McKinney Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act
The federal McKinney Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act and Texas State law (Texas Education Code Chapter 25) protect the right for homeless children and youth to receive a free and appropriate public education.
Homelessness includes children and youth who are living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home or can’t afford housing, children and youth who are staying in a motel or hotel due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations, children and youth who are living in an emergency or transitional shelter or a domestic violence shelter. It also includes children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or many other similar settings.
Under the law, no student shall be stigmatized by school personnel due to homelessness. For additional information contact Christine Baughman, District Homeless Liaison at 469.633.6587 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Liaison For Students who are homeless shall insure that:
Homeless children are identified by school personnel and through outreach and coordination activities with other entities and agencies;
Homeless children are enrolled in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in, district schools;
Homeless families and homeless children have access to and receive educational services for which they are eligible, including services through Head Start programs (including Early Head Start programs) under the Head Start Act, early intervention services under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and other district preschool programs;
Homeless families and homeless children receive referrals to health care, dental, mental health and substance abuse, housing, and other appropriate services;
The parents or guardians of homeless children are informed of the available educational and related opportunities and are provided meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children;
Public notice of the educational rights of homeless children is disseminated in locations frequented by parents or guardians of such children, and unaccompanied youths, including schools, shelters, public libraries, and soup kitchens, in a manner and form understandable to the parents and guardians of homeless children, and unaccompanied youths;
Enrollment disputes are mediated;
The parent or guardian of a homeless child, and any unaccompanied youth, are fully informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin, and are assisted in accessing transportation to the school of enrollment;
School personnel providing services under the McKinney-Vento Act receive professional development and other support; and
a. Are enrolled in school;
b. Have opportunities to meet the same challenging state academic standards as the state establishes
for other children; and
c. Are informed of their status as independent students under section 480 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and that the youths may obtain assistance from the liaison to receive verification of such status for purposes of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.