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Federal guidelines, as set forth in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, require that school districts identify children who are homeless. The Federal mandate, and the intention of the Fox Chapel Area School District, is to ensure that homeless children and youth have access to free appropriate public education on an equal basis with other children. Children who are homeless, including those living with others, may qualify for assistance with school lunch, with school supplies/materials, with tutoring, and with transportation so that if you wish, they can remain in their school of origin.
If you believe your child(ren) may qualify for this service, please contact the principal of your school. You may also contact my office at (412) 967-2414.
The term "homeless children and youth" means individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence . . .;(Section 725).
Homeless children may be identified as living in the following situations:
• Public or private shelters.
• Public or private places not designated for/or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations such as vehicles, parks, motels, campgrounds, etc.
• Living with a parent in a domestic violence shelter.
• Runaway children (under age 18) and children who have been abandoned or forced out of the home by parents or other caretakers. They may be in temporary shelters awaiting assistance from social service agencies, or may live alone on the street or move from place to place among family members, friends or acquaintances. This also includes such youth from 18 to 21 years of age who may still be eligible for educational services in regular or special education.
• Children of migrant families who lack adequate housing.
• Children abandoned in hospitals or awaiting foster care.
• School-age, unwed or expectant mothers living in houses for unwed mothers when they have no
other available living accommodations.
If your living situation changes over the summer or during the school year and your child(ren) become homeless, please be sure to contact the principal of his or her school or my office. We will work with you to minimize the disruption of your child(ren)'s education.
Gene Freeman, Ed.D.