McKinney-Vento Information and Resources for
Families Displaced by Floods
As a response to the epic flooding our great state is experiencing, below are few resources that would address potential questions regarding serving students displaced by the floods. Thank you in advance for your work helping families who are impacted by these devastating disasters. Just a friendly reminder that you may have students displaced by the disaster enrolling within district schools or in schools outside the district and that such students are to be immediately enrolled. Homeless status will be determined later.
Below are national briefs and handbooks that are highly recommend to review and share with families impacted by the flooding. The parent handbook and the local liaison handbooks to be a particularly helpful, containing school and community resource information including FEMA, the American Red Cross, etc.
Additionally, below is guidance by the US Department of Education that provides further clarification in determining McKinney-Vento eligibility for serving students displaced due to disasters.
"G-11. Are children displaced from their housing by naturally occurring disasters eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act?
When children and their families are displaced from their housing as a result of a natural disaster, there is often a period of instability in which various private organizations and local, State, and Federal agencies provide assistance. SEAs and LEAs should determine such children's eligibility for McKinney-Vento services on a case-by-case basis. In making this determination, they should take into consideration the services that are available through these other sources. Following a disaster, one of the LEA's first priorities is to re-open impacted schools as soon as possible and take steps to normalize school routines. LEAs should then proceed to examine whether children who have been displaced by the natural disaster are eligible for McKinney-Vento services on a case-by-case basis. In such circumstances, the Department would provide technical assistance and other assistance, as available, to help the LEA." - U.S. Department of Education Non-Regulatory Guidance
Helping Children Understanding the Flood
Article by Betsy Grier, school psychologist, and Patty
Quattlebaum, speech pathologist
Brief Ideas for Adults Who Help Children-SC Flood (Spanish)
Ideas for Educators & Adults Who Help Children-SC Flood
By Betsy C. Grier, Ph.D., Patty D. Quattlebaum, MSP, Kelly
S. Derrick, M.Ed., Libby S. Ross, M.Ed., MSW, LISW, & Christina Lynn, M.D.
Loki the therapy dog is available for visits if needed
Connecting Schools and Displaced Students series
Connecting Schools and Displaced Students Handbook Series
This handbook series explains how the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act applies to students displaced by disaster and how the Act can assist these students and their families. Each handbook in the series targets information to either parents of displaced children, relief agencies, or educators.
A McKinney-Vento Toolbox: Constructing a Robust and Rigorous Homeless Education Program, In Case of Disaster and Every Day is a toolbox designed to help school districts implement the McKinney-Vento Act fully, so they can address the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness on a daily basis and in times of disaster. The toolbox contains information and practical lessons learned and resources developed during the recovery process following the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes.
Community Service - flood relief efforts
Red Cross is accepting donations and volunteers. You can also text REDCROSS to 90999. Red Cross is looking for volunteers to assist in shelter operations and disaster assessment. New volunteers can visit RedCross.org/SC and click on volunteer to start the application process.
Harvest Hope Food Bank is accepting donations and volunteers.
Adventist Community Services
Lutheran Disaster Response
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Salvation Army – you can donate online or text STORM to 51555. The Salvation Army has deployed mobile feeding units and trained Salvation Army teams from multiple states to South Carolina.
Southern Baptist Convention/Disaster Relief has deployed food and child care units to assist flood victims. A chainsaw unit also is on the ground, helping to remove fallen trees interfering with power lines.
United Methodist Committee on Relief
United Way of South Carolina - View a complete list of needed items for donation.