HEART is in place at Fostoria City Schools to address and support the educational needs of students who find themselves in temporary or transitional housing during the school year. HEART liaisons work together to ensure educational stability for students in short-term, temporary or transitional housing situations so they feel supported and encouraged while they secure permanent housing.
Homeless and students in transitional living arrangements are welcome at Fostoria City Schools. Our district is guided by the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001 - Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act. The law provides homeless and highly mobile students with certain rights so they have access to opportunities that will help them meet the same high academic standards expected of all students attending Fostoria City Schools. For additional information and/or questions, please contact the appropriate HEART School-Based Liaison listed to the right.
Families and Students in Transition
Do you know a student or family that may be in need of assistance? Many families in Wisconsin have found themselves to be families in transition without a place to call home. Our school district is committed to assisting all homeless students receive the best education possible. The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth (twenty-one years of age and younger) as:
- Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and youth who are:
- sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as double-up);
- living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative, adequate accommodations;
- living in emergency or transitional shelters;
- abandoned in hospitals;
- r awaiting foster care placement.
- Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
- Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
If you are personally aware of or are acquainted with any children who may qualify according to the above criteria, please contact any School Counselor (Homeless Liaison) for the Fostoria City School District for additional information about the educational rights of homeless students. Contact information listed in the margin of this page. All information will be kept confidential.
Information and Resources:
HEART Support Services Brochure
FCS Board Policy - 5111.01 - Homeless Students
ESSA - Implementation and Technical Assistance Tools
A Parent's Guide to the Rights of Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Helping You Help Your Child - Information for Parents
Information for Parents Informacion Para los Padreslos
Information for School Age Youth Informacion Para los Jovenes de Edad Escolar
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
National Center for Homeless Education
National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty
Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio
FIRST CALL FOR HELP (UW Program) - call 419-435-2555 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (visit United Way website for more information - unitedwayoffostoria.org
"The program will help point individuals or families in the right direction when they can't pay the electric bill, are battling drug addiction, are homeless, experiencing domestic violence and or have some type of other issue but are unsure of where to turn. The free, confidential referral and information helpline connects people of all ages from all communities to the essential health and human services they need." (RT-01/20/2017)