Homeless Student Information

Homeless Education Liaison for Elysian School (K-8): Luke Shelton

Phone: (406) 656-4101

Email: lukeshelton@elysianschool.org

Determining if a child is considered homeless:

Under the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act (2001, Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act Sec 725), a child may be classified as homeless using the following definition:

The term “homeless children and youth” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes those individuals:

    • · Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing or economic hardship (two or more families living in a home)

    • · Living in motels/hotels due to lack of alternative accommodations

    • · Living in cars, tents or abandoned buildings

    • · Living in campgrounds

    • · Living in substandard housing (lacking electricity or running water)

    • · Unaccompanied youth (not ling in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian and lacking a regular, fixed, nighttime residence)

If you are a parent/guardian or a student in need of assistance you may contact the building principal or the district’s Homeless Education Liaison.

Educational rights for homeless students:

Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to:

    • · Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there

    • · Continue in the school they attended before they became homeless or the school they last attended, if that is the parent’s or youth’s choice and is feasible

    • · Receive transportation to the school they attended before becoming homeless (school of origin)

    • · Enroll in school without a permanent address

    • · Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other document required for enrollment

    • · Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children or youths served in these programs

    • · Attend school with children not experiencing homelessness; segregation based on a student’s status as homeless is prohibited

If you would like to review our policies regarding homelessness for Elysian School, please see the policies below on our website or visit the school for a copy of them.

Policy: 3121, 3125 and 8100

Resources found on the Web:

    • · National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth (NAEHCY)

    • · National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

    • · Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) Homeless Assistance

    • · Welcome Home Billings Resource Guide

Local Assistance in Billings:

    • · Montana Rescue Mission Women’s & Family Shelter, 2520 1st Ave. North, 259-3105

    • · Office of Public Assistance, 111 North 31st Street, 237-0520

    • · Housing Authority, 2415 1st Ave. North, 245-6391

    • · Family Service, Inc., 1824 1st Ave. North, 259-2269

    • · St. Vincent DePaul Society, 2610 Montana Avenue, 248-1411

    • · Community Crisis Center, 704 30th St. North, 259-8800

Healthcare for the Homeless:

    • · Montana Rescue Mission, 2822 Minnesota Ave., 259-6079 – Monday & Wednesday 7 am- 10 am; Friday 7 am – 11 am

    • · Women & Family Shelter, 2520 1st Ave. North, 259-3105 – Tuesday and Thursday 1pm – 4:30

    • · The HUB, 515 North 27th Street, 248-4803 – Wednesday 1 pm-4 pm

    • · RiverStone Health Clinic, 123 South 27th St., 247-3350 – Monday - Thursday 8am – 7pm; Friday 8 am-5pm