Children and youth living in these settings meet criteria for the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness and have special educational rights.WHO IS CONSIDERED HOMELESS?The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act defines homelessness as living in the following places due to a lack of a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence:
COMMON QUESTIONS:1.Where can a child or youth without a fixed, regular, and adequate residence attend school?
- In an emergency or transitional shelter
- In a motel, hotel, or campground
- In a car, park, public place, bus or train station, or abandoned building
- Doubled up with relatives or friends
- Children awaiting foster care placement
- The school the child or youth attended before becoming homeless or was last enrolled
- The school in the attendance area where the child or youth is currently living
2. How can delays be avoided when enrolling a student experiencing homelessness in school?
If you are in a homeless situation or know of someone who is call 724-861-3037.
- Enroll the student immediately
- Contact the previous school and ask that the records be sent
Last Modified on July 7, 2016