Senate Bill 291 (2009) created sections 167.018 and 167.019, RSMo, otherwise known as the “Foster Care Education Bill of Rights”. These laws require public school districts and child-placing agencies to ensure foster children don’t fall through the cracks when it comes to receiving an education.
DISTRICT AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS
CORONAVIRUS AIDE, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT (CARES)
PUBLIC NOTICE Nonpublic School Participation in Services through the Coronavirus Aide, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act into law.
The CARES Act is a $2 trillion relief package to address the economic fallout related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The McKinney-Vento Act, part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, guarantees homeless children and youths an education equal to what they would receive if not homeless.
The term Homeless-means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
Children and youths who are sharing the housing of others due to a loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds due to a lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals, or are awaiting foster-care placement.
Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodations for human beings.
Children and youths 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 for the purposes of this definition because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses 1 through 3.
*If the residence is not fixed, regular and adequate, it is considered a homeless situation.
The McKinney-Vento Act requires the Milan School District to immediately enroll homeless children and youths even if a child or youth is unable to produce the records normally required for enrollment, such as previous academic records, immunization, and medical records, proof of residency, birth certificates, or other documentation.
Services and Opportunities
Children and youths in homeless situations are entitled to services comparable to those offered to other students. These include, but are not limited to, services for children and youths with disabilities, programs for students with limited English proficiency, vocational and technical education programs, and programs for gifted and talented students.
Children and youths who are homeless are also eligible for school nutrition programs sponsored by the U.S... Department of Agriculture and for services under Title I of the Agriculture and for services under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that target students most at risk of failing in school.
Definitions of Homeless
Children in foster care are not considered to be homeless unless they are temporarily placed in foster care because of a lack of shelter space.
Children who are runaways are considered to be homeless even if their parents have provided or are willing to provide a home for them.
All abandoned children are homeless until fixed, regular, and adequate residence is established
Children who live with friends or relatives because of loss of housing or other similar situation are considered homeless.
Children living in doubled-up families may be considered homeless if the family is doubled up or tripled up because of loss of housing or a similar situation.
School-aged, unwed mothers or mothers-to-be who reside in a home for unwed mothers are considered homeless if they have no other available living accommodations.
Migrant children are not considered homeless unless they meet the definition in the McKinney Act.
If you have any further questions regarding homeless qualifications please contact Ashley Pauley, Milan C-2 Homeless Coordinator at 660-265-4414.