We have a 10th grade student staying in domestic violence shelter. The parent will not divulge the address of the shelter and is requesting her child be picked up and dropped off at a donut shop. How are these types of situations usually handled? Our statewide transportation system will not pick up students at storefronts, and also the LEA needs a contact address.

Answer: In situations like this, schools cannot require the address of the shelter.  Many or most domestic violence shelters do not allow residents to share the address.  That is a critical element of safety for all the families staying there. If the school were to...

I have a student who was identified under McKinney-Vento this school year, and now recently has been placed in foster care. Should we continue to serve the student under McKinney-Vento, or under the Title I foster care provisions? (If under McKinney-Vento, the districts split the cost of transportation; however, under foster care, our child welfare agency reimburses the cost of transportation.)

Answer: If a student is identified as experiencing homelessness under the McKinney-Vento Act this school year, and later in the year is taken into child welfare custody and put in foster care, the district can continue serving the student under McKinney-Vento for the...

We are working with a first-year college student, whom we identified as an unaccompanied homeless youth during her senior year of high school. Our Youth Education Advocate is still in contact with her and gave her a new letter to assist her with her FAFSA application for next school year. However, her financial aid office is saying she no longer qualifies as homeless because she lives on campus. Is that right?

Answer: No, that is not correct. The Application and Verification Guide (AVG) from the US Department of Education is clear on this point.  On pages 121-122, the guide contains the following information: About the definition of homeless:  “It also includes living...

What can we do for a high school senior who came from out of state, with all the credits she needs to graduate, but who is not able to take our state-required graduation test in time to receive the results before graduation?

Answer: The McKinney-Vento Act requires the school district and state to remove barriers to retention in school.  42 USC §11432(g)(1)(I). It certainly is a barrier to retention if a student who has recently moved from out of state, and who has all the credits needed...

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