FORT BENNING, Ga., (July 17, 2013) -- So you want to know more about how the Department of Defense Education Activity will affect the schools? The perfect opportunity is during the Facebook Town Hall.

Parents and those affected by school furloughs can ask questions and get answers during the upcoming Facebook Town Hall, planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 31 on the Fort Benning Fans Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fortbenningfans.

The focus is on school issues, but experts will be on hand to discuss other issues including housing and safety, said Fordyce Stone, education operations manager for the Georgia and Alabama district.

Fort Benning schools will be closed due to furloughs on Aug. 23, Aug. 30, Sept. 13 and Sept. 26-27.

Nine-month employees with the Department of Defense Education Activity will be furloughed for five days, he said. They are part of more than 84,000 employees who will be affected by furloughs.

"We want to make sure that parents are aware of those five days," Stone said.

Several organizations on post have plans in place to help support parents during these times, he said.

Information will be released to those interested on handling day care issues with school-aged children.

"If you have children who will need day care that normally wouldn't … you need to check with the different facilities on post," Stone said, adding information on day care alternatives will be available during the Facebook town hall.

Stone said teachers and staff will modify programs to accommodate furlough dates without affecting children's curriculum or tests.

"Our teachers are very professional," he said. "They are very good with instruction -- they love their children. They do a good job. They are going to handle these five days."

For more information on DoDEA furloughs, visit www.dodea.edu/Budget/index1.cfm.

Become a fan on Facebook to participate in the town hall, by visiting www.facebook.com/fortbenningfans.

Page last updated Wed July 17th, 2013 at 00:00