EDUCATION FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN

BOARD POLICY - 6173

The Board of Education recognizes its obligation to ensure that homeless children have access to the same free and appropriate public education provided to other children within the district. The District shall provide homeless students with access to education and other services necessary for these students to meet the same challenging performance standards as other students. Students shall not be segregated into a separate school or program based on their status as homeless, nor shall homeless students be stigmatized in any way.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that placement decisions for homeless students are based on the student’s best interest as defined in law and administrative regulation.

The Superintendent or designee shall identify and remove any barriers to the identification and enrollment of homeless students and to the retention of homeless students due to absences or outstanding fees or fines.

When there are at least 15 homeless students in the District or a District school, the district's

Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) shall include goals and specific actions to improve student achievement and other outcomes of homeless students.

The Superintendent or designee shall designate an appropriate staff person to serve as a liaison for homeless children and youths. The District liaison shall fulfill the duties specified in 42 USC 11432assisting in identifying and supporting homeless students to succeed in school.

Information about a homeless student's living situation shall be considered part of a student's educational record, subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and shall not be deemed to be directory information as defined in 20 USC 1232g. (42 USC 11432).

Each homeless student shall be provided services that are comparable to services offered to other students in the school, including, but not limited to, transportation, educational programs for which the student meets the eligibility criteria (such as federal Title I services or similar state or local programs, programs for students with disabilities, and educational programs for English learners), career and technical education programs, programs for gifted and talented students, and school nutrition programs. (42 USC 11432)

District liaisons and other appropriate staff shall participate in professional development and other technical assistance activities to assist them in identifying and meeting the needs of homeless students and to provide training on the definitions of terms related to homelessness.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

2558.2 Use of revenue limits to determine average daily attendance of homeless children
39807.5 Payment of transportation costs by parents
48850 Educational rights of homeless and foster youth
48852.5 Notice of educational rights of homeless students
48852.7 Enrollment of homeless students
48915.5 Recommended expulsion, homeless student with disabilities
48918.1 Notice of recommended expulsion
51225.1-51225.3 Graduation requirements
52060-52077 Local control and accountability plan
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
4600-4687 Uniform complaint procedures
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
1087vv Free Application for Federal Student Aid; definitions
1232g Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
6311 Title I state plan; state and local educational agency report cards
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42
11431-11435 McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
12705 Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act; state and local strategies

Policy Adopted: June 3, 2003
Policy Revised: June 27, 2017

Administrative Regulation