Working Together To Identify Resources and Supports To Strengthen Families Guidance and Training Webinar (NYSED & OCFS)

Navigating K-12 Educational Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic: New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and the NYS Education Department (NYSED) Joint Guidance for Educators and Child Welfare Workers 

This NYSED-OCFS guidance document Navigating K-12 Educational Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic_Joint Guidance 2.4.21.pdf, and associated November 2020 webinar and presentation slides (NYSED, Office of Children and Family Services 11/5/20)review the importance of collaboration and shared goals between school personnel and child welfare workers.

These resources provide recommendations on how educators and child welfare professionals can collaborate to address student attendance concerns in remote, in-person, or hybrid instructional settings that may potentially rise to the level of educational neglect.

  • Topics include school and child welfare systems supporting students and families to remedy student absenteeism through collaborative prevention and intervention strategies, understanding the role of the State Central Registry for Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR), and the process of determining, reporting, and investigating Educational Neglect.
  • This information is valuable for school district and building leaders, mandated reporters, attendance staff, foster care points of contact, Local Departments of Social Services’ (LDSS) administrators and caseworkers, points of contact, and volunteer foster care agency administrators and case planners.

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