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Disaster Information

News reports indicate that a large number of districts may be experiencing extensive flooding and storm damage from Hurricane Matthew. NCHEP would like to share some resource information with you relative to working with the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Visit NCHE's comprehensive web page devoted to Disaster Preparation and Response. There you will find NCHE resources; federal resources; sample forms, materials and policies; resources for coping with a disaster, as well as other resources.

Even though we are providing you with this electronic link to these valuable resources, our office will also provide each district affected with hard copies of NCHE resources. Please email Lisa Phillips and indicate the specific resources you would like to have shipped to you.

Designating LEA Homeless Liaisons: Considerations Under ESSA

Due to increasing concerns from liaisons about the position of “Foster Care Point of Contact” being added to their already full plates, NAEHCY has developed a new document called Designating LEA McKinney-Vento Liaisons: Considerations Under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. This document summarizes the new legal requirements for LEAs on the capacity, training and duties of a school district liaison. It provides important considerations to assist LEAs to ensure that liaisons have sufficient capacity and support to carry out their duties.

Guidance on Foster Care and Education

Joint guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services about implementation of the foster care provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was released on June 23, 2016. This link, will guide you to a 28 page guidance document as well as to two Dear Colleague Letters.

The document delivers a strong message that the unique needs of children in foster care must be addressed. Because these provisions go into effect December 10, 2016, state and local child welfare and education agencies must immediately begin conversations about their shared responsibility to support the school stability and success of students in foster care.

The foster care provisions of ESSA, coupled with the school stability provisions of the Fostering Connections Act, envision shared responsibility for school stability and success between child welfare and education agencies. This joint guidance offers details about the requirements under the new law, provides examples from around the country about "what's working" to support students in foster care, and will be a critical resource in implementation efforts.

President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015

On December 10, 2015, the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Under the previous version of ESEA (the No Child Left Behind Act), the education of homeless children and youth was included in Title X, Part C. Under ESSA, homeless education is included in Title IX, Part A. For more information:

North Carolina Homeless Children & Youth Profile

During the 2014-2015 school year, North Carolina schools reported enrollment of
27,833 homeless children and youth. Over 74% of these students were living in doubled-up conditions.1 In 2013, 28,154 children under the age of six were identified as homeless.2 Get more information homeless children & youth in North Carolina.

1 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, (2014-2015). Consolidated State Performance Report (CSPR), Section 1.9: Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program.

2 Bassuk, et., (2014). "America's Youngest Outcasts: A Report Card on Child Homelessness," The National Center on Family Homelessness.

Did You Know?...that eligibility determinations are always made on a case-by-case basis?

Some instances will be clear-cut, while others will require further inquiry and then a judgement call. Use fixed, regular, and adequate as your guiding principles. If the living arrangement does not meet all three criteria, it likely will be considered a homeless situation. For more information on eligibility, visit

Did You Know?...Using Title IA funds to serve McKinney-Vento students

Did you know that Title IA funds, including the designated Title IA homeless set-aside, may be used to serve McKinney-Vento students? The National Center for Homeless Education's Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness under Title I, Part A issue brief explains how Title I, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (reauthorized under Title X, Part C of NCLB) intersect and offers strategies for effective collaboration. Topics include: Automatic Eligibility; Coordination; Determining Title I, Part A Set-Aside Amounts; Expenditures for Homeless Students; and more.

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