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Archived Homeless List Serve Messages

SUBJECT:   FAQs and the new school year (part 2 of 2)

LISTSERVE MESSAGE DATE:  August 7, 2013

Here is the remainder of this e-mail.    Thank you, Donna

The McKinney-Vento Act requires that a child or youth experiencing homelessness attend the school that is in his or her best interest. There are two choices of schools for students in homeless situations — the school of origin and the school of residency. The school of origin is the school the child attended when permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled. The school of residency is the school that serves the area where the child or youth is currently physically dwelling. For example, this might include the school that serves the community where a homeless shelter is located or where a child or youth is doubled-up with friends or relatives.  When determining the school of best interest, a homeless child or youth should, to the extent feasible, remain in the school of origin unless doing so is contrary to the wishes of the parent or guardian or the unaccompanied youth. If a school district believes it is in a child’s or youth’s best interest to enroll in a school other than the school of origin or the school of choice, the district must provide a written explanation of its decision to the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth with a statement regarding the right to appeal the placement decision.

The McKinney-Vento Act requires the immediate enrollment of homeless children and youth even if the child or youth is unable to produce the records normally required for enrollment (previous academic records, immunization and medical records, proof of residency, birth certificates, and other documentation). Upon enrollment, it is the responsibility of the school district’s homeless liaison to ensure that documentation is gathered and submitted in a timely manner.  Enrolling immediately is defined in McKinney-Vento as enrolled in and participating fully in school activities.  So, the student cannot just be on the books as enrolled, they actually have to be in school and participating.

 

Determining Homelessness

 

Determining which school homeless children attend

When determining the school of best interest, a homeless child or youth should, to the extent feasible, remain in the school of origin unless doing so is contrary to the wishes of the parent or guardian or the unaccompanied youth. 

If a school district believes it is in a child’s or youth’s best interest to enroll in a school other than the school of origin or the school of night time domicile, the district must provide a written explanation of its decision to the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth with a statement regarding the right to appeal the placement decision. (Dispute Resolution Process)

 

 

Transportation

District must use local money to pay for the additional cost of transporting homeless students—this is a federal mandate.

 

 

Free and Reduced Lunch

I look forward to working with you.  If you have questions, please contact me at 573-522-8763 or e-mail me at donna.cash@dese.mo.gov

  

Donna Cash

Federal Supervisor

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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