On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey pummeled south Texas with deadly winds and heavy rains, leaving thousands in the Gulf Coast area displaced in different living situations due to life-threatening floods. With schools just getting started, displaced children and youth living in shelters, hotels, motels, or with family members and friends will need to enroll in schools they were attending before Harvey hit or in new schools where they are temporarily residing. Now that disaster relief efforts are underway, advocates will play a critical role in ensuring displaced students have equal access to free appropriate public education.
Join our panel of experts to discuss ways you can help ensure educational continuity and stability for students displaced by Harvey and how you can address their legal needs that often go beyond the classrooms. Participants will hear from local advocates on what’s happening on the ground, what the current needs are, and what barriers displaced students have been experiencing. Participants will learn laws, policies, best practices to coordinate and collaborate with other advocates, and resources available to support displaced children and youth.
Speakers for the webinar include:
- Christina Gendron, Texas Network of Youth Services
- Deborah Fowler, Texas Appleseed
- Michael Santos, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
- Patricia Julianelle, SchoolHouse Connection
- Jeanne Stamps, Texas Homeless Education Office
REGISTER HERE: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5791880194656869890