TITLE: HOMELESS EDUCATION
ADOPTED: October 16, 2007
To comply with the McKinney-Vento Act (2002) Subtitle VIIB, Section 722 and ESEA Section 111(a)(1), any district receiving Title IA funds must include in its local plan a description of how the plan is coordinated with the McKinney-Vento Act. The LEA Homeless Plan must describe services provided to homeless students attending non-Title I schools.
Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason;
Children who are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or awaiting foster care placement.
Children and youth who have primary nighttime residence that is a private or public place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
3. Policy Guidelines
A. Title I Services
The district assures that all homeless students will have access to Title I services. The district will set aside Title IA funds in its yearly federal consolidated application for homeless students needs.
B. Academic Standards
The district will ensure that homeless students are and will be provided school access and opportunities to meet the same high academic standards as all students are expected to meet.
Procedures for identifying homeless students will be relied on from staff and/or agencies that recognize the characteristics of a homeless student, or that may have been informed that a child is in a homeless situation. Upon an identification of a homeless situation, the individual shall immediately contact the Homeless Liaison both by verbal and written communication.
The district shall immediately enroll the homeless child or youth, even if the child or youth is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment, such as previous academic records, medical records, proof of residency, or other documentation.
The district shall immediately contact the last school last attended by the child or youth to obtain relevant academic and other records.
If a child or youth needs to obtain immunizations, or immunization or medical records, the district shall immediately refer the parent/guardian to the liaison, who shall assist in obtaining necessary immunizations or medical records.
Fiscal responsibilities apply to all homeless students, whether in regular or special education classes.
C. In cases when the student becomes permanently housed during the academic year and continues in the school of origin, which is not in the district of new residence, the educating district will continue to educate the formerly homeless student, if requested by the student’s parent or guardian, until the end of the academic year and should maintain the homeless student on its roll as a non-resident student. The educating district should advise the new district of residence of its financial responsibility for this student and send a tuition bill.