Local liaisons play a critical role in the implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act. Local liaison responsibilities include:
NCHEP staff provide homeless education trainings for North Carolina school districts and community agencies.
NCHE: Self-Paced Training options allow you to review training materials at your own pace and at a time of your choosing. Many materials used for self-paced training are the same as those used in live interactive group training.
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NCHE Webinars are hosted regularly so that participants can train from the comfort of their office without the expense and logistical issues that can accompany face-to-face training. NCHE Webinars focus on issues related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. During NCHE Webinars, presenters explain important concepts while giving participants the opportunity to ask questions and interact with each other.
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NCHE's Local Liaison Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that will assist both new and veteran liaisons in carrying out their responsibilities. Updated to reflect the McKinney-Vento Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the 2017 edition of the Homeless Liaison Toolkit includes legal requirements, good practices, sample forms, and links to resources.
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NCHE Homeless Education Issue Briefs discuss a comprehensive array of issues related to the McKinney-Vento Act and its implementation. NCHE offers issues briefs as part of the following series': Best Practices in Homeless Education, Connecting Schools and Displaced Students, Helping You Help Your Child: Information for Parents, and McKinney-Vento Law Into Practice.
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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.
Visit the Data Collection page for information on data collection requirements, requested actions, training materials, and technical assistance.
News reports indicate that a large number of districts may be experiencing extensive flooding and storm damage from Hurricane Dorian. NCHEP would like to share some resource information with you relative to working with the aftermath of a natural disaster.
As the homeless liaison, remember that you are required to document all students experiencing homelessness in PowerSchool and in addition, maintain a list of those students that are specifically displaced because of the natural disaster using the "LEA Disaster Tracking Log". This list is to be shared with your Superintendents, School Nutrition Administrators, and other Administration, as appropriate. You will also need to maintain the list in your McKinney-Vento records for future requests from my office.
School Nutrition Services encourages the homeless liaisons to reach out directly to their School Nutrition Directors at the local level to discuss the individual or collective needs or homeless students. The website that includes the local contacts is located at: https://childnutrition.ncpublicschools.gov/who-we-are/sfa_directories/school-food-authority-sfa-directories . If you have additional questions or challenges, please call the School Nutrition Services office at (919 807-3506) or the State Coordinator for Homeless Education at 336-315-7491.
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.
Additionally, SchoolHouse Connection has released the brief, "Supporting Children and Youth Displaced by Disasters: Five Key Policies for Schools".
NCHEP's listserv provides homeless education updates to liaisons across North Carolina. Updates may include information about the implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act, funding opportunities, new resources available from NCHEP, or other information pertinent liaisons in their role supporting NC students experiencing homelessness.