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Frequently Asked Questions: Summer School

Summer school offers an important chance 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.
Please see the June 2017 state-issued memo for more details on summer school for students in temporary housing.

Must school districts have a liaison for summer months?

All Local Educational Agencies, including school districts, charter schools, and BOCES, must ensure there is a designated liaison for the summer months as well as the school year. Many school districts will need to appoint an alternate liaison for the summer months if the liaison for the academic year is unavailable. School districts 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 temporarily housed during the school year able to attend summer school?

Yes. Any student who is experiencing homelessness and who needs summer school to advance to the next grade must be provided with the chance to do so. In addition, school districts must make sure 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). Schools should waive minimum school-year attendance requirements for students in temporary housing who need summer school. 42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(I).

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

This fee should be waived for students who were in temporary housing during the school year and for students who are temporarily housed during the summer session.

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

If your school district does not offer a summer program but permanently housed students attend summer school in a nearby 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, school districts must revise policies to remove barriers caused by fees, fines, and absences. 42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(I).

Can students experiencing homelessness get transportation to summer school?

Yes. All homeless students who are enrolled in the school district should get transportation to summer school if the student needs summer school. Summer school transportation should be provided by the school district if the lack of such transportation would be a barrier to attendance. N.Y. Education Law § 3209(4)(e). Homeless students enrolled in the school district 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).

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