topleft CSBA.org >  Services >  Governance Technology > 

Standard Elementary SD  |  BP  6173.1  Instruction

Education For Foster Youth   

arrow Previous bar Next arrow

The Governing Board recognizes the district's obligation to ensure that foster youth have the opportunity to achieve state and district academic standards. The district shall provide such students with access to the academic resources, services, and extracurricular and enrichment activities that are available to all district students.

(cf. 6011- Academic Standards)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

(cf. 6173 - Education for Homeless Children)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that placement decisions for foster youth are based on the students' best interests as defined in law and administrative regulation. To that end, he/she shall designate a staff person as a district liaison for foster youth to help facilitate the enrollment, placement, and transfer of foster youth.

The Superintendent or designee and district liaison shall ensure that all appropriate staff, including, but not limited to, each principal, school registrar, and attendance clerk, receive training regarding the enrollment, placement, and rights of foster youth.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

To help ensure the maximum utilization of available funds and to support the educational needs of foster youth, the Superintendent or designee shall collaborate with local agencies including, but not limited to, the county placing agency, social services, probation officers, juvenile court officers, nonprofit organizations, and advocates. The Superintendent or designee shall explore the feasibility of entering into agreements with these groups to coordinate services and protect the rights of foster youth.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 1400 - Relations between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

(cf. 5141.6 - Student Health and Social Services)

(cf. 5149 - At-Risk Students)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

42920-42925 Foster children educational services

48645.1 Juvenile court schools

48645.5 Acceptance of coursework

48850-48859 Educational placement of students residing in licensed children's institutions

49061 Student records

49069.5 Foster care students transfer of records

49076 Access to student records

56055 Rights of foster parents in special education

WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE

300 Children subject to jurisdiction

309 Investigation and release of child

361 Limitations on parental or guardian control

366.27 Educational decision by relative providing living arrangements

602 Minors violating law; ward of court

726 Limitations on parental or guardian control

727 Order of care, ward of court

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 29

794 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42

11431-11435 McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Educating Foster Youth: Best Practices and Board Considerations, Policy Brief, March 2008

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION PUBLICATIONS

Mythbusting: Breaking Down Confidentiality and Decision-Making Barriers to Meet the Education Needs of Children in Foster Care, 2005

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Department of Education, Foster Youth Services: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/pf/fy

California Department of Social Services, Foster Youth Ombudsman Office: http://www.fosteryouthhelp.ca.gov

California Youth Connection: http://www.calyouthconn.org/site/cyc

Cities, Counties, Schools Partnership: http://www.ccspartnership.org/default.cfm

Policy STANDARD SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: November 18, 2008 Bakersfield, California