• Project HEARTBEAT - Homeless and Foster Services

    The federal McKinney Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act and Texas State law (Texas Education Code Chapter 25) protect the right for homeless children and youth to receive a free and appropriate public education.

    Homelessness includes children and youth who are living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home or can’t afford housing, children and youth who are staying in a motel or hotel due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations, children and youth who are living in an emergency or transitional shelter or a domestic violence shelter. It also includes children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or many other similar settings.

    Under the law, no student shall be stigmatized by school personnel due to homelessness.

    About Project HEARTBEAT:

    Project HEARTBEAT works to eliminate barriers to enrollment and attendance, and to increase and improve the emotional well-being and academic achievement of homeless students. Our team works with children and unaccompanied youth in homeless situations to meet their basic needs, and to ensure their rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act are met.

    If you need assistance with any services listed below, please contact Christina Wilson at 254-215-2095

    Services include:

    • Coordinating free school meals
    • Arranging school of origin transportation within the district, and in neighboring districts
    • Enrollment assistance
    • Providing appropriate clothing and school supplies
    • Emergency food
    • Access to academic intervention programs
    • Referrals to community agencies for housing assistance, counseling, food, clothing etc.
    • Mentoring
    • Providing opportunities for parents/caregivers to be involved in campus and district involvement activities 

    Foster Care Services

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed in 2015, is the most recent version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Law and replaces No Child Left Behind At. ESSA places a new emphasis on the unique educational needs of students in foster care and the shared responsibility of state and local education agencies and child welfare organizations to collaborate and work together to promote educational stability.

    Services include: 

    • Enrollment assistance to include immediate enrollment regardless if student has all necessary documents
    • Coordinating free school meals
    • Arranging school of origin transportation within the district and in neighboring districts
    • School supplies if needed
    • Coordination with child welfare agencies