December Homeless Tip of the Month
How can a school determine what classes or services to provide a student if there are no school records?
The enrolling school must immediately admit the student and must contact the previous school for records. 42 U.S.C. §§11432(g)(3)(C), (D). If the records cannot be transmitted immediately, the enrolling school can speak with staff from the previous school to get basic information about the student. Former teachers, counselors, and administrators should be able to provide this information. The enrolling school can also get information regarding class schedules from parents and youth. The school can also establish procedures for conducting a quick assessment of the student’s skills. Even if records are delayed, the student must be enrolled in school and provided the most appropriate services possible immediately. Upon receipt of previous school records, the school can make any necessary adjustments to the student’s classes and services. Additional enrollment strategies are available at http://www.serve.org/nche/downloads/briefs/assessment.pdf. Furthermore, the state and LEAs must ensure that homeless students receive “appropriate credit for full or partial coursework satisfactorily completed while attending a prior school.” 42 U.S.C.
§§11432(g)(1)(F)(ii); 2016 Guidance, O-2.
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