Homeless Youth

McKinney-Vento Services

If you believe your child is eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act (Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act), please complete the attached form and return to the secretary at your child's school or email to snabors@mariposa.k12.ca.us.


Student Residency Questionnaire.pdf

Homeless Assistance

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Student Services department provides support and resources to the school districts in the Mariposa County Unified School District to implement McKinney-Vento. The Student Services department facilitates enrollment, attendance, and success in school of homeless children and youth.
 
The term “homeless children and youth means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and includes children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason. They are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters’ are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement.
When students are identified, we are able to offer the following services to meet their needs:
  • Immediate enrollment. Homeless students are guaranteed immediate enrollment, even if they lack the proper paperwork such as immunizations, proof of residency, or birth certificates. When these documents are incomplete or missing, the Homeless Liaison helps parents acquire them.
     
  • School Choice Options.  Homeless children who move have the right to remain in their school of origin. Once identified, homeless students are monitored to make sure that they are not displaced if the family moves out of the school boundaries. The Homeless Liaison assists families in completing the necessary paperwork so they can remain at their school of origin, thereby affording children a stable educational environment. Because we know that homeless children may suffer from poor attendance that affects their educational progress, the Homeless Liaison tracks attendance for students to make sure they are attending school consistently.    Additionally, if transportation becomes a barrier to the student attending school the Homeless Liaison ensures students receive busing to and from school at no cost to the parent or guardian.
  • Educational Support. All students in MCUSD are entitled to support that enhances their educational experience. The free nutrition program is offered to all homeless students upon enrollment. Additionally, support programs such as CAHSEE Test Prep Classes, Math Remediation Classes, English Remediation, After School Tutorial Program, Credit recovery, ELD Support classes, College and Financial Aid Counseling are available to all students. As homelessness can affect the emotional stability of students, we offer referrals to counseling services through outside agencies. Through the Homeless Liaison, homeless families are made aware of their eligibility regarding such programs and are given the opportunity to make informed decisions regarding their student’s placement.
  • Awareness BuildingCurrently, MCUSD administration, enrollment personnel, and health clerks are aware of the needs of homeless students and abide by the McKinney-Vento legislation regarding immediate school enrollment, even without the necessary documentation such as proof of residence, immunizations, or birth certificates. However, we are only made aware of possible homeless situations if a problem arises or a parent discloses this information at enrollment. 
     
  • Student Personal Needs. Many homeless students in our district struggle to have their basic needs, food clothing and shelter met. Lack of nutrition, hygiene, and security can negatively impact a student's academic success. To the extent possible given limitations on social services in the area, the Homeless Liaison makes referrals for these needs.

Staff

Ron Henderson

District Homeless Coordinator

 

Amber Ramsey 

Mariposa County High School Liaison

 

Karen Rust

Mariposa Elementary Liaison

 

Lori Vollberg

Woodland Elementary Liaison

 

Rick Maldonado

Lake Don Pedro Liaison

El Portal Schools Liaison

Yosemite Valley Liaison