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Title: Kids Without Homes: A School District Responds


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Kids Without HomesA School District Responds
  • Wichita Falls ISD
  • Homeless Education Training

2
Contact Information
  • Federal Programs Director
  • Jan Banner
  • Office Phone (940) 235-1026x15025
  • Email jbanner_at_wfisd.net

Homeless Education Coordinator / School Social
Worker
  • Name Debbie Gonzalez, LBSW
  • Office Phone (940) 235-1032x16036
  • Email dgonzalez_at_wfisd.net

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Troubling Statistics
The younger the child, the more likely he or she
is to live in poverty.
Percentage of Texas Children Living in Poverty
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Homeless Statistics in Wichita Falls
  • Number of students identified
  • as living in a Homeless situation in
  • 2008-2009
  • 306
  • Number of students identified
  • as living in a homeless situation in
  • 2009-2010
  • 515

5
  • Number of students identified as
  • living in a homeless situation in
  • 2010-2011
  • 493
  • Number of students identified as
  • living in a homeless situation in
  • 2011-2012
  • 490

6
Stereotypes of Homelessness

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Why do people become homeless?
Poverty Lack of affordable housing Loss of
job Economic hardships
8
Who is homeless?
The Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance
Act Says that children and youth who lack a
fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime
residence are homeless.
9
The McKinney-Vento Act
  • The definition of homeless
  • children and youth includes
  • unaccompanied youth not
  • living with a parent or
  • legal guardian.

10
Who is homeless??
  • Families living in doubled-up situations
  • Families living in a hotel/motel
  • Families or Children living in shelters-Faith
    Mission, Childrens Home, Teen Shelter, First
    Step
  • Families moving from place to place
  • Unaccompanied youth

11
Who is homeless?
  • Families staying in locations not designed for
    ordinary sleeping accommodations such as a car or
    the park
  • Children who have been informally placed outside
    their home, not living with a biological parent.

12

Increasing Awareness
Life is difficult for our homeless students
Stress Factors include
  • Transient / unstable lifestyle
  • Living in crowded conditions
  • Frequently changing schools
  • Inadequate personal hygiene
  • Shabby or unclean clothing
  • Poor health / nutrition
  • Emotional and social difficulties

13
Federal Law
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
defines and protects the rights of homeless
students to enroll in, attend, and succeed in our
public schools
14
Texas Education Code
Chapter 25 of the Texas Education Code
specifies that a student who is homeless is
entitled to admission in any Texas school district
15
The McKinney-Vento Act
What you must know about the law
  • Educational Stability
  • Transportation
  • Immediate Enrollment

16
The McKinney-Vento Act
Key Provisions of the Law
  • Immediate Enrollment
  • Choice of Schools
  • Transportation
  • Services
  • Dispute Resolution

17
Making a Difference
Ways You Can Assist Our Students in Homeless
Situations
  • Direct Assistance
  • Indirect Assistance

18
Identifying students in homeless situations
Identification
  • The law requires all school districts
  • to identify students in homeless
  • situations. Identifying students in
  • homeless situations is also an
  • important way to create greater
  • awareness of homelessness in the
  • school district and community.

19
Identification
  • Student Residency Questionnaires
  • (SRQ)
  • SRQs are designed to assist with
  • identification of students who
  • might be in homeless situations.
  • All students, OLD and NEW, must
  • fill out an SRQ form.

20
Identification
  • As we all know, living situations
  • may change several times for
  • some of our kids during the
  • school year. School Staff are the
  • eyes and ears when it comes to
  • Identification. When you hear
  • that a living situation might have
  • changed, go talk to your
  • campuses homeless contact.

21
Assisting our Homeless Students
can make a difference!
You
  • Professional development
  • Identification
  • Immediate assistance
  • Continuing care
  • Expanding outreach
  • Effective communications

22
Online Resources
TEA Online http//www.tea.state.tx.us/
  • Correspondence list for
  • Administrators
  • Subscribe to TEA listservs at
  • http//www.tea.state.tx.us/list/

23
Online Resources
USDE Online http//www.ed.gov/
Main web page links to
  • NCLB legislation
  • NCLB regulations
  • NCLB policy guidelines
  • Federal Register Notes
  • NCLB resources
  • Grant competitions

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