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Support for Students in Transitional Living/Homeless

The Jackson County School Board is committed to providing a high-quality educational system to all students.  Some of our students experience homelessness and need a little extra helping hand to ensure they have the full access and needed supplies in order to be successful.  The Homeless Education Program provides for many academic and social needs of students experiencing transitional living situations. There is much to know under the McKinney-Vento Act of 1987. The definition of a child experiencing homelessness is lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. Families and students not with their legal guardian that are in one of the following transitional living situations qualifies for additional support from the District and Community Partners:

  • Student is doubled
    • Multiple family members under one roof (grandparents, parents, children/grandchildren)
    • Family having to move in with a non-relative (friend, parents, children)
  • Student is living in a car
  • Student is living in a public park
  • Student is living in a temporary trailer
    • Camping Trailer Park
    • Camping Trailer on private land
  • Other Public Spaces
  • Abandoned Buildings
  • Substandard Housing
    • No running water
    • No electricity
    • Doors and/or windows cannot be secured
    • Holes in floors or roof
  • Living in a bus or train station
  • Any place not suited for sleeping at night for human beings
  • Student lives in a hotel or motel
  • Student is in emergency foster placement
  • Emergency Shelter after a Natural Disaster
  • FEMA Trailer after a Natural Disaster
  • Abandoned in a Hospital

All of the above situations have multiple factors that contribute to a student and their family experiencing homelessness or transition to permanent housing.  These are the most common contributors to loss of stable housing for families:

  • Natural Disasters
    • Hurricane
    • Tornado
    • Wild Fire
    • Earthquake
    • Flooding
  • House Fire
  • Economic Hardship
    • Loss of Income
      • Loss of job
      • Loss of hours
      • Demotion
    • Underemployment
    • Lack of Affordable Health Care
    • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Mental Illness
  • Forced Eviction
  • Foreclosure
  • Domestic Violence

Students that are not in the presence of their legal guardian and experience homelessness or transitional living are considered an an unaccompanied youth. 

As a student experiencing homelessness/transitional living, many educational rights are afforded to you to ensure your academic success.  The most common of these services are:

  • School Supplies (General and Specialized)
  • Clothing
  • Support for Extracurricular Activities
  • Immediate Enrollment for 30 days prior to meeting enrollment requirements
    • Vaccination assistance from the Health Department
    • Proof of Age- Assistance in obtaining copy of Birth Certificate if lost/stolen/damaged
    • Educational Records- Assistance in securing these documents
    • Proof of Residency
  • Maintain enrollment at School of Origin
  • Transportation to School of Origin
  • Access to Educational Programs- see below

Educational Programs Available:

  • Lexia Reading Computer Program K-12
  • iReady Math Computer Program K-2
  • Think Through Math Computer Program 3-Algebra 1
  • Education City Reading, Math and Science Computer Program K-6
  • Lexia Reading Plus Computer Program 3-12
  • After-School Remediation School Site Specific
  • In-School Remediation Teachers School Site Specific
  • Community Based After-School Tutoring
  • School Supplies
  • College Applications
  • Financial Aid for College

Social Services Available:

  • Referral to Health Department for Immunizations
  • Referral to The Wright Foundation for multiple services
    • Utility Assistance
    • Rent Assistance
    • Veterans Assistance
    • Food Stamps
  • Weekend Backpack Food Program

 The Florida Department of Education has a wealth of information on Homeless/Transitional Student Educational Programs.  You can find links to state and federal legislation, services, state and local data and publications.


Folder Forms and Policies (9 Files)
pdf file Board Policy
pdf file Dispute Resolution for Jackson County
pdf file Dispute Resolution for the State
pdf file Information Brochure
pdf file Liaison Duties
pdf file Residency Form- Self Identification of Transitional Living Situation
pdf file Deciding Factors on School of Origin Placement
pdf file Unaccompanied Youth Verification Form
pdf file Unaccompanied Youth Form to Receive SNAP
Folder Weekend Backpack Program (3 Files)
doc file 2013-2014 Accomplishments
pub file Weekend Backpack Brochure
doc file 2012-2013 Accomplishments
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