Our district offers assistance to students living in homeless situations to help them do their best in school and access educational opportunities. Our assistance reaches out to all youth who fit the definition of homelessness in California Education Code which is "lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence." This includes students sharing the housing of other persons (doubling up) due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason. Other more obvious homeless situations cover those living in shelters, living unsheltered, living in a motel/hotel, or migrating from job to job (and home to home) due to economic necessity.

These supports are available: 

  • Enrollment assistance from the Homeless Liaison's Office
  • Free school meals 
  • Transportation to and from the child's school of origin (according to district guidelines)
  • Supplemental academic services, even if your child is not enrolled in a Title I school
  • Referrals to local agencies for food, shelter and other community resources.
  • Assistance with receiving Medi-Cal, even if under 18, and even if living separately from parents or guardians
  • Assistance from the Homeless Liaison Office when you have a dispute with a school regarding your child's school enrollment.

Dispute Resolution Process

San Diego Unified School District has a process for dispute resolution when a parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth disputes the school’s enrollment/placement decision.

When a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment, the child/youth must be immediately enrolled in the school in which he/she is seeking enrollment, pending resolution of the dispute.

A written explanation of the school’s decision regarding school selection or enrollment must be provided if a parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth disputes such as a school selection or enrollment decision, including the right to appeal. The written explanation shall be simply stated and provided in a language that the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth can understand.

The parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth should be advised that they can provide written or oral documentation to support their positions about school selection or enrollment.

If the dispute remains unresolved at the district level or is appealed, the district liaison shall forward all written documentation and related paperwork to the liaison at the county office of education. The county liaison will review the materials and determine the school selection or enrollment decision within five (5) working days of receipt of the materials. The county liaison will notify the district liaison and the parent of the decision.

If the dispute remains unresolved or is appealed, the county liaison shall forward all written documentation and related paperwork to the state liaison. The state liaison will notify the parent of the final school selection or enrollment decision within five (5) working days of receipt of the materials.

Related Forms

Dispute Resolution Process - San Diego Unified School District
Dispute Form for Parent/Guardians

Dispute Resolution Notification of District Determination 

For more help, please contact your child’s school or call the Homeless Liaison's Office at (619) 725-7652.