U.S. Dept. of Education Issues Hurricane Flexibility Guidance

As part of continued efforts to provide relief for hurricane-affected regions, the U.S. Department of Education this week issued guidance to outline flexibility in reporting deadlines, grant-funded activities, continuity planning for disrupted programs, and fiscal management efforts. This guidance applies to state and local education agencies, Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools, postsecondary institutions, and other Department grantees.

Institutions affected by the recent hurricanes are highly encouraged to review the guidance, particularly if your program receives funding from a federal grant, receives federal student financial aid, or if you have other general questions regarding postsecondary education relief.

PK-12 schools also may benefit from the guidance if they are unsure whether they can meet certain requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as there may be provisions where the Secretary of Education can provide a waiver or extension.

The Department also encourages individuals with questions or requests beyond what is covered in the guidance document to contact relevant Department staff. To review the guidance, click here.

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Zachary VanHouten

Manager of Programs and Advocacy, AACTE