McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

    Part of the No Child Left Behind federal legislation, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act protects eligible students from discrimination and mandates equal access to educational programs and services. Students who are identified as McKinney-Vento eligible must have no barriers to their education. 
    A student is considered
    “McKinney-Vento eligible” if
    he or she is presently:
    McKinney-Vento students
    have the rights to:
    • Living in a shelter
    • Living in a motel, hotel or campground due to lack of
       adequate housing
    • Sharing housing with relatives of others due to a
       lack of housing
    • Living at a train or bus station, a park, or in a car
    • Living in an abandoned building
    • A youth not living with a parent or guardian
    • A child awaiting foster care placement
    • A child of a migrant worker
    • In other situations that are not fixed, regular,
       or adequate for night time residence
    • Immediate school enrollment: even if they lack proof of 
    guardianship, immunizations, or school records.
    • School Choice: Students may choose to stay at the school 
       attended when
     permanently housed or to enroll in the
    school where currently living for the remainder of the
       academic year.
    • Free Lunches: McKinney-Vento students are automatically
       eligible to 
    receive free lunch for the duration of the school year.
    • School fee waivers: Students have the right to equal access to
    • Transportation: While students are in unstable housing,
       transportation is provided for students residing outside
       of their school’s attendance area.