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Students in Temporary Housing: Students’ Rights and Schools’ Responsibilities

The McKinney-Vento Act gives important educational rights to students who are homeless, or in unstable or temporary housing. The Charter Center hosted a free workshop, presented by NYS-TEACHS, to help schools understand how to meet these students’ needs and comply with changes in the law resulting from the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

Topics Covered Included:

  • McKinney-Vento definitions: Students’ Rights and Schools’ Responsibilities
  • Schools’ roles under McKinney-Vento and the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Transportation and other school services for students in temporary housing
  • Incorporating trauma-sensitive practices into school programs and policy

View the presentation HERE

Federal & State Guidance
SED Students in Temporary Housing Charter School Guidance
SED Students in Temporary Housing Lottery Preference Memo
US Department of Ed Students in Temporary Housing Non-Regulatory Guidance
Additional Resources
Tips for Social Workers and Guidance Counselors
Tips for Navigating Challenging Conversations
Tips for Parents and Guardians
Tips for School and District Leadership
Tips for School Nurses
Tips for Secretaries and Enrollment Personnel
Tips for Teachers
Navigating Challenging Conversations
SAMPLE McKinney-Vento Policy
Transportation for Students in Temporary Housing
McKinney-Vento Liaison Checklist: Supporting College Access and Success

NYC Common Online Charter School Application

In use by over 75% of the charter sector, the Common Online Application is one more way for schools to reach the widest audience of eligible families. The application is linked to the DOE Enrollment Office page and supported by an extensive student recruitment campaign throughout the spring. These resources will help administrators and families easily navigate and manage the Common Online Application.

Admin User Guidebook

Distributing Individualized State Test Score Information to Parents

Charter school parents do not have access to the DOE parent NYC Schools Account to view their child’s standardized test score results. The responsibility of communicating these standardized test score results, such as those from the state grades 3-8 ELA and Math exam, lies solely with the charter school. Most charter schools send out a letter to parents following exam administration with test score information.

Immunization Exemption Requests

Parents have the right to apply for exemption from immunization requirements for medical reasons or based on religious beliefs. Charter schools need to follow clear protocols to ensure parents’ rights, even as they safeguard the school population. Medical exemptions must be approved by the NYCDOE Department of Health and Immunizations. Religious exemptions are approved at the school or network level; they do not require DOE approval.

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