Rights under the McKinney-Vento Act
Parents, if your family lives in any of the following situations:
- In a shelter
- In a car, park, beach or abandoned building
- Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
- In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations, or
- Without a regular place to stay at night
Your school-aged children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Your eligible children have the right to:
- Receive a free, appropriate public education.
- Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documentation normally
required for enrollment.
- Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed
- Enroll in the local school or continue attending their school of origin
(the school attended when you were permanently housed, or their last
school), if that is your preference and it’s feasible. (If the school believes
that a different placement is in your child’s best interest, and you disagree,
the school must provide a written explanation, and you have the right to
appeal the decision.)
- Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested.
- Receive educational services comparable to those provided all other
students at the school.