Homeless Liaison: Cesar Delgado
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act for Homeless Children and Youth entitles all homeless school-aged children to the same free and appropriate public education that is provided to non-homeless students. To that end, your school has adopted the following policy regarding the enrollment and education of homeless students.
A homeless student is defined as a person between the ages of two and eighteen who lacks a fixed, regular, and
adequate nighttime residence. It includes children and youths who:
– Live in an emergency or transitional shelter; abandoned building, parked car, or other facility not designed as a
regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
– Live with another family/are sharing the housing of other persons, due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
– Live in a hotel or motel due to lack of alternate adequate accommodations;
– Live in a trailer park or campsite due to lack of alternate adequate accommodations;
– Have been abandoned at a hospital;
– Reside in a home for school-aged, unwed mothers or mothers-to-be if there are no other available living
– Are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or
similar settings; and
– Are a migratory or abandoned, runaway, or throwaway youth that qualifies as homeless because he/she is living in circumstances described above.
Homeless status is determined in cooperation with the parent or guardian. In the case of unaccompanied youth,
status is determined by the School Liaison.
The School Liaison shall ensure that:
– Homeless students are identified by school personnel and through coordination activities with other
entities and agencies.
– Homeless students enroll in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed at ECS.
– Homeless students and families receive educational services for which they are eligible, including referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health services, and other appropriate services.
– Parents/guardians are informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their
children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children.
– Public notice of the educational rights of homeless children is disseminated at places where children
receive services, such as schools, shelters, and soup kitchens.
– Enrollment/admissions disputes are mediated in accordance with law, the ECS charter(s), and Board policy.
– Parents/guardians and any unaccompanied youth are fully informed of all transportation services, as applicable.
The School Liaison collaborates with State coordinators and community and school personnel
responsible for the provision of education and related services to homeless children and youths.
ECS shall immediately admit/enroll the student (subject to the school\’s capacity and pursuant to any
procedures stated in the charter), even if the student lacks records normally required for enrollment. Records
will immediately be requested from the previous school.
If the student needs to obtain immunizations or does not possess immunization or other medical records, the Principal or designee shall refer the parent/guardian to the School Liaison. The School Liaison shall assist the
parent/guardian in obtaining the necessary immunizations or records for the student.
L.A. County’s Domestic Violence Services remain available. Shelters are open and accepting people. If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help, resources include:
Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-978-3600, or
You can also dial 2-1-1 any time to get connected with services and support in your area or visit 211la.org/domestic-violence.
Domestic violence legal services.
Dial 9-1-1. Law enforcement is still responding to domestic violence calls, and Emergency Protective Orders are still being issued.
The Violence Against Women Act allows certain non-citizens who are in abusive situations to petition without the assistance of the abusive spouse or parent, for lawful permanent residency. These persons may include:
The spouse of a US citizen or legal permanent resident when the abuser is the US citizen, legal resident spouse or a member of his/her family living in the home.
The child of a US citizen or legal permanent resident when the abuser is the parent/parent’s spouse or a family member of the parent or parent’s spouse living in the home.
The child of the battered spouse.
The parent of the battered child.
More information is available at the Department of Public Social Services website.
The LACDMH Help Line serves as the primary entry point for mental health services with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Services provided by our Help Line staff include:
- Access Center for Service Referrals, Crisis Assessments and Field Deployments – available 24/7 (option 1 when calling the Help Line)
- Mental health screening and assessment
- Referral to a service provider
- Crisis counseling
- Mobilizing field response teams
- Linkages to other services and resources
- Emotional Support Warm Line with Trained Active Listeners – available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (option 2 when calling the Help Line)
- Veteran Line for Mental Health Support and Connection to Veteran Programs – available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (option 3 when calling the Help Line)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects you with a crisis center closest to your location. Your call will be answered confidentially by a trained crisis worker who will listen empathetically, work to ensure that you feel safe, and help identify options and information about mental health services in your area.
Substance Abuse Service Helpline: (844) 804-7500
Operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, this hotline provides screening, resources and service referrals regarding substance use disorders.
Los Angeles Homeless Outreach Portal (LA-HOP)
Operated by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), LA-HOP is designed to assist people experiencing homelessness by dispatching homeless outreach teams throughout Los Angeles County.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): (800) 950-6264
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
How to report child abuse in LA County: The LA County Office of Child Protection is a policy-making body and does not handle any direct cases. All inquiries or reporting of specific cases should be made to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). To report child abuse in LA County, CA, please contact the Child Protection Hotline at 1-800-540-4000 or visit the DCFS website.
If you have an immediate emergency, call 911 or your local police department; otherwise, call DFCS Child Protective Services to report child abuse and/or neglect.
For parents and caregivers: Find the Community-Based Organization offering preventive and support services in your Service Planning Area to call them directly, or call your Regional Office to get connected. You can also call (213) 336-2854 to speak to DCFS Preventive and Support Services staff.