Is Your School A Surrogate Home For Students?

by SKHC Editor on March 12, 2009

With today’s economy it’s no secret that people are losing their jobs, homes, etc. One thing that may not have been considered is what happens to the children of the adults who have lost their jobs, homes, etc.

According to the Times Herald-Record more than 1500 students in the New York counties of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster are homeless.

The Wichita Eagle reported that school district officials in Wichita, Kansas had identified 1200 schoolchildren who meet federal guidelines for being homeless.

These statistics are beyond appalling. What has our country come to when children are homeless and living a double life as not to be embarrassed by their peers?

Is the student in your class facing deep self-esteem issues because they go home to a car or motel instead of a home? Is the student who gets to school as early as possible and stays as late as possible doing so because they don’t have a home to go to? Are these students even making it to school on a regular basis? Is that shower a student is taking in the locker room because they don’t have one to use outside of school?

Aside from self-esteem issues and hygiene obstacles what kind of nutrition are these children getting? Are they getting the recommended vaccines? How about age-appropriate medical care? Do the students depend on school nurses for any needed medical care? What if the school does not have a school nurse who is there on a daily basis or not one at all? What kind of education and healthcare are these children getting?

It’s a long overdue wakeup call. There are so many what ifs and how did it get to this point but really, what is going on? What’s going on in your community? Is there a student homeless issue in your district? Is there counseling for these students?

{ 1 comment }

Mike March 16, 2009 at 8:57 am

When my kids were last in High School (in Antioch, CA) There were a number of kids who were homeless and brought in form shelters or found their own way to school. They often were dealing with many outside pressures on top of all the stuff teens deal with today. These kids represented an extra burden on resources as they were at a high risk for failure, drop out, health issues, and psychological challenges.

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