The Mahanoy Area School District believes that homeless youth should have access to free and appropriate public education and wishes to limit the barriers that homeless students may face. Our goal is to have the educational process continue as uninterrupted as possible while children are in homeless situations. Homeless students are defined as individuals lacking a fixed, regular, and nighttime residence, which include students living in the following conditions:
1. Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship
2. Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations.
3. Living in an emergency, transitional or domestic violence shelters.
4. Abandoned in hospitals.
5. Awaiting foster care placement.
6. Living in public or private places not designed for or ordinarily used a regular sleeping accommodations for human beings.
7. Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, transportation stations, or similar settings.
8. Living as migratory children in conditions described in previous examples.
9. Living as runaway children.
10. Being abandoned or forced out of homes by parents/guardians or caretakers.
11. Living as school age unwed mothers in houses for unwed mothers if they have no other living accommodations.
Should you have any questions, you can contact the MASD Homeless Liaison, Mrs. Andrea Caulfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-773-3443 x 4165.
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Homeless Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program
Schuylkill Community Action Resource Directory
Mahanoy Area School District - Homeless Students - Policy 251
Mahanoy Area School District - Enrollment in District - Policy 200
Mahanoy Area School District - Special Education - Policy 113