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State departments issue joint guidance on educational stability

State departments issue joint guidance on educational stability

On Friday, the Ohio departments of Job and Family Services and Education released joint guidance to county children services agencies and local school districts on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The guidance provides checklists, procedures, forms, sample policies, and background information on a number of provisions in the federal law that seeks to offer more educational stability for youth in foster care by mandating that PCSAs and school districts work together. Areas for collaboration include making best-interest determinations about whether youth remain in their home school when they are placed in foster care, immediately enrolling youth in new schools if necessary, tracking educational progress of foster youth, and more.

According to ODJFS, the guidance is intended to be a “living document” that will be updated to reflect policy changes and practice recommendations. The guidance comes just as the law’s first deadline approaches. By this Saturday, Dec. 10, PCSAs and school districts are to have identified a point of contact for addressing the needs of foster youth and to have developed policies for determining best interests and arranging for transportation if necessary.

More information can be found on PCSAO’s Educational Stability page.