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Homeless and Unaccompanied Youth

The Pennsylvania Homeless Children’s Initiative is the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s response to The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001 (Sections 721-726 – P.L. 107 -110 NCLB.) The key mandate of the law is to ensure that homeless children and youth have access to free, appropriate education on an equal basis with other children.

By definition of this act, homeless or unaccompanied children are found in the following places or situations:

  • Public or private shelters.
  • Public or private places not designated for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings—vehicles, parks, motels, campgrounds, etc.
  • Living with a family member or friends in a domestic shelter or private home due to the lack of housing.
  • Runaway children (under 18 years of age) and children and youth who have been abandoned or forced out of their home by parents or other caretakers (including such youth from 18 through 21 years of age who may still be eligible for educational services in regular or special education.).
  • Children of migrant families who lack adequate housing.
  • School-age, unwed mothers or expectant mothers living in houses for unwed mothers when they have no other available living accommodations.
  • Other circumstances that cause the student not to have a permanent residence.

If you are aware of any children in the district who may possibly fit the criteria above, please contact the Kane Area School District’s homeless liaison, Linda Lorenzo. Services and supports are available for these students. More information on Pennsylvania’s Homeless Initiative and available services can be obtained by contacting Linda Lorenzo, Kane Area School District’s Homeless Liaison, at 814-837-9570 x 1217 or llorenzo@kasd.net. ;

Mrs. Linda Lorenzo
Homeless Liaison for the Kane ASD
400 West Hemlock Avenue
Kane, PA  16735
814-837-9570 extension 1217
llorenzo@kasd.net

OR - Please contact Kane's Regional and Site Homeless Coordinator:

Wendy Kinnear, Midwestern IU
(724) 458-6700 x1289 - office
9724)730-4859 - Cell
wendy.kinnear@miu4.org

Yvonne Teed, Northwest Tri-County IU5
(814)-734-8392
yvonne_teed@iu5.org


KASD Statement

Kane Area School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex and handicap in its activities, programs or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX and Section 504.

For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact Mrs. Linda Lorenzo Title IX Coordinator, Section 504 Coordinator, at Kane Area School District, 400 West Hemlock Avenue, Kane, PA 16735-1696 (814-837-9570).

For more information regarding services, activities and facilities that are accessible to and usable by handicapped persons, contact Mr. Brock Benson, Superintendent at 814-837-9570.

Mission, Vision & District Values

Mission Statement

The mission of the Kane Area School District is to provide students with an engaging, safe and challenging learning environment that is shared and valued by all.

Vision Statement

The Kane Area School District will inspire our students to thrive and be productive members of their communities.

Shared Values  

• We believe all students deserve a quality education. 
• We believe all students have the ability to learn.
• We believe in lifelong learning.
• We believe in effective communication and problem solving.
• We believe schools must promote healthy lifestyle choices and a safe environment.
• We believe education must prepare students to demonstrate 21st century skills in an ever changing global and technological society.  
• We believe education must develop the whole person.
• We believe learning communities encompass the entire family, community and school.
• We believe the KASD Board of Directors, administration, faculty and staff should be positive role models.
• We believe education must engage, empower and inspire students to become good citizens with a strong  work ethic.
• We believe everyone should put forth their best effort and everyone should be held accountable.
• We believe education should foster the development of self-respect and respect for others.

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