Missouri public school administrators were told today to prepare to enroll children who are displaced refugees from Hurricane Katrina.
In a memo to administrators, D. Kent King, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education commissioner said, "The number of such children seeking to enroll in Missouri schools undoubtedly will grow in the coming days and weeks."
King said the children qualify as homeless children and should be enrolled promptly. They will automatically qualify for free or reduced price lunches and are eligible for Title I services. The students will not be required to have all of their immunizations before being enrolled, King said.