Department offers guidance for schools enrolling students displaced by disaster
Widely scattered weather disasters in 2017 displaced thousands of students and families from their homes. A recent report estimates that Ohio will be one of the top 10 states to receive displaced Puerto Rican migrants, and nearly 30,000 people could migrate to Ohio over the next three years.
Districts should serve displaced students like any other students. Students coming to districts or community schools because of these disasters may come without their parents or guardians, documents, records, paperwork and other items typically required for enrollment in school. These students must be enrolled immediately despite the lack of records and documents.
To support schools that are enrolling these children, the Department offers guidance describing what to expect and offering links to additional resources, including Department contacts to help in specific situations.