August 31, 2017
The purpose of this letter is to provide an update and reminder to all school districts and charters of key provisions in place to support students displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
Please remember that a child whose family has been displaced due to Hurricane Harvey will generally meet the definition of “homeless” under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. Any student(s) staying with friends, relatives, or other persons or staying in a shelter or other temporary location due to loss of housing because of the hurricane are considered homeless.
In addition, note that “homelessness” is a characteristic of the individual and not a result of a home school district being closed temporarily. Students are not homeless because their local school may have suspended operations for a short period.
Topics addressed in the letter include:
- Immediate Enrollment
- Identification of Students in Homeless Situations
- School Selection and Transportation for Homeless Students
- Missing Records
- Texas Student Data System PEIMS Crisis Code
- Texas Records Exchange (TREx) System
- Free Meals
- Referral to Services
- LEA Homeless Liaisons