Equal Access Admittance/Enrollment


Children who are zoned to attend the Etowah County Schools and who are homeless, migrant, non English speaking, immigrant, or disabled will have access to a free, appropriate education. Students will not be prohibited from school attendance due to barriers such as:

• Residency requirement

• Lack of birth certificate

• Legal custody requirements

• Language Barriers

• Lack of Social Security Card

• Lack of immunization

• Transportation

• Disabilities

School administrators, with the assistance of local government agencies, shall take necessary steps to assist families obtain documentation necessary for school admission.

If a student desiring enrollment is identified as a homeless student, according to the definition as described in Title VII B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act , the homeless student shall be enrolled, eligible for free meals, and transportation needs will be determined.

Enrollment of a homeless student shall not be denied or delayed due to any reason related to their homelessness.  The options for the placement of homeless students are (1) continued enrollment in the school attended prior to homelessness; or, (2) enrollment in any school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area where the homeless student is presently living are eligible to attend.

The placement decision shall be made according to the best interest of the homeless student. Factors to be considered include family plans, educational services available, special programs, transportation, and length of stay in shelter facility. To the extent feasible, school

administrators shall comply with any placement request made by a parent or guardian. A homeless student enrolled pursuant to these provisions shall not be denied services offered to other students in the school system.

Etowah County Board of Education Policy Manual 5.10


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