The educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness are established under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This act is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in U.S. public schools. It was reauthorized as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002 and again in December 2015 through the Every Student Succeeds Act. This federal law includes the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program that entitles children who are determined to be homeless to free, appropriate education and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance, and success in school. To qualify for these rights, children and youth must be considered homeless according to the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless.
The McKinney-Vento Definition is as follows:
Children or youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
If you believe you or your children may be eligible, please ask your school's staff how to contact your school social worker or school counselor. Please let them know you are interested in completing a McKinney-Vento eligibility application. If you are unable to contact any of the above-mentioned school staff, please contact:
Liz Batson, McKinney-Vento Liaison
Students determined to be eligible by the Liaison through the McKinney-Vento Act have the right to:
Students determined to be eligible by the Liaison through the McKinney-Vento Act are expected to:
1. Notify your school's social worker of any changes in your living circumstances before or immediately after the move.
2. Contact your school's social worker when you will NOT be using the transportation services provided.
3. Be available for reviews of service, needs, and eligibility status with school social work staff.
These will occur at least annually:
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Homeless Students with Disabilities
Unaccompanied Youth and Homeless
Homelessness is a devastating circumstance for any child or youth, but being both homeless and separated from a parent or guardian often puts youth in inadequate and unsafe living situations and makes them at risk for school failure or dropping out—all of which can compound the effects of trauma for unaccompanied homeless youth. Unaccompanied homeless youth are ensured the same educational rights that the McKinney-Vento Act provides for other homeless students. Unaccompanied homeless youth shall be immediately enrolled without proof of guardianship.
The McKinney-Vento Act defines an unaccompanied youth as “a homeless child or youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian” (42 U.S.C. § 11434a(6)). This definition can be used to describe youth who are residing with a caregiver who is not a parent or guardian as well as youth who are living without the care of an adult.
Only youth who are unaccompanied AND homeless qualify for assistance under the McKinney-Vento Act as unaccompanied youth.
Local Liaisons shall assist unaccompanied homeless youth in:
Selecting a school of attendance and enrolling in school
Requesting transportation to and from the school of origin if requested
If there is a dispute over school selection or enrollment, enrollment within school must occur immediately while dispute(s) are resolved.
* College Cost Reduction and Access Act (Public Law No: 110-84) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-110publ84/pdf/PLAW-110publ84.pdf
* Toll-free Helpline: 800-308-2145 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* dial 211
* NCHEP website -North Carolina Homeless Education Programs
* NCHE website National Center for Homeless Education
Cabarrus County Schools Number of McKinney-Vento Students by School Year
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Cabarrus County School staff may want to know more about how to support our students in transition. The North Carolina Homeless Education Program's website provides a variety of educational opportunities through training webinars and videos to help support and continue to educate staff about our most vulnerable population.
To learn more, please visit NCHEP by clicking here.
McKinney-Vento Bus Supervisors and AP's of Transportation are encouraged to view the presentation below to understand their specific roles within the McKinney-Vento process.
This is a quick update to remind you all that if a student does not have immunizations and is McKinney-Vento eligible we do not suspend at the 30 day mark. Instead, we must communicate, support, and assist the family to obtain the immunizations needed. If the family cannot pay for immunizations or lacks transportation, please contact email@example.com or call 704.796.0109.
Thank you all for the great work you do to support our students and families!