Homeless: What does it mean?
What school should you choose?
You have two choices:
Can my child ride the school bus?
Yes. Your child’s school must help you get the transportation needed in order for your child to continue attending the school. Let them know of your situation immediately so they can make arrangements.
What records does the school need about my child?
The school must immediately enroll your child even if you can’t produce the records they need right away.
Proof of residency is not required for enrollment of homeless children. However, the school will need an address or some way to contact you. Records will help schools better serve you and your children.
Tips for dealing with the school
Ask to speak with the district’s Title X liaison if you have difficulty enrolling your child. If you are going to enroll a child in a new school, it will be helpful to bring along a letter from the shelter where you are staying, on the shelter’s letterhead, stating that your child is staying there. If you are staying with relatives or in a motel, bring along a letter from your relative or social worker (DSHS or private agency) stating where you and your child are living. However, no school can deny your child admission because you do not have these letters.
Your right to be treated fairly
Your child can participate in all the same school activities as other children:
If you believe the educational rights of your child have been violated or your child has been discriminated against, you can file a complaint at the school, through the Title X liaison.
Note to older children
If you are an older youth living away from your parents and do not have permanent housing (maybe you are staying in a shelter or with friends/relatives), these same rights apply to you.
Who do you call if you have questions?
If you have additional questions, please call:
Elizabeth Watson, Coordinator
Homeless Education and Youth Program
Puget Sound ESD
400 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166-2209
1.800.664.4549, ext. 4031