Foster Care Links
Students classified as homeless under McKinney-Vento are entitled to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths free from barriers that many homeless students face.
Those rights include:
- Staying in the same school even if you move, and receiving transportation to that school, as long as it is in the student’s best interest
- Enrolling in school immediately without the documents schools usually require
- Receiving free school meals
- Getting help with school supplies and other needs
- Extra support for youth who are on their own
- Help connecting young children with early childhood services
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorized in 2015 to include protections for students in foster care. The inclusion of foster care in ESSA aimed to enhance collaboration and align both education and child welfare systems to improve educational outcomes.
How do LEAs and CCYAs Meet the Provisions
- Collaboration between School Districts and CYS agencies
- School Placement Best Interest Determinations (BIDs) - Students placed in foster care must remain in their school of origin unless a determination is made that it is not in the child's best interest.
- Immediate Enrollment and Records Transfers - If the BID meeting determines that the student should not remain in the school of origin then enrolling the student(s) in the new district should occur immediately. Enrollment must not be denied or delayed because documents normally required for enrollment have not been provided.
- Transportation - LEAs and CCYAs must collaborate to provide, arrange, and fund transportation for students to attend the school placement determined by the BID.