McKinney – Vento Homeless Act
A part of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
RIGHTS OF HOMELESS STUDENTS
The school district shall provide an educational
environment that treats all students with dignity and respect.
Every homeless student shall have access to the same free and
appropriate educational opportunities as students who are not
homeless. This commitment to the educational rights of homeless
children, youth, and unaccompanied youth, applied to all services,
programs, and activities provided or made available.
A student may be considered eligible for
services as a "Homeless Child or Youth" under the McKinney-Vento
Homeless Assistance Act if he or she is presently living
According to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act,
eligible students have rights to
- In a shelter, temporary shared housing, or transitional living
- In a hotel/motel, campground, or similar situation due to
lack of alternatives
- At a bus station, park, car, or abandoned building
Immediate enrollment: Documentation and immunization records
cannot serve as a barrier to the enrollment in school.
School Selection: McKinney Vento eligible
students have a right to select from the following schools:
- The school he/she attended when permanently housed (School
- The school in which he/she was last enrolled (School of
- The school in the attendance area in which the student
currently resides (School of Residency)
- In Maricopa County, Thomas J. Pappas School
Remain enrolled in his/her selected school for
the duration of homelessness, or until the academic year upon
which they are permanently housed.
Participate in programs for which they are
eligible, including Title I, National School Lunch Program,
Head Start, Even Start, etc.
Transportation Services: A McKinney-Vento
eligible student attending his/her School of Origin has a right
to transportation to and from the School of Origin.
Dispute Resolution: If you disagree with school
officials about enrollment, transportation, or fair treatment of
a homeless child or youth, you may file a complaint with the
school district. The school district must respond and attempt
to resolve it quickly. During the dispute, the student must
be immediately enrolled in the school and provided transportation
until the matter is resolved. The Homeless Liaison will assist
you in making decision, providing notice of any appeal process,
and filling out dispute forms.
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