In preparation for back to school, many youth and family services providers are making plans to ensure that remote learning runs smoothly, that youth stay healthy, and that they are connected to resources for academic success.
TNOYS is compiling relevant information for stakeholders, including TNOYS members and other first responders, as they work to assist youth with back-to-school challenges amid COVID-19. We will be updating this post with more information as it becomes available, including information from youth-service providers on how they are navigating back-to-school.
Texas Education Agency
Texas Education Agency has released information and resources on education, nutrition, and similar topics related to children and schools. Many of these resources address the needs of vulnerable student populations, including youth experiencing homelessness.
View select resources below, and check back regularly for updates:
- Engaging Highly Mobile and At-Risk Students
- Guidance for students Experiencing Homelessness
- Guidance for Students in Foster Care
- Instructional Continuity Planning
- Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth COVID-19 Resource Page
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Many resource pages from the CDC offer helpful guidance for assisting youth in coping with stress and helping them learn from home. The CDC also offers guidance for shared housing situations and guidance to help direct services providers keep themselves and their clients safe.
- Managing Stress and Anxiety
- Considerations for Community-Based Organizations
- Guidance for Shared or Congregate Housing
- Guidance for Direct Service Providers
- Guidance for Direct Service Providers, Caregivers, Parents, and People with Development and Behavioral Disorders
- Help Children Learn at Home
- Support for Teens and Young Adults
SchoolHouse Connection has published many helpful pages that address challenges experienced by youth experiencing homelessness, or those in the foster care system, and youth experiencing homelessness.
- COVID-19 and Homelessness page
- FAQ on COVID-19 and Homelessness
- Preparing for School Reopening and Recovery
- Joint Statement on Equitable Education
- Back to College or Training: An Editable Toolkit for Assisting Youth with Experience in Foster Care or Homelessness
- College and COVID-19: Housing Tips
American Youth Policy Forum
These resources include an information hub that organizes relevant resources by youth population, and the American Enterprise Institute’s blueprint for back-to-school.
- COVID-19 Response Information Hub
- Blog Post: The Impact of COVID-19 through the Lens of Foster Youth and Justice-Involved Youth
- A Blueprint for Back to School
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The Child Traumatic Stress Network has released several resources to help children and youth cope, including many strategies to help with the back-to-school transition.
- Coping in Hard Times, a fact sheet for specific populations
- Taking Care of Yourself survey
- Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents
National Alliance to End Homelessness
The National Alliance to End Homelessness recently released a comprehensive document on how homeless assistance providers and system leaders can help the children and youth in their programs continue to progress academically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the complete guidance here.
Upcoming Virtual Events
Back-to-School 2020: Challenges and Strategies for Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness
- Tuesday, August 25, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:15PM ET
- Wednesday, September 9, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:15PM ET
Returning to school this fall entails unprecedented challenges for identifying, enrolling, and serving students experiencing homelessness. Whether schools in your community are opening with in-person classes, full distance learning, or some combination, implementing the McKinney-Vento Act will require more creativity and collaboration than ever. Join SchoolHouse Connection to discuss challenges and strategies to identify, enroll, engage, and support students and families as we return to school in the midst of a pandemic. Register here.
Webinars from Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS): Navigating Education During COVID-19
Texas’ Department of Family and Prevention Services (DFPS) is hosting a webinar to answer questions caregivers and providers may have as they navigate education during this unprecedented time. DFPS state office Education Program Specialist Felicia Penn and other education specialists will be available to answer questions related to special education, virtual learning, school transfers, technology, and more. Please use the link above to access the webinar.
Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program Summit
TNOYS is pleased to partner with Texas Education Agency (TEA) on the Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program Summit, taking place Tuesday, September 15th and Thursday, September 17th! This summit is a valuable opportunity for professionals and educators who work to support Texas’ students experiencing homelessness. Expert speakers and presenters will explore the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable student populations, human trafficking prevention and awareness, and other important topics.
To make this summit accessible to all, registration is just $25. Learn more and register on the summit web page.