Homeless Students

According to section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2)), the term “homeless children and youths”—

A. means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence…; and

B. includes—

  • (i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
  • (ii) children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • (iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  • (iv) migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

Children and youth are considered homeless if they fit both part A and any one of the subparts of part B of the definition above.

Epic Charter School administration and teachers intentionally seek out any students who are homeless or who require other services to ensure free and appropriate public education by regularly monitoring the identifiers and data sources associated with our enrollment process, referrals by outside entities, self-referrals, or input from Epic staff.   

Students and records found in this way are escalated to the Homeless Liaison, Mr. Mark Everhart.  Mr. Everhart can be reached at 405-749-4550; or by email, at mark.everhart@epiccharterschools.org.  

Various duties and responsibilities of the Homeless Liaison include: Assesses and addresses the enrollment, educational access, and participation needs of students experiencing homelessness. Uses knowledge and understanding of the needs of students, families, school staff, and community partners to enhance students’ full participation and success in school. Provides information and training for staff, families, and agencies regarding the rights of children to access educational resources.  Intervenes as needed with schools, agencies, families, and students to maximize student success and participation in school. Secures necessary school supplies for students.

Once a student has been identified as homeless, the Homeless Liaison will contact the student or family to ensure access to enrollment is swift and assess any additional needs the student may have.  Epic Charter Schools ensures that all requirements of the Mckinney-Vento Homeless Act are carried out to provide homeless students opportunities to access a quality education. Since McKinney-Vento students automatically qualify for Title I services those students in the grade levels served by our Title I program are offered these services.   Students who qualify under McKinney Vento will be contacted personally by Epic’s Homeless Liaison asking if they need any supplies or other materials to assist in their schooling.  Student needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.