New Rules Effective for Athletics and Homeless Students (January 2018 School Leader Update)
On Nov. 15, the State Board of Education adopted an amendment to the Department’s Administrative rule Chapter 36 – Extracurricular Interscholastic Competition. The revised Chapter 36 incorporates changes to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. § 11431, et seq.), as reauthorized in December 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Changes as a result of ESSA include modifying the requirements of the State Plan to include procedures that ensure that homeless students do not face barriers to accessing extracurricular activities because of their homelessness. As a result of this change these rules are being amended to ensure that homeless students are provided an exception to the 90 consecutive school days of ineligibility under the General Transfer Rule if they are determined to meet the definition of homeless under McKinney-Vento as determined by the attending district. The District homeless liaison will review the individual student’s circumstances to determine if the student is homeless. Once the liaison has determined the student meets the Definition the student meets the exception. The Athletic Associations do not play a role in the determination of whether or not a student meets the definition of homeless. Those rules will become final on Jan. 10. For questions on the changes to rule 36.15(3), contact Nicole Proesch at 515-281-8661or firstname.lastname@example.org.