The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Its key theme is to ensure every child and youth experiencing homelessness has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, as other children and youth. The law states that schools must eliminate barriers to enrollment, attendance, and success in school for homeless students.
Immediate Enrollment - no prior records are needed, but should be obtained by the enrolling school as quickly as possible
School Stability - including the right to remain in the school of origin or attend the school in the area where they are currently spending their nights
For the duration of their homelessness
By parent’s request
Equal access to all programs - Special Education, Migrant Education, English Language Development programs, etc.
Transportation to/from school - if transportation creates a barrier to attendance
Automatically qualify for free and reduced meals
Automatically qualify for Title I services
The term homeless children and youth means "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." This definition also includes:
Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
Children who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or shelters.
Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings, or
Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above
For Uniform Complaints and Williams Uniform Complaints we provided them with the following links to our Board Policies page