Students in Transition
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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:
proof of residence,
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
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
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
ContactOffice of Students in TransitionManual Career Technical Center1215 E Truman Rd. Suite 358
Kansas City, Missouri 64106Phone: (816) 418-8640Fax: (816) 418-8685Hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.If you have questions concerning transportation, please contact the Transportation Department at (816) 418-8825.
If you answer yes to any of the questions below, please contact us at (816) 418-8640.
Are you sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason?
Are you currently residing at a shelter, motel, hotel, in a car, or at a campsite because
your home has been damaged or because of economic reasons?
Are you currently living in or participating with a community based temporary housing arrangement?