Services Provided By The Amarillo ISD Homeless Liaison

Every Local Educational Agency (LEA), otherwise known as school district, must designate an appropriate staff person as a liaison for students in homeless situations.

Liaisons must ensure the following:

  • Children and youth in homeless situations are identified by school personnel and through coordination activities with other entities and agencies.
  • Students enroll in, and have full and equal opportunity to succeed in, the schools of the LEA
  • Families, children and youth receive educational services for which they are eligible, including Head Start, Even Start and pre-school programs administered by the LEA, and referrals to health, mental health, dental and other appropriate services.
  • Parents or guardians are informed of educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children.
  • Public notice of the educational rights of students in homeless situations is disseminated where children and youth receive services under the Act.
  • Enrollment disputes are mediated in accordance with the Enrollment Disputes section of the McKinney-Vento Act.
  • Parents and guardians and unaccompanied youth are fully informed of all transportation services, including to the school of origin, and are assisted in accessing transportation services.
  • Liaisons must assist children and youth who do not have immunizations or immunization or medical records to obtain necessary immunizations or immunization or medical records.
  • Liaisons must help unaccompanied youth choose and enroll in a school, after considering the youths’ wishes, and provide youth with notice of their right to appeal an enrollment decision that is not their choice.
  • Liaisons must ensure that unaccompanied youth are immediately enrolled in school pending resolution of disputes that might arise over school enrollment or placement.
  • The school selected shall immediately enroll the child/youth in school, even if the child or youth lacks records normally required for enrollment, such as previous academic records, medical records, proof of residency, or other documentation.
  • Contact Information For The Amarillo ISD Homeless Liaison

    Kimber Riha-Thompson, Homeless Liaison | Phone: 806-326-3253 | Fax: 806-326-3254
    LEA Name: Amarillo I.S.D.


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