Natchitoches Parish School Board: Homeless Education Program

If your family lives in any of the following situations your eligible children have the right to receive a free, appropriate public education and much more.

Living situations:

In a shelter

In a motel or campground due to lack of an alternative adequate accommodation

In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station

Doubles up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship

Your school age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.

Your eligible children have the right to:

Receive a free, appropriate public education

Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents, normally required for enrollment

Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents

Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference.

*If the school district believes that the school you elect is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision.

Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this.

Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your child’s needs.

If you believe your children may be eligible, contact the local liaison to find out what services and supports may be available. There also may be support available for your preschool-age children.

Local Liaison: Helen Calhoun, Coordinator of Homeless Education and Parental Involvement (318) 352-8389

State Coordinator: Homeless Hotline (844) 523-4187

If you need further assistance with your children’s educational needs, contact the National Center for Homeless Education: (800) 308-2145


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