FDC(LEGAL) -

Homeless Children

Continue the child's education in the school of origin for the duration of homelessness:

If the child's family becomes homeless between academic years or during an academic year; and

For the remainder of the academic year, if the child becomes permanently housed during an academic year; or

Enroll the child in any school that nonhomeless students who live in the attendance area in which the child is actually living are eligible to attend.

Definitions

"Unaccompanied Youth"

"Enrollment"

"School of Origin"

42 U.S.C. 11432(g)(3)(I)

School Stability

Presume that keeping the child in the school of origin is in the child's best interest, except when doing so is contrary to the request of the child's parent or guardian, or (in the case of an unaccompanied youth) the youth;

Consider student-centered factors related to the child's best interest, including factors related to the impact of mobility on achievement, education, health, and safety of homeless children, giving priority to the request of the child's parent or guardian or the unaccompanied youth;

If, after conducting the best interest determination based on consideration of the presumption in item 1 above and the student-centered factors in item 2 above, the district determines that it is not in the child's best interest to attend the school of origin or the school requested by the parent or guardian or the unaccompanied youth, provide the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth with a written explanation of the reasons for its determination, in a manner and form understandable to such parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth, including information regarding the right to appeal as set forth at ENROLLMENT DISPUTES below; and

In the case of an unaccompanied youth, ensure that the homeless liaison [see FFC] assists in placement and enrollment decisions under these provisions, gives priority to the views of such unaccompanied youth, and provides the notice to such youth of the right to appeal as set forth at ENROLLMENT DISPUTES below.

42 U.S.C. 11432(g)(3)(B)

Contact Information

Immediate Enrollment

Is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment, such as previous academic record, records of immunization and other required health records, proof of residency, or other document; or

Has missed application or enrollment deadlines during any period of homelessness.

42 U.S.C. 11432(g)(3)(C)

Enrollment Disputes

The child shall be immediately enrolled in the school in which enrollment is sought, pending final resolution of the dispute, including all available appeals;

The parent or guardian of the child or an unaccompanied youth shall be provided with a written explanation of any decisions related to school selection or enrollment made by the district, including the rights of the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth to appeal such decisions.

The parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth shall be referred to the homeless liaison [see FFC], who shall carry out the dispute resolution process as expeditiously as possible after receiving notice of the dispute; and

In the case of an unaccompanied youth, the liaison shall ensure that the youth is immediately enrolled in the school in which the youth seeks enrollment pending resolution of such dispute.

School Placement

Records

Academic

Health

Maintenance

Privacy

Comparable Services

Transportation services;

Educational services for which the child meets the eligibility criteria;

Programs in career and technical education;

Programs for gifted and talented students; and

School nutrition programs.

42 U.S.C. 11432(g)(4)

Coordination

The provision of services with local social services agencies and other agencies or entities providing services to homeless children and their families; and

Transportation, transfer of school records, and other interdistrict activities with other local educational agencies.

Housing Assistance

Purpose

Ensure that homeless children are promptly identified and have access to, and are in reasonable proximity to, available education and related support services; and

Raise the awareness of school personnel and service providers of the effects of short-term stays in a shelter and other challenges associated with homelessness.

Homeless Children with Disabilities

42 U.S.C. 11432(g)(5)

Barriers to Enrollment

Website Information on Local Programs

Education Code 33.906

Lumberton ISD

FDC(H)-P

UPDATE 105

DATE ISSUED: 7/12/2016