Fayetteville Public Schools is taking a new look at its policy when it comes to identifying and helping the homeless student population.
The goal is to provide a greater level of care for families in need, while giving teachers and the proper tools to lend a hand.
Last year, the school district had hundreds of students requiring assistance. With just a little more than a week of school underway, the school administration says it’s seen that number climbing at an unprecedented rate.
“Last year we identified 340 students, and when I checked last week, we had 85. So those numbers could have increased, but we are definitely about 25 percent of the students that we identified last year,”
The new policy can help families assemble essential items like school supplies, backpacks, clothing and food.