State and local education agencies are required to develop, review and revise policies to remove barriers so that home children and youth may enroll, attend and have success in school. Local educational agencies must also provide homeless children and youth with the opportunity to meet the same challenging state content and state student performance standards to which all students are held.
By law, South Euclid Lyndhurst Schools is required to adhere to the following consistent with McKinney-Vento/Homeless Education:
(1)Provide annual homeless orientation of all staff including cafeteria and transportation personnel.
(2)Provide programs for school personnel (including principals, attendance officers, teachers, enrollment personnel, and pupil services personnel) to heighten the awareness of such personnel of the specific needs of homeless children and youths.
(3)Make sure all buildings have information posted with current liaison contact information, that the district has and understands the dispute resolution policy, and that all staff members receive a briefing in the proper procedures when encountering possible homeless situations.
(4)Implement a coordinated system for ensuring homeless children and youths are: advised of the choice of schools; immediately enrolled; promptly provided necessary services including transportation, to allow homeless children and youths to exercise their choices of schools.
(5)Have evidence of communications disseminated/posted Posters/Brochures in all offices throughout the district including cafeteria/transportation.
(6)Implement procedures for the prompt resolution of disputes regarding the educational placement of homeless children and youths and insures that the dispute resolution has been reviewed and if necessary readopted with document on the district and school websites being placed - Dispute resolution policy (See Board of Education Policy).
If you have questions regarding homeless education or our district’s support to students and families experiencing homelessness, please contact:
Melissa ThompsonAssistant Superintendent
District Homeless Liaison
216.691.3489 or [email protected]
For more information:
Coalition on Homelessness and Housing (COHHIO)
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
Ohio Parent Information and Resource Center (Ohio PIRC)
Phone: 866.253.1829 (Toll free)
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)