The School Liaison serves as the communications link between military families with school-aged children, the command, and local DODEA School, W.T. Sampson. As the “point person” for educational issues, the School Liaison is here to assist military families in addressing school-related issues.
Whether you are active duty, a reservist, or part of the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay component civilian workforce, the School Liaison is here to ensure that your child has access to the full range of services available in the community. In addition to providing information about the school, the School Liaison also works to assist families who choose educational alternatives such as homeschool, independent study, dual credit, or online programs.
Information and Links:
Guantanamo Bay has one Pre-K (Sure Start - for more info click here) to 12th unit school. W.T. Sampson is a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). The link to the W.T. Sampson can be found here. Necessary documents for school registration is on their website. If you need more information regarding a specific issue, please do not hesitate to contact your School Liaison for assistance.
Local School Relocation
W. T. Sampson ES/HS Phone Number: 757-458-3500
Free and Reduce Lunch Program: (FARM)
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school year, breakfasts and lunches administered by the Student Meal Program outside of the continental United States (OCONUS), will incorporate an associated fee unless authorized as free or reduced. Since March 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) waived the cost of student meals, however, this policy waiver expired on 30 June 2022, and as a result, meals will no longer be free of charge.
The Navy Exchange Service Command School Meal Program operates the DoD Student Meal Program (SMP) in 9 OCONUS locations. The SMP offers meals, on a break-even basis, in accordance with USDA nutrition standards. Whole grains, lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, and low-fat milk are offered on a daily basis. The mission of the NEX Student Meal Program is to provide delicious and nutritious meals to students.
To apply for free or reduced-price student meals, applications can be submitted. Applications must be resubmitted each year for free and reduced-price meal eligibility and can be turned in anytime during the year. All families are encouraged to apply no matter their economic situation. For additional information and application click here: www.myNavyExchange.com/smp
Some parents elect to homeschool their children while onboard NAVSTA Guantanamo Bay. This is a legal option open to all active duty military, DOD civilians, and contractors. If you elect to home school, per base regulation, all homeschoolers must register with the School Liaison office.
Homeschool families may request special education evaluation and services in the DoDEA schools. Homeschool families also have the option of benefitting from some of the activities or classes within the DoDEA schools. For more information contact the school or your School Liaison.
Local Base Relocation
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
DoDEA, to the extent permitted by law, is committed to ensuring that its school policies and procedures mirror those in the Interstate Compacts’ guidelines and related rules.
Interstate Compact for Military Children
Military One Source
Department of Defense Education Agency
Military Kids Connect
Military One Source
EFMP Coordinator 757-458-4141
School Psychologist 757-458-2207/2684
Youth Sponsorship Information
A family with school age children in grades 3rd to 12th can request a youth sponsor for their child by filling out the Youth Sponsorship Request form. The form is located in the Downloads section.
Teen Coordinator 757-458-2096
School-Age Care Director 757-458-4092
Anchorr4Life Advisors 757-458-3500
Chapel Youth 757-458-2323
Child and Youth Programs In/Out-processing
Pre- Who to contact before you PCS? Call your local School Liaison! And be sure to put yourself on the waitlist of your next duty location at: www.militarychildcare.com/
During- The program will call you to setup your orientation before you start care.
Post- Parents that request a withdrawal form from the Child Development Center (CDC) or School Age Care (SAC) 30 days in advance receive discount. The minimum requirement for a withdrawal notice is 2 weeks.
Fleet & Family Support Center 757-458-4141
MWR Administration 757-458-4123
CYP Administration 757-458-2005
Child Development Center 757-458-3664
School Age Care 757-458-4092
Teen Center 757-458-2096
Chapel Youth 757-458-2323