Families in Transition

Welcome to the Hot Springs School District Family OutReach Center and Families in Transition page!


Here you will find information our Family Outreach Center and on who meets the definition of McKinney-Vento and the educational rights homeless students have under federal law.

The Hot Springs School District Family Outreach Center provides these resources to Hot Springs School District Families:
  • Food Pantry
  • Clothes Closet
  • Referrals to Resources
  • Free Use of Washer and Dryer
  • Personal Care Items
  • Classes to assist in Job skills, Budgeting, Home Buying and More
Address:
317 Palmetto Street
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
Phone:
501-463-7428

Who are homeless children and youth?

The McKinney-Vento Act's definition who qualifies as a homeless child or youth is quite broad: "Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence," including, but not limited to:
  • You live in a shelter.
  • You live in a car, park, or abandoned building or a place where people normally do not live.
  • You live in a trailer park or camping area because you have nowhere else to go.
  • You live with another family because you’ve lost your housing due to financial issues.
  • You are a child waiting to be placed in foster care (in some situations).
  • You are a runaway youth or migratory child living in any of the above situations.
  • Foster Care with no permanency plan. 
What educational rights does McKinney-Vento guarantee for homeless children and youth?
  • Students can remain in their school of origin ("school of origin" means the school a child attended when permanently housed or in which he/she was last enrolled).
  • Students must receive transportation to their school of origin.
  • Students have the right to immediate enrollment, even if they don't have all their paperwork - for example, medical/health records, proof of residency, former school records, immunization records.
  • Students have a right to access to all of the school's programs and services on the same basis as all other students, including special education, migrant education, vocational education, school nutrition programs (school breakfast and lunch)), and extracurricular activities.
  • Students and their families have access to a dispute resolution process when they disagree with a school about how the McKinney-Vento Act applies in their situation

Contacts
School Name
Hot Springs High School  Marvin Moody
Hot Springs Middle School  Katelyn Walker
Hot Springs Intermediate School/Park  Margaret Freeman
Langston  Denise Ludlow
Oaklawn  Karen Kendig
Gardner  Angela Milliard
District Liaison  Erika Cross

Helpful Links:
National Center for Homeless Education

 
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