Alta Vista High School provides an educational environment that treats all students with dignity and respect. Every student in transition shall have access to the same free and appropriate educational opportunities as students who are not in transition. This commitment to the educational rights of children and youth in transition, and unaccompanied youth, applies to all services, programs, and activities provided or made available.
A student may be considered eligible for services as a “Homeless Child or Youth” under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act if he or she is presently living in any of the following situations:
• In a shelter, temporary shared housing, or transitional living program • In a hotel/motel, campground, or similar situation due to lack of alternatives • At a bus station, park, car, or abandoned building • In temporary or transitional foster care placement
According to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act, eligible students have rights to:
Immediate enrollment: Documentation and immunization records cannot serve as a barrier to the enrollment in school.
School Selection: McKinney-Vento eligible students have a right to select from the following schools:
• The school he/she attended when permanently housed (School of Origin) • The school in which he/she was last enrolled (School of Origin) • The school in the attendance area in which the student currently resides (School of Residency) Remain enrolled in his/her selected school for the duration of homelessness, or until the academic year upon which they are permanently housed.
Participate in Programs for which they are eligible, including Title I, National School Lunch Program, Head Start, Even Start, etc.
Transportation Services: A McKinney-Vento eligible student attending his/her School of Origin has a right to transportation to and from the School of Origin.
Dispute Resolution: If you disagree with school officials about enrollment, transportation, or fair treatment of a child or youth in transition, you may file a complaint with the school district. The school district must respond and attempt to resolve it quickly. During the dispute, the student must be immediately enrolled in the school and provided transportation until the matter is resolved. The Families in Transition Liaison will assist you in making decisions, providing notice of any appeal process, and filling out dispute forms.
For more information on families in transition, refer to http://www.ade.az.gov/asd/homeless/ or contact:
Maribel Hernandez Families in Transition Liaison Alta Vista High School 5040 South Campbell Avenue Tucson, Arizona 85706 520.294.4922 firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Migali Homeless Education Coordinator Arizona Department of Education 1535 W. Jefferson St. Bin #14 Phoenix, AZ 85007 602.542.4963
Alta Vista High School Alicia Alvarez, Principal 5040 S Campbell Ave. Tucson, AZ 85706 (520) 294-4922