Placing a Student on Hold - Area Team Hold Status (ATH)
Hosting Volunteers and Hosting Programs Specialists (HPS) may request an Area Team Hold for a student that is Regionally or Nationally Available to give volunteers time to reach families and to give families time to decide about hosting that specific student.
Only two students may be on Hold at one time for any given family. Thus, the family name must be included in the Hold request. One AT Hold request may be submitted per student per Area Team per day, even if multiple families are interested in the same student.
Holds will automatically be released at 11:45pm Eastern on the second day after the Hold request is accepted.
While a student is on Hold for a team, that team only has the right to PWP the student. If a queue of Holds or other requests forms for the same student, each subsequent request will be processed in the order in which it was entered. For example, Community Placed requests are accepted in the order they are received; having a student on Hold gives no advantage in Community Placing.
Volunteers and staff are expected to release Holds as soon as it is apparent that the intended family will not be hosting the student. To release a hold, submit a “Release AT Hold” placement request in Global Link. To help ensure that Hold queues move as quickly as possible, people will receive auto emails 10 days after entering a Hold request if the Hold is still in queue. The email will ask them to confirm if they still want the Hold or if the family they had in mind is no longer interested and the Hold can be released.
If a team with an active hold would like to CP that student, they may do so as long as there are no pending requests in the queue. If there are pending requests, those will be processed in the order they were entered. Thus, having a student on Hold gives a team no advantage in being able to CP the student. The first team to enter a CP request will be able to CP the student.
At this time, Holds can not be placed on Community Placed students. Thus, the team must discuss internally how they will communicate when families are looking at specific CPd stus. Talk to your Hosting Coordinator and HPS to learn how your team manages this locally.