SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 73
November 1, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Virginia Homeless Education Program Survey|
During the months of October and early November, the Virginia Homeless Education Program will be conducting a survey to obtain an estimate of the number of homeless children and youth in the Commonwealth and to determine their educational needs and the services that are currently available to them. This information is being compiled in conjunction with Virginia's House Joint Resolution 181 and in compliance with the federal mandates of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. Through the cooperation of schools and shelters, the intent of the General Assembly is to more accurately and persuasively document the needs of homeless children in Virginia. Our first goal is to determine the number of children and youth in the state whose living conditions meet the criteria of homelessness. A form has been sent to each school in your division requesting a count and demographic data on homeless children. Please encourage your principals to complete this form and return it on or before November 22, 1996. In addition, we wish to collect data at the central office level to develop a clearer understanding of the coordination of services and policy issues that relate to this population of students. Please complete the attached form and return to Dr. James Stronge. The McKinney Act requires that each state provide homeless children and youth access to, and appropriate educational services in, the public schools comparable to that provided children of residents. Your assistance in completing this survey is vital to obtaining up-to-date information regarding the problems faced by homeless families and their children and the efforts that are already underway to address their needs. Should you have questions regarding the homeless child estimate or other issues related to the education of homeless children and youth, please contact Dr. James H. Stronge, Virginia Homeless Education Program, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8795, (757) 221-4002. Thank you for your time and assistance. RTL:tsc Enclosure: This memo and its attachments will be sent to the Superintendent's Office.