Accountability and Instruction
Homeless Student Information
What Homeless Children need most of all is a home. While they are experiencing homelessness, however, children desperately need to remain in school. School is one of the few stable, secure places in the lives of homeless children and youth, a place where they can acquire the skills need to help them escape poverty.

National Coalition for the Homeless 
  • Homeless Liaison
    Maria Cendejas-Alcala
    430 W Mill Street, New Braunfels TX 78130
    Phone: (830) 643 - 5736
    Fax: (830) 643 - 5701

    malcala@nbisd.org

  • The Superintendent shall designate an appropriate staff person as the District liaison for students who are homeless. [See FFC]

    The liaison shall receive and provide to appropriate staff members professional development regarding services required by law to identify and meet the needs of students who are homeless. In addition, the liaison shall regularly review with campus admissions personnel the laws and administrative procedures applicable to
    students who are homeless.

    The District shall not stigmatize or segregate a student who is homeless. The  principal and campus admissions staff shall notify the liaison for homeless students within one school day of admission of a student who is homeless.

    In determining the best interest of the student for the purpose of continuing the student’s education in the school of origin, as defined by law, the District shall presume that keeping the student in his or her school of origin is in the student’s best interest, except when doing so is contrary to the request of the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth. The District shall also consider the best interests of the student with regard to the impact of moving schools on the student’s achievement, education, health, and safety, including such relevant factors as:

     

    1. Continuity of instruction;
    2. Age and grade placement of the student;
    3. Distance of the commute and its impact on the student’s education or special needs;
    4. Personal safety of the student;
    5. The student’s eligibility and need for any specialized services and supports, such as Section 504, special education and related services, or bilingual or English as a second language services;
    6. Length of anticipated stay in a temporary shelter or other temporary location, if applicable;
    7. Likely area of the family’s or youth’s future housing;
    8. Time remaining in the school year; and
    9. School placement of siblings.

     

    Services, including transportation, that the District is required to provide shall not be considered in determining the student’s school of attendance.

     

    The District shall provide transportation to a student who is homeless to and from the school of origin, as provided by law. If such a student ceases to be homeless and if requested by the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth, the District shall continue to provide transportation to and from the school of origin through the end of the school year. [See CNA]

     

    If the District determines that it is not in the student’s best interest to attend the school of origin or the requested school, the District shall provide a written explanation, in a manner and form that is understandable to the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth, of the reasons for the decision, including the right to appeal.

     

    If the student, parent, or guardian has a complaint about eligibility, school selection, or enrollment decisions made by the District, that person shall use the complaint resolution procedures set out in FNG(LOCAL), beginning at Level Two. The District shall expedite local timelines in the District’s complaint process, when possible, for prompt dispute resolution.

     

    Pending final resolution of the dispute, the District shall immediately enroll the homeless student in the school in which enrollment is sought and permit the student to attend classes, receive the requested services, and participate fully in school activities. When the principal becomes aware of a complaint, he or she shall notify the liaison for homeless students within one school day. At all times during the dispute resolution process, the liaison for homeless students or designee shall accompany and assist the student, parent, or guardian. 

    1. Is transportation available for my cild to stay in the same school? Yes
    2. If we have to change schools, can someone help us transfer records quickly? Yes
    3. Is there a preschool program? Yes
    4. Are any tutoring services available for my child? Yes
    5. If my child needs special education services, how long is the wait for testing? 90 days after approval
    6. Are there special classes to benefit a talent my child has? Yes
    7. Are there sports, music, or other activities my child can be a part of? Yes
    8. Can my child receive free meals at school? Yes
    9. Are school supplies available? Yes
    10. Will my child be able to go on class field trips if we are unable to pay? Yes 

     

  • The term “Homeless children and youth” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes Children and youth who are sharing the housing other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motel, hotel, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodation; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are 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

     

    • Migratory children (as such is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (I) thorough (iii)

     

    From the McKinney-Vento Home less Assistance Act of 2001 Title VII, Subtitle B Section 725 as Modified by Title X, Part C of the NCLB Act of 2001 

  • Children and youth that are experiencing homelessness have the right to:

     

    • Continue in the same school they last attended before they became homeless or the school they last attended, if that is the parent’s or youth’s choice and is feasible. If a staff member of a school sends the child or youth to a school other than the one requested, the staff member must provide a written explanation and offer the right to appeal the decision.

     

    • Receive transportation to the school they attended before the family or youth became homeless of the school they last attended, if the parent or youth request school transportation. 

     

    • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address. Schools cannot require proof of residency that might prevent or delay school enrollment.

     

    • Enroll and attend classes in the school of choice even while the school and parent or youth seek to resolve a dispute over the selected school. (The school district local liaison for homeless education will assist youth with the dispute process.)

     

    • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children or youth served in these programs. 

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