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Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), including school districts, BOCES, and charter schools, in New York State must complete a Designation Form (STAC 202) for each student identified under the McKinney-Vento Act, send to parties listed on the form, and keep the forms on file. In certain cases, the STAC form may also be used by school districts to receive tuition reimbursement from the New York State Education Department. Click on the links below for more information about the STAC 202 form.
Find answers to commonly asked questions about STAC 202 forms and procedures.
STAC-202 Form [Fillable and Saveable PDF]
The STAC-202 form indicates that a student has been designated as homeless, and specifies the name of the district the student will be attending. It is also used by local districts to request reimbursement from NYSED for the costs of education a temporarily housed student who moves into the district from another school district in New York State.
STAC-202 Form - En Espanol [PDF in Spanish]
The Spanish version of the STAC 202 form, with instructions.
Laws and Guidance
NYSED Field Memo: Guidance Regarding Out-of-State/Country Children who become Homeless and Tuition Reimbursement
This March 2015 field memo from the New York State Education Department clarifies that schools districts cannot get additional state aid for instruction (also referred to as tuition reimbursement) through the STAC 202 process for students experiencing homelessness who were last permanently housed outside of New York State.
NYSED Field Memo: Homeless Guidance for Permanent Placement / McKinney-Vento Eligible Students and Tuition Reimbursement
This September 2013 Field Memo from the NY State Education Department clarifies when a school district can receive additional state aid for instruction for the cost of educating a student in temporary housing and how to request such aid.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, Reathorized by Title IX Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act [PDF]
This document is the full text of the federal reauthorization of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which went into effect on October 1, 2016. Data collection is discussed in section 11432(f)(1).
Important changes to New York Education Law Section 3209 governing the rights of students in temporary housing went into effect on April 20, 2017. They reflect changes to the federal McKinney-Vento Act that were made under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A clean version of Education Law Section 3209 is available here. A marked up version of Education Law Section 3209 is available here. The designation form, currently the STAC 202 form, is discussed in sub-section (2)(e).
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