McKinney-Vento Overview

  • The McKinney-Vento Act in Cabarrus County Schools

    The McKinney-Vento Act was the first Federal legislation to deal with homelessness.  It was first signed into law in 1987 by President Reagan and represents the work of the 100th Congress. McKinney-Vento has been re-authorized through the Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law by President Obama in December of 2015.
    The McKinney-Vento Act supports homeless students’ rights to remain at, get to and succeed in school. The act recognizes that school can be a source of stability for students whose lives may be chaotic or transient.


    IF you are an unaccompanied youth OR you and your child live in any of the following situations:

    · Staying in a shelter (family, domestic violence, youth shelter, FEMA trailer)

    · Staying in a hotel or motel

    · Sharing the housing of others due to eviction, foreclosure or other economic hardships

    · Living in a car

    · Living in a park or campground

    · Living in inadequate accommodations (abandoned buildings)

    · The student is living alone without an adult

    · The student is with another family due to family conflict or abandonment


    Then you may qualify for certain rights and protections under the McKinney-Vento Act.
    The McKinney-Vento Act is designed to help ensure that students remain at, get to and succeed in their schools of origin.

    If you believe you may be eligible, please ask your school's office staff how to contact your school's social worker or school counselor and let them know you are interested in completing a McKinney-Vento application. If you are unable to contact any of the above staff please contact Frances Anthony, McKinney-Vento Local Liaison at 704.260.5685 or e-mail



  • Who is covered?

    Children who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nightitme residence.

    Learn more by clicking here.


    McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless*

McKinney-Vento Notification of Rights and Expectations

  • Notes on Rights and Expectations for
    Parents of McKinney-Vento Eligible Students and Unaccompanied Youth


    Students determined to be eligible through the McKinney-Vento Act have the right to:

    ·       Receive the free, appropriate public education to which they are entitled


    ·       Be enrolled in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment


    ·       Be enrolled in school and attend classes while school staff gathers needed documents


    ·       Enroll in the school where you are currently residing or attend the school of origin if

              that is preferable and is in the student's best interest


    ·       Receive a written explanation of any determination that remaining at the school of origin is not

             in the studetn's best interest including a notification of your right to appeal the decision                         


    ·       Receive transportation to and from the school of origin if requested and in the student's interest


    ·       Receive educational services comparable to these provided to all other students, according to

              your child’s needs


    ·       Receive free lunch and breakfast through the Child Nutrition Program




    You are expected to:


    ·    Notify school social work staff of any changes in your living circumstances before or immediately

           after the move

    ·         Contact social work staff with any times when you will NOT be using transportation services for a

    period of three days or more

    ·         Be available for reviews of service needs and eligibility status with school social work staff, these will

           occur at least annually (during the Spring), at the time of any change in placement or as indicated by

           the school counselor or student services staff




    Please note that McKinney-Vento eligibility covers the current school year. In some circumstances

    cases are  continued to the next school year upon the review of a school social worker or student

    services staff member. In those cases where such a change occurs during the school year

    the student can continue enrollment in their current school as long as such continuation remains in the

    studnet's best-interest.


    For questions please contact Frances Anthony at 704.260.5685 or




Contacts & Resources

  • If you believe you qualify for services under the McKinney-Vento Act please call your school and ask to speak with the school social worker.
    All determinations of eligibility for services under the McKinney-Vento Act are made locally by John Basilice. If you do not agree with the determination please contact or call 704.262.6143.
    You may also contact the North Carolina State Coordinator for Homeless Eduation:
    Contact: Lisa Phillips
    For complete information about the McKinney-Vento Act in our state please visit the North Carolina Homeless Education Program's webpage by clicking here.

Initial Contact Form

  • To complete an application for McKinney-Vento eligibility please contact your child's school and ask to speak with the school social worker.
    You can complete a contact from below but we ask that you do so only as a measure of last resort as information submitted over the internet may be subject to security concerns including hacking or other breaches. 

    Complete Form


  • Cabarrus County Schools Number of McKinney-Vento Students by Year


    Cabarrus County Yearly Trends








    444- EOY Projection


CCS Staff: Professional Development Request

  • Compliance with the McKinney-Vento Act is the law. It is also what we know is in the best interest of students.

    Sometimes staff want to know more about how to support our students in transition.

    Training webinars and videos are available at the NCHEP site by clicking here.

    If there is a specific training area you would like to learn about please click here to complete an online form.

CCS Staff: McKinney-Vento Bus Supervisor Information

  •  McKinney-Vento Bus Supervisors are encouraged to view the presentation below to understand their specific roles within the McKinney-Vento process.

CCS School Staff: School Nurses and McKinney-Vento

  • This page is designed to support the needs of school nurses who provide care for our McKinney-Vento students.

    Students are listed in the secure site on CCS's DataPoint.  Please remember, to access DataPoint you must be logged in to a Cabarrus County Schools computer and be at a CCS site. It's worth noting that DataPoint is a Microsoft product, so it is especially easy to use and update in Explorer (some views look and function like an Excel sheet or Access table for easy entry and update).

    You can click below to access:
     Immunization Information 
    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 facilitate and refer the family in obtaining the immunizations. If the family cannot pay for immunizations or lacks transportation please contact or call 704.260.5685.  
    Thank you all for the great work you do to support our students and families!