Curriculum Extensions

Instruction of Atypical Students -- Homeless -- Services and Records

A. A homeless student shall be entitled to participate in all educational and support services, and programs. The district is committed to providing all services available to other students and specified in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001. These services and programs include, but are not limited to, transportation, special education components, gifted and talented offerings, programs for disabled individuals, vocational and technical programs, preschool and kindergarten programs, health and nutritional offerings, before and after school activities, limited English proficiency programs, pregnancy related services for pregnant and parenting teens, and other innovative social service outreach efforts.

B. The Board of Education shall designate a person to serve as the district Homeless Coordinator. The district Homeless Coordinator may also be a coordinator for other federal programs and shall ensure that:

1. homeless students are identified by school personnel and through coordination activities with other entities and agencies;

2. homeless students enroll in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in school;

3. homeless families and students receive educational services for which such families and students are eligible, including Head Start and Even Start programs and preschool programs administered by the district, and referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health services, and other appropriate services;

4. the parents or guardians of homeless students are informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children;

5. public notice of the educational rights of homeless students is disseminated, where such children and youths receive services under this Act, such as schools, family shelters, and soup kitchens;

6. enrollment disputes are mediated in accordance with federal and state law;

7. the parent or guardian of a homeless student, and any unaccompanied student, is fully informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin, and is assisted in accessing transportation to the school where the student is enrolled;

8. Unaccompanied students are assisted by the Homeless Coordinator in placement and enrollment decisions, considering their views, and they are advised of the right to appeal.

9. Homeless students who need to obtain immunizations, or immunization or medical records, receive assistance from the Homeless Coordinator;

10. school personnel, service providers and advocates working with homeless families are informed of the homeless coordinator’s duties.

C. All records customarily kept by the school will be maintained and made available to students or parents upon request in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and Board Regulations. When a homeless student enters a new school district, records will be transferred in a timely manner. The records may include academic records, records of evaluation for special programs, guardianship records, birth certificates, immunization records, health or medical records, or any other records relevant to the student. Confidentiality shall be maintained in accordance with Board Regulations governing disclosure of student records and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

D. The Board of Education will respond within thirty (30) days to questions regarding a student's residency status.


Legal: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. §1232g

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §11431 et. seq.

Missouri School Improvement Program Standard 8.1F

Regulation approved: December 12, 1995

Revised: September 8, 1998

Revised: December 07, 1999

Revised: September 10, 2002

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