Foster Youth Services in Washington Unified
School District are administered in partnership with the Yolo County
Office of Education. The Yolo Countywide Foster Youth Services Program
is funded by a grant from the California Department of Education.
Foster youth often experience numerous
changes in placement and interruption in school. The emotional
adjustments of these changes combined with the stress of falling behind
in school can be overwhelming. Students place the high school
graduation rate of foster youth between 38% and 46%. In order to
support foster children academically and emotionally, the FYS program
was established to meet these needs.
In accordance with AB 490 foster youth have the right to:
Remain in their school of origin for the duration of the school year.
Immediately enroll in school even if they are missing records normally needed for school enrollment.
Attend a regular, mainstream school
unless they have an IEP requiring a different educational placement, or
the person with educational rights determines that it is in the child's
best interest to attend a different educational program or remain in
his/her school of origin.
Have their school records transferred in a timely manner (2 days).
Have their grades protected. A youth's
grades cannot be lowered due to absences caused by a change in
placement, attendance at a court hearing, or a court ordered activity.
Receive partial credits. Schools must
award all students credit for full or partial coursework satisfactorily
completed at another public school, a juvenile court school, or a
non-public, non-sectarian school.