Homeless Education

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  • Students in homeless situations must have the opportunity to meet the same high academic achievement standards as all students


  • The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that establishes educational rights and protections for homeless children and youth. The law defines homeless children and youth as anyone “who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence”. This includes kindergarten through 12th, as well as preschool-age children, and applies to both public and charter schools.  

    This may include students and families in the following situations:

    • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason

    • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping sites due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations

    • Living in emergency or transitional shelters or abandoned in hospitals

    • Living in a public or private place not designed for sleeping

    • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings

    • Migratory students and unaccompanied youth who meet the McKinney-Vento definition (Unaccompanied youth are defined as children and youth not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian.)


    Students in homeless situations must have the opportunity to meet the same high academic achievement standards as their peers. Their rights include:

    • Receiving a free, appropriate education

    • Enrolling in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment

    • Enrolling in school and attending classes while the school gathers needed documents

    • Enrolling in the local school; or continuing to attend the school of origin (the school attended when permanently housed or school in which last enrolled), if in the student’s best interest

    • Information regarding the right to appeal eligibility determinations

    • Receiving transportation to and from the school of origin, if in the student’s best interest

    • Receiving educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to their needs

    • Receiving free school meals through the National School Lunch Program 


    For more information call (520) 616-3013.