. Northside ISD is highly committed to ensuring excellence in the education of military-connected students and finding better ways to provide our military families with the support they deserve.