Guidance » 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:
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
Children and youth living in these settings meet criteria for the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness and have special educational rights.

1. Where can a child or youth without a fixed, regular, and adequate residence attend school?

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?

Enroll the student immediately
Contact the previous school and ask that the records be sent

If you are in a homeless situation or know of someone who is call 724-861-3037.