Student Services - works with students in a variety of ways:
* Manages student records
* McKinney-Vento Students
- The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition:
- Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
- Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
- Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters
- Children and youth abandoned in hospitals
- Children and youth awaiting foster care placement
- Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)
- Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
- Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations
- Homeless students are entitled to assistance with enrollment, necessary supplies for school, school clothing or uniforms, help with accessing educational services and programs, transportation and referrals to shelters and community agencies.
- More information: https://ed.sc.gov/policy/federal-education-programs/esea-title-x-mckinney-vento-homeless-part-c/mckinney-vento-law-and-guidance/
* Student Attendance / Truancy
- SOUTH CAROLINA COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE ACT - Section 59-65-10. All parents or guardians shall cause their children or wards to attend regularly a public or private school or kindergarten of this State which has been approved by the State Board of Education or a member of the South Carolina Independent Schools’ Association or some similar organization, or a parochial, denominational, or church-related school, or other programs which have been approved by the State Board of Education from the school year in which the child or ward is five years of age before September first until the child or ward attains his seventeenth birthday or graduates from high school.
- THE LAW - The parent(s) or guardian(s) is determined to be the “custodian” of the student under the Code of Laws of South Carolina in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth herein above, and the student’s non-attendance, whether such non-attendance shall be voluntary or shall result from expulsion or suspension because of the student’s behavior, shall constitute behavior injurious to the student’s welfare and shall be evidence that the student is beyond the control of his parents or other custodian and shall subject the student to commitment under the Family Court Act whether voluntarily absent, suspended or expelled notwithstanding the provisions of the South Carolina Code.
- What is truancy? South Carolina Regulations define truancy as follows: “A child 6-17 years of age meets definition of truancy when the child has three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences."
- Information on Truancy & Educational Neglect - http://childlaw.sc.edu/frmPublications/TruancyEducationalNeglect.pdf
Kasey Miles Feagin Nakisha McKnight
Senior Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Administrative Assistant
Extension 1135 Extension 1119
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