Iowa law provides a free public education to all qualifying children, including those who might be temporarily homeless. West Central Community School stands ready to provide education services to all qualifying children currently residing in our district.
Chapter 33 of Iowa Administrative Code defines “Homeless child or youth” as a child or youth from the age of 3 years through 21 years who lacks fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes the following:
- A child or youth who is sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; is living in a motel, hotel, trailer park, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; is living in an emergency or transitional shelter; is abandoned in a hospital; or is awaiting foster care placement;
- A child or youth who has 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;
- A child or youth who is living in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus, train station , or similar setting; or
- A migratory child or youth who qualifies as homeless because the child or youth is living in circumstances described in paragraphs “1” through “3” above.
If you have information regarding qualified children not currently enrolled, please contact Fred Matlage, Superintendent at 563-637-2283.
If you are the parent/guardian of a homeless child, please contact our school. We are committed to providing a quality education to all children.