The following message is from the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services:
The letter below and the list of resources provides guidance and describes several important principles that states, school districts, school staff, parents, families, and others may find helpful in ensuring that highly mobile children with disabilities receive required special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs in a timely manner.
Ensuring a high-quality education for highly mobile children is a critical responsibility for all of us. Highly mobile children include children and youth experiencing frequent moves into new school districts, such as military-connected children, migratory children, children who are homeless, and children in the foster care system. While these children often possess remarkable resilience, they also experience formidable challenges as they cope with frequent educational transitions.
- Identify ways to make State and district policies and procedures consistent with guidelines and rules set forth under the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) Compact;
- Honor and respect the previous academic standing and accomplishments of highly mobile children in their new districts;
- Involve district and school leaders, teachers, school counselors, social workers, coaches, school nurses, and administrators at all levels in efforts to better address the needs of highly mobile children; and
- Provide professional development opportunities to educators, related service providers, and staff on how to recognize and respond to the needs of highly mobile children.
Issue #1: Highly mobile children should have timely and expedited evaluations and eligibility determinations.
Issue #2: Comparable services include services during the summer, such as Extended School Year (ESY) services.
We ask you to share this information with your local school staff to help ensure highly mobile children with disabilities receive the appropriate special education and related services in a timely manner. Thank you for your continued interest in improving results for children with disabilities.
The Maine Department of Education is available to support SAUs with these requirements. For professional development requests on this topic, please contact Amelia Lyons Rukema, Maine DOE McKinney Vento Specialist at email@example.com or 207-557-1787 and/or Colette Sullivan, Maine DOE Federal Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.