District Awarded Grants

District Awarded Grants for Programs Supporting Homeless Students
Posted on 04/17/2019
Grants Awards

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) awarded the Rome City School District (RCSD) two grants for programs supporting homeless students. The State Education Commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, announced the grants authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act, a component of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), on April 5th.

RCSD was awarded a Baseline Grant and an Enhanced Grant. “There were 48 baseline grants awarded this year across NYS and we received one for $45,000,” said Amanda S. Jones, Director of Counseling Services at the District and writer of the grant. The Enhanced Grant was specifically for trauma sensitive schools and the District received $20,000. “We are one of 12 in the entire state to receive the Enhanced Grant, thanks to the efforts of Jones,” said Peter C. Blake, Superintendent of Schools.

Jones went on to say that the District hopes to see improvement in student attendance and behaviors in school, as well as greater parent and family engagement as a result of our efforts with these programs.

For both grants the District plans to partner with Safe Schools Mohawk Valley and the Rome Alliance for Education to carry out programming and activities. The overall focus for both grants is to support students in temporary housing. Grant funds will support several district-wide and school specific efforts including: 

Professional development for teachers and staff on the challenges students and families experiencing homelessness, such as trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and how these impact children's health and behaviors

  • Attainment and distribution of school and personal supplies for students in temporary housing
  • Increased partnership with community supports that focus on assisting families in temporary housing
  • Creating mindfulness spaces where students can practice techniques of social and emotional regulation
  • Parent and family education and outreach

“Consistent with New York State’s ESSA plan, services provided with McKinney-Vento funds must facilitate the improved attendance, engagement, and academic success of students in temporary housing,” said Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and the NYSED.

"Across New York State and throughout the country we are seeing an annual increase in students enrolled in public schools who are identified their nighttime residence as temporary or transitional housing situations," said Jones. 



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