Homeless Education Information - Basd

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Homeless Education Information - Basd - Quiz


This quiz is designed to gather a random sample of Burlington Area School District elementary staff's awareness about what homelessness is, what services students may be eligible for, and who to contact if a student may be homeless.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The following are examples of children/youth who would be considered homeless. (check all that apply)

    • A.

      Children and youth who share the housing of other persons because of loss of housing, economic difficulties, or other similar reasons

    • B.

      Children living in motels, hotels, or campgrounds because they lack alternative adequate accommodations

    • C.

      Children who are living in temporary housing, such as emergency or transitional shelters

    • D.

      Children who are placed in permanent foster care

    • E.

      Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is a public or private place not designed for or generally used as regular sleeping accommodations (i.e. car, park, bus station, abandoned buildings)

    • F.

      Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances that are not considered fixed, regular, or adequate

    • G.

      Children that are sharing the residence of others for convenience, due to cultural preference, or solely for childcare purposes

    • H.

      Children/youth who are not residing in their parent/guardian's home due to conflict, were kicked out, or ran away

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Children and youth who share the housing of other persons because of loss of housing, economic difficulties, or other similar reasons
    B. Children living in motels, hotels, or campgrounds because they lack alternative adequate accommodations
    C. Children who are living in temporary housing, such as emergency or transitional shelters
    E. Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is a public or private place not designed for or generally used as regular sleeping accommodations (i.e. car, park, bus station, abandoned buildings)
    F. Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances that are not considered fixed, regular, or adequate
    H. Children/youth who are not residing in their parent/guardian's home due to conflict, were kicked out, or ran away
    Explanation
    Children who are placed in a temporary or transitional foster home are considered homeless. Children who are in a permanent foster home are not considered homeless since they have a determined residence.

    Children/families that are sharing the residence of another family for convenience or due to cultural preference and not due to economic hardship or loss of housing due to eviction are not considered homeless.

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  • 2. 

    True or False - Schools can refuse to enroll homeless students if they do not have the records/information normally required for enrollment (i.e. proof of residency, immunization records, copy of birth certificate, etc).

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Schools may not require these documents as a condition of enrollment. Schools must immediately enroll homeless children and youth, even if they are unable to produce records normally required for enrollment.

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  • 3. 

    Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, homeless students are eligible for the following services (check all that apply):

    • A.

      Equal access/comparable services that are offered to other non-homeless students in the school selected (i.e. the right to attend classes and participate fully in school activities)

    • B.

      The right to attend their school of origin (school the child/youth attended when permanently housed or last enrolled) or at the school where the family is currently residing while homeless, if that is their preference

    • C.

      Transportation services to the school of origin while the family is actively homeless (when eligible).

    • D.

      Transportation services once the family is permanently housed.

    • E.

      Free breakfast and lunch

    • F.

      Waiver of school registration fees

    • G.

      Free school pictures

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Equal access/comparable services that are offered to other non-homeless students in the school selected (i.e. the right to attend classes and participate fully in school activities)
    B. The right to attend their school of origin (school the child/youth attended when permanently housed or last enrolled) or at the school where the family is currently residing while homeless, if that is their preference
    C. Transportation services to the school of origin while the family is actively homeless (when eligible).
    E. Free breakfast and lunch
    F. Waiver of school registration fees
    Explanation
    Homeless students are eligible to receive equal access/comparable services that are offered to non-homeless students so they can participate fully in school activities. Homeless students are eligible to receive transportation assistance to/from their school of origin and can remain in their school of origin if that is their preference, rather than transferring to the school district where they are currently residing. Once students become permanently housed, the transportation assistance is no longer provided. Homeless students are also eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch for the entire school year, even after they become permanently housed and school registration fees are also waived. Homeless students are not provided assistance with paying for school pictures, but would receive assistance for school supplies that are needed for them to participate fully in school (i.e. paper, pencils, assistance to pay for their recorder if it is required for music classes).

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  • 4. 

    What are some of the responsibilities of BASD's homeless liaisons? (check all that apply)

    • A.

      Assist homeless youth/parents/unaccompanied youth with placement, enrollment, and knowing their rights

    • B.

      Disseminate public notice of the educational rights of homeless and unaccompanied youth, both within the school buildings and within the community

    • C.

      Inform and assist homeless children/unaccompanied youth in accessing transportation

    • D.

      Be knowledgeable about/assist parents with accessing community resources

    • E.

      Make sure homeless students have the same equal access to educational opportunities

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Assist homeless youth/parents/unaccompanied youth with placement, enrollment, and knowing their rights
    B. Disseminate public notice of the educational rights of homeless and unaccompanied youth, both within the school buildings and within the community
    C. Inform and assist homeless children/unaccompanied youth in accessing transportation
    D. Be knowledgeable about/assist parents with accessing community resources
    E. Make sure homeless students have the same equal access to educational opportunities
    Explanation
    The homeless liaison is responsible for all of the above tasks, along with assisting with enrollment disputes, enrollment assistance (help in obtaining necessary school records, health records, special education records), and making sure that various school fees (field trip fees, registration fees, breakfast/lunch fees, extracurricular activities fees) are waived.

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  • 5. 

    Name one of BASD's two homeless liaisons (first and last name required).

    Correct Answer(s)
    Julie Taylor
    Lori Radtke
    Lori Radke
    Explanation
    Julie Taylor is the school social worker at Dyer Intermediate, Karcher Middle School, and Burlington High School. Lori Radtke is the school social worker at Cooper, Waller, Winkler, and Lyons Center Schools. Either one of them can be contacted if you believe a student is homeless.

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  • 6. 

    True or False - Homeless children can enroll/attend which ever school they wish under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Homeless children have the right to enroll/attend the school in their new attendance area (where they are currently living) or they can stay at the school they were attending prior to their homeless situation (when they were permanently housed/school of origin). Homeless children cannot pick and choose to attend another school outside of their school of origin or the school where they are currently living).

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  • 7. 

    True or False - All children experiencing homelessness qualify for transportation services?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Homeless children receive comparable transportation services of their non-homeless peers. This means that if they live within 2.0 miles of the school (within the school walk zones), they will follow the same walking guidelines as other students. However, if the student faces an undue obstacle which would impact their regular school attendance, it is the responsibility of the school district to remove that barrier, which may mean transportation assistance. If the student will continue to attend their school of origin, but live within another community, then transportation assistance would be provided.

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  • 8. 

    Some common signs of homelessness may include (check all that apply):

    • A.

      Attendance at many different schools

    • B.

      Gaps in skill development

    • C.

      Unmet medical or dental needs

    • D.

      Inability to contact parents

    • E.

      Exhibiting anger or embarrassment when asked about current address

    • F.

      Difficulty trusting people

    • G.

      Lack of school supplies

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Attendance at many different schools
    B. Gaps in skill development
    C. Unmet medical or dental needs
    D. Inability to contact parents
    E. Exhibiting anger or embarrassment when asked about current address
    F. Difficulty trusting people
    G. Lack of school supplies
    Explanation
    All of these statements could be true of a student who is experiencing homelessness.

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  • 9. 

    Who should you contact if you think a student may be homeless?

    Correct Answer(s)
    Julie Taylor
    Lori Radtke
    School Social Worker
    homeless liaison
    guidance counselor
    counselor
    school counselor
    Lori Radke
    Explanation
    Although it would be preferred that you notify one of the homeless liaisons directly, if you notify one of the school counselors, it would be important to make sure they contact the homeless liaison. It is not enough for the school counselors to know, as the homeless liaisons will need to contact the family to inform them of their rights and try to assist them with other community resources.

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  • 10. 

    According to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Education Act, the term "homeless children and youth" refers to individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Children who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence are considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

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