Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies


Children who meet the Federal definition of "homeless" will be provided a free and appropriate public education in the same manner as all other students of the County and will not be stigmatized or segregated on the basis of their status as homeless. No homeless student will be denied enrollment based on a lack of proof of residency. No Board of Education policy, administrative guideline, or practice will be interpreted or applied in such a way as to inhibit the enrollment, attendance, or school success of homeless children.

Homeless students will be provided services comparable to other students in the County including:

 A.transportation services;

 B.educational services for which the homeless student meets eligibility criteria including services provided under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act or similar State and local programs, educational programs for children with disabilities, and educational programs for students with limited English proficiency;

 C.programs in vocational and technical education;

 D.programs for gifted and talented students; and nutrition programs.

The attendance director will serve as the Liaison for Homeless Children and will perform the following duties:

 A.ensure that public notice of the educational rights of students in homeless situations is disseminated where children and youth receive services

 B.ensure that parents or guardians are informed of educational and related opportunities available to their children, and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children

 C.ensure that parents or guardians are informed of, and assisted in accessing, all transportation services for their children, including to the school of origin unaccompanied youth choose and enroll in a school, after considering the youth’s wishes, and provide the youth with notice of his/her right to appeal the counties decision

 E.immediately assist in obtaining immunizations or record of immunizations or other medical records for those students who do not have them, and assure that students are enrolled in school while the records are being obtained

 F.ensure that homeless children and youths are identified by school personnel and through coordination activities with other entities and agencies

 G.ensure that homeless children and youths enroll in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in, schools of that local educational agency

 H.ensure that homeless families, children, and youths receive educational services for which such families, children and youths are eligible, including Head Start and Even Start programs and preschool programs administered by the local educational agency, and referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health services, and other appropriate services

 I.ensure that enrollment disputes are mediated as outlined in paragraph (3)(E) of Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.

Additionally, the Liaison will coordinate and collaborate with the State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth as well as with community and school personnel responsible for the provision of education and related services to homeless children and youths and other duties as assigned by the Superintendent.

42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.; Chapter 18-8-4, Code of West Virginia
WV State Board Policy 4110