Foster Care Students

Western Heights Public Schools are committed to providing all students with positive educational experiences.  Our intent is to promote greater stability for children in foster care ensuring that children are enrolled in the school that best fits their needs.

Foster care children may be brought to school for enrollment by their foster care parents, social workers or other legal guardians, the child shall be immediately enrolled in the school of residence by the child’s foster parent or the child’s caseworker. To prevent educational discontinuity, enrollment must not be denied or delayed for children in foster care.  Any student who lives with a foster family in the district, or moves out of district but has previously been enrolled in the district shall retain their enrollment.

The receiving school shall immediately contact the school last attended by any such child to obtain relevant academic and other records.

The district will obtain the following guardianship or legal custody documents for verification by the foster family or CWA:

  1. Power of attorney
  2. Affidavit
  3. Court Order

The Superintendent will designate a Point of Contact (POC) to coordinate activities relating to the District’s provision of services to children placed in foster care, including transportation services.

The District will collaborate with Child Welfare Agencies when transportation is required to maintain children placed in foster care in a school of origin outside their usual attendance area or the district when in the best interest of the student. Under the supervision of the Superintendent/designee, the District POC will invite appropriate District officials, Child Welfare Agencies, and officials from other districts or agencies to consider how such transportation is to be promptly arranged and funded in a cost effective manner.

 

For more information please contact the District Enrollment Center.
405.350.3498