Local Liaison Contact Information-
Jamie Synan, Executive Director of Student Support -Services
office phone - 910-610-8329
State Coordinator for NC Homeless Education Program
§11431. Statement of policy
The following is the policy of the Congress:
(1) Each State educational agency shall ensure that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youths.
(2) In any State where compulsory residency requirements or other requirements, in laws, regulations, practices, or policies, may act as a barrier to the identification of, or the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of, homeless children and youths, the State educational agency and local educational agencies in the State will review and undertake steps to revise such laws, regulations, practices, or policies to ensure that homeless children and youths are afforded the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths.
(3) Homelessness is not sufficient reason to separate students from the mainstream school environment.
(4) Homeless children and youths should have access to the education and other services that such children and youths need to ensure that such children and youths have an opportunity to meet the same challenging State academic standards to which all students are held.
Children or youth you lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, including:
- Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accomodations
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters
- Living in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarialy used as a regular sleeping accomodation for human beings
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
- Migratory children living in the above circumstances
- Unaccompanied youth living in the above circumstances
Parent/Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Rights
Unaccompanied homeless youth are ensured the same educational rights that the McKinney-Vento Act provides for other homeless students, which include the right to:
- Enroll immediately, even if they do not have paperwork normally required for enrollment
- Attend either the local attendance area school or the school of origin, with the placement decision based on the students's best interest
- Remain in the school of origin for the duration of the hoelessness or until the end of the school year in which the student becomes permanently housed
- Receive transportation to and from the school of origin
- Receive educational services, such as free school meals, Title I services; and participate in gifted and talented programs, vocational education, alternative education, and any other services comparable to what housed students receive
- Not to be stigmitized or segregated on the basis of their status as homeless
In additiona to the provisions that apply to homeless students, the McKinney Vento Act includes the following provisionsspecifically for unaccomanied homeless youth:
- Unaccompanied homeless youth shall be immediately enrolled without proof of guardianship
- During a dispute over selectionor enrollmet, unaccompianed homeless youth shall receive a written statement explaining the school's decision, the youth's right to appeal decision, and a referral to the local liaison