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Simi Valley, California 93065
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Foster & Homeless Youth

QUESTIONS/CONTACT INFORMATION

WENDY MAYEA

Assistant Director of Student Support Services

wendy.mayea@simivalleyusd.org

805.306.4500, Extension 4310

FOSTER YOUTH RIGHTS

RIGHT TO REMAIN IN YOUR SCHOOL OF ORIGIN

You have the right to stay in the same school after you move to a new foster care placement. Your “school of origin” can be:

  1. The school you attended when you first entered foster care,
  2. The school you most recently attended, or
  3. Any school you attended in the last 15 months that you feel connected to. 

RIGHT TO IMMEDIATE ENROLLMENT IN SCHOOL

You have the right to immediately enroll in your regular home school after you move placements.

You have a right to immediately enroll in school and begin attending classes, even if you do not have the paperwork you would normally need for enrollment (such as birth certificate, transcript, or IEP) or you did not check-out from your previous school.

Your previous school must send your education records to your new school after you enroll.

You have the right to participate in any activities available at your new school, such as sports teams, tutoring, or after-school clubs, even if you miss a tryout or sign-up deadline.

RIGHT TO PARTIAL CREDITS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

If you change schools during the school year, you have a right to partial credits in all classes that you are passing when you leave your old school, even if you do not complete the entire class.

After you change schools, your new school must accept the partial credits issued by your old school.

After you change schools, you have the right to be enrolled in the same or similar classes you were enrolled in at your last school.

GRADUATION RIGHTS

You have the right to stay in high school for a fifth year to complete your school district graduation requirements, even if you are over 18.

If you are behind on your credits, and you transferred schools after 10th grade, you may be eligible to graduate under AB 167/216 by completing only the state graduation requirements (130 credits in specific classes). If you are eligible, the decision of whether to graduate under AB 167/216 is made by your education rights holder.

COLLEGE RIGHTS

You have the right to have the application fee waived when you apply to a community college in California.

You have the right to receive the maximum amount of federal student aid and you may be eligible for up to $5,000 per year from the Chafee scholarship.

RIGHT TO YOUR SCHOOL RECORDS

You have the right to access your school records if you are 16 years or older or have finished 10th grade.

Your social worker/probation officer and education rights holder can access your school records as well.

LOCAL RESOURCES FOR TRANSITIONAL FAMILIES AND YOUTH

Agency 101:This document provides a list of resources countywide and is produced by the Ventura County Office of Education.

City of Simi Valley: Information from the City of Simi including the Affordable Housing Project.

Food Pantries: List of local food pantries.

Homeless education: English & Spanish

Resources for Homeless Families in East County, June 2017: Lists of agencies for transitional families, including housing.

Simi Valley Samaritan Center: The Samaritan Center provides case management to best meet each family's unique needs.

School on Wheels: Free tutoring for students living in shelters, motels, group foster homes, domestic violence shelters, cars, on the street, in transitional housing including "couch surfing"

Simi Valley Free Clinic: Provides free and low-cost medical, counseling, legal, and dental support.

VCOE Homeless Education Project: Information from the Ventura County Office Of Education on the McKinney-Veto Act.

FOSTER YOUTH SERVICES

Grandparent Kinship Support: Local organization supporting grandparents raising youth.

iFoster: Provides information for youth, caregivers, and businesses.

VC Foster Kids: Provides information on foster care and resources.

Ventura County Office of Education Foster Youth Services: Provides resources on legislation, links to local organizations, and assistance for families.

STATE AND NATIONAL RESOURCES FOR SERVING FOSTER/HOMELESS YOUTH

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators by the National Child Trauma Stress Network

Foster Care Transition for High School Youth by the U.S. Department of Education

Guidance on Fixed, Regular and Adequate Housing by the Los Angeles County Office of Education

Local Education Liaisons Understanding Their Role by the National Center for Homeless Education

Overview of McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Adapted from Los Angeles County Office Of Education

Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Eligibility Flowchart by the National Center for Homeless Education

PARTNERSHIP: CHILDREN'S AUXILIARY SERVICES

This year we are excited to partner with Children's Auxiliary Services. The parents of up to 160 children will receive vouchers to "shop" at a local Toy Store for holiday gifts. Qualifying families will be recommended by school sites.  

Throughout the year, CAS provides a scholarship  foster children, which funds enrichment activities ($400), Camp ($300), Clothing for each move ($150), ASB Cards, Yearbooks, Photos, School trips, and Computers. See your Secondary school foster liaison or School Principal.

PARTNERSHIP: ASSISTANT LEAGUE OF THE CONEJO VALLEY

This year we are excited to partner with the Assistance League of the Conejo Valley to participate in Operation School Bell. About 150 students will be provided with a designated budget and time shop a local retail store for clothes. Upon check out, items of their choosing will be checked out and provided free of charge!

 

FOSTER/HOMELESS YOUTH LIAISONS & ACADEMIC SUPPORT TEACHERS

 

SCHOOL

PHONE 

LIAISON

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Hillside Middle (805) 520-6810

CHERI TOYEN

cheri.toyen@simivalleyusd.org

Ext. 1010

MRS. BICKFORD

debora.bickford@simivalleyusd.org

Sinaloa Middle (805) 520-6830 

ANNA MALAIS

anna.malais@simivalleyusd.org

Ext. 7019

MRS. GEORGIEVA

carrie.georgieva@simivalleyusd.org

Valley View Middle (805) 520-6820

ELIZABETH BOUCHER

elizabeth.boucher@simivalleyusd.org

Ext. 1313

MRS. GRZYWACZ

kyra.grzywacz@simivalleyusd.org

 

Royal High School (805) 306-4875

JOHN BURTON

john.burton@simivalleyusd.org

Ext. 2714

MR.  SORENSON

james.sorenson@simivalleyusd.org

Santa Susana High (805) 520-6800

CINDY FERNANDES

cynthia.fernandes@simivalleyusd.org

Ext. 3707

MRS. BONVEJI

alejandra.bonveji@simivalleyusd.org

Simi Valley High (805) 577-1400

ILA LAGUERCIA

ila.laguercia@simivalleyusd.org

Ext. 6728

MRS. MAHLSTEDT

brie.mahlstedt@simivalleyusd.org

 

Apollo High (805) 520-6150

SHANNA SARRIS

 shanna.sarris@simivalleyusd.org

Ext. 1507

MRS. MATTILA

kateri.mattila@simivalleyusd.org

Monte Vista (805) 579-6326

MARILYN ERICKSON

marilyn.erickson@simivalleyusd.org

Ext. 2006

TEACHER

Simi Institute for

Careers & Education

(805) 579-6200

NICOLE PACHECO

nicole.pacheco@simivalleyusd.org

Ext. 1617

TEACHER

WHAT IS AN EDUCATION RIGHTS HOLDER?

Every foster youth under age 18 must have an education rights holder (ERH) who can make decisions such as academic coursework and IEP team decisions. Foster youth who are 18 have that right. Parents, legal guardians, caregivers, or another person chosen by the court, may serve as the ERH. An ERH cannot be a child's social worker, parole officer, attorney, group home or school staff. It is important to know who is and how to contact your ERH, social worker and foster parent/administrator.

NON-EDUCATION RIGHTS 

As a foster youth, you also have other rights that are not related to school, such as the right to see a doctor or to have private storage space. For more information, please see the Foster Youth Bill of Rights.