Educational Rights for Students in Transitional Housing/Homeless

 

ALL CHILDREN AND YOUTH

HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREE,

APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION

Including children and youth with:

  • Uncertain housing
  • A temporary address
  • No permanent physical address

The federal McKinney-Vento Act guarantees school enrollment for anyone who, due to a lack of housing, does not have a fixed, regular and adequate night time residence, such as a child or youth who lives:

  • In an emergency or transitional shelter
  • In a motel, hotel or campground
  • In a car, park, public place, bus or train station, or abandoned building
  • Doubled up with relatives or friends
  • In these conditions and is a migratory child or youth

Where can a child or youth without a fixed, regular, and adequate residence attend school?

  • The school the child or youth attended before becoming homeless or was last enrolled (school of origin)
  • The school in the attendance area where the child or youth is currently living

How can delays be avoided when enrolling a student experiencing homelessness in school?

  • Enroll the student immediately
  • Contact the previous school and ask that the records be sent electronically or shared over the phone
  • Contact the principal, school counselor, or local homeless education liaison with any concerns
  • Contact the homeless education liaison to support unaccompanied youth when enrolling in school

Where can I get help?

Local Homeless Education Liaison

For Fredericksburg City Public Schools

Emily Piercy

540 372-1127 ext. 2536

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