It’s back to school time!

Did you know that homeless students have the right to continue attending their last school, and have priority at the school closest to their temporary residence? It’s true! Los Angeles Homeless Education Program  does this to redice the numbers of drop outs and to stabilize the lives of homeless youth.

You can enroll in school in one visit and have the right to expect your situation to be kept confidential.  I am placing their information on the resources page, and you can read more about it HERE.

This is from the LAUSD web page:

Overview

The Purpose of the Homeless Education Program is to:

  • Ensure that homeless youth have access to a free public education, equal to that of any other youth
  • Strengthen the implementation of the District’s homeless education policy
  • Reduce enrollment barriers that homeless families face
  • Ensure that homeless students are being properly identified and served
  • Ensure access to transportation services
  • Coordinate resources through community outreach
  • Make the District’s homeless enrollment forms (Affidavit of Temporary Residence & Affidavit of Proof of Age, Student Residency Questionnaire and Transportation Requests) readily available to eligible families
  • Encourage school staffs to assist homeless families, as necessary, in obtaining students’ immunization records from previous schools of attendance
  • Increase school staffs’ awareness of and sensitivity to homeless families and their plight
  • Ensure that homeless students have access to all educational services to which they are entitled
  • Ensure that homeless students are not segregated from their non-homeless peers

The McKinney-Vento Act defines a “homeless student” as one between the ages of two and eighteen, who (1) lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and (2) meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • Has a primary nighttime residence that is a shelter designated to provide temporary living accommodations such as motels/hotels, domestic violence shelters, congregate shelters, and transitional housing
  • Lives in a car, park, abandoned building; or public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • Lives temporarily in a trailer park or camping area due to a lack of adequate living accommodations
  • Lives “doubled-up” with another family, due to a loss of housing stemming from financial problems
  • Was or has been abandoned at a hospital
  • Resides in a home for school-aged, unwed mothers or mothers-to-be if there are no other available living accommodations
  • Is awaiting foster care in limited circumstances that does not include placement in a foster family, foster family agency, or group home
  • Is placed by the State in an emergency shelter due to lack of alternative housing

 

District Policy on Enrolling Homeless Students

  • When it appears that a homeless situation may exist, the school can provide the District Homeless Enrollment forms and assistance, as well as the standard enrollment forms, to facilitate the student’s enrollment in school
  • The school can call the previous school of attendance for immunization records, accept verbal verification, and request that the records be forwarded

Domestic Violence

  • Victims of Domestic Violence (DV) are not required to give the address of the safe house where they reside when enrolling their child(ren) in school
  • The address and phone number of the DV Program must be given to the school for safety reasons

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