Who is Homeless?
According to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (a part of No Child Left Behind), it's anyone who has lost housing and now lives in a shelter, motel, vehicle, camping ground or temporary trailer; on the street; doubled-up with family or friends; or in another type of temporary or inadequate housing. Also see "Who Is Homeless" file below.
What rights do eligible children and youth have under the McKinney-Vento Act?
-go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
-attend either the local school or the school of origin, whatever is in the best interest of the child; the school of origin is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled.
-receive transportation to and from the school or origin.
-enroll in school immediately, even if they are missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records or immunization/medical records.
- have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation and supplemental educational services.
-attend school with children not experiencing homelessness; a school may not segregate a student because he or she is homeless.If you or someone you know if affected by homelessness, please don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Rawson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 291-4791 ext. 103 to see how we can help.