School Policies

McKinney-Vento (Homeless) Act and Migrant Education


GCA participates in the education of homeless students by providing specific support and supplies to help with their education. A "homeless" student is any student who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This could mean that a child is sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship, is living in motels, etc. due to the lack of alternative accommodations, is living in emergency or transitional shelters, or is awaiting foster care placement.

If you are currently experiencing homelessness and are in need of assistance, please contact our McKinney-Vento (Homeless) liaison, Teren Jackson. She can be reached at 404.684.8824 Ext. 128 .

Migrant Education Program (MEP)

GCA also participates in the Migrant Education Program. Migrant students in GCA are also provided additional support and supplies to help with their education. GCA receives the names of migrant students from the MEP regional office.

Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

Welcome to the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) page for parents, students, and school officials. This page contains FAQs and resources regarding parents’ rights under the PPRA and education officials’ obligations in implementing the PPRA.  The PPRA applies to the programs and activities of a State educational agency (SEA), local educational agency (LEA), or other recipient of funds under any program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  It governs the administration to students of a survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight protected areas:

  • political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent;
  • mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
  • sex behavior or attitudes;
  • illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
  • critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
  • legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
  • religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; or,
  • income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).
PPRA also concerns marketing surveys and other areas of student privacy, parental access to information, and the administration of certain physical examinations to minors.  The rights under PPRA transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law.
We recommend you review the FAQs and other resources provided on this page in order to understand what rights parents and students have under the PPRA and State- and local educational agencies’ obligations in implementing the PPRA.  
Parents or eligible students who believe their rights under PPRA have been violated may file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office. Complaints must contain specific allegations of fact giving reasonable cause to believe that a violation of PPRA occurred.  You may contact us if you have questions regarding the PPRA or wish to obtain more information regarding filing a complaint under PPRA.  Or you may contact us at the following address and phone number:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
Phone: 1.800.USA.LEARN (1.800.872.5327)

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