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Homeless Students

A parent is encouraged to inform the district if his or her child is experiencing homelessness. District staff can share resources that may be able to assist families. Please also check the campus website for information related to services available in the area that can help families who are homeless. For more information on services for students who are homeless, contact the district’s homeless education liaison: Dr. Patty Cote, Chief of Student and School Supports, (325) 235-8601. A student who is homeless will be provided flexibility regarding certain district provisions, including: proof of residency requirements; immunization requirements; educational program placement (if the student is unable to provide previous academic records or misses an application deadline during a period of homelessness); credit-by-examination opportunities at any point during the year (if the student enrolled in the district after the beginning of the school year), per State Board of Education (SBOE) rules; assessment of the student’s available records to determine transfer of credit for subjects and courses taken before the student’s enrollment in the district; awarding partial credit when a student passes only one half of a two-half course; eligibility requirements for participation in extracurricular activities; and graduation requirements. Federal law allows a student who is homeless to remain enrolled in the “school of origin” or to enroll in a new school in the attendance area where the student is currently residing. If a student who is homeless in grade 11 or 12 transfers to another district but does not meet the graduation requirements of the receiving district, state law allows the student to request a diploma from the previous district if the student meets the criteria to graduate from the previous district. A student or parent who is dissatisfied by the district’s eligibility, school selection, or enrollment decision may appeal through policy FNG(LOCAL). The district will expedite local timelines, when possible, for prompt dispute resolution.

 

Sweetwater Area Resources for those that are Homeless

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