• FOSTER CARE EDUCATION BILL OF RIGHTS


    § 168.018, RSMo
    Section 168.018, RSMo, requires each school district to designate a staff member as “the educational
    liaison” for children in foster care. Acting in an advisory capacity, the educational liaison is required to:
    1. Ensure and facilitate the proper educational placement, enrollment in school and checkout from
    school of foster children;
    2. Assist foster care students when transferring from one school or district to another, by ensuring
    proper transfer of credits, records and grades;
    3. Request school records of a foster care student pursuant to section 167.022, within two (2) business
    day of a foster care student’s placement in a school, and
    4. Submit school records of foster care students within three (3) business days of receiving a request for
    a foster care student’s records.
    § 167.019, RSMo
    Section 167.019, RSMo, requires a child placing agency, as defined in section 210.481, RSMo, to
    promote the educational stability of foster children. The child placing agency must take into consideration the foster child’s school attendance area when placing the child. This section further
    defines the right of foster children in regard to their continuing education:
    1. A foster child has the right to remain enrolled in and attend his or her school of origin or to return to a
    previously attended school in an adjacent district.
    2. The school district shall accept for credit full or partial course work satisfactorily completed by a
    foster care student while attending a public school, non-public school, or non-sectarian school in
    accordance with district policy or procedure.
    3. A foster care student’s school district of residence shall issue a diploma to a foster care student under
    the jurisdiction of the juvenile court providing the student completes the district’s graduation
    requirements.
    4. A school district shall ensure that if a foster care student is absent from school because of a change in
    placement made by a court or child placing agency, or because of a verified court-appearance or court-
    ordered activity, the grades and credits of the foster care student shall be calculated as of the date the
    student left school, and the student’s grades shall not be lowered as a consequence of the absence.
    5. Subject to federal law, school districts shall permit access of foster care student records to any child
    placing agency for the purpose of fulfilling educational case management responsibilities required by a
    juvenile officer or by law and to assist with the school transfer and placement of a student.
    Transportation
    The transportation of foster care students to school is not addressed in the Foster Care Education Bill of
    Rights or in other law. On June 13, 2006, the Department of Social Services, Children’s Division issued a
    Memorandum regarding changes to section 211.032, RSMo, permitting a foster child to remain in the
    same school at the time of placement. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    provided the Children’s Division with transportation options a child placement agency team can take
    into consideration when placing a foster child, including:
    1. The school bus of the foster child’s home district travel to the home of the foster parent to pick up the
    child. These miles would be considered eligible miles for the school district to include in their allowable
    cost for state aid;
    2. The foster parent provides transportation and receives reimbursement for mileage from the school
    district. School districts can include this is an allowable cost for state aid;
    3. The foster parent meets the school bus at the boundary line of the school district;
    4. The school district contracts with an individual besides the foster parent to transport the child the
    child’s home district; or
    5. The foster parent provides transportation with no reimbursement for mileage from the school
    district.


    Foster Care Point of Contact for Sedalia School District #200
    Dr. Nancy Scott
    660-829-6450
    scottn@sedalia200.org