If, due to a lack of housing, you must live in a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground, on the street, in abandoned buildings or trailers, or doubled-up with relatives or friends, then according to the McKinney-Vento Act, you are considered homeless.
Your children have a right to:
- Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there.
- Continue in the school they last attended before you became homeless or the school they last attended, if that is your choice and feasible.
- Receive transportation to the school they last attended before your family became homeless or the school they last attended, if you or a guardian requests such transportation.
- Attend a school and participate in school programs with children who are not homeless.
- Enroll in school without giving a permanent address.
- Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents needed for enrollment.
- Enroll and attend classes in the school of your choice while the school and you seek to resolve a dispute over enrolling your child.
- Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.
- Receive transportation to school and to school programs.
At School, ask about these Special Services:
- Free breakfast and lunch programs
- Free transportation services
- Special transportation for children to remain in their home school
- Special Education programs, especially if the student has previously received Special Education services
- Tutoring programs
- Programs to help students learn English
- Gifted or talented programs
- Summer school programs
- Pre-school programs
- After-school programs