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Liaisons assigned to support homeless students

The McKinney-Vento Act for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth requires school districts to designate a local homeless liaison to carry out the duties described in Act and to inform school personnel of these duties.  Our district’s homeless liaisons and contact information is below:

 

             Kristin McCall                            Kathy Entler                                Lillian Lopez (for Spanish speaking families)

            (352) 742-6964                           (352) 742-6967                           (352) 536-4654

            mccallk@lake.k12.fl.us                entlerk@lake.k12.fl.us                   lopezl@lake.k12.fl.us

 

The duties of the liaison include ensuring that —

 (i) Homeless children and youths are identified by school personnel and through coordination activities with other entities and agencies;

 

(ii) Homeless children and youths enroll in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in, schools of that district;

 

(iii) Homeless families, children, and youths receive educational services for which such families, children, and youths are eligible, including Head Start and Even Start programs and preschool programs administered by the local educational agency, and referrals to health care services, dental services, mental      health services, and other appropriate services;

 

(iv) The parents or guardians of homeless children and youths are informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children;

 

(v) Public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and youths is disseminated where such children and youths receive services under this Act, such as schools, family shelters, and soup kitchens;

 

(vi) Enrollment disputes are mediated in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Act; and

 

(vii) The parent or guardian of a homeless child or youth, and any unaccompanied youth, is fully informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin (the school the student attended when he became homeless or last school attended) and is assisted in accessing transportation to the selected school.

 

Last year, our district identified 2,296 homeless students, mostly through the efforts of school staff.  The following is the definition of homelessness:

 

Who is considered homeless? Under the McKinney-Vento Act, the term “homeless children and youths” means

  • Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes children and youths: who are sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
  • Are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  • Are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals; who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • Who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and who are migratory children who live in one of the above circumstances

If you need further information, please contact one of the listed liaisons.