Refugee Student Support (RSS) serves local education agencies (LEAs), community-based organizations, students, and families to ensure that newcomer students have access to educational and wrap-around services. RSS provides guidance as well as direct technical assistance to ensure awareness and consistency among all stakeholders. Through collaborations with LEAs, resettlement agencies, and other community-based organizations, RSS aims to facilitate connections between newcomers and those who support them.
All newcomer students are entitled to a free, accessible, and appropriate public education, regardless of their actual or perceived immigration status.
RSS is available to support LEAs with:
Enrollment (documentation, coding, etc.)
Connection with additional educational services, such as:
Homeless Education Program
Foster Care Education Program
Migrant Education Program
Office of English Language Acquisition Services
Exceptional Student Services
Refugee Student Support considers a “newcomer” student to be any immigrant student that has recently arrived in the United States. A newcomer student may be a(n):
Refugee Humanitarian Parolee/Entrant
Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) eligible individual
Newcomer students may also be classified as:
an English language learner
a child in foster care
a migratory student
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