NACAC Urges Flexibility for Students Impacted by Disasters and Disruptions

NACAC is asking colleges to exercise flexibility for applicants affected by disasters and disruptions.

Already this fall:

  • Hundreds of schools across California have shut their doors as the state fights wildfires.
  • Tornadoes and severe weather caused widespread damage to schools and residences in the Dallas area, leaving many students displaced for the foreseeable future.
  • The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) began a labor strike after reaching an impasse with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Mayor’s Office over a five-year contract negotiation. In addition to teachers, this strike, which began Oct. 17, includes school counselors and other support staff critical to the timely and successful submission of college applications and school supporting documents.

“Affected students may not have official transcripts or financial records to submit in the application process. Counselors and other school officials may not be available to prepare letters of recommendation to complete an application as normally requested,” according to a NACAC message to members. “We ask that colleges and universities throughout the country exercise flexibility and discretion, especially regarding Nov. 1 deadlines for students impacted by these and other events, including school closures due to severe weather.”

Admitted writer/editor Mary Stegmeir welcomes additional comments and story ideas at mstegmeir@nacacnet.org.

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