ERIC Number: ED491204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
What Relief Agencies Should Know about the Educational Rights of Children Displaced by Disasters. Connecting Schools and Displaced Students Series, Winter 2006
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Mental health experts consider the return to school to be a critical step in the healing process for children and youth whose lives have been disrupted by disasters. Going to school helps these students find the structure, normalcy, and routine that is essential to their health and well-being. Federal law (The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act) protects the educational rights of students experiencing homelessness. It provides legal protections so that children and youth in homeless situations can enroll in, attend, and succeed in school and preschool programs. It also establishes procedures to enroll children quickly, assess their needs, and provide services. Finally, the McKinney-Vento Act requires that every school district designate a local homeless education liaison; the local liaison is the district's point person for addressing needs that derive from loss of housing and is, therefore, a key contact for relief agencies. (Contains 1 endnote.) [The National Center for Homeless Education is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs.]
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Homeless People, Natural Disasters, Student Rights, Housing Needs, Emergency Programs, Student Needs, Access to Education, Federal Aid, Child Welfare
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE. P.O. Box 5367, 915 Northridge St., 2nd Floor, Greensboro, NC 27403. Tel: 800-755-3277; Fax: 336-315-7457; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.serve.org/nche.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Homeless Education, Greensboro, NC.