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    Department Contact:

    Tori Sisk

    SOS Coordinator
    Homeless Liaison
    Foster Care Liaison
    (682) 867-7668
    Email Us


    Hilldale Annex
    4814 W. Arkansas Ln.
    Arlington, TX 76016
    Office: (682) 867-7668
    Fax: (817) 492-3388

    AISD Families in Transition

    This program provides assistance to families meeting criteria for the McKinney-Vento Act implemented to ensure all students the right to an education regardless of their living situation. 

    The term “homeless children and youth” is defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.  This includes children and youth who are:

    • sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing or economic hardship
    • living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, campgrounds, or similar settings
    • living in emergency or transitional housing
    • living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, or substandard housing

    Our department staff work in collaboration with campus staff and other departments to facilitate student access to:

    • Nutrition Services
    • Enrollment (Immediately)
    • Transportation Assistance (School of Origin)
    • Student Case Management
    • School-Wide Programs
    • Transition Planning

    Campus Facilitators

    NAME/ROLE

    PHONE

    SCHOOLS ASSIGNED

    Colleen Plair-Scott - FIT

    (682) 867-7843

    Sam Houston

    Cindy Ward - FIT

    (682) 867-7425

    Lamar
    TPSS

    Karin Havens - PEP/FIT

    (682) 867-7422

    Arlington Collegiate HS
    Arlington College & Career HS
    Seguin

    Josie Torres-Drewett - PEP/FIT

    (682) 867-8147

    Arlington

    Stephanie Jurgens - PEP/FIT

    (682) 867-8334

    Martin
    Lamar (PEP)

    Lisa Kunkel - PEP/FIT

    (682) 867-4522

    Bowie
    JH Schools (PEP)

    Holly Harper- PEP/FIT

    (682) 867-7252
    (682) 867-9516

    DOP Center
    CTC Center

    NAME/ROLE

    PHONE

    SCHOOLS ASSIGNED

    Julianne Heldt - Facilitator

    (682) 867-1964

    Boles
    Nichols
    Shackleford

    Daniel Reese - Facilitator

    (682) 867-7842

    Bailey
    Ousley
    Workman

    Vacant

    (682) 867-1968

    Barnett
    Carter
    Gunn
    Young

    NAME/ROLE

    PHONE

    SCHOOLS ASSIGNED

    Kee-Kee Jackson - Facilitator

    (682) 867-1966

    Butler
    Duff
    Ellis
    Hale
    Hill
    Kooken
    Peach
    Sherrod
    Wimbish

    Sara Kestenbaum - Facilitator

    (682) 867-1962

    Adams
    Amos
    Burgin
    Ditto
    Dunn
    Goodman
    Key
    Little
    Speer
    Webb

    Connie Pacheco - Facilitator

    (682) 867-1967

    Anderson
    Blanton
    Corey
    Crouch
    Johns
    Knox
    Moore
    Patrick
    Thornton
    Wood

    Carolynne LeNeveu - Facilitator

    (682) 867-1963

    Beckham
    Farrell
    Fitzgerald
    Jones
    Pope
    Short
    South Davis
    Starrett
    Swift
    Williams

    Maria Fonseca - Facilitator

    (682) 867-7238

    Ashworth
    Atherton
    Bebensee
    Berry
    Bryant
    Crow
    Miller
    Morton
    Rankin
    West

    Shar Thompson - FIT

    (682) 867-7844

    Foster
    Larson
    Pearcy
    Remynse
    Roark

    Laws and Guidance

    Federal Law - McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act

    This federal legislation was originally authorized in 1987 and most recently re-authorized in December 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This legislation ensures children and youth experiencing homelessness have immediate and equal access to public education.

    State Law – Texas Education Code

    All Texas public schools, charter schools, and education services centers, collectively known as local education agencies (LEAs), must follow federal rules concerning the education of homeless students. Texas Education Code (TEC) §§ 25.001, 25.002, and 29.153 address educational rights for homeless students. 

    Students and Parents Rights

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Under the McKinney-Vento Act, the term “homeless children and youths” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. 

    Homeless children and youth who are:

    • sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing or economic hardship
    • living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds
    • living in emergency or transitional shelters
    • living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, or substandard housing
    • Receive a free, appropriate public education
    • Enroll in school immediately even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment
    • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers important documents
    • Enroll in the local school or continue attending their school of origin, if preferred
    • Receive transportation to and from school of origin, if requested
    • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other children, according to your children’s needs

    Students are identified via online school enrollment process according to their living situation or circumstances.  SOS department staff identify families and assess to determine eligibility on a case by case basis. 

    Once it is determined that a student/family meets the homeless definition under McKinney-Vento families are eligible to receive services through the Families in Transition program.  They remain eligible for the remainder of the year and eligibility is re-assessed every year to continue participation in the program.

    SOS department staff are assigned to campuses and they work in collaboration with campus staff and other departments to provide supports/services as needed.  SOS staff campus assignments for Elementary, Junior High, and High School can be found in our Families in Transition page.

    Referrals to our Families in Transition program can be made by phone or email.

    Phone: 682-867-7668 

    Email: studentoutreach@aisd.net

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