Friday, September 02, 2005

Local area schools accepting Katrina refugees

People who have escaped the ravages of hurricane Katrina and relocated to the Washington Area are realizing that they may be away from their homes for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, area school systems, both public and private, are mobilizing to get these students enrolled into schools as quickly as possible.
In a sign of the catastrophe's scope, school officials in the Washington region said yesterday that they, too, were hearing from parents looking for schooling for children staying with friends and family in the area. They have been showing up without transcripts, without birth certificates, without records of shots or vaccinations -- in some cases without school clothes or even pencils.

The Virginia and Maryland education departments issued guidance yesterday instructing schools to enroll students as if they were homeless. Federal law allows schools to put homeless students into classes without normal documentation, letting school officials figure out the details afterward.

"These children and their families are experiencing trauma most of us can only imagine," said Jo Lynne DeMary, superintendent of Virginia schools. "Virginia's public schools will do everything possible to ensure that children from the Gulf Coast who have sought shelter in the commonwealth can continue their education."

1 comment:

Mark Lerner said...

The William E. Doar, Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts has volunteered to accept elementary age students who have been re-located to Washington, D.C. due to Katrina, even though we are full at 268 kids.