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MCKINNEY-VENTO ACT

The McKinney-Vento program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, State educational agencies (SEAs) must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth. Homeless children and youth should have access to the educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment. States and districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth.

The program is authorized under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11431 et seq.), (McKinney-Vento Act). The program was originally authorized in 1987 and, most recently, reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
 

DEFINITION OF HOMELESS

The term homeless children and youth means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition also includes:
  • Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
  • Children who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, shelters, or awaiting foster care placement
  • Children and youth 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, or
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above
McKinney-Vento further defines the term "unaccompanied youth" as "youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian." To be considered an unaccompanied homeless youth, and individual must meet both of these definitions.
 

HOMELESS STUDENTS HAVE RIGHTS TO:

  • Immediate enrollment in school in school without a permanent address, immunizations, school records or other papers.
  • Continue in the school that the student attended before becoming homeless (school of origin).
  • Go to school, no matter where the student lives or how long he/she has lived there.
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of required school records or documents.
  • Enroll and attend classes even while the school and parent/student seek to resolve a dispute over enrollment.
  • Receive transportation to his/her school of origin as long as he/she is homeless, or if the student becomes permanently housed, receive transportation until the end of the academic school year.
  • Participate in tutoring, school-related activities, and/or receive other support services.
  
 
 

UNACCOMPANIED YOUTH:

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CONTACT
Kirk Strickland
Administrator SIA
Foster Youth/Homeless Liaison
SARB Administrator
kirk_strickland@snowlineschools.com
 
Lyne McGuire
Secretary SIA
lyne_mcguire@snowlineschools.com
 
Office: 760-868-5817 Ext. 10142
FAX: 760-868-5309