Hemet Unified School District is committed to supporting the unique educational, emotional and social needs of all students including those that are in foster care or are experiencing homelessness. These hardships can often cause stress and anxiety that affect a child’s capacity to focus in school. Through a collaborative effort between Student Support Services and school sites, we strive to create a safe haven during these difficult times.
A child in foster care is defined as any child who has been removed from the custody of their parent(s)/guardian(s) by the juvenile court and placed in a group home or foster home. The child is under the direct supervision of a county probation officer or social worker. Foster Youth can also include children who are receiving family maintenance services; they may be living in the home and still receiving court appointed support from a social worker. In these instances, custody has not been returned to parents and the child remains a Foster Youth.
In accordance with AB 490 foster youth have the right to:
A student that is defined as homeless is a child without a regular, fixed, and adequate nighttime residence. The child may live in a shelter, a temporary home, a motel, a car, a campground, or on the street. Homeless children may also be living temporarily with relatives or friends because of a loss of permanent housing.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures that homeless children and youth, including preschoolers, have equal access to the same free, appropriate educational programs as other children and youth. This federal 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.
Homeless Youth are entitled to: