Homelessness Should Not Affect Your Child’s Education!
In San Diego County there are an estimated 18,000 homeless children and youth. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act are two federal laws designed to ensure that homeless students receive the educational opportunities that belong to all students. Although this information may not be applicable to you, you may know of a family for which the information may be useful.
According to federal law, homeless children or youth are those who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition includes:
* Children and youth living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home or cannot afford housing.
* Children and youth who are staying in a motel, hotel or campground due to a lack of adequate alternative accommodations.
* Children and youth who are living in an emergency or transitional shelter or a domestic violence shelter, or are awaiting foster placement.
* Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a private or public place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
* Children and youth who are living in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, bus or train station or similar setting.
* Unaccompanied youth not in the physical custody of a parent/guardian, who is in transition as defined above.
The District has a liaison for homeless children who ensures the dissemination of public notice of the educational rights of students in homeless situations. Please direct all questions related to education of homeless students to Santee School District’s Liaison.
District contact: Mia Morales, Community Outreach Liaison
Phone: (619) 734-4969