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Educational Rights of Homeless Students MARK SPERRAZZA HOMELESS LIAISON PORT TOWNSEND SCHOOL DISTRICT References  McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance

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					 Educational Rights of
  Homeless Students

        MARK SPERRAZZA
       HOMELESS LIAISON
PORT TOWNSEND SCHOOL DISTRICT
                   References



 McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
 Board Policy 3115/3115P: Homeless Students –
 Enrollment Rights and Services
               Definition of “Homeless”

 The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and
 youth as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate
 nighttime residence. The term includes children and youth
 who are:
    Sharing housing of other persons/families due to loss of
     housing, economic hardship or a similar reason (sometimes
     referred to as “doubled-up”);
    Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camp grounds due to
     lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
    Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
    Abandoned in hospitals; or
    Awaiting foster care placement.
                Definition of “Homeless”


 The term also includes children and youth who are:
    Using a primary nighttime residence that is a public place or
     private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular
     sleeping accommodation for human beings;
    Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings,
     substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;
    Migratory children that qualify because they are living in
     circumstances described above.
        Homeless Student Entitlements

 Immediate school enrollment, regardless of
  immunization records, proof of residency
  requirements, birth certificates, guardianship issues
  or dress code requirements.
 To the extent feasible, keeping the student in the
  school of origin except when to do so is contrary to
  the wishes of the student’s parent or guardian.
 Transportation to the school of origin from the
  current residence.
 Automatic enrollment for free school meals.
              Enrollment Disputes

 The student shall be immediately admitted to the
  school in which enrollment is sought pending
  resolution of the dispute.
 The parent or guardian shall be provided with a
  written explanation of the district’s decision
  regarding school selection or enrollment.
 In the case of an unaccompanied student, the district
  homeless liaison shall ensure that the youth is
  immediately enrolled pending resolution of the
  dispute.
             Port Townsend Schools



 The district currently has 25 students who are
 defined as homeless.
Questions?



         Dear Teacher,

 I know you’re mad because I
 fell asleep in class. I’m really
    sorry but I was so tired.
 We’ve been living in our car
      and it was really cold
   yesterday. My mom even
  had to turn on the car a few
   times to keep us warm. I
  really like school and hope
  you won’t stay mad at me.

             Love,
            Amanda

				
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