Answer: Before disenrolling the student, you would need to try all available means of communication, based on all the information you have about the student.  Since we know that homelessness results in frequent moves, loss or disconnection of cell phones, and other interruptions in communication, it is important to try all available methods to communicate with the student or family. If you know of service providers, relatives, friends or other ways to connect to the student, it would be important to reach out as broadly as possible. Also, if you have a way to find out if the student has enrolled elsewhere, you could contact the new district to provide school records, including the student’s McKinney-Vento status.

If you have made and documented the appropriate attempts to communicate, it would be permissible to disenroll the student. You still would report that student in the McKinney-Vento data submitted to the state.

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