515 - Homeless Children and Youth

The Board will make reasonable efforts to identify homeless children and youth of school age within the District, encourage their enrollment and eliminate existing barriers to their receiving an education which may exist in District policies or practices.  The designated coordinator for identification of homeless children and for tracking and monitoring programs and activities for these children is the high school counselor.

A homeless child or youth is defined as a child or youth from the age of 3 years through 21 years who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes the following:

  1. a child or youth who is sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason; is living in a motel, hotel, trailer park or camping ground due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; is living in an emergency or transitional shelter; is abandoned in a hospital or is awaiting foster care placement;
  2. a child or youth who as a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  3. a child or youth who is living in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station or similar setting; or
  4. a migratory child or youth who qualifies as homeless because the child or youth is living in circumstances described in paragraphs 1 through 3 above.


REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

REVIEWED: 10/17/2022