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Homeless

McKinley Vento Homeless Assistance Act

 The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Subtitle VII-B, is the federal law that entitles children who are homeless to a free, appropriate public education, and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance and success in school.

The Crestwood Local School District complies with all facets of this legislation.

Crestwood Local School District Bylaws & Policies

5111.01

- HOMELESS STUDENTS

Children who meet the Federal definition of "homeless" will be provided a free and appropriate public education in the same manner as all other students of the District. To that end, homeless students will not be stigmatized or segregated on the basis of their status as homeless and will be assigned to the school serving those non-homeless student residing in the area in which the homeless child is actually living. No homeless student will be denied enrollment based on a lack of proof of residency. No Board policy, administrative guideline, or practice will be interpreted or applied in such a way as to inhibit the enrollment, attendance, or school success of homeless children. Homeless students will be provided services comparable to other students in the District including:

A. transportation services;

B. educational services for which the homeless student meets eligibility criteria including services provided under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act or similar State and local programs, educational programs for children with disabilities, and educational programs for students with limited English proficiency;

C. programs in vocational and technical education;

D. programs for gifted and talented students; and

E. school nutrition programs.

The Superintendent will appoint a Liaison for Homeless Children who will perform the duties as assigned by the Superintendent. Additionally, the Liaison will coordinate and collaborate with the State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth as well as with community and school personnel responsible for the provision of education and related services to homeless children and youths.

42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.

Adopted 2/3/03

Revised 4/3/06

Please visit the following websites for additional information about this act:

http://www.ed.gov/programs/homeless/guidance.pdf 

http://www.serve.org/nche/downloads/briefs/who_is_homeless.pdf

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