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New York, NY 10001
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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 in temporary housing who are required to attend 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. LEAs 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 LEA provides transportation to permanently housed students. In addition, where lack of transportation would pose a barrier to the homeless student's ability to attend summer school, LEAs should provide transportation even if it is not customarily provided to permanently housed students. During the summer months, all LEAs are still required to have a McKinney-Vento Liaison. They should appoint an interim summer Liaison if the academic year Liaison is unavailable.
Get answers to commonly asked questions about summer school.
Laws and Guidance
2016 Memo from the State Education Department regarding summer school for homeless students.
Upcoming Workshops and Trainings
04/04/17 McKinney-Vento Enhanced Grantee Meeting (Invite Only)
04/05/17 McKinney-Vento Baseline Grantee Meeting (Invite Only)
03/16/17 Early Childhood Education Programs for Children in Temporary Housing (NYS, Outside of NYC)
03/21/17 Trauma-Sensitivity and School Success (All Audiences)
03/22/17 Early Childhood Education Programs for Children in Temporary Housing (NYC)