McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act
Lynn Public Schools Policy for Homeless Children and Unaccompanied Minors
The Lynn Public Schools ensures the implementation of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act regarding identification, enrollment, attendance and success in school of homeless children and unaccompanied youth in grades Pre-Kindergarten – 12. The responsibility to ensure the implementation has been assigned to Parent Information Center's Director and staff.
The Lynn Public Schools' Parent Information Center is the central registration office for all admissions and within system transfers of students. The Lynn Public Schools' Homeless Liaison interviews all parents to identify homeless children and unaccompanied youth. School placement is immediate regardless if the families do not have all required documents. After identification of a homeless child(ren) or unaccompanied youth, the homeless liaison who is also a registered nurse provides the following assistance:
1) Contacts social workers or agencies involved with the family.
2) Contacts last school placement to secure school records and immunization records.
3) Administers immunizations as needed.
4) Arranges transportation.
5) Arranges for free breakfast and lunch.
6) Ensures the correct educational placement by coordinating services through the Language Support and Special Needs Office.
7) Ensures student integration in the regular education setting.
8) Researches and resolves appeals and disputes requested by parents.
9) Works directly with schools to identify student who become homeless during the current school year.
10) Coordinates with shelters, motels, and state agencies to ensure access to all available benefits.
11) Provides information to parents regarding after school and night school programs.
12) Schedules visits to shelter, motels and residences as requested by school staff and for the purpose of assisting homeless families.
13) Provides information, education and training around issues homelessness for school personnel.
14) Coordinates crisis intervention, advocacy and clinical services for homeless students and families.
15) Arranges counseling services at the motels and shelters by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
For more information, you may wish to contact http://www.doe.mass.edu/mv/ and www.mahomeless.org