Board Policies


Adoption Date: May 26, 2010
5125 - HOMELESS STUDENTS: ENROLLMENT RIGHTS AND SERVICES

To the extent practical and as required by law, the Corporation will work with homeless students and their families to provide stability in school attendance and other services.  Special attention will be given to ensuring the enrollment and attendance of homeless students not currently attending school.  Homeless students will be provided Corporation services for which they are eligible, including Head Start, Title I, special education, bilingual education, vocational and technical education programs, gifted and talented programs and school nutrition programs.

 

Homeless students are defined as lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, including:

 

1.      Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship;

2.      Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;

3.      Living in emergency or transitional shelters;

4.      Are abandoned in hospitals;

5.      Awaiting foster care placement;

6.      Living in public or private places not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodations for human beings;

7.      Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, transportation stations or similar settings; or

8.      Are migratory children living in conditions described in the previous examples.

 

The Superintendent shall designate an appropriate staff person to be the Corporation’s liaison for homeless students and their families.

 

To the extent feasible, homeless students will continue to be enrolled in their school of origin while they remain homeless or until the end of the academic year in which they obtain permanent housing.  Instead of remaining in the school of origin, parents or guardians of homeless students may request enrollment in the school in the attendance area the student is actually living.  Attendance rights by living in attendance areas, other student assignment policies, or intra-district choice options are available to homeless families on the same terms as families resident in the Corporation.

 

If there is an enrollment dispute, the student shall be immediately enrolled in the school in which enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute.  The parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth shall be informed of the Corporation’s decision and their appeal rights in writing.  The Corporation’s liaison will carry out the dispute resolution as provided by state rule.

 

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