Students in Transition


Information for Parents: Your school-aged children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the Federal McKinney-Vento Act. Eligibility is determined case-by-case.


Section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Act defines “homeless children and youths” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The term includes—Children and youths who are:

  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as “doubled-up”);

  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;

  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters; or abandoned in hospitals;

  • Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

  • Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described


Services & Opportunities:  Children and youth in transitional situations are eligible for support/services.  Those supports may include:

  • Transportation

  • School supplies

  • School Activities and Field Trip Fees

  • Tutoring

  • Case Management and referral services

  • Mental Health Counseling


Foster Care

  • Children and youth are protected under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)

  • Foster Care is defined as 24-hour substitute care for all children placed away from their parents or guardians and for whom the child welfare agency has placement and care responsibility

  • Includes placements in foster family homes, foster homes of relatives, group homes, emergency shelters, residential facilities, child care institutions, and pre-adoptive homes

For more information, please contact the Director of Federal Programs & Human Resources,  Kim Loomis  636-296-8000 ext 7141   

Additional information for students in transition

Fox C-6 Foster Care Liason

Kim Loomis, Director of Federal Programs 636-296-8000 ext 7165  [email protected]

Gayle Beck District Social Worker 636-296-8000 ext 2361  [email protected]  

State Homeless Coordinator

Cheryl Kosmatka

(573) 522-8763

Email: [email protected]


State Foster Care Coordinator

Kelly Kemper

(573) 751-5386

Students in Transition
Enrollment Form/Residency Questionnaire

Please download, fill out, and print the student in transition enrollment form below. 

Board Policy IGBCA
Programs for Homeless Students

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