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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act . Fall Training for Projects September 21, 2006. Agenda. Brief Look at Homelessness. Review McKinney-Vento Act and State Law. Case Studies. Questions and Answers. For many years, our image of a homeless person

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mckinney vento homeless education assistance act

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

Fall Training

for Projects

September 21, 2006

slide2

Agenda

Brief Look at Homelessness

Review McKinney-Vento Act and State Law

Case Studies

Questions and Answers

slide3

For many years,

our image of a

homeless person

was that of a

single, older man.

slide7

Why do people become homeless?

Poverty

Lack of affordable housing

slide8

Who is homeless?

The Federal

McKinney-Vento

Homeless Assistance Act

Says that children and

youth wholack

a fixed, regular, and

adequate

nighttime residence

are homeless.

slide9

Who is

homeless?

slide10

Who is

homeless?

slide11

Who is

homeless?

slide12

Who is

homeless?

Families living in

doubled-up

situations because

they have

lost their housing

slide13

Who is

homeless?

slide14

Who is

homeless?

Children and youth in temporary

foster care while awaiting

placement

slide19
Transient / unstable lifestyle Living in crowded conditions Frequently changing schools Inadequate personal hygiene
slide20

Transient / unstable lifestyle Living in crowded conditions Frequently changing schools Inadequate personal hygiene Shabby or unclean clothing

slide21

Transient / unstable lifestyle Living in crowded conditions Frequently changing schools Inadequate personal hygiene Shabby or unclean clothing Poor health / nutrition

slide22

Transient / unstable lifestyle Living in crowded conditions Frequently changing schools Inadequate personal hygiene Shabby or unclean clothing Poor health / nutrition Sporadic school enrollment/attendance

slide24

The McKinney-Vento

Homeless Assistance Act

defines and protects the rights of

homeless students to enroll in,

attend, and succeed in our

public schools

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The McKinney-Vento Act mandates that . . .

every school district is

required to have a homeless

education liaison, and

the liaison is required to

perform specific tasks.

slide26

Homeless Liaison

Campus Liaisons

Everyone is aware of the liaison

Liaison has autonomy to make

decisions

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Key Provisions of Law Address

Educational Challenges

slide28

Key Provisions of Law Address

Educational Challenges

Immediate Enrollment

slide29

Identification

Administer SRQ to every student

Several people trained to identify students

Use of volunteers

slide30

Key Provisions of Law Address

Educational Challenges

Immediate Enrollment

Choice of Schools

slide31

Key Provisions of Law Address

Educational Challenges

Immediate Enrollment

Choice of Schools

Transportation

slide32

Transportation

Develop a contract

Include important information

Pick-up & drop points and times

Bus driver’s contact info

Each party’s responsibilities

Signatures

slide33

Key Provisions of Law Address

Educational Challenges

Immediate Enrollment

Choice of Schools

Transportation

Services

slide34

Placement Decisions

Work with Title I, Special Ed, and other programs

Set up systems for prompt placement in special programs

slide35

Key Provisions of Law Address

Educational Challenges

Immediate Enrollment

Choice of Schools

Transportation

Services

Free Lunch

slide36

Key Provisions of Law Address

Educational Challenges

Immediate Enrollment

Choice of Schools

Transportation

Services

Free Lunch

Dispute Resolution

texas education code

Texas Education Code

Review Letter from TEA’s

Chief Legal Counsel

slide39

Know Your School and Community

Needs

Resources

Human

Fiscal

Physical

slide41

Awareness

Staff training

Visit sites where homeless students stay

Poverty simulation

slide42

Student Support

Have a staff mentor for every

student

slide43

Student Support

Watch for isolated, “loner” students

Get them involved

in music, sports,

academics

Chess Club

slide44

Parent Information

Notify all parents upon enrollment

that in certain instances, their

children may be able to remain at

their school all year -- be sure to

ask before changing schools.