The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act requires districts and charter schools to ensure homeless students have access to education and other services they need to meet the same high academic achievement standards as all students. All local school districts must designate a Homeless Liaison. At Arts in Action, our Homeless Liason is Kristin Dust, Director of School Culture.
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youths as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition also includes: Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
Equitable Reminders in Serving Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Rights and Protection Reminders:
- LEAs must insure that children and youth experiencing homelessness are able to participate fully in school activities, and that barriers to identification, enrollment, and retention in school are identified and removed.
- Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to:
- Immediate Enrollment: No matter the documentation.
- Transportation: LEAs should continue providing transportation support as needed to eliminate barriers to enrollment, participation and retention in school, including to pick up meals or distance learning items.
- Academic Access and Success: This includes free meals, and all other academic supports afforded to their housed peers and more.
At Arts in Action, we have many supports (counseling, referrals, resources) for homeless students and families, you are not alone. Please reach out!