Scenario 1- Existing Bus Routes – Not Allowable
A student experiencing homelessness (student A) lives near an existing bus route (route Z). Bus route Z is used by student A but also picks up many other district students (non-homeless) and is a consistent transportation route for the district. As an existing bus route, an LEA cannot use and supplant ARP-HCY funds to support student A on this regularly scheduled bus route. The LEA already provides this transportation service consistently for district students.
Scenario 2- Residing Outside the District – Allowable
A student experiencing homelessness (student B) is currently residing in district C, just outside the urban district they attend school. From district C, they are currently not located anywhere near a regularly scheduled bus route to their urban district. As a result, since there is no regularly scheduled bus route located near student B to transport them to their urban district, ARP-HCY II funds can be used to support transportation for student B. This may include passes for public transportation (bus, train, bikeshare access); establishing agreements with other bus/public transportation route options; partnering and collaborating with other LEAs and community services to provide transportation services across districts; etc.
Scenario 3- Extracurricular, Afterschool, Summer, and Other Out-of-School Time Enrichment Activities/Programs – Allowable
A student experiencing homelessness (student C) is on the football team, which requires student C to be at practices after the school day has ended every Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. By the time practice is over, all scheduled bus routes have been completed. Student C also does not have a parent/guardian available to pick them up. Providing and coordinating transportation following football practice for student C can be used by the LEA with their ARP-HCY II funds. ARP-HCY II funds may be used to ensure students experiencing homelessness can fully participate in extracurricular, afterschool, summer, and other out-of-school time enrichment activities and programs (i.e. regional tutoring programs, activities offered by community-based organizations, etc.).
Scenario 4- Students Living in Shelters or Domestic Violence Shelters – Allowable
A student experiencing homelessness (student D) is currently staying in a shelter (and/or domestic violence shelter) and is attending afterschool activities on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. They will also be attending an upcoming week-long winter camp from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., focused on accelerated learning, when winter break begins in two weeks. Since transportation is needed for student D to attend both enrichment activities, the LEA can use ARP-HCY II funds to provide this support. Funds could also create a transportation one-stop “hub,” where rides could be coordinated to and from the school, afterschool activities, and winter enrichment programming for other students currently staying in shelter.
Scenario 5- Additional Expenses – Allowable
A student experiencing homelessness (student E) is attending their local career and technical education center (CTC) and has recently moved after needing to vacate their current living arrangements. Their current residence is outside the catchment area of their attending CTC. ARP-HCY II funds can support student E in continuing to attend their local CTC as this would be outside of normal transportation expenditures and would not be an existing route for this LEA. Funds could contract with rideshare providers to ensure that older students, like student E, are able to get to and from their CTC school.