• Homeless Education
     
    Staunton City Schools is committed to the education of homeless children and youth. We believe all children can be successful in school and we are here to help.
     
    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act of 2001 (Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act) helps ensure equal educational access for homeless children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The term "homeless children and youth" includes:
     
    Children and youth who are:
    1. sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as doubled-up);
    2. living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; 
    3. living in emergency or transitional shelters;
    4. abandoned in hospitals; or
    5. awaiting foster care placement;
    Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
     
    Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
     
    Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
     
    Unaccompanied youth, not in the physical custody of a parent/guardian.
     
     
     
    For assistance  please contact:
     
    Dr. Jelisa Coltrane Wolfe, Executive Director of Student Services
    540-332-3934
    jwolfe@staunton.k12.va.us
     
     
    More information may found at http://hope.wm.edu
     
    What Families Experiencing Homelessness Need to Know:
     
    * Children who are experiencing homelessness have the right to attend school.
    * You do not have to have a permanent address to enroll in school.
    * Your child has the right to attend the last school attended before becoming homeless (called "school of origin"), if determined to be in your child's best interest.  
    * Your child has a right to transportation to and from their school of origin.
    * Children who are homeless have the right to immediately enroll in school.
    * Lack of enrollment documents, health records and past school records are not barriers to immediate school enrollment.  School Personnel and the Homeless Liaison will assist you in getting these documents.
    * If there are any disputes about enrollment, you must be provided with written explanation and a right to appeal.
    * Unaccompanied youth have these same rights.