Foster Care Program
Students in foster care are entitled to similar rights as students classified as Children In Transition, but foster is not considered a homeless situation and foster students are not CIT eligible. WCSD works with Washoe County Human Services Agency to eliminate barriers to education for children in foster care.
McKinney Vento (CIT) versus Foster Care
Best interest determination with priority given to wishes of parent/guardian/UHY (Section I of US Dept. of Ed Guidance)
School of origin rights/best interest determination
Placement determined by Best Interest Determination meeting (Child Welfare invites Schools)
LEA(s) must provide a school of origin transportation (Section J of US Dept. of Ed Guidance)
Right to receive transportation to the school of origin
Transportation agreements (MOU) between Child Welfare and LEA’s
Immediate enrollment even without records; school to assist in obtaining records (Section I of US Dept. of Ed Guidance)
Right to immediate enrollment even without records
Immediate enrollment: a school of origin will release immediately, receiving school will request records immediately
Local funds, set-aside mandatory for Title I, Part A funds (Section M of US Dept. of Ed Guidance), McKinney-Vento sub-grant. Consider Title II and Title IV.
Title I, Part A of the ESSA (for additional costs only)
Title IV, Part E of the Social Security Act (matching requirement).
Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services Non-Discrimination Policy