quotHelp for Displaced Studentsquot Program Information

"Help for Displaced Students" Program Information

Beaumont ISD is committed to assisting children experiencing temporary displacement from permanent housing overcome barriers to enrollment and fully participate in instruction and school programs.

 

 

 

District's Responsibilities

 

BISD offers services to students and their families who lack permanent housing in accordance with the rules and guidelines of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Additional information is available on this website and at each of the District's campuses as well as the Office of Student Services.

 

The District's Homeless Liaison is also available to assist families/student's who are temporarily displaced and need help with enrollment and/or other services.

 

BEAUMONT ISD HOMELESS PROGRAM LIAISON:

Mrs. Senecia Saveat

3395 Harrison Avenue

Beaumont, Texas 77706

Phone: (409) 617-5109 or (409) 617-5107

Fax: (409) 617-5194

Email: shelm@bmtisd.com

 

Definition of Homelessness

 

According to the McKinney-Vento Assistance Act, children are considered homeless if they lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, even if the residence is outside the boundaries of Beaumont ISD.

 

Examples of children and youth who would fall under this definition include those:

  • Living in an emergency shelter or transitional shelter program.

  • Living in a hotel/motel (due to crisis), campground, or a similar situation due to lack of alternative housing,

  • Living in a bus station, park, car, or abandoned building,

  • Foster children awaiting foster care placement,

  • Unaccompanied youth, abandoned in a hospital or treatment center, runaways or those denied housing by family.

  • Temporarily sharing housing with family/friends due to crisis - loss of housing, economic hardship, eviction, natural disaster, fleeing abuse/violence, etc.,

 

 

What is the Enrollment Procedure?

 

A Student Residency Questionnaire (SRQ) will be provided to all families or unaccompanied youth seeking enrollment and distributed annually to currently enrolled students. The SRQ will be used to determine initial eligibility for services. Students meeting initial McKinney-Vento eligibility requirements will be enrolled without extended delay. (within 3 school days).

 

           Student Residency Questionnaire:  English    Spanish

 

 

What Documents are Required to Enroll the Child in School?

 

The enrollment procedure begins with the completion of the Student Residency Questionnaire (SRQ) form.

 

You will also need to provide the following documents either while or after enrolling the child:

 

Do not delay in enrolling the child in school. If you do not have these documents, the Homeless Liaison can possibly help you obtain them.

 

 

What Services Will the Student Receive?

 

The Beaumont Independent School District provides the following services to students who are temporarily displaced and meet the qualification under the McKinney-Vento Assistance Act: 

  • Immediate enrollment, including enrollment into the district's PreK4 program if age
    requirements 
    are met,

  • Free meals through the National School Lunch Program,

  • Bus transportation service to the school of origin or newly zoned school, if two or miles away or within a board-declared hazardous route,

  • Assistance/support from the District's Homeless Liaison.

 

What School will the Student Attend?

 

The McKinney-Vento Act affords a student who meets eligibility requirements for assistance the choice between two campuses where he or she can attend school. A child or youth experiencing homelessness can either continue in their school of origin or they can enroll in the school of the attendance zone where they are actually living while homeless. A determination must be made as to which campus the student will attend based on the "best interest" of the student.

 

When determining the school of "best interest", a homeless child or youth should, to the extent feasible, remain in the school of origin unless doing so is contrary to the wishes of the child's or youth's parent or guardian or is contrary to the wishes of an unaccompanied youth. In making the decision, careful thought and consideration should be given to the following factors:

  • special needs of the child,
  • continuity of instruction,
  • length of temporary stay at the nighttime location,
  • time and distance to transport the child to and from school.

 

If a school district believes it is in a child or youth's best interest to enroll in a school other than the school of origin or the school of choice, the district must provide a written explanation of its decision to the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth with a statement regarding the right to appeal the placement decision.

 

What about Transportation?

 

Regular district bus transportation is provided to the school of origin or newly zoned school if residing two miles or more from the school or along a board declared hazardous route.

 

  • District transportation for homeless education MUST be coordinated through the district homeless liaison.

  • Districts are not obligated to provide transportation to locations other than to/from a school district and primary nighttime residence.

  • District transportation obligations apply only to necessary school attendance during the regular school day unless lack of extended-day transportation is a barrier to the student’s full participation in school and academic opportunities for academic success to the degree provided to students who are permanently housed.

  • The same behavior rules apply for ALL students provided district transportation regardless of housing status. In accordance with Student Code of Conduct, when appropriate disciplinary management techniques fail to improve student behavior or when specific misconduct warrants immediate removal, the principal may restrict or revoke a student’s transportation privileges, in accordance with law.

 

What if there is a disagreement over eligibility, enrollment, or transportation?

 

The parent/legal guardian or unaccompanied youth has the right to dispute any eligibility, enrollment or transportation decision that would serve the "best interest" of the student. The homeless liaison can assist families in understanding and starting the appeal process.

 

During the appeal, the student has the right to remain in attendance at the school where enrollment is sought while the dispute is being resolved. Further, the McKinney-Vento Act’s transportation requirements also apply while disputes are being resolved. Therefore, at the request of the parent or guardian (or in the case of an unaccompanied youth, the homeless liaison), the district will provide or arrange for transportation to and from the school of origin. 

 

Dispute Resolution Information: BISD Parent/Youth Guide     

 

Where can I find more information?

 

More information is available on the The Texas Homeless Education Office's  (THEO) website: http://www.utdanacenter.org/theo/.

 

 

Note: The Beaumont Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status or handicapping condition in its programs, services, activities, or employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. BISD is committed to providing a free and appropriate public education for all students.