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AB 2375 – School Districts, County Offices Of Education, Charter Schools, And Special Education Local Plan Areas Are Required To Take Steps To Identify Homeless Children And Youths Regardless Of Whether The Agency Receives Federal Funds
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act provides grants to states to carry out activities relating to the education of homeless children and youths, including but not limited to, providing services and activities to improve the identification of homeless children and youths and to enable them to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school. Currently, if a school district, county office of education, or charter school receives funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, it is required to submit a housing questionnaire intended to identify homeless children and youths and unaccompanied youths to all parents or guardians of pupils and to all unaccompanied youths on an annual basis. The school district, county office of education, or charter school is also required to report the number of homeless children and youths and unaccompanied youths enrolled at its agency to the California Department of Education.
AB 2375 expands this law and now requires all school districts, county offices of education, or charter schools to issue the questionnaire and report the number of homeless children and youths and unaccompanied youths enrolled. The receipt of federal funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is no longer a prerequisite to comply with these requirements.
(AB 2375 amends Section 48851 of the Education Code.)