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Students displaced by North Bay fires eligible for assistance

Children can benefit from transportation, education, other services under McKinney-Vento Homeless Act

The Santa Clara County Office of Education announced on Oct. 12 that families with students who have relocated to the South Bay in the aftermath of wildfires across the North Bay are eligible to apply for assistance.

The county said that McKinney-Vento Homeless Act allows for homeless children and youths to be provided services including transportation, education and meals through school-meal programs.

"All these students, including children staying with families and friends are technically homeless," Chief Schools Officer Steve Olmos said in a statement. "Public schools should be prepared to accept an influx of students from the displaced families."

The county says parents of displaced children and youth should contact the McKinney-Vento program coordinator in the school district they are near to apply for assistance.

The county Office of Education also said their office has received calls from parents regarding campus closures due to the poor air quality in the area. The office said parents should reach out to individual school districts for information on closures.

"Campus closures are managed by their respective school districts," said Chief Public Affairs Officer Peter Daniels in a statement.

"We have asked our local school public information officers to advise the SCCOE of closures, but we recommend families contact their child's school district directly."

The county's Public Health Department recommends parents and school administrators check air quality readings before allowing children to practice outdoor sports.

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