UINTAH SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY ACTION REVIEW

 

1st Reading           

12/15/05

New

X

2nd Reading

01/10/06

Revised

 

Approved

01/10/06

Substitute

 

 

007.0725         HOMELESS STUDENTS’ ASSISTANCE

 

NEW POLICY

 

1.0              DEFINITION

1.1              The District shall serve homeless children according to the Federal requirements under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act if the child lacks a fixed, regular or adequate nighttime residence.  This includes:

1.1.1        Children who are sharing housing with other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals.

1.1.2        Children who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or is ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings.

1.1.3        Children living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.

1.1.4        Migratory children living in circumstances described above.

1.1.5        Children waiting foster care placement.

1.1.6        Unaccompanied youth (youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian), who are homeless as defined above.

 

2.0              GUIDELINES

2.1              The District shall designate an appropriate staff person as a District liaison for homeless children.  The District shall inform school personnel, service providers, and advocates working with homeless families of the duties of the liaison, which are:

2.1.1        Ensure that students enroll in and have full and adequate opportunity to succeed in school.

2.1.2        Ensure that children and youth in homeless situations are identified.

2.1.3        Other duties such as arranging transportation, posting notice, and resolving disputes.

2.2              Enrollment:

2.2.1        Children and youth in homeless situations can stay in their school of origin (to the extent feasible) or enroll in any public school that students living in the same attendance area are eligible to attend.

2.2.2        The term “enroll” and “enrollment” include attending classes and participating fully in school activities.

2.2.3        Children and youth have the right to enroll in school immediately, even if they do not have required documents, such as school records, medical records, proof of residency, or other documents.

2.2.4        If a student does not have immunizations, or immunization and medical records, the liaison must immediately assist in obtaining them, and the student must be enrolled in the interim.

2.2.5        Enrolling schools must obtain school records from the previous school, and students must be enrolled in school while records are obtained.

2.2.6        Federal law supersedes state and local laws where there is a conflict {U.S. Constitution, Article VI}.

2.3              Transportation:

2.3.1        The school district will provide students experiencing homelessness with transportation as per our district transportation policies to their school of origin or the closest possible school, as negotiated with a parent, guardian or the liaison for unaccompanied youth.

2.4              Resolution of Disputes:

2.4.1        Every state must establish dispute resolution procedures.

2.4.2        When a dispute over enrollment arises, the student must be immediately admitted to the school of choice while the dispute is being resolved.

2.4.3        Liaisons must ensure unaccompanied youth are immediately enrolled while the dispute is being resolved.

2.4.4        Whenever a dispute arises, the parent or guardian must be provided with a written explanation of the school’s decision, including the right to appeal.

2.4.5        The school must refer the child, youth, parent or guardian to the liaison to carry out the dispute resolution process as expeditiously as possible.

2.5              Unaccompanied Youth: (Any youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian)

2.5.1        Liaisons must help unaccompanied youth choose and enroll in a school, after considering the youth’s wishes, and inform the youth of his or her appeal rights.

2.5.2        School personnel must be made aware of the specific needs of runaway and homeless youth.

2.6              Pre-school Children:

2.6.1        Liaisons must ensure that families and children receive Head Start, Even Start, and/or other public preschool programs.

2.7              Access to Services:

2.7.1        Students who experience homelessness must have access to educational services for which they are eligible, including special education, programs for English learners, gifted and talented programs, vocational/technology programs, school nutrition programs, and after school programs.

2.7.2        Undocumented children and youth have the same right to attend public school as U.S. citizens and are covered by the McKinney-Vento Act to the same extent as other children and youth {Plyer vs. Doe}.

2.7.3        USDA policy permits liaisons and shelter directors to obtain free school meals for students by providing a list of names of students experiencing homelessness with effective dates.

2.7.4        There must be timely assessments, inclusion and continuity of services for children and youth who are homeless and have disabilities.

2.8              Segregation:

2.8.1        The school district must not segregate homeless students in separate schools, separate programs within schools, or separate settings within schools.

2.9              Title I and Homeless:

2.9.1        A child or youth who is homeless and is attending any school in the district is automatically eligible for Title I A services.

2.9.2        The District must set aside Title I funds necessary to provide homeless children not attending Title I schools with services comparable to those provided to children in schools serviced under Title I A.

 

3.0              REEVALUATION OF HOMELESS FAMILIES

3.1              The status of the homeless families/students will be reevaluated every three months by the school district Homeless Liaison.

3.2              Services will be terminated as soon as the family/student has permanent housing and are no longer in need of services.