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McKinney-Vento Homeless Act

If your family lives in any of the following situations:

 

  • In a shelter or motel
  • In a campground, car, abandoned building, on the street or other inadequate shelter
  • Without a permanent address and /or permanent housing
  • Share housing with relatives or others because you lost your housing or cannot afford housing
  • Are migratory
  • Abandoned in a hospital
  • Awaiting foster care placement

 

Then, your children have certain educational rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.  Your children have the right to:

 

  • Immediately enroll and attend classes without having health and school records with you.

 

  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.

 

  • Receive transportation to school as with any other child in your school zone.

 

  • Request enrollment in the school where you are living or in the school attended when you were permanently housed (school of origin). If you request your child to attend the school of origin, the school administrator or Homeless Liaison will determine if it is feasible.

 

  • If you request enrollment in the school of origin and the school determines that it is NOT feasible, the school must provide a written explanation. You have the right to appeal the decision.  Your child will be enrolled in the school you request pending resolution of the dispute.

 

  • If you request enrollment in the school of origin and the school determines that it is feasible, you may request transportation to and from the school of origin.

 

New England Public School System’s Homeless Liaisons:

Jane Reisenauer

(701) 579-4160