Presentation on theme: "McKinney-Vento Homeless Education"— Presentation transcript:
1 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education An Orientation toMcKinney-VentoHomeless Education
2 Agenda Introductions & Ground Rules McKinney-Vento Homeless Education AssistanceThe LawWho’s HomelessEducational Rights of Homeless Children and youthRole of the Homeless LiaisonBreakHomelessness In MassachusettsBest PracticesHot TopicsQuestions
3 Introductions Please include: Your name, District, Your job/position, andYour connection to homeless education
4 Ground RulesWhile we will look at some cases, and that can be a good way of learning to work with the law, we must maintain the children and families’ confidentiality.For questions regarding specific cases please withhold identifying information or see us during the break or after this session.
5 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, 2002 Stewart B. McKinney Homeless AssistanceNo Child Left BehindSo why do we even have this law?Homelessness is a journey-not an overnight event-that has enormous impact on children
6 Why McKinney-Vento? Homelessness affects Whole family,Attendance,The ability to focus and learn,Educational gaps due to high mobility andBehaviorHomelessness is often accompanied withFood insecurityLack of medical, dental and mental health servicesLoss of connection to family, friends, community
7 The Law Definition, Who is Homeless? Educational Rights of Students who are HomelessSchool Selection & EnrollmentTransportationNutritionEqual Access & Comparable ServicesTitle ISee ESE Homeless Education Advisories on WebpageRole of the Homeless Liaison
8 Definition: Who is Homeless? Anyone who lacks fixed regular and adequate nighttime residence.This Includes:Shelters and motelsOn the street: cars, parks,….Doubling up due to Economic hardship, loss of housing or similar reasonUnaccompanied youthAwaiting foster care
9 Homeless? Case StudyA parent arrives at the Parent Information center to enroll her second grader. She explains that she has just arrived in town and does not have way to prove residency and is unwilling to show you a lease.Is she housed? Or homeless?
10 Educational Rights of Students Who are Homeless School Selection & EnrollmentSchool of OriginSchool/District last attendedSchool attended when student became homelessImmediate Enrollment LocallyWith or without DocumentationUnaccompanied Youth
11 Educational Rights of Students Who are Homeless Students RecordsTransportationShared ResponsibilitySpecial EducationNutritionFree Lunch and BreakfastPaperworkFood Insecurity
12 Educational Rights of Students Who are Homeless Equal Access & Comparable servicesSchool Courses, Events, ActivitiesStudent Support ServicesPreschoolCharter Schools, Vocational Schools, School ChoiceTitle ISchool-wide & Targeted ProgramsAddressing the unique needs of homeless students
13 Homeless student interview their liaisons NAEHCY videoHomeless student interview their liaisons
14 Your Role as the Homeless Education Liaison Facilitate Enrollment & Dispute Resolution ProcessTransportationCommunicating with your counterparts
15 Your Role as the Homeless Education Liaison IdentificationBuilding Awareness is KeyProfessional Development and TrainingSchool committeeEnsure Equal Access & Comparable ServicesReferral to Outside Services
16 Your Role as the Homeless Education Liaison Data CollectionTracking for internal purposesSupport ServicesTransportation reimbursementAnnual ESE data collectionStudents that are enrolled with youEnter-do not delete
17 Your Role as the Homeless Education Liaison ESE contactYou are our way and families’ way of reaching the district!Monitoring and Compliance
18 BreakTake a few minutes for you and a few minutes to say hello to a colleague!
19 Journey Through Homelessness Case Study A first grader has made several trips to the school nurse’s office in the past month with vague complaints of not feeling good. Mom recently mentioned that her work hours were cut and the family is struggling. Today the student falls asleep in the nurse’s office saying they cant sleep at home anymore.What is going on? Could she be homeless?What can the nurse do? What can you do?
20 Homelessness in Massachusetts 2012/13 School Year by the NumbersShelters 3,656Doubled up 6,744UnaccompaniedUnshelteredMotels 2,582Awaiting Foster Care 1,786Total 15,812
21 Homelessness in Massachusetts State Shelter systemFamily SheltersMotelsUnaccompanied Youth & Adult SheltersMoving out of Shelter & Signing a LeaseEnrollment Verification LetterDoubling upLiving with friends or relatives due to economic hardship, loss of housing and similar reason
22 Homelessness in Massachusetts Summer Campgrounds & Winter RentalsCouch surfing & unaccompanied youthDepartment of Children and FamiliesSTARRTCUTemporary foster care and foster care
23 Best Practices Policy Enrollment Identification, the key is training Template at MASC.orgESE summary pageSample District PoliciesEnrollmentDo your enrollment forms cite McKinney-Vento or families in transitionIdentification, the key is trainingWho: enrollment staff, guidance, principals, nursesDVDsAwareness building: school committee, community
24 Best Practices Student Support Services Community Based Services and OutreachMedical, Mental and Dental HealthFood Pantries & Clothing BanksLocal TransportationLocal Housing AdvocatesLocal Enrichment opportunitiesPublic LibrariesMunicipal Parks and RecreationYM/WCAs, Boys and Girls, Out of School Time Providers
25 Is your contact information up to date?Your District’s ContactVerify your contact information on the ESE websiteUpdate is done by the District’s Directory Administrator- not by ESE;Parents, providers and other state agencies reference this list
26 Hot Topics Commission on Youth Homelessness Passed by the state legislatureESE is a participating memberFirst report issued in May 2013US ICH Open Doors focus on unaccompanied youthMHSA Young Adult Resource GuideStatewide ResourceOnline at MHSA.net, click on Resources
27 Your Hot Topics? What are you seeing? What are you concerned about? What’s working for you?
28 Questions? Did we miss anything Looking for more information NAEHCY NCHENational Runaway SwitchboardMassachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
29 ESE Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth We are Glad to Help…ESE Office for the Education of Homeless Children and YouthSarah Slautterback, State CoordinatorElizabeth Harris, Program CoordinatorWebsite