The Otto-Eldred School District is committed to supporting all students and families experiencing homelessness. Mrs. Lindsay Burns, Pupil Services & Special Ed Director, serves as the homeless liaison. You can email Mrs. Burns, or call her at (814) 817-1388. 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.