McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act
The purpose of the McKinney Vento Programs is to provide educational opportunities and support to its homeless youth and children. Homelessness exists within the reservations which the BIE serves and impacts enrollment, attendance and academic success of children and youth in this situation. All schools within the BIE must provide services to homeless youth and children and the BIE receives McKinney Vento Homeless Education Grant to support this effort.
The BIE has utilized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act to develop its process to ensure that the children and youth attending BIE schools have access to a free and appropriate education and that the barriers faced by these students have equal opportunity in receiving quality education. As a result, homeless students will receive comparable educational services received by non-homeless students.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires Ohkay Owingeh Community School, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child's educational records. However, OOCS may disclose appropriately designed "directory information" without written consent, unless you have advised the school to the contrary in accordance with school procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow OOCS to include this type of information from your child's education records in certain school publications.
If you do not want OOCS to disclose directory information from your child's education records without your prior written consent, you must notify OOCS in writing. OOCS has designated the following information as directory information:
Date and place of birth
Dates of Attendance
Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
Degrees, honors and awards recieved
The most recent educational agency or institution attended
Student ID number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used to communicate in electronic systems that cannot be used to access education records without a PIN, password, etc. (A student's SSN, in whole or in part, cannot be used for this purpose.)