Archived Homeless List Serve Messages
SUBJECT: FAQs and the new school year (part 1 of 2)
LISTSERVE MESSAGE DATE: August 7, 2013
Good morning! The new school year is fast approaching. For some of you, the registration process may have already began. The information below is being provided to you in an effort to assist you with the identification of McKinney-Vento eligible students for the 2013-14 school year. Please share this information with your register offices, teachers, administrators and others who may be working with students in transition. If you have questions about the McKinney-Vento program, please feel free to contact me. Thank you, Donna
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires school districts to have a board approved homeless liaison. This information is submitted to the Department through Core Data. It is submitted through the District Contact Personnel (Screen 03) August Cycle of the Core Data Collection System. Your district should have a person responsible for the coordination of Core Data and the submission of data to the Department. Please check with the Core Data Person in your district and ensure your name is included on Screen 03 of the August Cycle.
A school district’s homeless liaison plays a vital role in ensuring children and youth experiencing homelessness are enrolled and succeeding in school. The McKinney-Vento Act requires every school district to appoint a homeless liaison who then serves as a link between homeless families and school staff, district personnel, shelter workers and social-service providers.
The homeless liaison is responsible for assisting homeless children and youth with enrolling and accessing school services; obtaining immunization or medical records; coordinating transportation services; informing parents, school personnel and others of the rights of homeless children and youth; and collaborating with Missouri’s state homeless coordinator, the community and other school personnel.
A district’s homeless liaison also handles disagreements and facilitates the dispute resolution process for disputes which might arise over enrollment, school placement and transportation. It is the homeless liaison’s responsibility to ensure that homeless children and youth are immediately enrolled in school pending the resolution of any disputes.
Public notice of educational rights of homeless children and youth must be posted in every public school and in appropriate places throughout the community. These are available online at http://dese.mo.gov/qs/gr/homeless/qs-gr-homeless-serving.htm.
A homeless student is one who:
lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and
children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; 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; or are awaiting foster care placement;
children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings (within the meaning of section 103(a)(2)(C));
children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
The first category may include some individuals who have moved in with others. A consideration of each individual case, along with the permanency of the situation, will probably be needed in order to identify those who are homeless living “doubled-up”’.
The U.S. Department of Education issued non-regulatory guidance, which included the following:
Children in foster care should not be considered homeless unless they are temporarily placed in foster care because of lack of shelter space.
Children who are runaways should be considered homeless even if their parents have provided or are willing to provide a home for them.
Children who are “throwaway children” should be considered homeless until a fixed, regular and adequate residence is established for them.
All abandoned children are homeless until a fixed, regular and adequate residence is established.
Children who live with friends or relatives because of loss of housing or other similar situation should be considered homeless.
Children living in “doubled up” situations may be considered homeless if the family is doubled up or tripled up because of loss of housing or a similar situation.
School aged, unwed mothers or mother-to-be who reside in a home for unwed mothers should be considered homeless if they have no other available living accommodations.
Migrant children should not be considered homeless unless they meet the definition in the McKinney Act.
Coordinator, McKinney-Vento Program
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480, 205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480
Office: 573-522-8763 Fax: 573-526-6698
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