The Texas Education Agency has released guidance for districts related to COVID-19 for homeless students. Click here to view the document: COVID-19 FAQ: Guidance for Students Experiencing Homelessness, most recently updated on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth Support Center also has a COVID-19 Resource Page to help students experiencing homelessness during these uncertain time.
The Texas Education Agency recently released digital files of the new McKinney-Vento posters. There are two versions of the poster, one to assist parents of school-age youth (English & Spanish) and a second to assist unaccompanied youth (English & Spanish). Should you need additional printed posters, please contact Paula Perkins.
Save the Date
Dreaming Big for All Students, the 2020 conference for NAEHCY is approaching. Make plans now to attend from October 31 through November 3, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.
About the Homeless Education Program
The Homeless Education Program is designed to support districts and charters as they strive to meet the unique needs of students experiencing homelessness. Technical assistance is provided through statute interpretation, identification, and service requirements as it relates to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Collaboration is also facilitated between schools and regional community agencies to ensure that identified homeless students receive necessary services.
Each Local Education Agency (LEA) must designate a representative as their district’s/charter’s Homeless Liaison. Liaisons ensure that:
Access the District Homeless Liaison Directory for Region 9.
Each Regional Education Service Center is also required to designate a Homeless Liaison to assist LEAs in the identification and service of homeless students. The ESC representative also facilitates trainings and resources for district homeless liaisons. The Homeless Liaison at Region 9 ESC is Paula Perkins.
The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Support Center, located at Region 13 Education Service Center in Austin, TX, provides technical assistance to anyone, anywhere in the state, regarding issues related to children and youth experiencing homelessness. Call the TEHCY Support Center toll-free anytime: 1-800-446-3142. Take time to check out the TEHCY resources and webinars.
The Texas Education Agency also provides information for homeless students, services, and opportunities. Specific topics include: Identification, Enrollment, School Determination, Transportation, and Dispute Resolution.
Other Web-Based Resources
Resources for Liaisons
Regional Homeless Liaison of the Year Award Application
Resources for Administrators