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For any student who has become homeless, local educational agencies (LEAs) should submit a Student Program (SPRG) record reflecting an Education Program Code of 191 – Homeless Program, using the date the student became homeless as the program start date.
Once the homeless status has been established, these students are categorically eligible for free meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Consequently, for those LEAs that have not been able to follow the recommended guidance, the CDE provides two options for populating the program start date for special education records in the interim: *Automatic integration between the SIS and the electronic Individualized Education Program (IEP) systems will be difficult during this transitional period because all electronic IEP systems will maintain the initial special education entry date as the program start date and a special education program exit date only when the student actually exits special education.
LEAs should have a clearly documented manual process for ensuring that students with disabilities are identified as such in the SIS.
Students who have been displaced by fires or any other natural disaster will generally meet the federal definition of homeless, although this depends on their individual situations.
School offers structure, stability, and support to children and youths displaced by disasters.
Typically these children, youths, and their families are forced to live in a variety of unstable, temporary arrangements, including facilities set up by relief and community agencies.
It is the responsibility of our schools and school districts to enroll homeless students immediately, even when they do not have the necessary paperwork required for registration, such as school records, medical records, proof of residency, or other documents.
The term “enroll” is defined as attending classes and participating fully in school activities.
If the CALPADS Administrator application on file at the California Department of Education (CDE) is over one year old, a new application is now required upon an LEA Administrator account password reset request.