It is estimated that over 125,000 school-age children in Texas experience homelessness during the course of a year. The Texas Homeless Education Office is committed to ensuring that all Texas children in homeless situations have the opportunity to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school.
In its efforts to accomplish this goal, the office provides a variety of services to school districts, education service centers, students, parents, caregivers, service providers, shelters, state agencies, advocates, higher education institutions, and other interested parties.
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Texas Homeless Education Website
Children who are homeless will be provided flexibility regarding certain district provisions, including:
- Proof of residency requirements;
- Immunization requirements;
- Educational program placement, if the student is unable to provide previous academic records, or misses an application deadline during a period of homelessness;
- Credit-by-examination opportunities;The award of partial credit (awarding credit proportionately when a student passes only one semester of a two-semester course);Eligibility requirements for participation in extracurricular activities; and
- Graduation requirements.
If a student in grade 11 or 12 is homeless and transfers to another school district but does not meet the graduation requirements of the receiving district, the student can request to receive a diploma from the previous district if he or she meets the criteria to graduate from the previous district. Federal law also allows a homeless student to remain enrolled in what is called the “school of origin” or to enroll in a new school in the attendance area where the student is currently residing. A student or parent who is dissatisfied by the district’s eligibility, school selection, or enrollment decision may appeal through policy FNG(LOCAL). The district will expedite local timelines, when possible, for prompt dispute resolution.