Creating a safe harbor for homeless students.
At the MISD the homeless education project liaison works
with both Macomb County schools and the community to assist homeless
students and their families. One of Kathy Kropf's roles as liaison is to
make districts aware of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Students Assistance Act and to help schools comply with
the No Child Left Behind Law. The act requires
that homeless students have a legal right to:
without a permanent address or proof of residency;
enroll first, and request school records later;
free or reduced lunch to homeless students immediately, and -
if available, breakfast - sometimes the only food these children
will have in a day;
parents a voice in deciding between the children's original school
district or the one where parents have found temporary shelter;
transportation assistance to and from their school of origin when requested;
special services, preschool, after-school programs and all other
normal school services to homeless students - immediately.
The MISD goes
beyond the requirements of the law. We supply students with backpacks
and school supplies, clothing and/or shoes. We can also link homeless children and
their families to county social services agencies that can help with emergency
food, shelter, dental, medical and optical care.
community organizations may contact Kathy Kropf for presentations on the
project and for information on fostering success among homeless
students. She can also provide information on the developmental,
psychological and behavioral problems that arise from the chaos in the
lives of these children.