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Roanoke County Public Schools Homeless Plan

Roanoke County Public Schools will ensure the following safeguards for educational access for students identified as homeless in Roanoke County:

  • Roanoke County Public Schools will appoint a division liaison representative to administer the homeless education program.  Division Liaison Representative, Dr. Shawn Hughes.
  • If a student residing within the boundaries of Roanoke County is identified as homeless seeks enrollment in a Roanoke County Public School, the student will be given immediate admission regardless of record status or a resolution of pending disputes.
  • If a student residing outside the boundaries of Roanoke County and identified as homeless seeks enrollment in a Roanoke County Public School as the school of origin, the student will be given immediate admission.
  • If an unaccompanied youth seeks enrollment in Roanoke County Public Schools, the youth will be referred to the division’s liaison representative (Shawn Hughes) for assistance relating to enrollment and placement decisions.
  • If Roanoke County Public Schools does not receive the school record files on students identified as homeless within 30 school days, the division’s liaison representative (Shawn Hughes) will be notified for follow-up with the student’s prior school division.
  • If the student, identified as homeless, does not have the required health records, the student will be referred to the health department for assistance with deficient immunizations. If the student needs documentation of a physical examination, the parents/guardians will receive a list of available community resources.
  • If  Roanoke County Public Schools chooses to send a student, identified as homeless, to a school other than the school of origin or the school requested by the parent/guardian, Roanoke County Public Schools will provide a written explanation to the parent/guardian within 10 days, including the right to appeal under the dispute resolution developed by the state.
  • Posters outlining the educational rights of homeless children and youths will be posted in the office of each of the Roanoke County Public Schools.  The name and phone number of the school division liaison representative will be listed on the posters as a contact person for parents/guardians (note: There are currently no family shelters, soup kitchens, etc. located within Roanoke County).
  • Students identified as homeless can be offered tutoring services before or after school for skill maintenance or remediation.
  • Students, identified as homeless, residing in Roanoke County will be provided transportation services (funded from local funds) to their school of origin or school of choice, based on the best interest of the student, within or outside of the school’s or county’s residential boundaries.
  • Students who are no longer homeless will be allowed to continue in their current placement until the end of the current school year.  Transportation (Title I or V funds may be used) will continue until the end of the current year.
  • Parents/guardians will be provided with a copy of their rights, including the right to appeal under the dispute provision developed by the state, upon enrollment in Roanoke County Public Schools.