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Homeless (McKinney-Vento) Program

What is the McKinney-Vento Program?

The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law established to assist homeless, and unaccompanied youth with enrolling, attending and succeeding in school. Our goal is to ensure that homeless youth  have access to the same free and appropriate public education provided to other students within the district. 

Who is eligible?

Homeless students means students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes: 
  1. Students who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals.
  2. Students who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings.
  3. Students who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
  4. Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in conditions described in #1-3 above.
Unaccompanied youth includes youth who are not in the physical custody of a parent or
guardian. (20 USC 11434a)

What are my rights?

Your child or children may have the right to:
  • Immediate enrollment in the school they last attended (school of origin) or the local school where you are currently staying, even if you do not have all the documents normally required at the time of enrollment.
  • Continue to attend their school of origin, if requested by you and it is in the best interest.
  • Receive transportation to and from their school of origin, the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children, including free meals and Title I.
  • Receive the full protections and services provided under all federal and state laws, as it relates to homeless children, youth, and their families.

If your living situation has changed or is unstable, please complete the following Housing Questionnaire and email it to our McKinney Vento Liaison. We will reach out to you shortly so we can assist you during this transition.

* If you need a physical copy of this housing questionnaire you may request it from your school secretary