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1 Rev. 10/11 Charlotte County Public Schools Education Project for Students “in Transition” Helping students in temporary accommodations to achieve academic success! One Child, One School, One Year. Rev 10/11

2 Rev. 10/11  Have you ever experienced a flood, fire, hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster?  Do you live in a household with no more than one full-time wage earner?  Are housing costs in your area increasing faster than wages?  Does anyone in your family struggle with addictions such as drugs or alcohol?  Have you, a family member, or friend ever suffered from a sudden, chronic, or long-term illness that kept you from earning a living?  Have you or know of someone that has experienced domestic violence and been forced to move? How vulnerable are you of losing your regular living quarters?

3 Rev. 10/11 Who is eligible?  Students living in domestic violence shelters, teen parent shelters or runaway shelters  Students on the street, abandoned buildings or vehicles  Students living in public spaces: woods, parks or tents Students in transition who lack a fixed, or regular, or adequate nighttime residence:

4 Rev. 10/11 Who is eligible?  Students living in temporary trailer parks, campgrounds or substandard housing due to lack of alternative accommodations  Students living in low rent hotels/motels due to lack of alternative accommodations  Students sharing the house, mobile home or apartment of other persons due to lack of alternative accommodations, dwelling eviction or hardship (Doubled-Up)

5 Rev. 10/11 Who is eligible?  Students not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, living in unstable or inadequate housing accommodations (Unaccompanied Youth)  Students awaiting foster care placement  Students abandoned in hospitals  Migratory students who qualify as homeless because they are living in the circumstances described above

6 Rev. 10/11 McKinney-Vento Act: Enrollment Proof of Date of Birth Proof of Immunization Physical Examination Proof of Residency Appendix 17 - Complete Student Residency Questionnaire from the Guidelines for Student Registration.

7 Rev. 10/11 McKinney-Vento Act: School Placement If the student moves into permanent housing during the school year, the student can finish that academic year in the school of origin. If a student enrolls in a new school near the temporary housing and then moves to a third attendance area, they may attend either the school near the initial temporary housing or the school the student attended when permanently housed. The student must be allowed to attend their school of origin to the extent feasible, unless that is against the wishes of the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth. School of Origin – The school the student attended when permanently housed, or the school in which the student was last enrolled. 42 U.S.C. Section 11432(g)(3)

8 Rev. 10/11 McKinney-Vento Act: Placement Disputes If the school district sends a homeless child or youth to a school other than the school of origin or the school requested by the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth, the school district must: Immediately enroll the student in the school in which enrollment is sought, while the dispute is being resolved. Provide a written explanation of its decision. Notify of their right to appeal the placement decision. Refer to the Homeless Liaison to ensure disputes are resolved objectively and expeditiously. Student must be enrolled immediately in their school of choice

9 Rev. 10/11 McKinney-Vento Act: Placement Disputes (Cont.) Inter-district disputes shall be resolved by the FDOE. The Homeless Liaison must be notified. The liaison will address any policies or procedures that are identified as barriers to enrollment.

10 Rev. 10/11 Educational Rights of Unaccompanied Youth The Homeless Liaison will: Help unaccompanied youth select and enroll in school, after considering the youth’s wishes. Inform them of their rights to transportation to the school of origin and assist with arranging transportation. Inform them of their right to appeal school selection decisions counter to their wishes. Inform school personnel or requirements of the law and needs of youth. Work with police and social services regarding mandatory reporting to ensure that care is exercised to keep a youth in school and serve his/her best interest. Unaccompanied youth (a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, living in unstable or inadequate housing accommodations) have the same rights as other students experiencing homelessness. Complete Appendix 18 – Caregiver’s Authorization FormAppendix 18 from the Guidelines for Student Registration

11 Rev. 10/11 This School Year as of May 2012  We have served approximately 488 students  This represents approximately 300 families  We have served 116 unaccompanied youth this school year  On average we certified 41 new students per month

12 Dept. of Education Survey 5 - Totals by Year District 8 Charlotte County Rev.11/11

13 Rev. 10/11 Charlotte County Public Schools Englewood/El Jobean Area Myakka River Elementary 7 LA Ainger Middle School 8 Lemon Bay High School 26 Vineland Elementary 9 Total # of Students 50

14 Rev. 10/11 Port Charlotte/Murdock Area Academy 45 Charlotte Harbor Center 6 Kingsway Elementary 4 Liberty Elementary 25 Meadow Park Elementary 31 Murdock Middle School 28 Neil Armstrong Elementary 40 Peace River Elementary 44 Pt Charlotte High School 50 Pt Charlotte Middle School 23 Total # of Students 296 Charlotte County Public Schools

15 Rev. 10/11 Punta Gorda/Burnt Store/Deep Creek Area Baker Center19 Charlotte High School55 Deep Creek Elementary15 East ElementarySchool16 Punta Gorda Middle School16 Sallie Jones Elementary20 Edison Collegiate High School 1 Total # of Students 142 Charlotte County Public Schools

16 Rev. 10/11 We assist unaccompanied youth, a group without a voice  With school selection and enrollment, after considering the youth’s wishes  With information of their rights to transportation to the school of origin and assist with arranging transportation  With information of their right to appeal school selection decisions counter to their wishes  With support services and referrals to community agencies

17 Rev. 10/11 School Support Services  Expedite and remove barriers to enrollment  Promote parent awareness and involvement for student academic achievement  Referral and assistance to after-school enrichment programs  Provide reading tutorial services  Certify for free school meals  Assist with school supplies and educational materials

18 Rev. 10/11 School Support Services  Assist with school clothing, uniforms & shoes  Assist with payment of programs and school fees  Provide referrals for medical, dental and mental health services  Coordinate transportation to school of origin  Monitor student academic progress, attendance and behavior  Counseling intervention to parents/students  Assist in resolving school placement disputes

19 Rev. 10/11 Additional Family Services Available  Provide information on community resources for assistance with housing, utilities, prescriptions, entitlement programs, etc…  Provide assistance for emergency food  Provide assistance with personal hygiene items  Provide assistance with bed linens & towels

20 Rev. 10/11 Additional Family Services Available  Reimburse parents, guardians or unaccompanied youth for excess transportation costs  Assist with obtaining reconditioned- computers, equipment & software  Coordinate holiday(s) assistance and Adopt-a-Family  Provide children with reading books

21 Rev. 10/11 Special Thanks to our Partners and Supporters  American Legion Rotonda West # 113  Burnt Store Presbyterian Church – PG  Charlotte County Homeless Coalition  Charlotte Local Education Foundation  Democratic Women’s Club of Charlotte County  Empty Bowls Project at CCPS  First Baptist Church of PG & PC  First Methodist Church of PG  First Presbyterian Church of PC  Girls Nite Out  Pilgrim United Methodist Church of PC  Publix Supermarket at  Charlotte Harbor  Rotonda Elks Lodge #2710  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County  Yah Yah Girls, Inc.  Many Generous Local Charlotte County Residents

22 Rev. 10/11 Charlotte County Public Schools Education Project for Students “in Transition” Heather Niemiec 3131 Lakeview Boulevard Port Charlotte, FL (941) Website:


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