Screen youth in foster care for educational stability and well-being.

Learn more about Screening for Success

By asking relevant questions of youth and the adults in their life, we can assess the student’s educational strengths and needs and ensure they are being met. This allows for informed placement decisions and the setting of long term goals. Vermont’s Education Best Interest Determination Form, known at the “BID”, guides this process by focusing attention on a range of academic, extracurricular and family factors that that need to be examined when developing school placement plans.
Toolkit:

Overview
S 1 Screening for Educational Success Overview
An overview of the strategies and tools to ensure that a child’s educational well-being remains a strong priority.

Forms, Templates and Resources
S 2 Vermont MOU Between DCF and AOE to Maintain Educational Placement
Vermont’s memorandum of understanding to maintain educational placement for a child when they come into or move within foster care.
S 3 MOU Guidance for Educational Stability
The MOU between DCF and AOE allows children to remain in their home school district regardless of their town of residence.
S 4 Education Best Interest Determination Evaluation Form
An Education Best Interest Determination needs to be completed for every child or youth when they come into care, change living placement, or at least once a year. Please download this form, fill online and save. It can also be printed prior to filling out or after complete.
S 5a BID Meeting Invite Letter
A letter to invite participation in a child’s Educational Best Interest Determination conversation.
S 5b Educational Meeting Checklist
A checklist for facilitating a meeting to discuss the educational best interest of a student in foster care.
S 6 Best Interest Determination Meeting Agenda
A sample agenda for a team meeting to discuss the educational best interest of a student in foster care.
S 7 Report Card Request Ltr Template
Requests that schools send copy of students’ report cards to their DCF worker.
S 8 Superintendent Maintain School Request Ltr Template
Requests that the child be able to remain in their familiar school when it has been determined in their best interest to do so.   To be accompanied by a completed Best Interest Determination form.
S 9 Report Cards for Special Education Students in DCF Custody Memo
A memo from the Agency of Education informing schools that Educational Surrogates are to receive copies report cards for their student(s).
S 10 Educational Surrogate Memo
Memo from Agency of Education on the appointment of Educational Surrogates.
S 11 Best Practice for School Transitions
A draft document outlining the steps that need to be taken when it is in the best interest of a child to transition to a new school and role of the different systems involved – school, family, DCF and judicial.