42 USC § 11431 – STATEMENT OF POLICY the following is the policy of the Congress
(1) Each State educational agency shall ensure that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youths.
(2) In any State that has a compulsory residency requirement as a component of the State’s compulsory school attendance laws or other laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youths, the State will review and undertake steps to revise such laws, regulations, practices, or policies to ensure that homeless children and youths are afforded the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths.
(3) Homelessness alone is not sufficient reason to separate students from the mainstream school environment.
(4) Homeless children and youths should have access to the education and other services that such children and youths need to ensure that such children and youths have an opportunity to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held.
If your family is in a temporary or inadequate living situation due to a loss of housing, your child might be eligible for certain educational rights.
If your family lives:
Then, your child might be able to receive help through a federal law called the
McKinney-Vento Act. Unaccompanied homeless youth are ensured the same educational rights that the McKinney-Vento Act provides for other homeless students.
Your McKinney-Vento eligible children have the right to:
*If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision.
Laura Beth Richardson
Laura Beth Richardson; Student Success Coordinator,
Breanne N. Miller; K-8 Counselor,
Dr. Caswell Martin; 9-12 Counselor,