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    Educational Rights of Homeless Students

    Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children in homeless situations have the right to:
      • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there
      • Attend either their school of origin or their local school
      • Receive associated transportation services
      • Enroll in school immediately, even if missing documents normally required for enrollment, such as:
        • birth certificate,
        • proof of residence,
        • school records,
        • Immunization (shots) or medical records
        • proof of income
      • Have immediate access to free lunch (without filling out forms)
      • Engage in all the same programs and services that are available to all other students

    Who Qualifies for Services?

    Homeless children are those who lack a fixed, regular or adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and youth who are:
        • Temporarily “doubled-up” with relatives or friends due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar issue
        • Living in motels, hotels, or campgrounds
        • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
        • Runaway youth, as well as youth not residing with their legal guardian
        • Living in housing without heat, lights, or water Services and Supports
    Homeless children may require the following:
      • School Transportation School supplies and backpacks
      • Uniforms for school School Activity and Field Trip Fees
      • Before and after school tutoring Case Management Resource Referrals
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