Federal guidelines seek to ensure that homeless children and youth have access to free appropriate public education on an equal basis with other children. Children who are homeless, including those living with others, may qualify for assistance with school lunch, with school supplies/materials, with tutoring, and with transportation so that they can remain in their school of origin.
If you believe your child(ren) may qualify for this service, please contact the District's Homeless Liaison, Courtney Stein at 724-352-1700 x 4653, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homeless children may be identified as living in the following situations:
- Public or private shelters;
- Public or private places not designated for/or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations such as vehicles, parks, motels, campgrounds, etc.;
- Living with a parent in a domestic violence shelter;Individuals and/or families living with relatives or friends due to a lack of housing Living in transitional housing programs;
- Runaway children (under age 18) and children who have been abandoned or forced out of the home by parents or other caretakers. They may be in temporary shelters awaiting assistance from social service agencies, or may live alone on the street or move from place to place among family members, friends or acquaintances. This also includes such youth from 18 to 21 of age who may still be eligible for educational services in regular or special education;
- Children of migrant families who lack adequate housing;
- Children abandoned in hospitals or awaiting foster care; or
- School-age, unwed mothers or expectant mothers living in houses for unwed mothers when they have no other available living accommodations.career
For additional questions or concerns, please contact the State Regional Coordinator for Homeless Education, Wendy Kinnear at 724-458-6700 x 1289. More information can be found by accessing the Pennsylvania Department of Education website at http://www.education.pa.gov/Documents/Codes%20and%20Regulations