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How School Placement Changes Impact Academic Success and Graduation Rate of Children in Foster Care

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At our Community Partners Meeting on August 17, our very own Sarah Hayek presented on school success for foster youth at each of the major school districts in our area, particularly about the impact of school placement changes on the academic success and graduation rate of children in foster care. This is such an important topic, we wanted to share it with everyone who couldn't make it to hear her speak on the issue in person. Read through a summary of her presentation below!

Key Notes: 

Bellevue Public Schools
Nebraska Families Collaborative was working with a youth about to turn 19 years old and who was on an IEP (individual education plan), allowing her to attend school until she is 21 years old. This youth wanted to obtain her high school diploma vs. getting a GED. We worked with the Bellevue Director of Student Services, Kevin Mills, to get her enrolled and started at Bellevue Public Schools so she wouldn't have to change schools after her 19th birthday.

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Millard Public Schools
Nebraska Families Collaborative was trying to find a way to help a youth transition to her Middle School along with her elementary school classmates and friends. The hindrance was an after school daycare. Bill Jelkin, with Millard Public Schools, became involved and went out of his way to get the local daycare to provide an exception to having an adult sign the youth into daycare so that she could walk across the street from her Middle School to her after school program.


Papillion La Vista Schools
A youth and his half-brother were placed with his brother's biological father, who lived in Council Bluffs. The youth's parents both wished to have their son remain in Papillion La Vista School district. Paul Bohn, with Papillion La Vista Schools, collaborated with Nebraska Families Collaborative over a number of hours to assist in getting the right paperwork filled out so that the youth would be ‘optioned’ into 
Papillion La Vista and could continue at his regular elementary school.

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Omaha Public Schools: 
Nebraska Families Collaborative was working with a youth who had completed all necessary requirements to graduate early while living at Uta Halee. She wanted to be able to partake in graduation ceremonies with her Omaha South companions. Tyree Sejkora, with Omaha Public Schools, assisted in communications with district personnel to gain permission for her to walk with her graduating class!
Westside Community Schools: 
When Nebraska Families Collaborative (or any organization) has youth who cannot get to school at Westside for one reason or another, Sarah Fehringer (social worker with Westside) has taken it upon herself to transport the child to school for a temporary solution so their education is not disrupted!
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Gretna Public Schools: 
Deb Seimers with Gretna Public Schools worked with Nebraska Families Collaborative so that a youth in foster care, who has always been a “Gretna Dragon,” was able to maintain his enrollment at GPS even though he had moved out of the district.
Elkhorn Public Schools: 
Anne Doerr, Director of Student Services with Elkhorn Public Schools, assisted with providing transportation for a youth who has always been an Elkhorn student. This ensured he could get to/from his same school even though he moved out of the district and Elkhorn Public Schools was not required to provide transportation.

Ralston Public Schools:

Marilee Cloonan and Steve Snodgrass are the only two social workers for Ralston Public Schools. Between them they share all the Ralston school buildings. They are always up-to-date on information regarding Nebraska Families Collaborative youth and are willing to collaborate and share information as needed to make sure teams are pulled together to help make the best decisions for youth in their school district!



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