The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law in the United States that provides assistance and protections to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness.
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homelessness broadly to include individuals and families who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes those living in emergency shelters, transitional housing, cars, abandoned buildings, and public spaces. It also covers those "doubled-up" or sharing housing due to economic hardship or loss of housing.
Under the Act, homeless children and youth have the right to enroll in school immediately, even if they lack the typically required documents, such as proof of residency or immunization records. Schools must remove barriers to enrollment and ensure that homeless students have access to education on an equal basis with their peers.
Homeless students have the right to remain in their school of origin, which is the school they attended when they became homeless, even if they move outside the school's attendance area. Schools must provide transportation to ensure students can continue attending their school of origin, if it's in their best interest, until the end of the academic year.
If you are or have become homeless and need support the school is here to support you however we can. Please reach out to Dr. Klipsch or any other staff member and we will help to connect you to resources.