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Rycc Smith welcomes Montello Elementary School students as they board his bus outside the Lewiston, Maine school after the first day back in nearly a month on Jan. 21, 2021. The entire school district switched to all remote learning after an uptick in COVID-19 cases last month.
Elementary school students board a bus in Lewiston, Maine, after their first day back to in-person school in nearly a month on Jan. 21. Advocates say it has been more difficult to identify homelessness during remote learning, in part because they can't track changes in students' use of school transportation.
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Student Well-Being Cardona Releases First Wave of Aid to Help Schools Identify, Assist Homeless Students
Citing the urgency of identifying homeless students, the Education Department will release some relief aid targeted at their needs.
Evie Blad, April 23, 2021
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Budget & Finance Opinion How Districts Can Use Relief Funds to Help the Students Most in Need
We can't squander this opportunity to reach students experiencing homelessness. Here are four key steps.
Joseph Bishop & Debra Duardo, April 22, 2021
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A Jefferson County School District student receives takes several bags with free meals delivered by a school bus in Fayette, Miss. As schools transitioned to remote learning during the pandemic, buses that once transported students now deliver meals and internet access. Those interruptions have made it more difficult to identify students at risk of homelessness.
A student receives free meals delivered by a school bus in Fayette, Miss. During the pandemic, buses that once transported students now deliver meals and internet access. Those interruptions have made it more difficult to identify students at risk of homelessness.
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Student Well-Being As Schools Weigh How to Use New Aid for Homeless Students, Finding Them Is Step One
Schools are getting $800 million in federal aid for homeless students, but also must locate those who newly qualify due to the pandemic.
Evie Blad, April 20, 2021
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., praises his Democratic Caucus at a news conference just after the Senate narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, March 6, 2021.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., praises his Democratic Caucus at a news conference just after the Senate narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, March 6, 2021.
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Education Funding Reopening Plans, Private Schools, Special Education: Senate Puts Stamp on COVID-19 Bill
The revised COVID-19 relief bill provides more than $120 billion in direct K-12 public school aid and could reach President Biden quickly.
Andrew Ujifusa, March 8, 2021
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Amy Perusse, homeless education coordinator for Everett School District in Washington, has kept track of and coordinated services for her students across county lines during the pandemic.
Amy Perusse, homeless education coordinator for Everett School District in Washington, has kept track of and coordinated services for her students across county lines during the pandemic.
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School & District Management Leader To Learn From Ensuring Homeless Students Are Seen During a Pandemic
In Everett, Wash., Amy Perusse brought together a range of agencies to meet the needs of homeless students and their families.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 17, 2021
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Kahlil Kuykendall, program manager with Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, stands for a portrait at the Anacostia Community Museum, in Washington D.C., on Dec. 8, 2020.
Kahlil Kuykendall has worked through Crittenton Services of Greater Washington this year to help keep low-income students academically focused.
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Student Achievement Inside the Effort to Find and Help Disengaged Youth
When in-person learning abruptly ended last spring, schools and community groups sprang into action.
Christina A. Samuels, January 6, 2021
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Equity & Diversity More Than 1 in 4 Homeless Students Dropped Off Schools' Radar During the Pandemic
School leaders have lost track of students amid school closures, shrinking capacity at homeless shelters, and ever-higher family mobility.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 25, 2020
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Greta Hinderliter and her labradoodle Finnegan meet with two students from Kelly Walsh High School this month in Casper, Wyo. As the homeless liaison for the Natrona County School District, Hinderliter delivers supplies, conducts wellness checks, and mentors and tutors the district’s several hundred homeless students.
Greta Hinderliter and her labradoodle Finnegan meet with two students from Kelly Walsh High School this month in Casper, Wyo. As the homeless liaison for the Natrona County School District, Hinderliter delivers supplies, conducts wellness checks, and mentors and tutors the district’s several hundred homeless students.
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Student Well-Being Shielding Students From the Economic Storm
The numbers of homeless and low-income students will likely surge in the months ahead. School leaders will need to be ready.
Daarel Burnette II, September 16, 2020
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Student Well-Being Where Are They? Students Go Missing in Shift to Remote Classes
As school shutdowns extend nationwide, educators are finding that efforts to reach their families are coming up short.
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Student Well-Being Video Helping Put Homeless Students on Solid Footing
Project Lift-Off is a summer program in Lee County, NC, that nurtures homeless students’ social and academic skills.
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Student Well-Being WATCH: Meeting the Needs of Homeless Students. Lessons From One District
Many school districts have seen a rising number of homeless students in recent years. Learn lessons from a district working to address their needs in thoughtful, holistic ways.
Arianna Prothero, February 20, 2020
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Student Well-Being Leader To Learn From Creating a Foothold for the Most Vulnerable Students
Johnnye Waller, the student services director for North Carolina’s Lee County Schools, helps students facing homelessness gain a solid footing for the school year. Her summer enrichment program pairs basic necessities with academic supports and exciting field trips. She is recognized as a 2020 Leader To Learn From.
Arianna Prothero, February 19, 2020
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Heather Anderson, right, a homeless liaison for students in Paducah, Ky., public schools, talks with Lori Colburn at the Family Service Society, a local group that provides assistance to people in need.
Heather Anderson, right, a homeless liaison for students in Paducah, Ky., public schools, talks with Lori Colburn at the Family Service Society, a local group that provides assistance to people in need.
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Data Number of Homeless Students Hits All-Time High
An 11-percent increase in homeless students, including many without an adult to care for them, is posing challenges for schools from coast to coast.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 10, 2020
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Every Student Succeeds Act Opinion A Wake-Up Call on Student Homelessness
Homeless students' graduation rates should be a national priority for us all, urge John King and John Bridgeland.
John B. King Jr. & John M. Bridgeland, August 27, 2019
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