Academic Stability for Students in Transition

  • Sad student with his head resting in his handsIf your student lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence they may be eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act. The purpose of this law is to provide academic stability for students experiencing homelessness.

    A student may be considered eligible if their current living situation is one of the following:

    • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar hardship
    • Living in hotels, motels, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations
    • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
    • Abandoned in a hospital
    • Have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
    • Living in a car, park, public space, abandoned building or other inadequate setting
    • Is a migratory child who qualifies as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described above

    Also, a student may qualify for services as an “unaccompanied youth” if they are not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian.

    Children who qualify under the McKinney-Vento Act have the right to:

    • Enroll in school immediately, regardless of a lack of records or other enrollment documentation, and attend classes while the school gathers the needed documents 
    • Enroll in the school of residence  or continue attending the school of origin (the school they attended when last permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled) 
    • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin if in the best interest of the child
    • Qualify for free school meals 
    • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students and according to the child’s needs

    If you have questions or believe your children may qualify for services through the McKinney-Vento Act, contact the MUSD McKinney-Vento Liaison at 616-3013.