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Tales from the Field: Are You Ready for Summer School?

The Tale:

A local family lost their housing due to eviction. They are doubled up with their grandparents in a district two towns over from their school of origin. The two children are in 4th and 7th grades and were recommended to attend summer school due to poor grades. The mother calls the school to give their new address and ensure that the children can still attend the summer school program that starts in July. She also requested transportation as she doesn’t have a vehicle. She is told by the registrar that the children are not eligible to attend their summer school since they live outside of the district. The mother asks to speak to someone about her temporary housing and is told the liaison is off for the summer.


Questions to ask:

  1. What happens in the summer if the MV liaison is on vacation?

  2. Do students living in temporary housing outside the district lose eligibility for summer school at their school of origin?

  3. What happens if the district restricts summer school participation to only students who are in good standing regarding attendance?

  4. What happens if the district doesn’t offer a summer school program?

  5. How do students get to summer school if they are living in temporary housing?


1. What happens in the summer if the MV liaison is on vacation?

All LEAs must ensure that there is a McKinney-Vento liaison available year-round. Due to summer vacation schedules, or some liaisons only working for 10 months (or teachers on special assignment), many LEAs may need to appoint a special interim McKinney-Vento liaison for the summer months if the liaison for the academic year is unavailable. In addition, LEAs must ensure that parents and students in temporary housing have access to up-to-date contact information for the LEA liaison, even during school closures. LEAs should provide the summer liaisons’ and any additional interim liaisons’ contact information to NYS-TEACHS. Please check “Summer Liaison ONLY” for staff members who will be the liaison only for the summer months. Updated contact information for summer liaisons should be provided as soon as possible. McKinney-Vento Liaison Update.

2. Do students living in temporary housing outside the district lose eligibility for summer school at their school of origin?

3. What happens if the district restricts summer school participation to only students who are in good standing regarding attendance?

4. What happens if the district doesn’t offer a summer school program?

5. How do students get to summer school if they are living in temporary housing?


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