Students 105.1 HOMELESS STUDENTS

 

General Rules

Any student who meets any of the following criteria shall be deemed homeless:

 

Homeless students shall be provided a free and appropriate public education in the same manner as all other students in the district and shall not be stigmatized or segregated on the basis of their homeless status.  Homeless students shall not be denied enrollment based on a lack of medical records, immunization records, school records, proof of residence, or any other records usually required for school enrollment.

 

No Board of School Committee policy, administrative guideline, or practice shall be interpreted or applied in such a way as to prevent the immediate enrollment or attendance of homeless students or inhibit their potential for school success.

 

A homeless student, including an unaccompanied homeless youth, shall be allowed to enroll in either his/her school of origin – that is, the school s/he attended when s/he became homeless – or in any public school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the child is actually living are eligible to attend.

 

Students shall be permitted to remain at their school of origin during the entire time they are homeless.  Furthermore, they shall be permitted to remain at their school of origin until the end of an academic year during which they move into permanent housing.

 

Transportation shall be provided to and from the school of origin at the request of the parent or guardian or unaccompanied youth in accordance with the provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act.

 

The Superintendent shall appoint a district liaison for homeless children who shall perform all duties described in the McKinney-Vento Act.

 

The liaison shall collaborate with the state coordinator for the education of homeless children and youth.

Dispute Resolution

If an unaccompanied youth or parent or guardian disagrees with a school placement decision, the district must provide a written explanation of its decision and the right to appeal.  All unaccompanied homeless youth or the parents or guardians of homeless students must be informed of the right to appeal the district’s school placement decision and must be given a “Student Policy 105.1 Dispute Resolution Form” (Form H-2) to submit to the district’s homeless liaison.  The Homeless Liaison, working with the parent or guardian or unaccompanied youth shall attempt to resolve the dispute at the building level with the Principal within 5 working days of receipt of the form.

 

If a building-level resolution is not possible, the homeless liaison shall submit the “Student Policy 105.1 Dispute Resolution Form” to the Superintendent of Schools.  The Superintendent shall review the request and render a decision within 5 working days of receipt of the form from the homeless liaison.  If more than one school district is involved in a residence dispute, the respective superintendents shall consider an appeal jointly.

 

A written explanation of the Superintendent’s decision shall be provided to the parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth.  The Superintendent’s explanation shall include a statement informing the parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth of the right to appeal the decision to the Board of School Committee and the State Commissioner of Education.  The district’s Homeless Liaison shall assist the parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth with preparation of an appeal to the Board of School Committee or the State Commissioner of Education.

 

If the unaccompanied youth or parent or guardian wishes to appeal the Superintendent’s decision, that individual shall inform the Homeless Liaison and the appeal shall be heard by the Board of School Committee at its next regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

 

In accordance with the state dispute resolution process, the State Commissioner of Education or his/her designee shall make a determination within 14 days of notice of the residency dispute, and such a determination shall be final.  A written explanation shall be provided to all parties and shall be kept on file by the commissioner.  Any person aggrieved by the decision of the State Commissioner of Education may appeal to a court of competent jurisdiction.

 

During the appeals process, students are entitled to immediate admittance to the school in which enrollment is sought.

 

References:

42 USC 11431 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title X

New Hampshire Department of Education Homeless Education Dispute Resolution Process

 

Revised from April 2005

First Reading Coordination:  11/10/09

Second Reading and BOSC Approval:  12/14/09


Manchester, NH School District                                                                                  Form H-1

 

Written Notification Form

Enrollment Decision for Homeless Students

 

This form should be completed by a school administrator when the parent’s or student’s request to return to the school of origin is denied.  In addition to providing the parent/student with a copy, fax a copy of the completed form to Jocelyne Pinsonneault, District Homeless Liaison, at 603-628-6274.

 

Date:______________________________________________________________________

Person completing form:______________________________________________________

Title:______________________________________________________________________

School:____________________________________________________________________

 

In compliance with Section 722(g)(3)(E) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001, the following written notification is provided to:

 

Parent or Guardian:______________________________________________________

Student(s):_____________________________________________________________

Student(s) date of birth: __________________________________________________

 

After reviewing your request to enroll the student(s) above, the enrollment request is denied.  This determination was based upon:

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

You have the right to appeal this decision by completing a Dispute Resolution Form or by providing your explanation verbally to the District Homeless Liaison:

                Jocelyne Pinsonneault:  603-665-6868

 

In addition:


Manchester, NH School District                                                                              Form H-2

 

Dispute Resolution Form

Enrollment Decision for Homeless Students

 

This form should be completed by the parent or guardian or student when a dispute arises over school enrollment.  The information may be shared verbally with Jocelyne Pinsonneault, District Homeless Liaison, at 603-665-6868 instead of completing this form.

 

Date submitted: ______________________________________________________________

 

Student(s):__________________________________________________________________

 

Student(s) date of birth:________________________________________________________

 

Person completing form:_______________________________________________________

 

Relation to student(s):_________________________________________________________

 

I may be contacted at (phone or e-mail):___________________________________________

 

I wish to appeal the enrollment decision made by:  ___________________________________

 

School (of origin) requested:_____________________________________________________

 

You may include a written explanation to support your appeal in this space or provide your explanation verbally:

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

I have been provided with a written explanation of the school’s decision:

 

___________Yes           _________No

 

Signature of person submitting dispute: _____________________________________________

 

Return this form to local school or to the District Homeless Liaison.

 

Date received by the Homeless Liaison: ___________________________________________