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School Attendance Falls for Homeless Students in N.Y.C.

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New York City college students with out everlasting housing have considerably decrease attendance charges than college students with everlasting housing, a actuality that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated, a frightening new research launched this week revealed.

Advocates for Children of New York, a nonprofit group, analyzed attendance knowledge from the New York City Department of Education and located that attendance charges for college students dwelling in shelters fell to simply 73 % in the primary few weeks of the brand new faculty 12 months. The attendance fee for all New York City college students is round 90 % this 12 months thus far.

The research, launched on Monday, famous that college students dwelling in shelters had a tough time making it to class earlier than the pandemic started, however the virus has solely made issues worse.

Each 12 months, roughly 30,000 college students in New York spend time dwelling in shelters. The common attendance fee for homeless college students throughout the 2019-2020 faculty 12 months was round 83 %, in comparison with 92 % for completely housed college students, earlier than faculty buildings had been closed in March 2020.

But from January to June of this 12 months, attendance charges for homeless college students trailed behind these of scholars with everlasting housing by 10.6 to 14.1 share factors, relying on the month.

“These are days of instruction that they can’t get back,” Jennifer Pringle, director of Advocates for Children’s Learners in Temporary Housing venture, stated. “Homelessness and education are inextricably linked. So if we really want to break the cycle of homelessness we need to focus on education and make sure that families and students have the supports that they need to overcome these barriers to attendance.”

The group stated it was calling on town to make use of federal Covid-19 reduction cash to rent 150 neighborhood coordinators to assist college students get to class daily.

Ms. Pringle stated the neighborhood coordinators would proactively attain out to households and supply assets to assist get college students to highschool often.

“That could be things like helping out with child care, helping out with busing, helping out with enrollment and getting special needs services,” she stated. “It’s important that we have the shelter-based daily support who can help families navigate what services are available and get them in place.”