The McKinney - Vento Homeless Education Act
The Education of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations: As Found in the "No Child Left Behind Act"
Removing Barriers to School Success for Homeless Children
If you live in any of the following situations:
- In a motel or campground due to lack of an alternative adequate accommodation
- In a car, park, abandoned building or bus or train station
- Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
You may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento act
Eligible students have the right to:
- Receive a free, appropriate public education.
- Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
- Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
- Enroll in the local school: or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is their preference and is feasible.
- If the school district believes that the school selected is not in his/her best interest, then the district must provide the student with a written explanation of its position and inform the student of his/her right to appeal its decision.
- Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested.
- Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the students' needs
If you believe you may be eligible, contact:
District Homeless Liaison
(255) 687 - 7066
(225) 687 - 5400 ext 2331