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Homeless Youth Graduation Guidance

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

This document provides guidance to LEAs regarding the elimination of barriers to homeless children and youth's participation in graduation activities.

Approximately one in every 24 students attending District of Columbia Public and Public Charter Schools has been identified as homeless.  The term “homeless” refers to children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Homelessness results from a complex set of circumstances. These circumstances require families to choose between food, shelter, and other basic needs. Homelessness can be the result of lack of affordable housing, divorce, domestic violence, illness/injury, job loss/insufficient wages, lack of child support, and/or natural disaster (fires, floods, tornados).

Local education agencies are required to undertake steps to review policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth (Subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.).