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RIVER FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT: Annual Notice - Homeless Children

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 11:20pm

River Falls, Wisconsin 54022
The McKinney-Vento Act defines children and youth who are homeless (twenty-one years of age and younger) as:
• Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and youth who are:
o sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of
housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
(sometimes referred to as double-up);
o living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate
o living in emergency or transitional shelters;
o abandoned in hospitals; or
o awaiting foster care placement.
• Children and youth who have a primary nighttime
residence that is a public or private place not
designated for, or ordinarily used as, a 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.
• Migratory children who qualify as homeless because
they are living in circumstances described above.
If you are personally aware of or are acquainted with any children who may qualify according to the above criteria, the River Falls School District provides the following assurances to parents of homeless children:
• The local district staff person (liaison) for homeless children
is Denise Horsman, Middle School Guidance Counselor,
715-425-1820 x3357, and denise.horsman@
• There shall be immediate enrollment and school participation, even if educational and medical records and proof of residency are not available.
• All educational opportunities and related opportunities for homeless students (preschool to age 21), including unaccompanied youth, shall be the same as for the general student population.
• Enrollment and transportation rights, including transportation to the school of origin. “School of origin” is defined as the school the child or youth attended when permanently housed or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled.
• Written explanation of a child or youth’s school placement, other than school of origin or the school requested by the parent, with the right to appeal within the local dispute resolution process.
• Meaningful opportunities for parents to participate in the education of their children. These shall include: special notices of events, parent-teacher conferences, newsletters, and access to student records.
Please contact Denise Horsman, homeless liaison for the River Falls School District for additional information about homeless issues. Denise can be reached at 715-425-1820 x3357, or at denise.horsman@
___________________________________ (Pub. 08/01/13) WNAXLP