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:
sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as doubled-up);
living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
living in emergency or transitional shelters;
abandoned in hospitals; or
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
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.