Information for Parents and School-Aged Youth
A family qualifies for Youth in Transition if a family or student lives in any of the following situations:
- In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
- In a hotel/motel-not paid for by any type of insurance
- On the street
- In an abandoned building, trailer, campsite, or other inadequate accommodations
- Doubled-up with friends or relatives because affordable housing cannot be found - and that doubled-up situation puts the family or students sleeping in some type of temporary situation/location
If a family meets the above criteria, or you are an unaccompanied youth, please complete the following steps:
- COMPLETE THE NECESSARY FORMS:
- Turn in the completed forms to the school site. The school site will fax your completed forms to (858) 679-2630. If you need help with the forms, please contact the school site for assistance.
ONLY VALID FOR CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR - BY LAW, EACH FAMILY MUST RE-APPLY AND RE-QUALIFY EACH SCHOOL YEAR.
School-Aged children have certain rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. Those rights are:
- Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there. Must be given access to the same public education provided to other children.
- Continue in the school attended before becoming homeless or the school last attended, if that is the choice and is feasible. If a school sends a child to a school other than the one requested, the school must provide a written explanation and offer the right to appeal the decision.
- Receive transportation assistance to the school attended before the family became homeless, if feasible, and a parent/guardian requests such assistance.
- Attend a school and participate in school programs with children who are not homeless. (Children cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless.)
- Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
- Enroll and attend classes while the school and family seek to resolve a dispute over enrolling the children.
- Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.
If further assistance is needed, call the numbers listed below:
Poway Unified School District contact: Katie Wu, Youth In Transition Coordinator, (858) 748-0010, ext 2039
State Coordinator: Leanne Wheeler (916) 657-2871
National Center for Homeless Education free help line: 1-800-308-2145
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Information for Parents and Youth-Bilingual (for your reference only)