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Checklist for Local Education Agencies (LEA) Services to Children and Youth In Homeless Situations


Checklist for Local Education Agencies (LEA) Services to Children and Youth In Homeless Situations

Provision met Title I or McKinney-Vento Act Provision by LEA

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Sec. 1115(b)(2)(E); 20 U.S.C. 6315 (b)(2)(E):

Yes/No 1. A child or youth who is homeless and is attending any school in the LEA is automatically eligible for Title I services, regardless of their current academic performance.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, Sec. 722(g);42 U.S.C. 11432(g):

Policies and Procedures

Yes/No 2. LEAs must develop, review, and revise their policies to remove barriers to the enrollment and retention of children and youth in homeless situations. Students must enroll in, and have full and equal opportunity to succeed in, the schools of the LEA.

Yes/No 3. LEAs must adopt policies and practices to ensure that homeless children and youth are not segregated or stigmatized on the basis of their status as homeless. Schools must not provide services in settings within a school that segregates homeless children and youth from other children and youth, except as is necessary for short periods of time for health and safety emergencies or to provide temporary, special, and supplementary services.

Notification of Students' Educational Rights

Yes/No 4. The LEA liaison shall ensure that public notice of the educational rights of students in homeless situations is disseminated where children and youth receive services under the Act.

LEA Homeless Liaison

Yes/No 5. LEAs must designate an appropriate staff person as a local educational agency liaison for students in homeless situations. This person may also be a coordinator for other federal programs.

Yes/No a. LEA staff position has been designated as the liaison for students in homeless situations.

Yes/No b. LEA has supplied the contact information for the homeless to the NH Homeless Education office.

Yes/No 6. LEAs must inform school personnel, service providers, and advocates who work with families in homeless situations of the duties of the LEA homeless liaison.

Yes/No 7. The LEA liaison shall ensure that children and youth in homeless situations are identified by school personnel and through
coordination activities with other entities and agencies.

Enrollment-Related Issues

Yes/No 8. LEAs must immediately enroll students in homeless situations, even if they do not have required documents, such as school records, medical records, proof of residency, or other documents. The term "enroll" is defined as attending classes and participating fully in school activities.

Yes/No 9. LEAs must enroll a homeless child or youth in any public school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which child or youth is actually living are eligible to attend, or in their school of origin.

Yes/No 10. LEAs must keep homeless students in their school or origin, to the extent feasible, unless it is against the parent or guardian's wishes.

Students are permitted to remain in their school of origin for the duration of their homelessness or until the end of any academic year in which they move into permanent housing. "School of Origin" is defined as the school that the child or youth attended when permanently housed or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled.

Yes/No 11. LEAs must provide transportation to the school of origin, at the request of the parent or guardian, or, in the case of an unaccompanied youth, at the request of the district's homeless liaison. The LEA liaison shall ensure that parents and guardians and unaccompanied youth are fully informed of all transportation services, including to the school of origin, and are assisted in accessing transportation services.

Yes/No 12. Liaisons must help unaccompanied youth choose and enroll in a school, after considering the youths' wishes, and provide youth with notice of their right to appeal an enrollment decision that is not their choice. Liaisons must ensure that unaccompanied youth are immediately enrolled in school pending resolution of disputes that might arise over school enrollment or placement.

Yes/No 13. If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment in a school, the child or youth shall be immediately admitted to the school in which enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute. The child, youth, parent, or guardian shall be referred to the LEA liaison, who shall carry out the dispute resolution process as expeditiously as possible in accordance with the Enrollment Disputes section of the McKinney-Vento Act after receiving notice of the dispute.

Yes/No 14. A school must provide a written explanation of its decision and the right to appeal if a student is sent to a school other than that requested by a parent or guardian, or, in the case of an unaccompanied youth, at the request of the district's homeless liaison. The choice regarding placement shall be made regardless of whether the child or youth lives with the homeless parents or has been temporarily placed elsewhere.

Yes/No 15. Enrolling schools must obtain school records from the previous school. Students must be enrolled in school while records are obtained.

Yes/No 16. Any record ordinarily kept by the school, including immunization or medical records, academic records, birth certificates, guardianship records, and evaluations for special services or programs, regarding each homeless child or youth shall be maintained so that the records are available, in a timely fashion, when a child or youth enters a new school or school district; and in a manner consistent with section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. 1232g).

Yes/No 17. If the child or youth needs to obtain immunizations, or immunization or medical records, the enrolling school shall immediately refer the parent or guardian of the child or youth to the LEA liaison, who shall assist in obtaining immunizations or immunization or medical records. Students must be enrolled in school in the interim.

Coordination Requirements

Yes/No 18. The LEA shall coordinate the provision of services with local social services agencies and other agencies or programs providing services to homeless children and youths and their families, including services and programs funded under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (42U.S.C. 12705) to minimize educational disruption for children and youths who become homeless. This coordination shall be designed to ensure that homeless children and youths have access and reasonable proximity to available education and related support services (such as referrals to health, mental health, dental, and other appropriated services), and to raise awareness of school personnel and service providers of the effects of short-term stays in a shelter and other challenges associated with homelessness.

Yes/No 19. Liaisons must collaborate and coordinate with the State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, and community and school personnel responsible for the provision of education and related services to children and youth in homeless situations.

Comparable Services

Yes/No 20. Each homeless child or youth to be assisted shall be provided services comparable to services offered to other students in the school selected, including transportation services, educational services for which the child or youth meet the eligibility criteria (Title I, Head Start, Even Start, Pre-school, educational programs for children with disabilities or for students with limited English proficiency), programs in vocational and technical education, programs for gifted and talented students, and school nutrition programs.

Parental/Guardian Involvement

Yes/No 21. The LEA liaison must inform parents or guardians of educational and related opportunities available to their children and provide them with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children.

Title I, Part A, Set-Asides

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Sec. 1112(b)(1)(O):

The plan shall include a description of the services the local educational agency will provide homeless children, including the services provided with funds reserved under Title I, Part A Sec.1113.

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Sec. 1113(c)(3)(A):

Before allocating funds, an LEA shall reserve funds as necessary to provide services comparable to those provided to children in Title I, Part A schools to serve homeless children who do not attend participating schools, including providing educationally related support services to children in shelters and other locations where children may live.

22. Amount of funds reserved by the LEA under Title I, Part A for services to children and youth in homeless situations: $_______________.

Please describe briefly the rationale or calculation method used to arrive at this set-aside amount.


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