McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001
Act children who
are homeless have certain rights and protections to enable them to continue
with their education while homeless.
If your family lives in any of the following
situations, you may qualify for rights provided by McKinney-Vento:
In a shelter, motel, vehicle or campground
On the street
- In an abandoned building, trailer, or other
Doubled up with friends
or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing
Through McKinney-Vento, your children (pre-school through high school) have the right to:
Go to school, no matter where you live or how long
you have lived there. You must be given access to the same public
education—including preschool education— provided to other children
Continue in the school your children attended—or the school they last attended— before you became homeless, if that is your choice and if feasible. If a school sends your child to a school other than the one you request, the school must provide you with a written explanation and offer you the right to appeal the decision.
Receive transportation to the school they attended
—or the school they last attended— before your family became homeless, if
you or a guardian request such transportation.
Attend a school and participate in school programs
with children who are not homeless. Children cannot be separated from
the regular school program because they are homeless.
Enroll in school without giving a permanent
address. Schools cannot require proof of residency that might prevent or
delay school enrollment.
Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges
for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other
documents required for enrollment.
Enroll and attend classes in the school of your
choice even while the school and you seek to resolve any dispute over
enrolling your children.
Receive the same special programs and services, if
needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.
Receive transportation to school and to school
Do you need assistance?
- Contact Jennifer Kirsch in the Career and Counseling department at 425.837.7045.
- Call the National Center for Homeless Education at the toll-free Help Line number: 1-800-308-2145.