Educational Support Services is the district's systematic method of helping support student's educational needs regarding their academic, social, emotional, moral, and physical growth and development.
Services are provided by a qualified assistant to the principal at every elementary school, counselors in all middle schools and high schools, social workers and social worker interns, full time school nurses in all schools, mental health services and school psychologists provided by special education services, a full time coordinator of School Safety and Security, a comprehensive Safe Schools Emergency Management Plan and a district wide Crisis Intervention Team.
McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children
The goal of the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program is to ensure that all children have an equal right to a free, appropriate public education. McKinney Vento addresses barriers related to enrollment, attendance, and the academic success of homeless children and youth.
Students/families must apply and meet certain criteria to be eligible for the McKinney Vento Program. Eligibility is determined by the district McKinney Vento Liaison, Tracy Beer.
Once eligibility has been determined, homeless children and families have the right to:
- Enroll the student, even if they don’t have immediate access to the required paperwork.
- A school placement that is in the best interest of the child. The child may stay at the school they attended when they were permanently housed. This is called the “school of origin.” The child may also attend school in the district where the family is currently staying. The McKinney Vento Liaison will help determine the most feasible and reasonable placement that is in the child’s best interest.
- Transportation to the school of origin, if feasible, until the family has permanent housing.
- Free services including breakfast, lunch, and textbook fees.
- Appeal decisions regarding placement and services. The McKinney-Liaison can assist families with the appeal process.
For more information, please contact Tracy Beer at (317) 423-8338
Link to McKinney-Vento Law
Quick Links for Schools/Teachers
National Association for Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Located at the MSD of Lawrence Township Education and Community Center
6501 Sunnyside Road, Indianapolis, IN 46236
Director of Student Services, Shawn Bush, (317) 423-8310.