Archived Homeless ListServe Messages
SUBJECT: Transportation for Homeless Students
LISTSERVE MESSAGE DATE: September 13, 2013
The McKinney-Vento Act, a federal law, guarantees homeless children and youth an education equal to that which they would receive if not homeless. The law ensures that children and youth experiencing homelessness can enroll in, attend, and succeed in school and preschool programs.
LEAs are required to:
Allow homeless children and youth to remain in their school of origin, if in their best interest, and to receive transportation to and from the school of origin. [MV Sec. 722(g)(3)(A) and MV Sec. 722(g)(1)(j)(iii)]
Enable homeless children and youth to receive transportation services comparable to those of housed students. [MV Sec. 722(g)(4)(A)]
Remove educational barriers [MV Sec. 722(g)(1)(I)]. This would include transportation barriers.
LEAs, must provide students experiencing homelessness with transportation to and from their school of origin, at a parent or guardian’s request. For unaccompanied youth, LEAs must provide transportation to and from the school of origin at the LEA homeless liaison’s request.
School buses are the safest way of transporting children since buses are designed with special safety features called compartmentalization. Compartmentalization is a passive crash protection system that includes strengthened bus bodies, close spacing of the seats, padded, flexible, and higher seat backs. LEAs may use district-owned buses or contract with a school bus company to provide transportation services. The school bus contractor must comply with all state statutes and State Board of Education regulations that govern transportation by Missouri public LEAs.
Attached to this e-mail is a memo addressing the use of vehicles that do not comply with DESE Regulations”. Additionally, the School Transportation Administrator’s Handbook can be found on the web at: http://dese.mo.gov/divadm/trans/documents/AdminHandbook0809.pdf
An Interdistrict transportation agreement can also be found on the web at: http://dese.mo.gov/qs/gr/homeless/documents/
transportationinterdistrictagreementsample.pdf Code 5 CSR 30-261.045 in the manual addresses Pupil Transportation in Vehicles Other Than School Buses
If you have questions concerning homeless pupil transportation please contact me at 573-522-8763.
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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