Reporting Homeless Foster Care Students
The Every Student Succeeds Act
(ESSA) places new requirements on LEAs to ensure children/youth in foster care
have school stability and access to services comparable to other
students. ESSA mandates the collaboration between LEAs and DHHS (child
welfare agency). It also includes changes to the McKinney-Vento Homeless
Assistance Act and removes the "awaiting foster care placement"
nighttime residency eligibility from the McKinney-Vento Act beginning December
Until December 10, 2016:
If the student is found
McKinney-Vento eligible under the "awaiting foster care placement"
definition; please code them as "sheltered" with the MSDS code 10 for
primary nighttime residency in your student information systems for
transmission to MSDS for the fall general collection. Foster children/youth identified
as eligible from the beginning of this school year through December 9, 2016.
As of December 10, 2016:
The definition "awaiting
foster care placement" will be removed from McKinney-Vento law. This
means that students in foster care will no longer be considered homeless and
should not be reported in MSDS. You can put a status end date of December 10,
2016, into your student information systems removing the code 10 that you had
in place for the fall count.
These students will be included in
the 2016-17 total homeless counts, even if they are no longer reported after
the December 10, 2016 deadline.
If you have questions regarding the
change in law, please contact Pam Kies-Lowe at the Michigan Department of
Education Office of Field Services, Special Populations Unit. 517-241-1162