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Students in temporary housing who need summer school to advance to the next grade, or who need summer school to graduate on time, must be provided the opportunity to attend summer school free of charge. School districts may be asked to cover fees associated with summer school for students in temporary housing. Students in temporary housing are entitled to transportation to and from summer school if the school district provides transportation to permanently housed students. In addition, school districts must provide transportation if the lack of transportation is a barrier to the student's ability to attend summer school, even if the district does not transport permanently housed students. During the summer months, all Local Education Agencies (LEAs, including school districts, charter schools, and BOCES) are also required to have a McKinney-Vento Liaison. They should appoint an interim summer Liaison if the academic year Liaison is unavailable during the summer months.
Get answers to commonly asked questions about summer school.
This chart provides information on the transportation rights of students in temporary housing attending school in New York State. It includes information on available services, the responsible agency, and funding sources when serving students in many different housing situations, including for students attending charter schools.
This website provides information on the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). In New York, the Summer Food Service Program is administered in New York by the State Education Department (NYSED). The SFSP provides funding for free meals to students during the summer months when school is out. Children 18 years of age and younger are eligible to participate in SFSP. Persons over 18 years old who are physically or mentally disabled and participating in a public or nonprofit private school program established for children with these disabilities may also participate.
To find locations in your community where meals are being served, click here.
Laws and Guidance
This April 2018 Field Memo from the New York State Education Department addresses the rights of students in temporary housing to participate in summer school. This memo discusses topics on access to summer school including fees, transportation, and the use of Title I set-aside funding for students in temporary housing, and includes updates related to ESSA.
Upcoming Workshops and Trainings
Stay tuned for our Fall 2018 workshop and training schedule.