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Educational rights of homeless children and youths

What homeless families need to know
  • Homeless children have the right to free and adequate education.
  • You do not need a permanent address to enroll your child in school.
  • Homeless children have the right to stay in their home if the parents choose.
  • Your child may not be denied school enrollment just because school records or other enrollment documentation are not immediately available.
  • Your child has the right to participate in extracurricular activities and all federal, state, or local programs for which he/she is eligible. 
Sonoran Schools will ensure that a homeless child or youth is able to enroll in school immediately regardless of their ability to provide the proper documentation for enrollment by following the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Sonoran Schools will provide transportation to and from the school of origin. Sonoran Schools agrees not to stigmatize or segregate students on the basis of their homelessness status. Furthermore, Sonoran Schools will ensure that each homeless child or youth will have every opportunity to participate in activities and classes regardless of their status as homeless; Sonoran Schools shall not segregate students on the basis of homelessness. For this policy, Homeless Child and Youth refers to any child who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

Each school has a Homeless Education Liaison who may be reached by calling the front office of the school.

Although not an exhaustive list, enrollment may not be denied on the basis of the student lacking any of the following documentation:
A. Previous school records;
B. Medical or immunization records;
C. Proof of residency;
D. Birth certificate; or
E. Proof of guardianship.

Education of Homeless Children and Youth dispute resolution process
If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment for a student eligible under the McKinney-Vento Act:

The child or youth shall be immediately admitted to the school in which enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute. Sonoran Schools will provide its share of the transportation to the school selected for the duration of the dispute resolution process.

The child, youth, parent, or guardian shall be referred to the local school’s Homeless Education Liaison, who shall carry out the dispute resolution process as expeditiously as possible after receiving notice of the dispute. In the case of an unaccompanied youth, the Homeless Education Liaison shall ensure that the youth is immediately enrolled in school pending the resolution of the dispute.

The Homeless Education Liaison shall work through the expedited dispute resolution process. For Sonoran Schools, that process involves:

The Homeless Education Liaison along with the Dean of Students at the school shall determine if a student is considered homeless. They will review the student’s educational records, if any, and residency survey, interview parents or guardian, if any, and investigate the student’s living conditions. The team will determine if a student is homeless within 7 days of being notified.

Sonoran Schools will provide the parent, guardian, or homeless youth with:
  • A written explanation of the school’s decision regarding school selection or enrollment, and:
  • Written forms so that, if dissatisfied with the school’s decision, the parent, guardian, or youth may appeal the decision to the state level.
A homeless student is entitled to the following services from the school
Once a student is determined to be homeless, the School will ensure the student receives the following services, as necessary:
  • Transportation;
  • Educational services for which the student meets eligibility criteria, such as education programs for disadvantaged students, students with disabilities and gifted and talented students;
  • Title I services, including free school meals;
  • Preschool programs;
  • Before-and-after school care programs; and
  • Programs for students with limited English proficiency.
Homeless students face heightened levels of disability and English language challenges and Sonoran Schools is committed to supporting homeless students with all of the necessary special education and English Language Learner services the student may require. To accomplish this, the school will prioritize students it has identified as homeless during the Child Find process under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and will collaborate with the child’s former school, if known, about the most effective interventions to help that child succeed.
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1489 W. Elliot Road, Suite # D103
Chandler, AZ 85233

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