LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Public Schools are heavily impacted by federally-connected students, those whose parents/legal guardians work on a federal property in Maryland, live on a federal property in Maryland, and/or are active-duty military personnel.  St. Mary’s County Public Schools receives federal grant funds to operate and maintain the schools for federally-connected students.  To receive the federal funds, the United States Department of Education (USDE) requires the school system to survey each student to determine eligibility for such funds.  It is important to complete the survey when your student brings the form home.  A separate survey must be completed for each student.  Parents are reminded USDE will not accept abbreviations or acronyms, so please write out the complete words, including worksite titles and addresses.  All information on the surveys must be based on September 30, 2019.  All information is confidential.  All forms with complete information, signature, and date are due back to schools by Thursday, October 17, 2019.  For more information, any questions, or to obtain a replacement form, please contact your students’ school principal.