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New York, NY 10001
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.
LEAs 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. See STAC Forms and Procedures for information about when to use the STAC 202 form to initiate tuition reimbursement.
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 can also serve as a reimbursement form for the local district to use to request full tuition reimbursement for educating the temporarily housed student.
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.
Data Collection is authorized in Section 722(f)(1).
New York State Education Law Section 3209 [Word doc]
Data Collection is discussed in N.Y. Educ. Section 3209(5)(c).
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)