Disaster Response

Homeless Education Advocacy Manual: Disaster Edition

For those recovering from a disaster, man-made or natural, immediate needs for income and housing may overshadow critical concerns about education of children and youth. However, the needs of displaced students should also be considered. This manual is designed to encourage and assist advocates working with displaced students seeking access to appropriate educational services. As… Read more »

Disaster Preparation and Response – National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

  The national Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) has many resources to help school districts, campuses, and local homeless liaisons prepare for and deal with disasters of many kinds, including hurricanes. Access this information at https://nche.ed.gov/ibt/dis_prep.php. You may also contact NCHE’s homeless education helpline with questions or concerns by calling 800.308.2145 or emailing homeless@serve.org.

Addressing Hurricane Harvey with Children & Adolescents

Resources & Talking Points: Addressing Hurricane Harvey with Children & Adolescents The destruction and flooding brought by Hurricane Harvey is hard to fathom.  During crises such as this, it can be difficult for children and adolescents, and for parents who are unsure how to support them.  For this reason, Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) is… Read more »

After Hurricane Harvey: Supporting Displaced Texas Students

Hurricane Harvey has affected tens of thousands of Texas students and their families. Federal and state disaster relief agencies, the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO) at the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas, and the Region 10 Education Service Center are all working together to provide students and… Read more »

TEA to the Administrator Addressed Letter: Re: Changes to “Crisis Code 05” for Hurricane Harvey Students

TEA has received many questions regarding how we will fully track students impacted by Hurricane Harvey. It is important that we identify those students properly so we are able to make adjustments to accountability and identify any additional funding opportunities given the impact of the storm. Beginning Friday, October 13th, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) will… Read more »

What Relief Agencies Should Know About the Educational Rights of Children and Youth Displaced by Disaster

Connecting Schools and Displaced Students Brief Series
What Relief Agencies Should Know About the Educational Rights of Children and Youth Displaced by Disaster

This brief is directed towards relief agencies. Relief agencies play a critical role in connecting families, children, and youth who have been displaced by disasters to needed services, including enabling children and youth to continue their education. By understanding the educational services and supports that are available to homeless children and youth under federal law, relief agencies will be able to coordinate more effectively with schools and school districts (know as local educational agencies or LEAs) after a disaster occurs in their community

Meeting the Educational Needs of Students Displaced by Disasters: Youth on Their Own

Connecting Schools and Displaced Students Brief Series
Meeting the Educational Needs of Students Displaced by Disasters: Youth on Their Own

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.

FERPA Disclosure of Student Information Related to Emergencies and Disasters

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Disclosure of Student Information Related to Emergencies and Disasters (June 2010)

The purpose of this guidance is to answer questions that have arisen about the sharing of personally identifiable information from students’ education records to outside parties when responding to emergencies, including natural or man-made disasters. Understanding how, what, and when information can be shared with outside parties is an important part of emergency preparedness.