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    Educational Rights of Homeless Students

    Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children in homeless situations have the right to:
    • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there
    • Attend either their school of origin or their local school
    • Receive associated transportation services
    • Enroll in school immediately, even if missing documents normally required for enrollment, such as:
      • birth certificate,
      • proof of residence,
      • school records,
      • Immunization (shots) or medical records
      • proof of income
    • Have immediate access to free lunch (without filling out forms)
    • Engage in all the same programs and services that are available to all other students

    Who Qualifies for Services?

    Homeless children are those who lack a fixed, regular or adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and youth who are:
    • Temporarily “doubled-up” with relatives or friends due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar issue
    • Living in motels, hotels, or campgrounds
    • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
    • Runaway youth, as well as youth not residing with their legal guardian
    • Living in housing without heat, lights, or water Services and Supports
    Homeless children may require the following:
    • School Transportation School supplies and backpacks
    • Uniforms for school School Activity and Field Trip Fees
    • Before and after school tutoring Case Management Resource Referrals