Homeless Youth

In accordance with AB 27 River Charter Schools are required to provide a list of the local educational agency liaisons for homeless children and youths and unaccompanied youths the contact information for those liaisons, and specific information regarding the educational rights and resources available to persons experiencing homelessness.

Education of Homeless Children and Youth

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015, provides students’ educational rights for individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. It applies to children and youth who are:
  • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • Living in a motel, trailer park, or campground due to lack of alternative
  • Staying in a car, substandard housing, or place not designated for sleeping
  • Staying in a housing shelter
  • Migratory children if in the previously described situations
Children have the right to:
  • Immediately enroll in school with or without the proper documentation or
    immunization record
  • Remain in their school of origin (a school the child attended within the past 15 months) or enroll in their school of residence
  • Transportation to the school of origin
  • Enroll without a permanent address or proof of residency Educational Rights Local Educational Agency Liaison Shelter and Housing Resources School districts are required to have a designated liaison to ensure that children experiencing homelessness receive education services. Contact the homeless liaison (refer to the Liaison Directory) for the following educational resources and services:
  • Assistance with school enrollment, attendance, and academic success
  • Coordination between schools and shelters or housing agencies
  • Facilitation with the transfer of school records
  • Access to special programs such as preschool, special education, and after
    school programs
  • Referrals to community resources that assist with food, shelter, and clothing
  • Access to school nutrition programs
  • Transportation resources to enable students to attend school
  • School supplies and resources for students
  • Parent consultation including discussion of educational rights and responsibilities
  • Community awareness campaigns

Homeless status is determined in cooperation with the parent or guardian. In the case of unaccompanied youth, status is determined by the Charter School Liaison.

School Liaison: The Executive Director or designee designates the following staff person as the School Liaison for homeless students (42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(J)(ii)):

River Charter Schools Homeless Liaison Contact Information

Sara McHugh, Director, Special Education and Student Services
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-744-1212