The U.S. Department of Education has released the Non-Regulatory Guidance on Flexibility and Waivers for Grantees and Program Participants Impacted by Federally Declared Disasters, as part of its ongoing work to aid hurricane relief efforts.
In support of the release of this guidance, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), in collaboration with the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, hosted a webinar to discuss this new guidance.
Overview of the Non-Regulatory Guidance
The guidance that was the subject of the webinar discusses waivers and other forms of relief from Federal requirements in order to provide schools, State educational agencies (SEAs), State lead agencies (LAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), local early intervention service (EIS) programs and providers, State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools, Tribes, and postsecondary institutions with the operational flexibility necessary to continue operations as they recover from extended school or program closures due to a disaster. The guidance addresses flexibility on reporting deadlines, timelines for grant-funded activities, and maintenance of fiscal effort or matching requirements, where applicable; proposes potential alternatives and strategies for providing program services after disruption; and suggests methods for ensuring continuity of services and communication with program participants.
This webinar focused on a variety of topics specific to the various programs and the types of supports the guidance includes for those impacted by the 2017 natural disasters. At the conclusion of the webinar, responses to participant questions were provided.
U.S. Department of Education Contact Information
- Email: IrmaRelief@ed.gov or HarveyRelief@ed.gov
- Go to: https://www.ed.gov/hurricane-help?src=feature
Guidance for Educational Agencies, Schools, and Grantees
- Non-Regulatory Guidance on Flexibility and Waivers for Grantees and Program Participants Impacted by Federally Declared Disasters
- U.S. Department of Education Hurricane Flexibility and Waiver Guidance Program Points of Contact
- Secretary's letter to Chief State School Officers regarding recent federally declared disasters
For more information, including background on the Department’s hurricane relief efforts visit, https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/compilation-resources-schools-impacted-natural-disasters. This Webpage links to a compilation of resources for schools impacted by natural disasters, including webpages, tools and guides, tips, resource lists, hotlines, and research articles.