Whom do I contact if I have questions regarding foster care students in Austin ISD?

In Austin ISD, the foster care liaison, whose role is to facilitate the enrollment or transfer of a child in in conservatorship of the state within the district, is Rosie Coleman, rosie.coleman@austinisd.org, (512) 414-3960.

Who may attend parent-teacher conferences and other school meetings on behalf of a student in foster care?

In many circumstances, the student’s biological parents may participate in school-related activities and may be able to see his or her child’s records. Check with the DFPS caseworker about how much involvement the biological parents may have in school-related activities and decisions.

    May a foster parent home school a student in foster care?

    It is the policy of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) that the educational needs of children in foster care are best met in a public or private school setting. On request of a person providing substitute care for a child, the department shall allow the person to provide the child with an education in a home setting unless:

    • The right of the department to allow the education of a child in a home setting has been specifically limited by court order.
    • A court finds that education in the home setting is not in the best interest of the child.
    • The department determines that federal law requires another school setting.

    For more information, see DFPS’s website.

    If a foster parent adopts the student, may the student remain at the school he/she attended before the placement if it is not in the parent’s attendance zone?

    If the child is adopted during the school year, the child may remain in a school up to the highest grade level offered, even if the child’s placement is changed to a residence outside the attendance area for that school or outside the school district.

    Do foster care students have to pay tuition for summer school?

    All Austin ISD students are required to pay for summer school, except students who have not passed the end-of-course exam or students released from Gardner Betts Juvenile Facility. If the student has been in juvenile detention elsewhere, he or she should work with their CPS caseworker to seek assistance.

    Where can educators and school personnel receive more training in working with foster students?

    Texas Christian University’s Institute of Child Development is providing training in Austin for educators and school personnel on August 4-5, 2015 from 8:30 to 3:30. It is free of charge and will be at the Holiday Inn Midtown. The Registration deadline is July 20.Register here.