Student Success for Distinct Populations

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A variety of programs and resources are available to assist schools and families in working together to support and improve outcomes and achieve student success.  

Military Families

The VDOE provides information and resources for families and educators to support military connected children and their families. 

Students Experiencing Homelessness (Project HOPE)

Project HOPE ensures the enrollment, attendance, and the school success of children and youth experiencing homelessness through public awareness efforts across the Commonwealth and subgrants to local school divisions. School divisions develop customized programs to meet the needs of homeless children and youth in their area.

School Enrollment of Students in Foster Care

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 is a federal mandate that ensures school stability for children in out-of-home care. The act requires that the child welfare agency (i.e., department of social services, child-placing agencies, etc.) coordinate with local educational agencies (Iocal school divisions) to ensure educational stability for every child in foster care. The Code of Virginia was amended in 2011 to mirror the educational stability component of the Fostering Connections Act.

Homebound Instructional Services

Homebound instruction shall be made available to students who are confined at home or in a health care facility for periods that would prevent normal school attendance based upon certification of need by a licensed physician or licensed clinical psychologist. For students eligible for special education or related services, the Individualized Education Program committee must revise the IEP, as appropriate, to direct off-site instruction.

Re-Enrollment after Juvenile Justice

Under state law, the Board of Education, in cooperation with the Board of Correctional Education is responsible for promulgating regulations for the re-enrollment in the public schools of youth who have been in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice. These regulations require a re-enrollment plan for each youth who is of school attendance age or is eligible for special education services.