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As a condition of receiving funds under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act), TSBVI shall designate an appropriate staff person, able to carry out the required duties, as the School liaison for homeless children. TSBVI will adopt policies and practices to ensure participation by the liaison in professional development and other technical assistance activities provided and approved by the statewide coordinator for education of homeless children and youths. 42 U.S.C. 11432(g)(1)(J)


The Superintendent designates Marcela Contreras, LMSW, (Social Worker) as the liaison for homeless children. TSBVI shall inform school personnel, service providers, and advocates working with homeless families, parents and guardians of homeless children, and homeless children of the duties of the liaison. [See FB, FD (for definition of “homeless children”) and Parent Student Handbook]


The liaison shall ensure that:

  1. Homeless children are identified by school personnel and through outreach and coordination activities with other entities and agencies;
  2. Eligible homeless children with visual impairments are enrolled in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in at TSBVI;
  3. Homeless families and homeless children receive referrals to health care, dental, mental health and substance abuse, housing, and other appropriate services;
  4. The parents or guardians of homeless children are informed of the available educational and related opportunities and are provided meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children;
  5. TSBVI coordinates with local school districts to provide public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and this notice is disseminated in locations frequented by parents or guardians of such children, and unaccompanied youths, including schools, shelters, public libraries, and soup kitchens, in a manner and form understandable to the parents and guardians of homeless children, and unaccompanied youths;
  6. Enrollment disputes are mediated;
  7. The parent or guardian of a homeless child, and any unaccompanied youth, are fully informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin, and are assisted in accessing transportation to the school of enrollment;
  8. School personnel providing services under the McKinney-Vento Act receive professional development and other support; and
  9. Unaccompanied youths:
    1. Are enrolled in school;
    2. Have opportunities to meet the same challenging state academic standards as the state establishes for other children; and
    3. Are informed of their status as independent students under section 480 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and that the youths may obtain assistance from the liaison to receive verification of such status for purposes of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

42 U.S.C. 11432(g)(6)(A), (B)

Determination of Homeless Status

A liaison who receives training under 42 U.S.C. 11432(F)(6) may affirm, without further action by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, that a child who is eligible for and participating in a local school district program, or the immediate family of such a child, who meets the eligibility requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act for an authorized program of service under Title IV of the Act, is eligible for such program or service. 42 U.S.C. 11432(g)(6)(D)


TSBVI shall appoint at least one employee to act as a liaison officer to facilitate the enrollment in or transfer to the School of a child who is in the conservatorship of the State and submit the liaison’s name and contact information to TEA in a format and under the schedule determined by the commissioner of education.  Marcela Contreras (LMSW) is the appointed liaison.

TEA shall provide information to the liaisons on practices for facilitating the enrollment in or transfer of such children who are in the conservatorship of the State.

Education Code 33.904


The School, in coordination with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), shall facilitate the transition of each child enrolled in TSBVI who is eligible for a tuition and fee waiver under Education Code 54.366, and who is likely to be in the conservatorship of DFPS on the day preceding the child’s 18th birthday to an institution of higher education by:

  1. Assisting the child with the completion of any applications for admission or financial aid;
  2. Arranging and accompanying the child on campus visits;
  3. Assisting the child in researching and applying for private or institution-sponsored scholarships;
  4. Assisting the child in registering and preparing for college entrance examinations, including, subject to the availability of funds, arranging for the payment of any examination fees by DFPS; and
  5. Coordinating contact between the child and a liaison designated by the Higher Education Coordinating Board for students who were formerly in the conservatorship of DFPS.

Family Code 264.1211 [See EJ]


Schools receiving Title 1, Part A funds must collaborate with the state or local child welfare agency to designate a point of contact if the child welfare agency notifies TSBVI, in writing, that the agency has designated an employee to serve as a point of contact for the School. 20 U.S.C. 6312(c)(5)(A)

Adopted:         8/9/18