Homeless Students Services

RIGHTS OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
 
If your family is in a temporary or inadequate living situation because you have lost your housing, your child may be eligible for certain educational services. Under the McKinney-Vento Act, a Federal law, the Concord School District is responsible for providing certain services to children and unaccompanied youth (children living apart from a parent or legal guardian) who are considered “homeless.”
 
Who is considered “homeless”?
Under Federal law, a student is considered homeless if the student:
  • Does not have a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence
  • Shares the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
  • Lives in a motel, hotel, trailer park or campground due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • Lives in emergency or transitional housing
  • Was abandoned in a hospital
  • Awaits foster care placement
  • Has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings or
  • Lives in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station or similar setting.
Migrant children qualify as homeless if they live in any of the situations described above.
 
What rights and services can homeless students expect from the Concord School District?
1. In General: Homeless students are entitled to a free and appropriate public education, the same as all other students in the District. The District will not stigmatize or segregate any student because he or she is homeless.
 2. School Attendance and Enrollment: A homeless student can continue to attend his or her “school of origin” (that is, the school attended before becoming homeless, or the school in which the student was last enrolled) or can enroll in the local public school. If feasible, at the family’s request the District will arrange transportation for any student
  • living temporarily in the District back to his or her school of origin or
  • living temporarily out of the District back to the student’s District school.
If a student continues to attend his or her school of origin, he or she can remain at that school during the entire time he or she is homeless. Even if the student moves into permanent housing during the school year, he or she can remain at the school of origin until the end of the year.
 
Homeless students who enroll in the local public school where they living temporarily will be immediately enrolled in school even if they lack medical records, immunization records, school records, proof of residence, proof of guardianship or any other records usually required for school enrollment.
 
3. Disputes: If the District places the student in a school and the family disagrees with that placement, the District must explain the decision in writing and must provide a written explanation of how to appeal the decision.
 
4. Transportation: The District will arrange, at no cost to the student, transportation to the school of origin or, if the student enrolls in the local school, to that school in accordance with District transportation guidelines. Transportation remains in effect as long as the student is homeless and until the end of the school year in which the student moves into permanent housing.
 
5. School Meals: The District will arrange free meals (breakfast and/or lunch as offered by the school) at the family’s request. Once it is determined that the student is eligible for free meals, the free meals can remain in effect for the entire school year.
 
6. Title 1 Services: Homeless students are entitled to certain other services, such as extended day care, preschool and supplemental tutoring instruction, clothing and school supplies. The District will arrange these services if applicable. Title 1 services remain available as long as the student is homeless and until the end of the school year in which the student moves into permanent housing.
 
Who can help?
Each Concord School District school has appointed a Building Homeless Liaison who can help families enroll their children and obtain other services. You can find out the Building Homeless Liaison for any other school by asking the school administrative assistant at that school.
 
In addition, the State of New Hampshire Department of Education has appointed a Director for Homeless Education who can help with any problems that can’t be resolved with the District. The Dr. Lynda Thistle-Elliot is the Director for Homeless Education and her phone number is (603) 271-3840.
 
What are the family’s responsibilities?
Families who have lost their housing should keep in contact with the school’s Building Homeless Liaison as their living arrangements change, and should contact the Building Homeless Liaison or District Homeless Coordinator Robert Belmont, at telephone # (603) 225-0811 or bbelmont@concordnhschools.net when they obtain permanent housing. This helps the school keep in touch with parents and students. If you have any questions, please call your school’s Building Homeless Liaison, who are listed below. Click on the name below for more details.

Building Homeless Liaisons

Abbot-Downing School
152 South Street
Mel McSteen, Guidance
225-0827
mmcsteen@sau8.org

Beaver Meadow School
40 Sewalls Falls Road
Lucy Gentilhomme, Guidance
225-0853
lgentilhomme@sau8.org

Broken Ground School
51 South Curtisville Road
Christina Rousseau, Guidance
225-0855
crousseau@sau8.org

Christa McAuliffe School
17 North Spring Street
Barbara  Franzeim, Guidance
225-2840
bfranzeim@sau8.org

Mill Brook School
53 South Curtisville Road
Kaitlin Gallagher, Guidance
225-0830
kgallagher@sau8.org

Rundlett Middle School
144 South Street

        Herbert, Lindsey
        Grade 6 Guidance
        225-0862
        lherbert@sau8.org

        Lori Trefethen
        Grade 8 Guidance
        225-0862
        ltrefethen@sau8.org

        Weeks, Katherine
        Grade 7 Guidance
        225-0862
        kweeks@sau8.org

Concord High School
170 Warren Street
Steve Rothenberg, Assistant Principal
225-0800
srothenberg@sau8.org

 

 
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