The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Ensures that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate educational programs as other children and youth. Law mandates the elimination of educational barriers facing homeless children and youth, to increase school stability and protect students from discrimination. Under this legislation, homeless children and youth are entitled to have access to the same educational experience and resources as all students. To access the McKinney-Vento Online Tool Kit, click here.
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Ramona Unified School District provides a variety of education-related services to foster youth. In accordance with Assembly Bill 490, RUSD makes certain that foster youth living in group homes or foster homes immediately enroll in school and are in appropriate education placement and receiving needed services. RUSD is responsible for the tracking and transferring of school records upon enrollment, adhering to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) guidelines, reviewing AB 216 eligibility, and connecting students to school and community-based services. The goal of RUSD is to support the positive academic and social-emotional outcomes of every one of our foster youth.
California Foster Care Education Law Fact Sheets
Under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the term foster youth includes any child who is the subject of a juvenile dependency court petition (Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code §300), whether or not the child has been removed from his or her home. Any child who is the subject of a juvenile delinquency court petition (Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code §602) and who has been removed from his or her home by the court and placed into foster care under a "suitable placement" order. This includes youth who have been placed in a foster home, relative's home, or group home. It does not include youth who have been placed in a juvenile detention facility, such as a juvenile hall or camp. For the California Foster Care Education Law Fact Sheet, click here.