The Festus R-VI School District Board of Education recognizes that homelessness alone should
not be sufficient reason to separate students from the mainstream school environment. Therefore,
the district, in accordance with state and federal law and the Missouri state plan for education of
the homeless, will give special attention to ensure that homeless students in the school district have
access to a free and appropriate public education.
Homeless students are individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and
include the following:
1. Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing,
economic hardship or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or
camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in
emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care
2. Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private
place not designated for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human
3. Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings,
substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings.
4. Migratory children who meet one (1) of the above-described circumstances.
The district will consider the best interest of the homeless student, with parental involvement, in
determining whether he or she should be enrolled in the school of origin or the school that
nonhomeless students who live in the attendance area in which the homeless student is actually
living are eligible to attend. To the extent feasible, and in accordance with the homeless student's
best interest, the homeless student should continue his or her education in the school of origin,
except when contrary to the wishes of the parent or guardian. If the homeless student is
unaccompanied by a parent or guardian, the homeless coordinator will consider the views of the
homeless student in deciding where he or she will be educated. The choice regarding placement
shall be made regardless of whether the homeless student lives with the homeless parents or has
been temporarily placed elsewhere.
The school selected shall immediately enroll the homeless student even if he or she is unable to
produce records normally required for enrollment, such as previous academic records,
immunization records, proof of residency or other documentation. However, the district may
require a parent or guardian of a homeless student to submit contact information.
The district must provide a written explanation, including a statement regarding the right to
appeal, to the homeless student's parent or guardian, or to the homeless student if unaccompanied,
if the district sends him or her to a school other than the school of origin or other than a school
requested by the parent or guardian.
If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment in a school, the homeless student shall be
immediately admitted to the school in which enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the
dispute. The homeless student, parent or guardian shall be referred to the district homeless
coordinator, who will carry out the dispute resolution process as expeditiously as possible.
For the purposes of this policy, "school of origin" is defined as the school that the student attended
when permanently housed or the school in which the student was last enrolled.
Each homeless student shall be provided services comparable to services offered to other students
in the district including, but not limited to, transportation services; educational services for which
the student meets the eligibility criteria, such as educational programs for disadvantaged students,
students with disabilities and gifted students; vocational programs and technical education; school
meals programs; preschool programs; before- and after-school care programs; and programs for
students with limited English proficiency. Homeless students will not be segregated in a separate
school or in a separate program within a school based on the students' status as homeless.
If the homeless student's school of origin and temporary housing are located in the Festus R-VI
School District, the district will provide transportation to and from the school of origin at the
request of the parent, guardian or homeless coordinator, provided it is in the best interest of the
student. If the homeless student's school of origin and temporary housing are located in two (2)
different school districts, the districts will equally share the responsibility and costs for
transporting the student.
Any records ordinarily kept by the school for each homeless student, including immunization
records, academic records, birth certificates, guardianship records and evaluations for special
services or programs shall be maintained so that appropriate services may be given the student,
so that necessary referrals can be made and so that records may be transferred in a timely fashion
when a homeless student enters a new school district. Copies of records shall be made available
upon request to students or parents in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy
The Board designates the following individual to act as the district's homeless coordinator:
Director of Instruction
1515 Mid Meadow Lane, Festus, MO 63028
Phone: 636-937-4920/Fax: 636-937-8525
The district shall inform school personnel, service providers and advocates working with homeless
families of the duties of the district homeless coordinator. The homeless coordinator will ensure
1. Homeless students are identified by school personnel and by other entities and agencies
with which the school coordinates activities.
2. Homeless students enroll and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in schools in the
3. Homeless families and students receive educational services for which they are eligible,
including Head Start, Even Start and preschool programs administered by the district, as
well as referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health services and other
appropriate services based on their assessed needs.
4. The parents or guardians of homeless students are informed of the educational and related
opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to
participate in the education of their children.
5. Public notice of the educational rights of homeless students is disseminated where such
students receive services, such as schools, family shelters and soup kitchens.
6. Enrollment disputes are mediated in accordance with law.
7. The parent or guardian of a homeless student and any unaccompanied student is fully
informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin, and
is assisted in accessing transportation to the school selected.
8. Unaccompanied students will be assisted in placement or enrollment decisions, their views
will be considered and they will be provided notice of the right to appeal.
9. Students who need to obtain immunizations, or immunization or medical records, will
Level I -- A complaint regarding the placement or education of a homeless student shall first be
presented orally and informally to the district's homeless coordinator. If the complaint is not
promptly resolved, the complainant may present a formal written complaint (grievance) to the
homeless coordinator. The written charge must include the following information: date of filing,
description of alleged grievances, the name of the person or persons involved and a recapitulation
of the action taken during the informal charge stage. Within five (5) business days after receiving
the complaint, the coordinator shall state a decision in writing to the complainant, with supporting
evidence and reasons. In addition, the coordinator will inform the superintendent of the formal
complaint and the disposition.
Level II -- Within five (5) business days after receiving the decision at Level I, the complainant
may appeal the decision to the superintendent by filing a written appeals package. This package
shall consist of the complainant's grievance and the decision rendered at Level I. The
superintendent will arrange for a personal conference with the complainant at his or her earliest
mutual convenience. Within five (5) business days after receiving the complaint, the
superintendent shall state a decision in writing to the complainant, with supporting evidence and
Level III -- If a resolution is not reached in Level II, a similar written appeals package shall be
directed through the superintendent to the Board of Education requesting a hearing before the
Board at the next regularly scheduled or specially called meeting. Within 30 business days after
receiving the appeals package, the Board shall state its decision and reply in writing to the parties
involved. For district purposes, the decision of the Board of Education is final.
Level IV -- If the complainant is dissatisfied with the action taken by the Board of Education, a
written notice stating the reasons for dissatisfaction may be filed with the State Homeless
Coordinator, Federal Discretionary Grants, P. O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO, 65102-0480. An
appeal of this decision can be made within ten (10) days to the Deputy Commissioner of
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this
section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures
and/or forms for related information.
Cross Refs: EEA, Student Transportation Services
JEC, School Admissions
JECA, Admission of Resident Students
JECB, Admission of Nonresident Students
JECC, Assignment of Students to Grade Levels/Classes
Legal Refs: §§ 167.020, .181, 210.003, RSMo.
19 CSR 20-28.010
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g
34 C.F.R. Part 99
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001, 42
U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.
Festus R-VI School District, Festus, Missouri
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