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District Leadership Checklist for Supporting the Unique Needs of Students in Foster Care, Experiencing Homelessness or in the Juvenile Justice System

[1]This is a tool for local education agency leadership to support planning and monitoring for students that are experiencing homelessness, in foster care or involved with the juvenile justice system (together, “students with unique needs”).

Students with unique needs are entitled under California and federal law to certain protections and rights in the context of their education. For example:

The above and other legal protections all help improve opportunities for these students to succeed in school. However, this improvement can only happen if district leadership develops thoughtful, equity-focused strategies, planning and policies.

Access an earlier version of this tool here. [2]