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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Policies & Procedures

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education seeks to eliminate barriers in every student's education. 

 

Students identified as homeless are entitled:

  • to enroll in school immediately with or without typical documentation such as medical records, proof of residency or school records.
  • to continue in the school of origin or enroll in a public school in the district where they are temporarily housed.
  • when feasible, to transportation to their school of origin or the school where they are to be enrolled.
  • to automatically received free breakfast and lunch at school.
  • to participate in all activities that the school sponsors.
  • to Title I services.
  • to services without fear of discrimination.
  • to receive all other educational and supplemental services that all students are provided.

Contacts

 

McKinney-Vento District Coordinator

Thomas Simon, Director of Student Support Services

413-776-1670 ext. 2, tsimon@napsk12.org

 

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Case Manager

Sophia Drobot, 662-3240 ext. 1108

 

NAPS Prekindergarten Program - 664-4169

Shelley Fachini, Special Education Coordinator for Early Childhood

 

Brayton Elementary School - 662-3260

John Franzoni, Principal

Nancy Gallagher, School Adjustment Counselor

 

Greylock Elementary School - 662-3255

Sandra Cote, Principal

Kathy Gwozdz, School Adjustment Counselor

 

Colegrove Park Elementary School - 662-3250

 Julia Richard-O’Donovan, School Adjustment Counselor

 

Drury High School - 662-3240

Timothy Callahan, Interim Principal

William Bryce, Dean of Students

Anne French, Service Learning Coordinator

Patricia O’Donnell, School Adjustment Counselor

 

Identification

  • Teachers, staff, and administration shall notify the building liaison of their knowledge of a student in a homeless situation or an unaccompanied youth. Building liaison will connect with the family and with the district liaison to ensure all the families/unaccompanied youth’s needs are being met.
  • In collaboration, the Department of Children and Families, Louison House, Barton’s Crossing, Domestic Violence Shelter and/or the Elizabeth Freeman Center will notify district or building liaison of their knowledge of families or youth who are homeless. District personnel will put into place the procedures for children who are homeless/unaccompanied youth.
  • All families and students who are identified as homeless will be treated with dignity and respect. All information will be confidential.
  • Students who enter without records will be placed with peers in the appropriate grade level. NO student will be retained based on lack of records or homeless status. If there are indications of struggling to keep up with peers Title 1 interventions will be put in place as well as referral to the Individual Support Team (IST) in each building. If the child is struggling with interventions then a referral to special education will be initiated.
  • Each building liaison will complete a collection form and send to the Director of Student Support Services who will submit such documentation to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).