If your family lives in any of the following situation:
* In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
* On the street
* In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations
* In shared housing with friends or relatives because you cannot afford housing
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act provides protections for your preschool-aged and school-aged children.
Your children can:
* Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there.
* Continue in the school they attended when you became homeless, if feasible. If a school with a written explanation, and you have the
right to appeal the decision.
* Receive transportation to the school they attended before your family became homeless or the school they last attended, if you or a
guardian requests such transportation.
* Enroll in school without giving a permanent address. Schools cannot require a proof of residency that might prevent or delay school
* Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents
required for enrollment.
* Receive special programs and services, if needed.
When you move, you should do the following:
* Contact your school district's local liaison for homeless education for help in enrolling your child in a new school or arranging for your
child to continue in his or her former school.
* Contact the school and provide any information you may think will assist the teachers in helping your child adjust to new circumstances.
* Ask the local for homeless education for assistance with required school clothing (e.g. P.E. clothing) and supplies, if needed.
Caldor Fire Displaced Families
If you have been displaced by the Caldor fire and need assistance, please contact Renee Mallot immediately. Here are some resources available to you:
RUSD offers both Extended School Year for Special Education students who qualify and a RISE program for socio-economically disadvantaged and English Learner students in June. The Extended School year program is run through the Department of Student Services and helps students work on established Individualized Educational goals. The RISE program is usually three to four weeks in length and focuses on essential standards in English Language Arts and Math. RISE registration is by invitation only and is usually sent to parents in April each year, following Spring Break.
For more information on any of the RUSD Special Programs, please contact:
Jennifer Lawson/Coordinator of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Special Services