FFC(LEGAL) - STUDENT WELFARE: STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Liaison for Court-Related Students

Liaison for Students Who Are Homeless

Notice

Duties

  1. Homeless children are identified by school personnel and through outreach and coordination activities with other entities and agencies;
  2. Homeless children are enrolled in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in, district schools;
  3. Homeless families and homeless children have access to and receive educational services for which they are eligible, including services through Head Start programs (including Early Head Start programs) under the Head Start Act, early intervention services under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and other district preschool programs;
  4. Homeless families and homeless children receive referrals to health care, dental, mental health and substance abuse, housing, and other appropriate services;
  5. The parents or guardians of homeless children are informed of the available educational and related opportunities and are provided meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children;
  6. Public notice of the educational rights of homeless children is disseminated in locations frequented by parents or guardians of such children, and unaccompanied youths, including schools, shelters, public libraries, and soup kitchens, in a manner and form understandable to the parents and guardians of homeless children, and unaccompanied youths;
  7. Enrollment disputes are mediated;
  8. The parent or guardian of a homeless child, and any unaccompanied youth, are fully informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin, and are assisted in accessing transportation to the school of enrollment;
  9. School personnel providing services under the McKinney-Vento Act receive professional development and other support; and
  10. Unaccompanied youths:
    1. Are enrolled in school;
    2. Have opportunities to meet the same challenging state academic standards as the state establishes for other children; and
    3. Are informed of their status as independent students under section 480 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and that the youths may obtain assistance from the liaison to receive verification of such status for purposes of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Determination of Homeless Status

Liaison for Children in State Conservatorship

Transition to Higher Education

  1. Assisting the child with the completion of any applications for admission or financial aid;
  2. Arranging and accompanying the child on campus visits;
  3. Assisting the child in researching and applying for private or institution-sponsored scholarships;
  4. Identifying whether the child is a candidate for appointment to a military academy;
  5. Assisting the child in registering and preparing for college entrance examinations, including, subject to the availability of funds, arranging for the payment of any examination fees by DFPS; and
  6. Coordinating contact between the child and a liaison designated by the Higher Education Coordinating Board for students who were formerly in the conservatorship of DFPS.

Transition Assistance for Highly Mobile Students

Definitions

Enrollment Conference

Records

Transfer of Student Records

Systems and Procedures

  1. Welcome packets containing applicable information regarding enrollment in extracurricular activities, club activities, information on fee waivers, tutoring opportunities, the student code of conduct, and contact information for pertinent school staff such as counselors, nurses, social workers, the foster care liaison, the homeless liaison, the principal and any assistant principals, and related contacts;
  2. Introductions for new students that maintain student privacy and confidentiality to the school environment and school processes by district faculty, campus-based student leaders, or ambassadors; and
  3. Mechanisms to ensure that a process is in place for all students who qualify to receive nutrition benefits upon enrollment, as all students who are homeless or in substitute care are eligible for United States Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Programs. The process must expedite communication with the district nutrition coordinator to ensure that eligible students are not charged in error or experience delays in receiving these benefits.

19 TAC 89.1605(a)

19 TAC 89.1605(c)–(d)

Enrollment Conference

  1. School administrators;
  2. Homeless or foster care liaisons;
  3. A social worker;
  4. Teachers;
  5. Counselors;
  6. Dropout prevention specialists;
  7. Attendance/truancy officers;
  8. The relative caregiver, foster placement caregiver, or case manager;
  9. The DFPS designated educational decision-maker;
  10. The DFPS caseworker, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer, or other volunteer, as applicable; and
  11. A parent and/or guardian, unless the caseworker indicates the parent's and/or guardian's rights to participate have been restricted by the court.

19 TAC 89.1605(b)

Educational Placement

19 TAC 89.1609

[For award of credit for students who are homeless or in substitute care, see EI. For special education services for students who are homeless or in substitute care, see EHBAA.]

Extracurricular Programs

19 TAC 89.1611

Promotion of Postsecondary Information

19 TAC 89.1613

Notice of Events

Events that may significantly impact the education of a child include:

  1. Requests or referrals for an evaluation under Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Section 794), or special education under Education Code 29.003 [see EHBAA];
  2. Admission, review, and dismissal committee meetings [see EHBAB];
  3. Manifestation determination reviews required by Education Code 37.004(b) [see FOF];
  4. Any disciplinary actions under Education Code Chapter 37 for which parental notice is required [see FO series];
  5. Citations issued for Class C misdemeanor offenses on school property or at school-sponsored activities;
  6. Reports of restraint and seclusion required by Education Code 37.0021 [see FO and FOF];
  7. Use of corporal punishment as provided by Section 37.0011 [see FO]; and
  8. Appointment of a surrogate parent for the child under Education Code 29.0151 [see EHBAE];

19 TAC 89.1617; Education Code 25.007(b)(10)

Child Welfare Contact

School-Community Guidance Center

Cooperative Programs

Parental Notice and Access to Information

  1. The reason the student has been assigned to the center;
  2. A statement that on request the parent or guardian is entitled to be fully informed in writing of any treatment method or testing program involving the student; and
  3. A statement that the parent or guardian may request to be advised and to give written, signed consent for any psychological testing or treatment involving the student.
  1. Any instructional or guidance material to be used by the student, including teachers' manuals, tapes, and films; and
  2. The results of any treatment, testing, or guidance method involving the student.

Parental Involvement

  1. A statement of the student's behavioral and learning objectives;
  2. A requirement that the parent attend specified meetings and conferences for teacher review of the student's progress; and
  3. The parent's acknowledgement that the parent understands and accepts the responsibilities imposed by the agreement regarding attendance at meetings and conferences and assistance in meeting objectives, defined by the district, to aid student remediation.

Court Supervision

Malta ISD

FFC(LEGAL)-P

UPDATE 115

DATE ISSUED: 7/4/2020