Definition of Homeless
An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth:
What Families Experiencing Homelessness Need to Know
Free and Reduced Lunch Procedures
Homeless students are entitled to free or reduced breakfast and lunch and DO NOT need to fill out the regular application. To obtain meal assistance, please email the student's name, ID number, and school name to the Homeless Liaison, Kimberly Newsom, at email@example.com. The Homeless Liaison will approve the request and submit it to Food Services. Please do not contact Food Services directly; the request must be done through the homeless program.
York County School Division will provide transportation assistance for homeless students so that the student may remain at his/her school of origin. This transportation is arranged through the Homeless Liaison's office. It takes three to five working days for transportation arrangements to be put in place. Transportation can also be arranged to accommodate those students who participate in after school activities. Once transportation is set up the parent/guardian is called and advised of the start date and time of the transportation.
To obtain transportation assistance, an email should be sent to Kimberly Newsom at firstname.lastname@example.org providing the following information:
Who are "Unaccompanied Youth?"
They are youth who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian including:
Their possible living situations include:
School may be the only safe, stable environment for unaccompanied youth. Schools can provide the needed support to ensure continued academic success for these vulnerable students. In addition to academics, schools can offer adult and peer support, meals, referral to medical and mental health services, sports clubs and other activities. Schools should also connect these young people to other resources and supports available in the community.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires immediate enrollment of these students and protects their right to attend school without parental involvement. Schools must immediately enroll "unaccompanied youth" even if they do not have the documents that are usually required, such as proof of residence, school records, medical records, or guardianship papers. Transportation assistance must be provided if the student needs transportation to the school or origin.
Although there is no mandatory requirement to report an "unaccompanied youth" to law enforcement or Child Protective Services, a situation should be reported to CPS or the police if there is suspicion that the student is in an unsafe circumstance. For further assistance, contact the school division homeless liaison, Kimberly Newsom, at 757-833-7001.
Food & Clothing Resources
Coordinator of Enrollment & Attendance
York County School Division
302 Dare Road
Yorktown, VA 23692