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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO: 82
POLICY CODE: JFABD
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: January 17, 2005
RE: Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students
I’d like to alert you to the availability of funds and the application deadline for the Assistance for Homeless Youth program and the Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students program under sections 106 and 107 of the Hurricane Education Recovery Act, Division B, Title IV of Public Law 109-148.
Under the Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students (Emergency Impact Aid) program (section 107 of the Hurricane Education Recovery Act, Division B, Title IV of Pub. L. 109-148 (the Act)), the United States Department of Education (USDE) will award grants to eligible State educational agencies (SEAs) to enable them to make emergency impact aid payments to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) and eligible BIA-funded schools for the cost of educating public and nonpublic school students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina or Rita during school year 2005-2006.
Under the Assistance for Homeless Youth program (section 106 of the Act), the USDE will award grants to eligible SEAs to enable them to provide financial assistance to LEAs serving homeless children and youth displaced by Hurricanes Katrina or Rita in order to address the educational and related needs of these students in a manner consistent with section 723 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Maine will award homeless student funds on a formula basis taking into account the number of displaced students being served by an LEA and the educational and related needs of those students. Authorized uses of funds include the identification of displaced students, enrollment assistance, assessment and school placement assistance, transportation, coordination of school services, supplies, referrals for health and mental health, and other activities to carry out the purposes of the McKinney-Vento Act.
An SEA will not apply separately for funding under the Emergency Impact Aid and Assistance for Homeless Youth programs. Rather, an SEA will submit a single application that covers both programs. The data that the SEA provides in its application will be used to determine allocations under both the Emergency Impact Aid program and the Assistance for Homeless Youth program.
The Application Deadline for the SEA is February 2, 2006.
This fall, LEAs were asked to forward to Jacqueline Soychak, Maine Department of Education, information regarding the registration of students due to Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Based on that information, Maine has several school districts that are eligible to receive funding under the Hurricane Recovery Act. States will receive funding based on the numbers of displaced students. Attached are forms to make the LEA application. Applications must be received by January 26, 2006 to be included in the single State application as the federal register specifies that LEAs have 14 days after the publication of the Federal Register on January 12, 2006 to submit information to the SEA. For the purpose of filling out the form the count dates for students are October 1, 2005, December 1, 2005, February 1, 2006, and April 1, 2006.Upward or downward count adjustments will be forwarded to the USDE for payment adjustments.
The Federal Register is located at: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20061800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-327.htm
For further information contact: Shelley Reed, 207-624-6637 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are available at the following website: http://www.maine.gov/education/edletrs/2006/ilet/06ilet082app.htm