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Pryor Public Schools

PO Box 548

Pryor, Oklahoma 74362

918 825 1255

Don Raleigh, Ed. D.

Superintendent

David Wilkins, Ed. D.

Asst. Superintendent

Tiffany Ballard, Ph. D.

Asst. Supt. Curriculum

Foster Care Plan
July 2020

Pryor Public School District Foster Care Plan

Under the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Section 1112(c)(5)(B) Title I educational stability provisions take effect on December 10, 2016By such date, each school district shall have a Foster Care Plan developed and  disseminated to all stakeholders.

1. LEA Point of Contact and Responsibilities

The superintendent will designate at least one person to serve as the Foster Care  Point of Contact (POC). The POC may also be the homeless student coordinator. This  designation will occur by December 10, 2016, and shall be updated annually. The  name of this person will be turned in to the OSDE through the online Grants  Management System by September 30th of each year. If additional staff members are  needed to meet the requirements, the superintendent will make assignments as  deemed necessary. The POC will work in the best interest of the child to ensure that all  educational requirements are being met.

The POC will work closely with the CWA to:

  • Coordinate with the corresponding child welfare agency POC to
    implement Title I provisions;
  • Lead the development of a process for making the best interest determination;
  • Document the best interest determination;
  • Facilitate the transfer of records and immediate
    enrollment;
  • Facilitate data sharing with the child welfare agencies, consistent with FERPA and other privacy protocols;
  • Develop and coordinate local transportation
    procedures;
  • Manage best interest determinations and transportation cost
    disputes;
  • Ensure that children in foster care are enrolled in and regularly attending school; and
  • Provide professional development and training to school staff on the Title I provisions and educational needs of children in foster care, as needed.

2. Decision-making process

A committee will meet to determine if the school of origin is not in the best interest of  each foster care child and the appropriate placement of the child. The committee will  be comprised of the site administrator or representative, the LEA’s POC, and a  member of the CWA. In emergency circumstances the CWA has the authority to make  an immediate decision regarding the school placement, and then consult with the LEA  and revisit the best interest determination of the child. 

In the event of a disagreement regarding school placement for a child in foster care,  the CWA will be considered the final decision maker in making the best interest  determination. The CWA is uniquely positioned to assess vital non-educational factors  such as safety, sibling placements, the child’s permanency-goal, and other  components of the case plan. The CWA-also has the authority, capacity, and  responsibility to collaborate with and gain information from multiple parties including  parents, children, schools and the court in making these decisions. 

3. Type of documentation or records that should be shared between parties

Foster care parents, social workers or other legal guardians will be allowed to  immediately enroll children in foster care in the school district without having the  necessary paperwork (birth certificates, shot records, academic records, special  education records, etc.) This is to help aid the student with a smooth transition into the  district. The receiving school district will contact the school district of origin for the  records and make adaptations as needed. After enrollment, the following guardianship  or legal custody documents shall be provided for verification by the foster family or  CWA: 

∙ Power of attorney 

∙ Affidavit  

∙ Court Order 

Pryor school district will share education records with the CWA that are allowed by  the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other state privacy laws.  This allows educational agencies to disclose without parental consent educational  records, including IDEA, of students in foster care to the CWA. 

4. Collaborative structure, such as regularly scheduled meetings, in which relevant individuals can participate in a particular process

The POC will meet with the site administrator, school counselor, classroom teacher,  and foster parent as needed to discuss the progress of the child in foster care and  will document the results of meetings. All decisions will be made utilizing a  collaborative team approach to determine what will be in the best interest of the  child.

5. The best interest determination document regarding the child's school placement (school of origin or the receiving school).

The Pryor school district shall utilize the following sample form from the Oklahoma  State Department of Education in making a “best interest” determination for each  child in foster care. The final determination as to what is in the best interest of the  child will be made by the CWA. 

6. Transportation procedures.

Children in foster care will be entitled to transportation services in the same manner as  all other children in the school district. In addition to regular transportation routes, the  school district will collaborate with the CWA when transportation is required to maintain  children placed in foster care in a school of origin outside their usual attendance area  or district when it is in the best interest of the student. Under the supervision of the  superintendent, the POC will invite appropriate district officials, the CWA, and officials  from other districts or agencies to promptly arrange cost-effect transportation for the  student. 

7.Responsibilities and costs related to student transportation

The Pryor school district will collaborate with the CWA to develop and implement clear,  written procedures governing how transportation is provided to maintain children in  foster care in their schools of origin. The school district will also work with the CWA to  reach an agreement in regards to covering the transportation costs. The agreement  will cover how the transportation will be provided, arranged, and funded for the  duration of the child’s time in foster care. Each agreement can/will vary greatly  because the unique needs of each child should be considered in making the decision  on transportation. 

8. Clear, written policies that will remove barriers to immediate enrollment and record transfers for children in foster care.

The Pryor Public Schools board of education has modified existing board policy  to eliminate any barriers to enrollment and/or transfer of educational records for  children in foster care.