File:† JFABD-R

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless Students

 

Homeless student liaison

 

The liaison appointed by the superintendent shall work to identify homeless children and facilitate each homeless childís access to and success in school. On or before the pupil enrollment count day, the liaison shall report the number of homeless students enrolled in the school district to the Colorado Department of Education.

 

The primary functions of the liaison shall be to mediate disputes concerning school enrollment, assist in making transportation arrangements, assist in requesting the studentís records, provide information and give referrals on services and opportunities, and assist any homeless child who is not in the custody of a parent or guardian with enrollment decisions.

 

Enrollment

 

A homeless student is deemed to reside, and may enroll and attend school in:

 

        the district where the child is presently located, or

 

        the district in which the student attended school previous to becoming homeless.

 

Enrollment shall be immediate even if the student lacks records routinely required prior to enrollment. The school shall make arrangements to obtain any necessary records and to have the student receive any necessary immunizations. When feasible the district shall seek immunization through no- or low-cost health care providers. If an expense is incurred, the district shall seek reimbursement through Medicaid if possible.

 

If a homeless student becomes permanently housed outside the district during the school year, the student shall no longer be considered homeless and may only continue enrollment in the district for the remainder of the school year.

 

Tuition

 

Students defined in state and federal law as homeless children shall be admitted without payment of tuition.

 

Enrollment determination

 

1.     Scenario One

 

        student enrolled in this district

        becomes homeless

        remains located in this school district

 

If a district student becomes homeless, but remains located in this school district, the student shall continue to attend school in his or her school.

 

 

If the student is no longer located in the attendance area of the school he or she previously attended, the liaison shall meet with the student and the studentís parent/guardian, if the student is in the custody of the parent/guardian, to determine which district school would best meet the studentís educational and other services needs, taking into account the wishes of the student and the parent/guardian, the feasibility of keeping the student in his or her previous school, and the studentís transportation needs related to various enrollment options.

 

2.† Scenario Two

 

        student enrolled in another school district

        becomes homeless

        is presently located in this school district

        seeks to enroll in the district previously attended

 

If a student becomes homeless and is presently located in this school district, but seeks to enroll in the district he or she previously attended, the previous school district shall determine enrollment.

 

If this school district has knowledge that a homeless student is presently located in this school district but seeks to enroll in the school district he or she previously attended, this districtís homeless student liaison shall assist the student in accessing enrollment in the previous school district, work with the homeless student liaison in the previous school district to mediate disputes concerning enrollment, assist in making transportation arrangements, assist in requesting/sending the studentís records, provide information and give referrals on services and opportunities, and assist any homeless student who is not in the custody of a parent or guardian with enrollment decisions.

 

3.† Scenario Three

 

        student who previously attended school in this district

        becomes homeless

        is presently located outside of this school district

        seeks to enroll in this school district

If a student who previously attended school in this district becomes homeless and is presently located outside of this school district, but seeks to enroll in this school district, the superintendent (or designee) shall make a reasonable determination as to whether the student should be enrolled in this district or the district where the student is presently located.

 

In making the reasonable determination, the superintendent (or designee) shall consult with:

 

        the homeless student, or the homeless studentís parent/guardian if the student is in the custody of a parent/guardian, and

 

        the homeless student liaison for this district and the liaison for the district where the student is presently located

 

††† The superintendent (or designee) shall consider all relevant factors in making the reasonable determination including but not limited to:

 

        the best interests of the homeless student

 

        to the extent feasible, keeping the homeless student in this district

 

        the wishes of the student and the studentís parent/guardian if the student is in the custody of a parent/guardian

 

        the studentís transportation needs related to various enrollment options (the district where the student is located and the district where the student will attend school must either agree on a method to apportion cost and responsibility for the studentís transportation or share the cost and responsibility equally)

 

        which school district can best meet the studentís educational and other services needs

 

4.† Scenario Four

 

        student who has never attended school in this district

        becomes homeless

        is presently located in this school district

        seeks to enroll in this district

 

If a student who has never attended school in this district becomes homeless and is presently located in this school district and seeks to enroll in this district, the student shall be enrolled. This districtís liaison shall meet with the student and the studentís parent/guardian, if the student is in the custody of the parent/guardian, to determine which district school would best meet the studentís educational and other services needs, taking into account the wishes of the student and the parent/guardian, and the studentís transportation needs related to various enrollment options.

 

Notice of determination and appeal

 

The superintendent (or designee) shall hand deliver to the student a written notice of the districtís determination and of the right to appeal, and provide a copy to the liaison. If the superintendent or designee determines that the homeless student shall attend a school other than the studentís previous school or a school other than the one requested by the studentís parent or guardian, the superintendent or designee shall also provide written explanation regarding that decision to the parent/guardian and provide a copy to the liaison.

 

Enrollment disputes

 

If an enrollment dispute arises between the studentís custodial parent/guardian (or the student not in custody of a parent/guardian) and the district, the student shall be immediately enrolled in the school selected by the parent/guardian or student until the dispute is resolved.

 

The parent/guardian (or student, if applicable) may appeal an enrollment determination made by this district to the districtís homeless student liaison within 5 days after receiving the written determination and notice of right-to-appeal.

 

The liaison shall issue a written decision on the dispute within 3 days of the receipt of the appeal and hand deliver a written decision and notice of right-to-appeal to the Board of Education to the parent/guardian (or student, if applicable).

 

Within 5 days of delivery of the liaisonís decision and right-to-appeal notice, the parent/guardian (or student, if applicable) may appeal the decision to the Board of Education.

 

The Board shall issue a written decision on the dispute within 5 days of the receipt of the appeal and hand deliver the written decision and notice of right-to-appeal to the State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youths to the parents/guardian (or student, if applicable). The decision of the State Coordinator shall be final.

 

 

Transportation

 

Subsequent to a determination that the student shall attend a school in this district, a request for transportation may be made by the student, or by the studentís custodial parent/guardian.

 

If the student is located in the district, the district shall provide or arrange for the studentís transportation to and from school in accordance with district transportation policies. All transportation services shall be comparable to those provided for other students in the district.

 

If the student is located outside of the district but a determination has been made that the student shall attend school in the district, both this district and the district where the student is located must either agree on a method to apportion cost and responsibility for the studentís transportation or share the cost and responsibility equally.

 

Adoption date: September 22, 2014