The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act guarantees a free and appropriate public education for all homeless children and youth. Federal and state laws make the school district’s responsibility clear.
- A student whose family becomes homeless may remain in the school he/she was attending prior to becoming homeless for the duration of the school year.
- If it is feasible, a student may transfer to a school if it is closer to his/her transitional housing.
- The receiving school may not prevent or delay the enrollment of a homeless child by requiring proof of residency or lack of documentation such as immunization records.
- Transportation for homeless must begin as soon as possible.
Students are considered eligible for any of the following reasons, eviction, natural disaster, fire, incarceration of parent, poverty related situations or any other situation that causes a family to lose permanent housing.
MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS EDUCATION ASSISTANCE IMPROVEMENTS ACT OF 2001
On July 22, 1987, the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act became public law. This was the first comprehensive federal law dealing with the problems of homelessness in America. Recently included in the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, it is now called the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001.
The Education for Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY) program, authorized under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act), is designed to address the needs of homeless children and youths and ensure educational rights and protections for these children and youths. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) amended the McKinney-Vento Act, and changes made by the ESSA will take effect on October 1, 2016.
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