McKinney Vento Homeless Liaison:
Mr. Eric Goggins
North Gibson School Corporation
1108 N. Embree Street
Princeton, IN 47670
Services for the Homeless Contacts:
Princeton Community Primary School, Icea Jenkins, 812-385-4772
Princeton Community Intermediate School, Lisa Burger, 812-386-1221
PCMS and PCHS, Sarah Schwartz, 812-385-2591
SERVICES FOR HOMELESS STUDENTS
North Gibson School Corporation wants to help all of our students to achieve at their highest potential. This includes students who may be experiencing homelessness. Being homeless encompasses more than most of us would think about.
Did you know that a student is homeless if they lack a fixed, regular and adequate place for a nighttime residence? This would include, for example:
1. Sharing housing with others due to loss of housing or economic hardship
2. Living in motels, RVs, or campgrounds due to lack of alternatives
3. Living in emergency or transitional shelters
4. Abandoned in a hospital setting
5. Awaiting foster care placement
6. Living in public or private settings not designed for human sleeping and living accommodations
7. Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, or similar settings
8. Migratory children living in conditions as described above
If you or your child(ren) are experiencing such difficulties, we want to help. We will maintain your confidentiality and work with you to ensure that you child can continue to attend school in the North Gibson School Corporation.
We can work with you to ensure that your child stays in your home school or in your current neighborhood school. We can assist you in finding support for school lunches, school breakfasts, book fees, and other needs.
Please contact the specialist in your child's school. They will be able to help you access school and community resources. The following specialists may be contacted at the listed schools:
Lowell Elementary, Icea Jenkins, 812-385-4772 or 812-386-1222
Brumfield Elementary, Lisa Burger, 812-386-1221
Princeton Community Middle School, Sarah Swartz, 812-385-2020
Princeton Community High School, Sarah Swartz, 812-385-2591
RIGHTS of HOMELESS STUDENTS
The McKinney-Vento Act provides certain rights for homeless students. They include waiving certain requirements such as proof of residency when students are enrolling and allowing categorical eligibility for certain services, such as free textbooks. The Act also states:
- Homeless students may attend their school of origin or the school where they are temporarily residing
- Homeless students must be provided a written statement of their rights when they enroll and at least two times per year
- Homeless students may enroll without school, medical, or similar records
- Homeless students have a right to transportation to school
- Students will be provided a statement explaining why they are denied any service or enrollment
- Students must receive services, such as transportation, while disputes are being settled
- Students are automatically eligible for Title I services
- A complaint may be submitted by any individual or organization, in-state or out-of-state, and is defined as a written, signed allegation that a federal or state law, rule, or regulation has been violated by a local school corporation (LEA) of the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). A complaint must include a statement that a LEA or the IDOE has violated a statute, rule, or regulation applicable to a covered educational service and the facts on which the statement is based. The allegation must refer to a violation that occurred no more than one (1) year prior to the date the complaint is received. Part I: A complaint may be filed by parents, teachers, administrators, or other concerned individuals or organizations. A comparable service is defined as a service for homeless students that is comparable to those offered to permanently housed students; they include transportation services, educational services such as Title I, special education, vocational or technical education, gifted and talented programs, programs for students with limited English proficiency, and school nutrition programs. (A) For complaints originating at the LEA, a complaint should not be filed with the IDOE until every effort has been made to resolve the issue through local written complaint procedures. Complaints should be in writing, stating the facts on which the complaint is based, and must be signed. Complaints may be faxed or mailed to the Homeless Liaison. (B) Complaints to the IDOE shall provide, in writing, the facts on which the complaint is based, and must be signed. Complaints may be faxed or mailed. Persons making written complaints shall register such complaints with the director of the Division of Educational Options: Indiana Department of Education; Room 299, State House; Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. Part 2: Upon receipt of a complaint: (A) the LEA will issue a letter of acknowledgment to the complainant that contains the following information: the date that the LEA received the complaint, how the complainant may provide additional information, a statement of the ways in which the LEA may investigate the complaint, the LEA's commitment to issue a resolution in the form of a "Local Letter of Findings". (C) A complaint will be considered resolved when the LEA has released the Letter of Findings and corrective action has been achieved, where warranted. Until the resolution of the dispute, the educational services in question will be provided as requested by the submitting party.
- For disputes originating at the LEA, a request for appeal or resolution of an enrollment or placement dispute should not be filed with the Indiana State Board of Education until every effort has been made to resolve the issue through local written enrollment and school placement dispute procedures. If a dispute arises over enrollment or school placement: (A) the child or youth will be immediately enrolled in the school requested by the individual or organization submitting the required written complaint; (B) the parent or guardian of the affected student(s) will be provided a written explanation of the school's decision regarding school selection or enrollment, including the rights of the parent, guardian, or youth to appeal the decision; (C) the child, youth, parent, or guardian will be referred to the McKinney-Vento Liaison for the LEA, who shall carry out the dispute resolution process as expeditiously as possible after receiving notice of the dispute; and (D) in the case of an unaccompanied youth, the homeless liaison shall ensure that the youth is immediately enrolled in school pending resolution of the dispute. E) A notice of the LEA's determination shall be mailed to each party by certified mail.