Increasing School Stability for Students Experiencing Homelessness: Overcoming Challenges to Providing Transportation to the School of Origin
Transporting Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
This monograph reviews the provisions of
the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act as related to the provision of transportation to the school of origin, and provides recommendations for implementing the transportation mandate. Recommendations are based on interviews with local homeless education liaisons and pupil
transportation directors from eight school districts across the country. Sample district policies and documents are included.
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Transportation for Homeless Children and Youth: Strategies for Rural School Districts
This brief, part of NCHE's Law Into Practice series
, explains the provisions of Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (reauthorized under Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act) related to the transportation of children and youth experiencing homelessness and offers strategies for implementing the law. Topics include: Transportation under
the McKinney-Vento Act; Resources for Funding Transportation; Collaborating to Provide Transportation; Using Discretion and Sensitivity in Providing Transportation; and Strategies for Establishing a Transportation System.
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This NCHE tip sheet highlights strategies for providing transportation for homeless students in rural areas provided by local homeless education liaisons, state coordinators for homeless education, and state pupil transportation directors.
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National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services: Resolution to Support the Transportation of Homeless Children and Youth
National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services: State Directors of Pupil Transportation National Contact List
The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services
(NASDPT) provides leadership, assistance, and motivation to the nation's school transportation industry with the goal of providing safe, efficient, economical, and high-quality transportation to school children on their trips to and from school and school-related activities. NASDPT passed a resolution in 2000 supporting the safe and efficient school transportation of homeless children and youth.
Six Strategies for Meeting Transportation Requirements
Use the interactive map on this NASDPT webpage to locate pupil transportation contact information in your state.
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This article, published in the December 2003 edition of the No Child Left Behind Financial Compliance Insider
, discusses the federal requirement for districts to provide transportation to the school of origin for homeless students. Six strategies for meeting this requirement are presented.
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Sample Forms, Materials, and Policies
Indiana Code 20-27-12: Transportation of Homeless Students
Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD): Parent Transportation Agreement
This Indiana state law specifies how Indiana will transport
its homeless students in accordance with the transportation
requirements of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Missouri: Transitional Interdistrict Transportation Agreement
This transportation agreement explains MMSD's transportation policy to parents of students experiencing homelessness.
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Rock County Interdistrict Transportation Agreement
San Antonio Independent School District Transportation Brochure for Parents
This interdistrict transportation agreement established by school districts in Rock County, Wisconsin, outlines the responsibilities of participating school districts for transporting McKinney-Vento eligible students to and from the school of origin in cases when the student resides in one district and attends school in another.
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Spokane Public Schools District Transportation Agreement
This brochure, created by the Transitions Program of the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD), explains the SAISD's transportation policy to parents of students experiencing homelessness. This bilingual brochure (English and Spanish/inglés y español) can be adapted for use in other school districts.
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Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) Parent/Guardian/Transportation Provider Mileage Reimbursement Contract
This agreement, developed by HEART (Homeless Education & Resource Team) at Spokane Public Schools, outlines the district's transportation policy and guidelines for students experiencing homelessness. It requires the signature of the homeless student's parent or guardian or of the homeless unaccompanied youth.
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This contract explains TPS' policy on reimbursing parents of students experiencing homelessness (or other transportation providers) for providing transportation for the student to and from the school of origin.
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