The mission of this program is to ensure students living in transition the greatest level of academic success possible in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Act.
What are schools required to do?
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act and ESSA outlines requirements for schools.
Schools must keep children in their school of origin (the school attended when permanently housed or last enrolled) to the extent feasible, except where contrary to the wishes of the parent/guardian. The student's right to attend their school of origin extends to the entire duration of McKinney-Vento eligibility.
Schools must remove any barriers that contribute to exclusion or enrollment delay. This means schools are required to immediately enroll children and youth experiencing homelessness.
Each school district must identify a McKinney-Vento Liaision.
Each school must post public notice of educational rights of McKinney-Vento eligible students.
Schools must ensure enrollment with full and equal opportunity to succeed in school (e.g. Head Start, Even Start, pre-school, health care, dental, mental health, etc.)
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McKinney-Vento Eligible Students
Children and youth living in transitional situations encounter many barriers to enrollment and school success, including:
Lack of transportation
Lack of immunization and medical records
Lack of school records
State guardianship/residency requirements not uniformly interpreted by schools
Lack of birth certificate
Secondary school credit accrual
Lack of staff awareness and sensitivity
Lack of psychological services
Poor health care and inadequate medical care
Physical needs such as food, clothing, shelter, health care
Access to special programs and services (Special Education, Head Start, Gifted and Talented, Even Start, ESOL, and Title I)
Homeless children and youths must receive comparable services to those received by all other children including: