The McKinney-Vento Act
The McKinney-Vento Act Homeless students are children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The term "homeless student" will also be deemed to include the term "unaccompanied youth," which includes a youth who is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. Homeless children and youth include those students who are as follows:
- Emergency or transitional shelters
- Motels, hotels, or campgrounds
- Cars, parks, public places, bus or train stations, abandoned buildings
- Doubled up with relatives or friends due to loss of housing or economic hardship
- In these conditions and is a migratory child or youth
So, if your child is 5-18 years of age, he/she has the right to attend school even if. . .
- You live in a shelter, and ….
- You don’t have a permanent address.
- You share temporary housing with relatives or friends.
- You reside in transitional housing.
- You live in a car, on the street, or other temporary shelter.
Did you know?
- You do not need a permanent address to enroll your child in school.
- Your child cannot be denied school enrollment when school records or other enrollment documentation are not immediately available.
- Your child may be able to remain in the same school (school of origin) even if you move.
- Your child has the right to transportation services to and from the school of origin based on the best interest of the student at the time of the request.
- Your child automatically qualifies to participate in free breakfast and lunch programs while living in situations that meet the definition of homeless.
- Unaccompanied youth lacking fixed, regular and adequate housing have these same rights.
What Parents Can Do?
- Talk to the principal, counselor social worker, teacher or school nurse about your housing situation.
- Ask about programs that are available to help your child.
- Seek information about the school close to where you are living.
- When possible, bring birth certificates and school and immunizations records when you enroll your child in school.
- Ask where you can get school supplies.
- Ask that records be transferred from your child’s previous school.
- Let school personnel know if your child has previously received special education services.
- Ask which community agencies and resources may be available to help your family.
Washington County Schools Homeless Education Liaison
Dina K. Brown, BSW
802 Washington Street
Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: 252-793-5171 ext. 239
NC State Homeless Education Coordinator
Lisa Phillips, State Coordinator
NC Homeless Education Program
Federal Program Monitoring and Support Services