Valuable information for homeless students

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The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act provides certain rights and protections for students experiencing homelessness. Students experiencing homelessness are defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and nighttime residence, which includes the following conditions:

  • Temporarily sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason.
  • Living in motels, hotels, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
  • Living in emergency, transitional, or domestic violence shelters.
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations or similar settings.
  • Unaccompanied youth who also meet the definition of homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act.

Students experiencing homelessness have the right to:

  • School enrollment even without proper enrollment documentation.
  • Attend the school of residency or the school of origin. The school of origin is where the student was last enrolled or where they attended school when permanently housed.
  • Remain enrolled in the child’s school for the duration of homelessness and through the academic year if they become permanently housed.
  • Access to the same programs and services available to all students.
  • Transportation to and-or from school.

If you are experiencing homelessness or would like more information regarding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, please contact MCPASD Homeless/Foster Care Liaison Paley Nordlof Transitional at 608-826-7649 or send her an e-mail.

In addition, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) emphasizes educational stability for students who are placed in out-of-home care (foster care). The goal is to provide positive educational outcomes for students in foster care through collaboration between school districts and child welfare agencies. Program elements include:  educational stability, best interest determinations, transportation plan and immediate enrollment, and request for records.

Children in foster care shall have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children in the district.  

For more information please contact Paley Nordlof at 608-826-7649 or send her an e-mail.