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PLEASE NOTE: In some cases, the resources on this page may not be current.
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.
Students who are temporarily displaced due to disaster are covered by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, a federal law that discusses the public education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The definition of homelessness under this Act is broad and covers students who are doubling up with friends or family due to loss of housing, as well as students in shelters, vehicles, and other temporary arrangements. Under the McKinney-Vento Act, students in temporary housing are entitled to free transportation back to their school of origin, or they can enroll immediately in the local school where they are temporarily residing.
Find answers to commonly asked questions about protections and services available to students impacted by natural disasters under the McKinney-Vento Act.
NYS-TEACHS Guides & Resources
- Know Your Rights! Informational Flyer: This flyer can be distributed following a natural disaster to help families and youth understand their educational rights. It includes space to add local contact information.
- Know Your Rights! Informational Flyer (NYC): This flyer can be distributed following a natural disaster to help families and youth understand their educational rights. It includes space to add local contact information.
- Tip Sheets to the Educational Rights of Students in Temporary Housing: Available for New York State and New York City
- Free Meals: Students in temporary housing are categorically eligible for free meals
- A McKinney-Vento Toolbox: Constructing a Robust and Rigorous Homeless Education Program, In Case of Disaster and Every Day This toolbox, from the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), contains a wealth of information, lessons learned, and resources developed during the recovery process following the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes.
- NCHE's Connecting Schools and Displaced Students Handbook Series These printable handbooks relay disaster-related school information to parents, relief agencies, and school districts.
- NCHE's Helping Students Cope Resource Page This page provides a number of resources for working with students who have been affected by natural disaster.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network's website has a large array or information and resources for parents and teachers including: What you should know about hurricanes and how they impact children and the Teacher Guidelines for Helping Students after a Hurricane
- NYSED Disaster Assistance: List of resources for hurricane and other storm damage recovery.
- Supportive Housing Network of NY: Supportive housing providers across New York are scrambling to serve tenants in damaged and flooded residences. Below, you'll find information on how you can make cash donations or donate other goods. You'll also find details on how you can volunteer or receive assistance from various government agencies.
If you or your loved ones have been affected by hurricane and are in need of assistance, you can register with FEMA for aid. To do so, call (800) 621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585 or register online at www.disasterassistance.gov
The Red Cross provides shelter throughout affected areas. Visit their website for a listing www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
- Food and Water:
Distribution locations and times can be found at http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/hot_food.html
Additional information about hurricane victim aid and ways everyone can help in the relief effort can be found in the following links:
PLEASE NOTE: Some of the information in the attached documents is now out of date.Important changes related to McKinney-Vento were included in the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), which went into effect October 1, 2016. The new law impacts some of the information included here. Please continue to check nysteachs.org 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.
NYSED Field Memo: Extreme Weather Events: Hurricane Sandy/Nor'easter and Transportation for Nonpublic, Homeless and Charter School Students
This November 2012 Field Memo provides information about transportation of students post-Superstorm Sandy, including students attending nonpublic schools.
NYSED Field Memo: Extreme Weather Events in New York State and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento)
This November 2012 Field Memo describes how and when McKinney-Vento protections apply to students displaced by a disaster.
This memo, last updated in November 2012, answers a number of questions regarding the education of students after a severe weather event.
Special Education Advisory: School Districts Impacted by Hurricane Sandy and Requests for Flexibility in Special Education Requirements
This November 2012 advisory was issued in response to inquiries about waivers/flexibility for special education requirements in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The advisory also reviews requirements of LEAs under the McKinney-Vento Act to provide comparable services to enrolling students in temporary housing.
Upcoming Workshops and Trainings
04/24/17 McKinney-Vento Training at Greater Southern Tier BOCES
04/25/17 McKinney-Vento Training at OCM BOCES
04/27/17 McKinney-Vento Training at Champlain Valley Educational Services
04/28/17 McKinney-Vento Training at WSWHE BOCES
04/25/17 Funding & Reimbursement (All Audiences)
04/27/17 Determining Eligibility (All Audiences)