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How to get 'Bob' to school?

Posted: Thursday, Nov 14th, 2013

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — Transporting students facing home hardships are costing some Valley school districts extra money, bringing the unique situations to the table to find solutions.

San Luis Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program instructor Martha Martinez told the San Luis Valley Superintendents Advisory Council (SAC) on Tuesday during its regular monthly meeting policies should be created and followed to serve the student’s best interest in regards to education, particularly when the student is homeless or not living in a stable household.

“We need agreed upon steps if these students need transportation,” Martinez said.

In July of 1987, Congress passed the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. The act includes several provisions to help homeless individuals, according to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). One component of the Act (Subtitle VII-B) requires states to assure that homeless children and youth have access to a free and appropriate public education. The McKinney Act requires Local Education Agencies (LEA) and BOCES to enroll homeless children even if they are not permanent residents of the school district; provide comparable services to homeless children; and maintain the records of homeless children so that records are made available when a child or youth enters a new school.

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