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Important changes related to McKinney-Vento were included in the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). The changes went into effect October 1, 2016, and include: expanded transportation protections until the end of the school year for temporarily housed students who move into permanent housing, the inclusion of preschool in the definition of "school of origin" (children can stay in their school of origin and receive transportation to that school), and changes to the dispute resolution process which include the provision of all McKinney-Vento related services (for example, continued enrollment and transportation) until a final decision is issued. For more information about ESSA changes to the McKinney-Vento Act, see the State Education Department's Field Memo regarding Implementation of Changes to McKinney-Vento Homeless Act as a Result of Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act.

Please continue to check here for updated information about how new laws will impact policies and procedures in New York State, and as always, feel free to contact NYS-TEACHS at 800-388-2014 with any questions you may have.

FAQs: Summer School

Summer school offers a critical opportunity for all students to make up for lost time, re-take failed courses, and gain extra credits. Any student who experiences homelessness and who is required to attend summer school to advance must be provided the opportunity to do so. 42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(F)(iii).
Please see the May 2016 state-issued memo for more details on summer school for students experiencing homelessness.

Must LEAs designate a liaison for summer months?

All LEAs must ensure there is a designated liaison for the summer months as well as the school year. Many LEAs will need to appoint an alternate liaison for the summer months if the liaison for the academic year is unavailable. LEAs should provide the summer liaison's contact information. Please check "Summer Liaison ONLY" for staff members who will serve as the liaison only for the summer months.

Are students who were designated as homeless during the school year eligible to attend summer school?

Yes. Any student who is experiencing homelessness and who is required to attend summer school to advance to the next grade must be provided with the opportunity to do so. In addition, LEAs must ensure that homeless children and youth do not face barriers to accessing academic and extracurricular activities including summer school. 42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(F)(iii).

What if there is a fee associated with the summer school program?

This fee should be waived for students who experienced homelessness during the school year and for students who experience homelessness during the summer session.

What if the LEA does not offer a summer school program?

If your district does not offer a summer program but permanently housed students attend summer school in a neighboring district for a fee, the fee should be waived for students who experienced homelessness during the school year and for students who are homeless during the summer session. In addition, LEAs must revise policies to remove barriers caused by fees, fines, and absences. 42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(I).

Are students experiencing homelessness entitled to transportation to summer school?

All homeless students who are enrolled in the LEA should be provided transportation to summer school if the student needs summer school to ensure academic success. Summer school transportation should be provided to homeless students enrolled in the LEA if the lack of such transportation would be a barrier to attendance and therefore a barrier to academic success. Homeless students enrolled in the LEA must be provided transportation to summer school if such transportation is provided to permanently housed students. 42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(F)(iii).

In some circumstances, the Local Department of Social Services (LDSS) is required to provide transportation for students who are placed by the LDSS in emergency housing outside their designated school district. If the LDSS declines to provide transportation for a student attending summer school and if lack of summer school transportation is a barrier to academic success, the designated school district should provide the student with summer school transportation.

Upcoming Workshops and Trainings

Stay tuned for the Summer and Fall 2017 Workshop and Training schedules.

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6/22/17: Changes Regarding the Education of Homeless Children and Youth - Updates to Education Law § 3209 and Commissioner’s Regulations

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