Homeless Services - Families In Transition

Verona Area School District's Families In Transition (FIT) program provides assistance to students living in temporary housing.  It is a federally funded program that assists families with school-aged children to overcome barriers to full participation in the public educations system, including identification, enrollment and referral services.

If your family lives in any of the following situations: 
  • In a emergency, transitional, or domestic violence shelters
  • A motel or campground due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • In a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station
  • Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • Unaccompanied homeless youth: child or youth who meets the McKinney-Vento definition and is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian
  • Migratory children who are living in circumstances described above

Your school-age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.

Your child may be eligible to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment
  • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents
  • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference and is feasible.
  • If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision.
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children's needs.

If you believe your child(ren) may be eligible or you know of a VASD student who may be in transition, please contact:
Melissa Salisbury, LCSW
FIT (Families In Transition) Social Worker
Phone: (608) 400-1129
Email: salisbma@verona.k12.wi.us


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