501.16 – Homeless Children and Youth
The Colfax-Mingo Community School District believes all students should have access to a free, appropriate public education. The district will ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as other children and youth.
The term “homeless children and youth” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The term includes:
- Children and youth who are:
- Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as “doubled-up”);
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; – Living in emergency or transitional shelters; or
- Abandoned in hospitals.
- Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
- Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
To help ensure that homeless children and youth have a full opportunity to enroll, attend, and succeed at school, the Board shall:
- Designate the At-Risk Coordinator as the local homeless children and youth liaison;
- Provide training opportunities for staff so staff may help identify and meet the needs of homeless children and youth;
- Remove barriers, including those associated with fees, fines, and absences, to the identification, enrollment, retention, attendance, and/or success in school for homeless children and youth;
- Ensure collaboration and coordination with other service providers;
- Ensure transportation is provided in accordance with legal requirements;
- Ensure the privacy of student records, as provided by applicable law, including information about a homeless child or youth’s living situation;
- Engage in the dispute resolution process for decisions relating to the educational placement of homeless children and youth as provided by applicable law; and
- Prohibit the segregation of a homeless child or youth from other students enrolled in the district.
The superintendent may develop an administrative process or procedures to implement this policy.
NOTE: This is a mandatory policy.
NOTE: The United States Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Education has additional information about the implementation of the policy. For additional information, please visit:
- The “Education Department Releases Guidance on Homeless Children and Youth” section of the United States Department of Education’s website, located at http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-releases-guidancehomeless-children-and-youth.
- The “Homeless Education” section of the Iowa Department of Education’s website, located at https://www.educateiowa.qov/pk-lfftitle-programs/title-x-part-c-homelesseducation
Legal Reference: 20 U.S.C. 6301.; 42 U.S.C. 1 1302.; 42 U.S.C. 1 1431 et seq.; 281 1.A.C. 33.;
Cross Reference: 501 Student Attendance; 503.3 Fines – Fees – Charges; 506 Student Records 507.1 Student Health and Immunization Certificates; 603.3 Special Education; 71 1.1 Student School Transportation Eligibility
Date of Adoption: February 7, 2005