Ed Code 48853.5 defines a foster youth as:
“Any foster child who has been removed from his or her home pursuant to Section 309 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, is the subject of a petition filed under Section 300 or 602 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, or has been removed from his or her home and is the subject of a petition filed under Section 300 or 602 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.”
Students who are identified as homeless as defined by McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, may enroll in Alternative Education Programs.
The following assistance and accommodations are required by McKinney-Vento:
School districts must maintain enrollment for students who are in homeless situations in their school of origin,unless it is against the wishes of the parents or guardians. Students may remain in their school of original school of origin the entire time they are homeless and until the end of any academic year in which they move into permanent housing.
School districts must immediately enroll students who are in homeless situations,even if they do not have required documents,such as school records,medical records,proof of residency, or other mandatory documents.
Signatures for Documents
Homeless students may sign their own educational documents for enrollment. The designated homeless liaison may also sign documents related to enrollment for student.
At a parent's or guardian's request, students who are experiencing homelessness must be provided with transportation to and from their school of origin.
Free lunch-Students who are experiencing homelessness automatically qualify for free lunch status. Immediate eligibility is granted.
To comply with these requirements, Monterey County Office of Education Alternative Programs provides and coordinates enrollment, tutoring, mentoring, immunization support, and employment services
For further information regarding Foster or Homeless Youth enrollments in Alternative Programs, please contact Debra Brau, Program Coordinator II (SPED/Pupil Services) 831-755-0300 x031
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