Homeless Child's Right to Education

  • (refer to Board Policy 6:140)

    A homeless child may attend the district school that the child attended when permanently housed or in which the child was last enrolled. A homeless child living in any district school’s attendance area may attend that school. Transportation shall be provided in accordance with state law. The superintendent shall act as or appoint a Liaison for Homeless Children to coordinate this policy’s implementation. 

    If a child is denied enrollment or transportation under this policy, the Liaison for Homeless Children shall immediately refer the child or his or her parent/guardian to the ombudsperson appointed by the appropriate Intermediate Service Center and provide the child or his or her parent/guardian with a written explanation for the denial. Whenever a child and his or her parent/guardian who initially share the housing of another person due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar hardship continue to share the housing, the liaison for Homeless Children may, after the passage of 18 months and annually thereafter, conduct a review as to whether such hardship continues to exist in accordance with state law. A “homeless child” is defined as provided in the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act.