Dr. David Nixon
Anderson School District Three
335 West Front Street
Iva, South Carolina 29655
Schools are the central location where services to homeless students occur. The following details what must occur at the school level to ensure appropriate and timely services to students who experience homelessness.
- Who is a homeless student?
A homeless student lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime place of residence is considered “homeless” under the law. A homeless student:
- Lives in a motel or hotel, trailer park or campground because they have nowhere else to go.
- Shares housing because of lost housing; living with a relative, friend or someone else.
- Staying in substandard housing.
- Doesn’t have a permanent address and/or permanent housing.
- A throwaway (the student’s parents/guardians will not permit the student to live at home or runaway.
- Awaiting a foster care placement.
When a parent/guardian/youth indicates that the student may be homeless, treat the family, child or unaccompanied youth with sensitivity to their privacy. The meeting should take place in a private area/office to ensure dignity and respect toward homeless parent/guardian and children/youth. Maintain the child’s/youth’s privacy when discussing any accommodations that need to be made. Build a trusting and “safe relationship with students that does not focus on their current living situation. Finally ensure that homeless students are afforded every opportunity that non-homeless students have, including in school and after school programs.
- School Choice
Schools must allow parents/guardian/ youth to choose a school in accordance with the MCSD Homeless Education Policy. Homeless children and youth may enroll in:
- The school the student attended when permanently housed ( school of origin).
- The school in which the student was last enrolled (school of origin).
- Any school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the homeless child or youth is actually living are eligible to attend.