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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 5-76


Homeless Children and Youth

A. Generally

Subtitle B of Title VII of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act cited in the legal reference to this policy ensures that children and youth experiencing homelessness have full and equal access to an appropriate public education and that they experience success in school.

B. Definition

Homeless children and youth are defined as:

Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:

Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.

Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.

C. Homeless Liaison Person

The superintendent shall designate a person to serve as the division's homeless liaison whose duties shall ensure that

1. homeless children and youths are identified by school personnel and through coordination activities with other entities and agencies;

2. homeless children and youths enroll in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in schools, programs and services of the local educational agency;

3. homeless families, children, and youths receive educational services for which such families, children, and youths are eligible, including Head Start and Even Start programs and preschool programs administered by the local educational agency, and referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health services, and other appropriate services;

4. the parents or guardians of homeless children and youths are informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children;

5. public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and youths is disseminated where such children and youths receive services under this Act, such as schools, family shelters, and soup kitchens;

6. enrollment disputes are mediated in accordance with Regulation 5-76.1; and

7. the parent or guardian of a homeless child or youth, and any unaccompanied youth, is fully informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin and is assisted in accessing transportation to the school that is selected as described in Division Regulation 5-76.1.

All other applicable provisions of §1301 of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 are incorporated in this policy or in Regulation 5-76.1.

Legal Reference:

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S. C. 11431 et seq.) at Subtitle B of title VII. (Reauthorized January 2002)

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Adopted by School Board: June 15, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: September 2, 2003