Information for teachers in cases of student homelessness
Warning signs for teachers to identify children living in homeless situations
- Children who are hungry and tired.
- Children who have attended many different schools and whose attendance in the present school may be erratic.
- Children whose grooming and personal hygiene/clothing may draw negative attention from classmates and teachers.
- Children who aren't prepared for school, coming in without books and without homework completed.
- Children who demonstrate a change in behavior often characterized as withdrawal, extreme shyness, nervousness, aggression and/or anger.
Effects of homelessness on educational and social development
- Several school moves cause children to get behind.
- Sneak around/lie to cover up from embarrassment.
- Have to keep making new friends.
- Kids are teased and fight from anger.
- Depressed from living conditions.
- Labeled as troublemakers.
- Aggressive behavior from feeling bad about themselves.
- Withdraw in school, don't try.
- Don't finish things, lack initiative.
- Poor attendance, tardiness.
- Frightened about their immediate future.
- Don't accept discipline well.
- Vulnerable to getting into trouble for attention and escape.
- Stressed from family problems.
- Chronic health problems.
Elmira City School District teachers are asked to watch for these warning signs and tell your school principal about your concerns. The school principal will notify Christine Mecke, director of Pupil Personnel Services and the district's homelessness liaison.
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