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10.11.P.1 Admission of Homeless Students
PROCEDURE PROCEDURE
Admission
The school selected by the homeless student shall immediately admit the homeless student, even if the student is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment, such as previous academic records, medical records, proof of residency, or other documentation.

The enrolling school shall immediately contact the school last attended by the student to obtain relevant academic and other records.

If the student needs to obtain immunizations, or immunization or medical records, the enrolling school shall immediately refer the parent or guardian of the student to the liaison for homeless students, who shall assist in obtaining necessary immunizations, or immunization or medical records. 

Admission  Disputes
If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment in a school:
 
  • The student shall be immediately admitted to the school in which enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute;
     
  • the parent or guardian of the student shall be provided with a written explanation of the school's decision regarding school selection or enrollment, including the rights of the parent, guardian, or student to appeal the decision;
     
  • the student, parent, or guardian shall be referred to the liaison for homeless students,  who shall carry out the dispute resolution process as expeditiously as possible after receiving notice of the dispute in accord with the procedure found in the Arizona State Plan; and
     
  • in the case of an unaccompanied youth, the liaison for homeless students shall ensure that the student is immediately enrolled in school pending resolution of the dispute.
     
  • if the student, parent, or guardian is not satisfied with the outcome of the dispute at the school level, they have the right to appeal to the Arizona Department of Education.

Enrollment  Decision
The decision regarding enrollment shall be made regardless of whether the student lives with the homeless parents or has been temporarily placed elsewhere.