New Foster / Homeless Enrollment 2023-2024
You are invited to work on submitting your application through the:
- Contact our Enrollment Techinician by phone or visit so they can ensure your you know YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SUBMIT MOST OF THE NORMALLY REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
- Our Enrollment Techinicians will assist you with the process to ensure you are immediatedly enrolled
NOTE: Foster parents will need to provide appropriate foster placement documents
- You have a right to enroll immediately in school even if you do not have the documents or records that are normally required for school enrollment, such as proof of residency or vaccination forms.
- You also have a right to enroll immediately even if you have missed application or enrollment deadlines while experiencing houselessness.
- You have a right to attend your “school of best interest.” This school could be the one you attended before becoming homeless, which is sometimes called your “school of origin.” This school could also be the one nearest to where you are currently living, which is sometimes called your “local school.” Unless you or your family say otherwise, your “school of best interest” is usually your school of origin.
- You have a right to receive transportation assistance to attend your school of origin
- If the school claims that you are not homeless or says you can’t attend the school you chose, you have a right to attend your selected school until you have completed any available appeals and you get a final decision.
- You have the right to stay in the same school after you move to a new foster care placement. Your “school of origin” can be:
- The school you attended when you first entered foster care,
- The school you most recently attended, or
- Any school you attended in the last 15 months that you feel connected to.
- Your school district must work with you, your education rights holder (ERH), your caregiver, and your social worker/probation officer to develop a plan to transport you to your school of origin.
- If you are transitioning from elementary school to middle school or from middle school to high school, you have the right to transition to the same school as your classmates.
- If there is any disagreement about which school you will attend, you have the right to stay in your school of origin until the disagreement is resolved.
- You have the right to immediately enroll in your regular home school after you move placements.
- You cannot be forced to attend a continuation school or other alternative education program, such as independent study, even if you are behind in credits or have discipline problems at school.
- You have a right to immediately enroll in school and begin attending classes, even if you do not have the paperwork you would normally need for enrollment (such as birth certificate, transcript, or individualized education program) or you did not check-out from your previous school.
- Your previous school must send your education records to your new school after you enroll.
- You have the right to participate in any activities available at your new school, such as sports teams, tutoring, or after-school clubs, even if you miss a tryout.
- If you are an unaccompanied youth, you have all of the same rights as any student experiencing houselessness, but you have some additional rights too.
- You have a right to immediately enroll in school without proof of guardianship.
- You should also receive additional support from your district’s homeless liaison, which is your district’s main point of contact for students experiencing houselessness.
The Superintendent designates the following staff person as the district liaison for homeless students (42 USC 11432):
Executive Director, Student Support
Dr. Courtney Hall
(951) 929-7700 x 4291
Foster Youth / McKinney-Vento District Liaison
(951) 929-7700 x3069