For Staff: Educating Students Experiencing Homelessness
Our expert staff reaches out to an estimated 3,600 students in San Diego Unified School District who are experiencing homelessness. For questions and support, please contact the Children & Youth in Transition office.
Requests for Transit Passes.
Students who qualify as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act and who live more than 2.5 miles from their "school of origin" may be eligible to receive a monthly bus pass for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit (public bus) to attend school. To qualify as homeless, student must lack "fixed, permanent, adequate housing" due to financial hardship. The student and his or her family must agree that the monthly bus pass is used to support school attendance and educational continuity by allowing the student to return to his or her school of origin.
Important Guidelines for Submitting Transit Pass Requests:
- Submit a separate Transit Pass Request for for each child. If there is more than one child in the family needing transportation, complete a separate form for each student.
- Student must be coded as homeless in PowerSchool.
- Submit bus pass requests prior to the 16th of each month. Example: To request pass for October, submit request by 16th of September.
- For questions regarding transportation requests, please call the Homeless Liaison's office at (619) 725-7326.
Free School Lunch
Once coded in PowerSchool as homeless, students are eligible for the District's free and reduced-price lunch program.
Recommending Students for Free School Uniforms from Operation School Bell
Operation School Bell® provides new clothing to children in grades K-6 who are identified as in need by school personnel resulting in an increase in regular attendance, academic performance and fewer discipline problems. Staff can recommend students for free school uniforms. Operation School Bell Procedures and Recommendation Form English / Spanish for 2013-14.