Common Signs of Homelessness
If your family lives in any of the following situations:
• In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
• On the street
• In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations, or
• Doubled up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing
Then, your preschool-aged and school-aged
children have certain rights or protections
under the McKinney-Vento Homeless
Education Assistance Act.
If You Are Homeless Your Children Have The Right To:
• Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you
have lived there. They must be given access to the same
public education, including preschool education, provided
to other children.
• Continue in the school they attended before you became
homeless or the school they last attended, if that is your choice
and is 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 before
your family became homeless or the school they last attended,
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
• 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 a 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 programs.
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