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The goal of the homeless assistance program at AACS is to ensure that all children and youth, including preschoolers, have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education, as non-homeless children and youth in accordance with McKinney-Vento. 
The rights of homeless parents and their children

The rights of homeless parents and their children

Your child has the right to: 
Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there;
  • Stay in the school that he or she was attending before becoming homeless or the school he or she last attended, if that is your choice and it is feasible;
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if you do not have all the paperwork, such as your child’s school or medical records; 
  • Access the same special programs and services that are provided to other children, including special education, migrant education and vocational education;
  • Receive the same public education that is provided to other children, including preschool. (Your child cannot be separated from the mainstream school environment because he or she is homeless.
He or she cannot be segregated in a separate school, separate programs within a school or separate settings within a school). If your child is assigned to a school not of your choosing, the school district must explain its decision in writing. You have the right to appeal the district’s decision regarding the school to which your child has been assigned. Your child has the right to go to the school of your choice while the dispute is being resolved.

AACS Board Policy

Immediate Enrollment
The District has an obligation to remove barriers to the enrollment and retention of homeless students.  A school chosen on the basis of a best interest determination must immediately enroll the homeless student, even if the student does not have the documentation typically necessary for enrollment, such as immunization and other required health records, proof of residency, proof of guardianship, birth certificate or previous academic records.  The homeless student must also be enrolled immediately regardless of whether the student missed application or enrollment deadlines during the period of homelessness or has outstanding fines or fees.
The enrolling school must immediately contact the school last attended by the homeless student to obtain relevant academic or other records.  If the student needs immunization or other health records, the enrolling school must immediately refer the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth to the local liaison, who will help obtain the immunizations, screenings or other required health records.  Records usually maintained by the school must be kept so that they are available in a timely fashion if the child enters a new school or district.  These records include immunization or other required health records, academic records, birth certificates, guardianship records, and evaluations for special services or programs.  Procedures for inter-State records transfer between schools should be taken into account in order to facilitate immediate enrollment.
In addition, the District will also make sure that, once identified for services, the homeless student is attending classes and not facing barriers to accessing academic and extracurricular activities, including magnet school, summer school, career and technical education, advanced placement, online learning, and charter school programs (if available).
Please reference Board Policy 5111.01 for more information.
Dragon Empowerment Center

Dragon Empowerment Center

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The McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program was designed to make sure all homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education as children and youth who are not homeless. This includes preschool education.
State and local educational agencies are required to develop, review and revise policies to remove barriers to the enrollment, attendance and success in school that homeless children and youth may experience. Local educational agencies also must provide homeless children and youth with the opportunity to meet the same challenging state content and state student performance standards to which all students are held.
Ohio Department of Education

Ohio Department of Education

Tom Dannis
Ohio Department of Education Center for Accountability and Continuous Improvement
Office of Federal Programs
25 S. Front St., Mail Stop 404
Columbus, OH 43215-4183
Phone: (614) 466-4161
Fax: (614) 752-1622
Toll-free: (877) 644-6338
TTY: (614) 387-0970
Website: Keyword: Homeless Students


Coalition on Homelessness and Housing (COHHIO) • (614) 280-1984
LAU Resource Center for English as a Second Language (ESL) Bilingual and Multicultural Education Keyword: Limited English Proficient Students • (614) 466-9827
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
• (866) 862-2562
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty • (202) 638-2535
SERVE Improving Learning through Research and Development (800) 308-2145 (Toll-free)
U.S. Department of Education (800) USA-LEARN • (800) 872-5327 (Toll Free)
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How can you help your child?

How can you help your child?

Make sure your child attends school every day; 
Read to your child. Even a few minutes a day makes a difference. 
Make education a family priority 
Help your child develop good study habits;
Meet with your child’s teachers and other school personnel.


Contact the school district’s local liaison for homeless education for help in enrolling your child in a new school or arranging for your child to continue in his or her former school;
Contact the school and provide any information you think will assist the teachers in helping your child adjust to the new situation; 
Tell the school the date you are leaving and start the transfer of your records;
Ask for a copy of your child’s school records, including: 
An updated transcript; 
The grade your child is in;
Any important medical information about your child’s needs; 
Scores your child made on any standardized tests;
If possible, allow your child to say goodbye to friends and teachers.