School Selection- Placement in a school shall be in the student’s best interest.
- The student’s education may continue in the school of origin for the duration of homelessness and/or in any case in which a family becomes homeless between academic years or during an academic year, or for the duration of the academic year, if the student becomes permanently housed during an academic year.
- The student may enroll in a school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the student is living are eligible to attend.
The school of origin means the school the student attended when permanently housed or the school in which the student was last enrolled, including a preschool and the designated receiving school at the next grade level for feeder schools.
In determining the best interests of the student, the student will be kept in the school of origin, except when doing so is contrary to the wishes of the student’s parent/guardian, for the duration of the homelessness. Student-centered factors will be considered, including the impact of mobility on achievement, education, health, and safety.
In the case of unaccompanied youth, the parent liaison or designee will assist in placement or enrollment decisions considering the requests of such unaccompanied youth.
If the district determines it is not in the student’s best interest to attend the school of origin or the school requested by the parent/guardian or youth, the district must provide a written explanation of the reason(s) for its determination, in a manner and form understandable to such parent/guardian, or unaccompanied youth, including information regarding the right to appeal.
Enrollment -The school will immediately enroll the student/youth, even if the student lacks required documents, immunization records, has missed application or enrollment deadlines, had outstanding fees, fines, or absences, or applies without a parent/guardian.
The term “enroll” and “enrollment” are defined as attending school and participating fully in school activities.
Comparable Services - Each homeless student or youth will be provided services comparable to services offered to other students in the school selected, such as:
- Preschool programs
- Transportation services
- Educational services for which the student meets eligibility criteria, such as ELL or special education programs.
- Programs for at-risk students
- Programs and courses for talented and gifted students
- School nutrition programs
- Title I Services
- Before and after-school programs
- Tutoring programs
- Summer school programs
- Online learning
- Extracurricular activities
Transportation and School Meals- At the request of the parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth, transportation will be provided by the district for the homeless student(s) to and from the school of origin until the end of the school year, even if permanent housing is found.
Homeless students are automatically eligible for free school meals for the remainder of that given school year.
Homeless Liaison or Designee -The district will designate a McKinney-Vento liaison. The homeless liaison or designee will ensure:
- Homeless students are voluntarily identified by school personnel and through coordination with other entities and agencies.
- Homeless students enroll in and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in schools in the district.
- Homeless families/students receive educational services for which they are eligible and referrals to other appropriate services.
- The parent/guardian of homeless students and any unaccompanied homeless youth are informed of educational and related opportunities available to them and provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of the student/youth.
- Public notice of the educational rights of homeless students is disseminated in such public places as schools, meal sites, shelters and other locations frequented by low-income families.
- There is compliance with all policies and procedures and mediate enrollment disputes.
- The parent/guardian of homeless students or youth and unaccompanied youth are informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin.
- Ensures the coordination of services between the district and other homeless family service providers.
- Assistance is provided to students who do not have immunizations or immunizations medical records.
- Students are not segregated based on their status as homeless.
- Programs for homeless students are coordinated with other federal and local programs.
- There is support for academic success, including credit accrual and transition to higher education.
Disputes -If the parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth disputes the school assignment determined by the district, the student shall be immediately enrolled in the school in which enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute. Disputes shall be resolved as expeditiously as possible.