Project Hope Homeless Education

Project Hope provides assistance for children experiencing homelessness in the New River Valley, and children living in local shelters.  For additional information, contact David Sable, Homeless and Foster Care Liaison for Radford City Schools, at 540.731.3647 or e-mail
Monitoring Indicators for the 2016-2017 School Year
The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program
in Radford City Schools  will be monitored by the Va. Dept of Education during the 2016-2017 school year
 to ensure compliance.  Below is an example of some of the 2015-2016 compliance
issues that  are being addressed during the current year monitoring.
After the federal monitoring review results will be posted.
Here are SOME of the highlights that RCPS can anticipate for next year:
  • The LEA Homeless Policy will be reviewed.  Remember that the re-authorization of the McKinney-Vento laws takes effect either in July or October of 2016.   Some school policies may need to be revised as a result.  We are all waiting for further information and training on the re-authorization.
  • Your last three year counts will be compared to both the poverty rate (SAIPE) and to the free and reduced lunch rates for the school district.  Estimates by DOE are that homelessness will approach 10% of free and reduced lunch.  The goal is to identify at least 5%.  Rates of 1-3% will be "looked at."
  • You should have a copy of the Title I part A homeless education page of the reservation of funds portion of the Title I application.  Federal Monitoring will be looking at the description of the homeless program and looking to see if the Title I reservation is adequate for the students being identified.
  • You should have a written description of the procedures for identification, intake, and enrollment of homeless students.
  • You should have copies of the residency questionnaire and other documents used to identify homeless students.
  • Part of the conversation will be about the On-time graduation rates of homeless and previously homeless students.
  • You should be able to show that you have reviewed the pass rates for SOLs for homeless students.
  • You should have copies of correspondence with school staff regarding homeless issues including letters, newsletters, and agendas for meetings.