Preparations Underway to Educate Evacuee StudentsNews Release
September 05, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH*Arrangements are currently underway to ensure that the children and teenagers, currently housed at the evacuee center at Camp Williams, will be able to stay on base for school. "We are anticipating a waiver from the United States Department of Education (USDOE) to the McKinley-Ventra Act, which requires homeless children to be integrated, and not segregated, into public schools," said Pamela Atkinson, Community Organizer. Representatives from the Jordan School District are currently working at Camp Williams to set up the educational program and provide recreational activities for the children and teenagers. In addition, they are assessing and evaluating the aptitude of the children for proper grade placement. To date, 29 students have been enrolled. Those include 22 elementary students, five middle school students and two high school students. Please note, this is not the total number of children and teenagers at the camp. "The children have already been through quite a lot and felt it was important to not further traumatize them by busing them off campus," said Atkinson. It is anticipated that the schooling program can get underway, possibly by this Thursday.