Enrolling Children Due To HurricanesIssue Date: September 26, 2017
Parents of school-age children who are being relocated to Maryland as an aftermath of recent hurricanes have the same rights as “children experiencing homelessness” under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.1. Enroll Immediately: School records, immunization records, and/or permanent address records are not required. Each Local Educational Agency (LEA) follows current guidelines under McKinney-Vento and collects the necessary follow-up through pupil services for documentation. The documents may not become readily available for a number of months. Note: Students who are identified as homeless according to the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.05.09.05 may not be denied enrollment due to lack of documentation of immunizations.2. Grade Level: Accept the grade level declared by the responsible person enrolling the child. The original state of residence may be able to provide some assistance.3. School: The enrolling student may attend the school nearest to where they are staying. This may be the school attendance area for the address. The LEA will provide transportation for the child if other children in the attendance area receive transportation.4. Services: Children experiencing homelessness are eligible to receive services that all other children receive including special education, Limited English Proficiency support, gifted and talented programs, etc. If the responsible person reports a special education program, Individualized Education Program (IEP), or 504 then LEAs should follow up with procedure for IEPs or take immediate action to gain an immediate assessment.
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