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ERIC Number: ED574593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Meeting the Educational Needs of Students Displaced by Disasters: Youth on Their Own. Connecting Schools and Displaced Students Brief Series
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
During a disaster, youth may be separated from their parents or guardians. Parents who have lost their homes may place youth temporarily with friends or relatives; or youth may be separated from their parents during an emergency evacuation. Additionally, some youth could be on their own before a disaster occurs. Unaccompanied youth who lack a caring adult to link them with supports and resources may have many unmet needs and not know how to seek help during a time of disaster. For youth separated from their parents or guardians during a disaster, school provides a stable and secure environment, offering structure and supports to help them overcome the trauma they have experienced and regain their academic, social, and emotional footing. Therefore, schools and school districts, known as local educational agencies (LEAs), and relief or service agencies in a community impacted by a disaster, such as the American Red Cross or Salvation Army, should work together to ensure that unaccompanied youth, including those experiencing homelessness as the result of a disaster, are identified, linked to services, and enrolled in school. Unaccompanied homeless youth may not know how to access emergency services provided through agencies, such as housing, food, medical, and trauma support; therefore, coordination between schools and LEAs and relief or service agencies will ensure that youth on their own will find the most expedient path to help. This brief will help school, LEA, and relief agency staff members and administrators understand the rights and services guaranteed to unaccompanied homeless youth and plan strategies to ensure that these youth are enrolled in school and provided necessary services to help them survive and recover from a disaster. National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) resources, federal resources, and other resources are included.
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE. P.O. Box 5367, 915 Northridge Street 2nd Floor, Greensboro, NC 27435. Tel: 800-755-3277; Fax: 336-315-7457; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Healthy Students (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987