Homeless Liaison: Tammy Bell
Homeless students are defined by the McKinney-Vento Act as those students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:
Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing,
economic hardship, or similar reason
Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to
lack of alternative adequate accommodations
Living in emergency or transitional shelters
Abandoned in hospitals
Awaiting foster care placement
Unaccompanied youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian are considered homeless as are migratory children who live in circumstances listed above.
While the district receives no additional federal funding to provide services to homeless children, the McKinney-Vento Act requires that homeless children be placed in schools that are in the best interest of the child. While the district does not receive additional funds to support services for homeless children, Title I set-aside funds are available for specific needs that support academic success. ESSA requires that homeless children receive the same educational services as all other children. Therefore, children in grades K-12 who are considered homeless receive the same services in schoolwide programs as all other children.