Homeless Policy

Elk Lake School District 



ADOPTED: October 16, 2007


1.  Purpose 

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.

2. Definition 

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.

The Homeless Liaison appointed for the District is Dr. Kenneth Cuomo. Upon verbal notice of any homeless student in the district, the Homeless Liaison will implement the proper procedures as outlined by our homeless plan to ensure that the student/students receive the appropriate education without interruption.

The homeless policy will be displayed on the district’s website, along with being relayed to staff during staff meetings.

The Homeless Liaison may be contacted by the following:

John Wanero

High School Principal

Elk Lake School District

Po Box 100

Dimock, PA 18816

Phone: (570) 278-1106 ext. 766

Fax: (570) 278-4838

Email: john.warnero@elklakeschool.org

C. Enrollment

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.

1.  Transportation

In order to keep homeless students at their “school of origin” whenever possible, the district will provide transportation at the request of the parent or guardian (or in the case of an unaccompanied youth, the liaison), to and from school of origin. If the homeless student continues to live in the area served by the district in which the school of origin is located, the district must provide or arrange transportation.

If the homeless student moves to an area serviced by another LEA, though continuing his or her education at the school of origin, the LEA of origin and the LEA in which the student is living must agree upon a method to apportion responsibility and costs for transportation to the school or origin. If the LEA’s cannot agree upon such a method, the responsibility and costs must be shared equally.

Insofar as it is feasible, transportation for homeless children is integrated with regular transportation service. When it is in the child’s best interest to attend school in the original attendance area, and this district is different than the one in which the child or youth is residing, many Pennsylvania school districts are using the following to provide transportation:

2.  Dispute Resolution

If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment in a school;

3.  Dispute Resolution Steps

4.  Fiscal Responsibilities

Fiscal responsibilities apply to all homeless students, whether in regular or special education classes.

  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.