McKinney - Vento Act for Homeless Families

MCKINNEY-VENTO DEFINITION OF HOMELESS

The term "homeless children and youth"--

  • means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence., and
  • includes --
    • children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals.
    • children and youths who 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...;
    • children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
    • migratory children ... who qualify as homeless for the purpose of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described above.

UNDER THE MCKINNEY-VENTO ACT

Eligible students have the right to:

  1. Attend their school of origin, if this is in the student's best interest, or the local attendance area school.  The school of origin in the school the student attended before losing housing or the school the student last attended.
  2. Enroll in the new local school immediately, even if lacking documentation normally required for enrollment, such as previous school records, immunization or medical records, birth certificate, proof of residency, or proof of guardianship, or other documents.
  3. The terms "enroll" and "enrollment" include attending classes and participating fully in all school activities.
  4. Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all the other students, including transportation, before and after school programs, counseling services, Title 1 programs, special education services if the child has a disability, bilingual, vocational, gifted and talented programs, free school breakfast and lunch.

For more information or to make a referral for homeless student services, please contact our district Homeless Liaison, Mercedo Davis at (904) 966-6021.

STUDENTS MAY QUALIFY FOR THE FOLLOWING SERVICES

  • ACT fees
  • School clothing assistance
  • Backpacks
  • School Supply assistance
  • Hygiene items
  • Graduation Fees
  • Transportation to school of origin
  • Community referrals
  • Enrollment Assistance

HOMELESS EDUCATION LIAISONS MUST ENSURE THAT:

  1. homeless children and youth are identified by school personnel through outreach and coordination with other entities and agencies;
  2. homeless children and youth are enrolled, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed, in school;
  3. homeless families, children and youth receive educational services for which they are eligible, including Head Start, early intervention, and other preschool programs administered by the LEA;
  4. homeless families, children and youth receive referrals to health, dental, mental health, housing, substance abuse, and other appropriate services;
  5. parents or guardians are informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate;
  6. public notice of homeless students' rights is disseminated in locations frequented by parents, guardians, and unaccompanied youth, including shelters, libraries and soup kitchens, in an understandable manner and form;
  7. enrollment disputes are mediated;
  8. parents, guardians and unaccompanied youth are informed of and assisted in accessing transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin;
  9. school personnel providing McKinney-Vento/Homeless Education services receive professional development and other support, and
  10. unaccompanied youth are enrolled in school, have opportunities to meet the same challenging academic standards other children and  youth, including receiving partial credits, and are informed of their status as indepedent students for the FAFSA and receive verification of that status

42 USC §11432(g)(6)(A)

BCSD Homeless Liaison

Sherree Alvarez

(904) 966-6816      alvarez.sherree@mybradford.us

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