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ERIC Number: ED574612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
What School District Administrators Should Know about the Educational Rights of Children and Youth Displaced by Disasters. Connecting Schools and Displaced Students Brief Series
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
After disasters, displaced families long to return to a sense of normalcy, so reconnecting children to school is especially important during this time. While providing the structure of the typical education setting, schools can help students overcome the trauma of a disaster and regain their academic and social stability. Once children are safely in school, parents have the peace of mind and freedom to focus on other post-disaster details to help their families recover. Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC §§11431-11435), reauthorized in 2001 by Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act, ensures educational protections for children and youth in homeless situations, including many who have lost their housing due to natural disasters. It provides stability and support for students by requiring all public schools to enroll eligible students immediately, assess their needs, and provide or refer them to additional services as needed. This brief explains key aspects of the legislation, particularly as it relates to students affected by natural disasters. The brief also includes the appendix: Supporting Students and Families Displaced by Disasters: Goals and Strategies for Local Education Agencies (LEAs).
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: Elementary Secondary Education
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