SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) Today, News4Utah is focusing on education all day. Mike Harman, Homeless Student Outreach Coordinator and Counselor for the Salt Lake City School District, joined Nicea DeGering, to talk about how they are helping homeless students and special education.
Harman says kids who don’t have a permanent home have a hard time figuring out where they should go to school. If this is you, or you know someone experiencing this, Harman says every district has an education liaison that will help navigate students into the school with an environment that will suit them best for their educational needs.
There is a homeless education act that provides support for students who are experiencing homelessness. This is federally funded. Any student living in a shelter or living with a family member due to economic reasons or loss of housing, is eligible for special services or protections to allow stability in school. This also helps the student with transportation through gas passes or bus vouchers. The district will also help track down immunization records and birth certificates, as well as any other items required to register for school. This act will give students backpacks and school supplies so they can start on day one.
To start, call your local district office or school and tell them you need help.
You can also visit SchoolHouseConnection.org for more information.