Homeless StudentsOne of the main goals of the Williamsport Area School District Student Services Department is to help each homeless student have a school life that is as regular as possible during the period of homelessness.
On July 22,1987 the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act became public law. This was the first comprehensive federal law dealing with the problems of homelessness in America. Recently It is now called the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001. As a first step in 1988, the Pennsylvania Department of Education established the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program. This program has been responsible for assessing Pennsylvania’s homeless children population, developing the appropriate responses and establishing McKinney-Vento Homeless sites.
Some of the objectives of the Williamsport Area School District are to increase awareness about the needs of homeless children, reveal and overcome possible educational barriers, explain current legislation and policies, and provide assistance and support to families.Under the McKinney-Vento Act homeless students have certain rights including the following:The Districts school social workers can support and help students in homeless situations in many ways. Please see their contact information below:Mrs. Heather Way 9-12 Grade - School Social Worker570-323-8411 x66105Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMrs. Julie Caringi 5-8 Grade - School Social WorkerEmail: email@example.com x33548Mrs. Megan Hunter K-4 - School Social WorkerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org x33549Our social workers may assist families with the following:
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- Make sure students are enrolled in school immediately, even if they do not have the papers they would normally need.
- Help families and youth get immunizations, immunization records or other medical records, if a student needs them.
- Tell parents and youth about all transportation services and help set up transportation.
- Make sure students get all the school services they need.
- Tell parents and guardians about all the programs and services the school has for their children.