Homeless Policy

The Greene County School System will make school placement decisions in the "best interest" of the homeless child or youth. Students will continue in the school of origin for the duration of homelessness when a family becomes homeless between academic years or during an academic year; or for the remainder of the academic year if the child or youth becomes permanently housed during an academic year. Students may enroll in any public school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the student is actually living are eligible to attend.

If the school enrollment decision is contrary to the wishes of the child or youth’s parent/guardian, the school will provide the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth with a written explanation of the decision, a statement of the right to appeal, and the procedure for appealing he placement decision. The complainant must file a School Enrollment Dispute with the school in which the student is presently enrolled. The principal of this school will notify the Greene County School System Liaison of the dispute and take steps to resolve the dispute.

When a dispute arises regarding the school placement of a homeless student, the system will immediately enroll the student in the school in which enrollment is sought by the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth, pending resolution of the dispute. The Greene County School System Homeless Liaison will expeditiously take steps to resolve the dispute If the dispute cannot be settled by the Homeless Liaison, the liaison will assist the complainant in seeking technical assistance from the appropriate service agency.