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Homeless students and youth in the Roaring Fork Valley

What do you envision of when you think of someone who is homeless? Do you think of the men, and sometimes women, standing at certain intersections in the Valley, holding up signs with a plea for money or work?

Or do think of the projected 192 students in the Roaring Fork School District that are in various states of homelessness? They may be sleeping on a friend’s sofa, living in a hotel, camping in the national forest, or staying in a 5th wheel, but they all have one thing in common. School is their safety net. School is where they have stability, safety, food, and a sense of normalcy. School gives them the opportunity to be successful, to graduate, and to end the cycle of poverty. School is where the McKinney-Vento Act protects them.

The definition of a homeless person is one that lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate primary nighttime residence.

The McKinney-Vento Act protects the rights of homeless students by ensuring; the presence of a homeless education liaison in every school district; the right to enroll in school immediately without the usual necessary documents; the right to free transportation to and from their school of origin; the right not to be harassed or segregated based on their status as homeless; and the right to access services or programs within the schools for which they are eligible.

If you have concerns regarding a student who may be homeless in the Roaring Fork School District, please call the Homeless Education Liaison, Jenny Lindsay, at the Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork School District at 384-5697 or jlindsay@rfsd.k12.co.us

— Jenny Lindsay is the homeless education liaison at the Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork School District

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