Indianola CSD Homeless Education Liaison

Questions or assistance regarding homeless education services should be directed to

Sarah Baker                                                                                                                                                                                        Director of Special Programs                                                                                                                                                    1301 East Second Avenue
Indianola, IA 50125
Office: 515-961-9500 ext. 3114


Homeless Liaison Supports

The local educational liaison for homeless children and youth, will ensure that:

  • Homeless children and youth are identified by school personnel through practices adopted by the district and through coordination activities with other entities and agencies.
  • Homeless children and youth enroll in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in schools of the district.
  • Homeless families, children, and youth receive educational services for which such families, children, and youth are eligible, including Head Start and Even Start programs and preschool program administered by the district, and referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health services, and other appropriate services.
  • The parents and guardians of homeless children and youth 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 and youth is disseminated where such children and youth receive service under this Act, such as schools, family shelters, and soup kitchens.
  • Enrollment disputes are mediated in accordance with the Enrollment Disputes section of the McKinney-Vento Act.
  • The parent or guardian of a homeless child or youth, and any unaccompanied youth, is fully informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin and is assisted in accessing transportation to the school that is selected according to the child’s best interests.

The local homeless education liaison will also :

  • Assist unaccompanied youth in placement/enrollment decisions, including considering the youth’s wishes in those decisions, and provide notice to the youth of the right to appeal such decisions under the enrollment disputes provisions.
  • Ensure that unaccompanied youth are immediately enrolled in school pending resolution of disputes that might arise over school enrollment or placement.
  • Assist children and youth who do not have immunizations, or immunization or medical records, to obtain necessary immunizations, or immunization or medical records.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with state coordinators and community and school personnel responsible for the provision of education and related services to homeless children and youth.