The Homeless Liaison at the school or the Homeless Coordinator at the Board of Education can help! We can assist you in the following areas:
-School meal programs
-Waiver of school fees
-Accessing additional services such as special education and gifted and talented programs
-Providing referrals to other agencies that can help with food, clothing and medical assistance
AACPS will provide transportation for homeless children and youth who choose to attend their school of origin, or to the school in the neighborhood where they reside, unless the school is within the defined walking area.
To obtain transportation you should ask the homeless coordinator at the school. There is a form you can fill out to ask for transportation. Transportation arrangements may change if you move to a temporary address or when you become permanently housed.
As a homeless parent you have the right to decide whether your child should:
-Stay in the same school your child attended before becoming homeless (school of origin)
-Transfer to the school closest to your current location
The student can stay in the chosen school for as long as the student is homeless, or until the end of the school year, if the student becomes permanently housed.
It is up to the parent to decide which school is in the child's best interest. The decision should take into consideration factors such as:
-Continuity of instruction
-Length of stay in your current location
-Time and distance to transport your child to and from school.