Homeless Students

Frederick County Public Schools is committed to educating homeless children and youth. The school division homeless liaison is the director of student support services. The school division will coordinate services to students with relevant local social services agencies and programs that provide services to students.

A student is considered to be homeless if they meet the following criteria:
  • Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and youth who are:
    • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
    • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
    • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
    • Abandoned in hospitals
    • Awaiting foster care placement
  • Children and youth who have 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.
  • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
  • Unaccompanied youth who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above. The term “unaccompanied youth” includes a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. This would include runaways living in runaway shelters, abandoned buildings, cars, on the streets, or in other inadequate housing; children and youth denied housing by their families (sometimes referred to as “throwaway children and youth”); and school-age unwed mothers living in homes for unwed mothers because they have no other housing available.