Students who are homeless have educational rights under Federal law (the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act). Updated 2.20.18
This includes students that are defined as lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, including those students who are: (1) Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship, or a similar reason;(2) Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; (3). Living in emergency or transitional shelters; (4). Abandoned in hospitals; (5). Living in public or private places not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodations for human beings; (6). Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, transportation stations or similar settings; (7). Migratory children living in conditions described in the previous examples.
The McKinney-Vento Act protects the educational rights of homeless children and youth. Your child CAN get the EDUCATION she or he DESERVES! Any child who qualifies for McKinney-Vento services because of homelessness, or any of the above conditions, has RIGHTS.
Educational RIGHTS for homeless children:
- To remain enrolled in, and be transported to, the student’s School of Origin (last school) , even if you move across the District, or out of District.
- To be enrolled immediately (even without medical or school records) in the student’s neighborhood school (if that’s what you would prefer).
- To receive FREE breakfast and lunch in schools that serve both).
- To not pay school fees (you should NOT have to pay for fees for books for class, for field trips, for school sports, etc.).
- Help with basic school supplies including uniforms, shoes, etc. • (If you can’t afford calculators, binders, paper, or other required supplies, talk with your child’s school and get HELP).
- To receive the same educational supports as all students. If your child is struggling with class work, advocate by asking the school staff for additional supports.
School offers students stability, friendship, & opportunities to learn and grow in a safe environment. School offers children a chance for a BETTER tomorrow— better jobs, better pay, better future. Keep your children in school!
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Kelso School District
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