Pre-pandemic, 1 out of 30 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 experienced homelessness on their own, without a parent or guardian. These vulnerable youth face unique barriers to accessing school and health care, including COVID-19 vaccines and testing. While federal law protects homeless youths’ educational access and stability, the ability to consent to routine medical care and testing is determined by state law. With increasing numbers of school districts and states considering vaccine mandates for students, it is critical to understand how to support youth who do not have parents or guardians who can consent to their vaccination and/or testing, to ensure their ability to participate fully in educational activities. This webinar will help school-based providers and their partners understand who these youth are, their educational rights, and how to support their health and safety during the pandemic.
The School-Based Health Alliance, in partnership with SchoolHouse Connection, invites you to join our discussion with a distinguished panel of experts, concerning the experience of homeless youth and strategies to best offer them support through the COVID-19 crisis.
Patricia Julianelle, JD - Senior Strategist for Program Advancement and Legal Affairs, SchoolHouse Connection
Barbara Duffield - Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection
Levi Bohanan - Special Assistant, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education