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Homeless Education Program

If your family is temporarily living in any of the following situations:

  • In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
  • On the street
  • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations
  • Doubled up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing

Then, under the McKinney-Vento Act your preschool-aged and school-aged children in homeless situations have the right to:

  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there
  • Attend either the school zoned for their current residence or the school of origin, whichever is in their best interest (the school of origin is the school the child attended when they were permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled)
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment such as a birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records
  • Enroll, attend classes, and participate fully in all school activities while the school arranges for the transfer of 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; segregation based on a student’s status as homeless is prohibited

McKinney-Vento eligibility must be reassessed each school year. If your family was served under McKinney-Vento last school year, you will need to complete a new packet of forms to determine eligibility. The forms can be found here on our website, at our office (484 Mulberry St, Suite 280) or at your child's school.