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Los Angeles COE |  BP  6173.1  Instruction

Education For Foster Youth   

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The County Board of Education recognizes that students in foster care may face significant barriers to achieving academic success due to their family circumstances, disruptions to their educational program, as well as their social, emotional and other health needs. To support students in foster care in achieving state and district academic standards, the County Superintendent or designee shall provide them with full access to the County's educational programs and implement strategies identified as necessary for the improvement of the academic achievement of foster youth in the County's local control and accountability plan (LCAP).

To address the needs of students in foster care and help ensure the maximum utilization of available funds, the County Superintendent or designee shall collaborate with local agencies including, but not limited to, LACOE's Foster Youth Coordinating Program, county placing agency, county child welfare agency, county probation department, juvenile court officers, nonprofit organizations, and advocates. The County Superintendent or designee shall explore the feasibility of entering into agreements with these groups to coordinate services and protect the rights of students in foster care.

The County Superintendent or designee shall regularly report to the County Board on the educational outcomes of students in foster care enrolled in educational programs operated by the County Office of Education including, but not limited to, school attendance, student achievement test results, graduation rates, and suspension rates.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

48850-48859

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42

11431-11435 McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Policy LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

adopted: April 5, 2016 Downey, California