More than 3,000 students still displaced in Bay District Schools

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The number of displaced students in Bay District Schools continues to grow, with the latest being 3,203 students.

The district is moving away from the word "homeless" and instead using "displace," as many kids don't consider themselves homeless because they have a temporary place to live. (GOOGLE)

"Out of that 3,000, there were 2,534 who were displaced because of Hurricane Michael, so whatever their housing situation is, it's directly due to the hurricane," said the Homeless Liaison for Bay District Schools Kay Daniel.

The district is moving away from the word "homeless" and instead using "displace," as many kids don't consider themselves homeless because they have a temporary place to live.

"That's one of our biggest populations, is, families and kids that are couch surfing. That's a huge one, because they have a friend or family who will let them stay for the night, and then it may change the next week," said the Foster Care Liaison for Bay District Schools Georgia Dockery.

For many of the displaced, liaisons with the district say there's one consistent problem.

"The underlying issue, of course, is lack of housing. The community as a whole needs affordable housing desperately," said Daniel.

The district constantly keeps up with the number of displaced students, which starts as young as Pre-K and goes all the way up to students at Haney Technical Center.

"As students register, they fill out that residency form and complete that," said Daniel.

"And then of course, word of mouth, and teachers hear about situations from their students and they reach out to us and we reach out to their parents," added Dockery.

The district says they hope as we go into 2020, the amount of displaced students will begin to drop.

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