The McKinney-Vento Act (section 725) defines “homeless children and youth” (school age and younger) as: Children who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:
ØSharing the housing of other persons due to loss of home, hardship caused by economy, or “doubled up”.
ØLiving in hotel, trailer park or camp grounds due to limited options
ØLiving in an emergency or transitional home/shelter
ØAbandoned in hospitals
ØAwaiting foster care placement
Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing or similar settings are considered homeless.
Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for sleeping.
Migrant children qualify as homeless if they are living in situations mentioned.
The term unaccompanied youth includes a young person not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. This would include runaways living in shelters, abandoned buildings, cars, on the streets or in other inadequate housing; children and youth denied housing by their families; and school-age unwed mothers living in homes for unwed mothers because of no other available options.
As a parent of a homeless student your child has the right to:
ØGo to school without regard for where they live or the length of time they have lived there.
ØAttend either the new school or the school of origin if it is what is desired. The school of origin is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled.
ØStudents may receive transportation to and from the school they chose to attend.
ØStudents’ enrollment will not be delayed even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment such as a birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records or immunization and medical records. Students attend all classes and participate fully in all school activities while the school transfers records. Students without a Social Security number will be provided a student identification number.
ØStudents will have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students.
ØStudents will not be segregated based upon a status of homeless.
ØStudents will receive free meal eligibility.
The determination of homelessness will be made on a case-by-case basis by the homeless liaison. Jacksonville City Schools will use the definition above but also consider the relative permanence of the living arrangements. For further information or assistance with available services, please contact:
Mrs. Texan Dixon
Jacksonville City Schools
Local support that may be of assistance:
Calhoun County Department of Human Resources
801 Noble Street
Anniston, AL 36201
Calhoun County Health Department
3400 McClellan Blvd.
Calhoun Cleburne Mental Health Center
1630 Coleman Road
Anniston, AL 36201
Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center
206 Francis Street
Jacksonville, AL 36265
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: The Jacksonville City Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and Title IX: Dr. Mark Petersen, Superintendent, 123 College St., SW, Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 782-5682.