Otto-Eldred
School District

Homeless Information

The Otto-Eldred School District is committed to supporting all students and families experiencing homelessness. Mr. Harley D. Ramsey, high school principal, serves as the homeless liaison. You can contact Mr. Harley at (814) 817.1381, via email, or by visiting the high school office at 143 R.L. Sweitzer Drive, Duke Center, PA 16729. We are here to support you and your family. We will do everything we can to answer your questions and get your student(s) successfully enrolled in school.

Am I Homeless?

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act provides guidelines for school districts supporting families who are:

  • Staying with friends or family due to loss of housing.
  • Living in a shelter, which includes transitional programs.
  • Residing in motels, hotels, tents, campers, or other temporary housing because they cannot secure permanent lodging.
  • Living on the street, in a vehicle, or other non-permanent structure.

As a Homeless Family, What Rights Do My Students Have?

All eligible students have a right to:

  • A free and appropriate public education.
  • Immediate enrollment in school, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
  • Choose between attending the local school or continue attending the school of origin if that option is feasible and in the student’s best interest.
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested and feasible.
  • Receive educational services comparable to any other student, specific to each student’s educational needs.