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Family Resources

Homeless Liaison                                            Cristina Varela
Los Nietos School District                                  8324 South Westman Ave
                                                                           Whittier, CA  90606
                                                                           562-692-0271 Ext. 3252
                                                                           cristina_varela@lnsd.net

Los Angeles County Coordinator:           Melissa Schoonmaker, LA Office of Education
                                                                            562-922-6234

CA State Coordinator for Homeless:
       Leanne Wheeler, California Dept of Education
                                                                            866-856-8214
                                                                            iwheeler@cde.ca.gov


"You Can Enroll in School" Poster            http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/hs/cy/
"You Can Enroll in School" Poster            http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/hs/cy/
Spanish

Homeless Liaisons                                          http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/hs/cy/

Homeless Children and Youth
Children of homeless individuals and unaccompanied homeless youth residing within Los Nietos School District have equal access to the same free, appropriate, public education as provided to other children and youths who reside within the district. They shall be provided services comparable to services offered other children attending districts schools, including transportation services, educational services for which the children/youth meet eligibility criteria.

  • Homeless Liaison will ensure that:
  1. Homeless children and youth residing in the district are identified by school personnel.
  2. Homeless children and youth enrollment have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in schools in the district.
  3. Homeless families, children, and youth receive educational services for which they are eligible and referrals to other appropriate agencies.
  4. Public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and youth is disseminated where such children and youth receive services.
  • Admission and Placement of Homeless Children or Youth
  1. The homeless child's parent/guardian or any unaccompanied homeless youth shall be advice of their choice of schools. The homeless child/youth shall be allowed to continue his/her education in the school of origin for the duration of the homelessness. School selection decision shall be made based on the best interest of the homeless child/youth.
  2. The Homeless child/youth shall be immediately enrolled in the assigned school.  This must be done even if the child/youth is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment, such as  previous academic records, medical records,, proof of residency, or other documentation .
  3. The homeless child/youth shall be placed in an appropriate grade level by the school principal, using the same procedures that are used for placing non-homeless children and youth attending that school.
  4. Once enrolled, homeless children/youth shall have all the rights and privilege of non-homeless children attending school in the district, and shall be subject to the same school rules and regulations.

RESOURCES
Community Resource Center................................................................................................(562) 946-2425
 
Info-Line...................................................................................................................................(800) 399-6993

Department of Public Social Services...................................................................................(562) 807-7869

American Red Cross................................................................................................................(562) 945-3944

Rio Hondo Temporary Home...................................................................................................(562) 863-8805

Whittier Area First Day Coalition; Fist Day Social Services
.................................................(562) 945-4304

Salvation Army Transitional Living Center............................................................................(562) 696-7175

Interfaith Food Center..............................................................................................................(562) 903-1478

Family Crisis Center.................................................................................................................(310) 379-3620

Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)............................(562) 807-7610

HUD-Community Dev. Commission/Housing Authority of the County of LA......................(562) 347-4663

Su Casa......................................................................................................................................(562) 402-4888

 
Los Nietos Senior & Community Center..........................................................................................................................................(562) 699-9898

Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles........................................................................(213) 252-5370