• BREWTON CITY SCHOOLS


     HOMELESS STUDENTS

     

    The Brewton City School System will employ practices that increase the awareness of the Homeless Education program. The district shall notify parents/guardians of homeless children and youth of available resources and assist them in accessing the resources.

    The Brewton City School System shall conduct an annual evaluation of its Homeless Education program to determine the effectiveness of the program. The system will adjust practices and procedures as needed to improve the effectiveness of implementation and student achievement.

     

    Definition

     

    For the purpose of identifying homeless children and youth, the  Brewton City School System shall use the McKinney-Vento Act’s definition of homeless children and youth. The Act defines homeless children and youth (twenty-one years of age or younger) as:

    1. Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and youth who are:

     

      1. Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason (sometimes referred to as double-up);
      2. Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
      3. Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
      4. Abandoned in hospitals; or
      5. Awaiting foster care placement.

     

    Children and youth 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.

     

    • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
    • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.

     

    The term unaccompanied youth includes a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. This includes youth living in runaway shelters, abandoned buildings, cars, on the streets, or in other adequate housing and children, youth denied housing by their families, and school-age unwed mothers, living in homes for unwed mothers, who have no other housing available.

     

    The school of origin is the school that the child or youth attended when permanently housed or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled.