Support for Foster Care Students

The Boulder Valley School District is dedicated to ensuring that every student succeeds, including those under foster care.

Under Colorado state law, every school district must designate a Child Welfare Education Liaison (CWEL) to act as the child welfare education liaison.

In Boulder Valley School District, our Child Welfare Education Liaison is:

Contact Us

Ema Lyman



Foster Care Education Webpage (


Role of a Child Welfare Education Liaison


The duties of the Child Welfare Education Liaison should include, need not be limited to:

  • Working with child placement agencies, county departments, and the state department of human services to facilitate the prompt and appropriate placement, transfer, and enrollment in school of students in out-of-home placement.
  • Attending or arranging a school district designee to attend Best Interest Determination (BID) meetings at the request of child welfare agencies. Click here for an FAQ document on BIDs.
  • Reporting, by August 15 of every school year, to the state coordinator for foster care education the name and contact information of the CWEL.

Rights of Foster Care Children

The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Colorado State law provide foster students specific protections, including:

  • School districts may not withhold records or enrollment because of fees owed (book fines), costs for uniforms, lab fees, etc.
  • A school district or school in which a student in out-of-home placement is enrolled shall waive all fees that would otherwise be assessed against the student, including but not limited to any general fees, fees for books, fees for lab work, fees for participation in in-school or extracurricular activities, and fees for before-school or after-school programs.
  • Students in foster care are categorically eligible for free lunch and are not required to fill out a free lunch application. If they are eligible for lunch for one day, they are eligible for the entire school year.
  • The school district or school shall not limit the opportunity of a student in out-of-home placement to participate in in-school and extracurricular activities and before-school and afterschool programs due to waiver of the participation fees.