Foster Care Program
McKinney-Vento Education Act
Homeless children who reside within the school district are entitled to a free, appropriate public education. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act defines homeless children and youth as those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. As an addition to other conditions defining homelessness within the federal legislation, families living with others due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason are now considered part of this population. Under this provision, Congress requires State and local educational agencies to ensure that such individuals are provided with equal access to an education as other children and youth.
The Bryan County Schools Foster Care Program is dedicated to the educational excellence and stability of children and youth that are placed in substitute care away from their parents or guardians. The program envisions the implementation of evidence-based practices that aim to improve academic stability as well as enable foster children to achieve educational outcomes that equal or surpass that of their non-foster peers.