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Students Experiencing Homelessness

Students Experiencing Homelessness

In compliance with the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Avonworth School District is committed to identifying all children within the district who may be experiencing homelessness. 

 

The term homeless children and youth is defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.  This includes individuals:

 

=         Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason;

=         Living in a motel, hotel, trailer park or campground due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;

=         Living in emergency or transitional shelters;

=         Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations or similar settings;

=         Living in substandard housing (no running water or working utilities, infestations, etc.).

 

Children who are experiencing homelessness may qualify for assistance with free school lunch, school supplies/materials, tutoring and transportation so that they can remain in their school of origin throughout the duration of their homeless episode. 

 

If you believe your child(ren) may qualify for this service, please contact Jessica Taylor, Director of Student Services, at (412) 366 7171 or jtaylor@avonworth.k12.pa.us.

 

If your living situation changes during the school year, and you and your children become homeless, please be sure to contact the school.  We will work with you so that your child(ren)’s education is disrupted as little as possible.

 
 
 
Contact: Jessica Taylor, Director of Student Services
1310 Roosevelt Road
Pittsburgh PA 15237
(412) 366 7171 ext. 1901
jtaylor@avonworth.k12.pa.us 
 
 
 
HELPFUL INFORMATION: 
Pennsylvania legal guidance on services for students experiencing homelessness
Avonworth's annual publication informing families and the community about services offered
Letter from the District's Homeless Liaison
District's new student enrollment packet
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