The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires that all schools provide homeless students with immediate access to education, even if the child lacks school records, a birth certificate, medical/immunizations documents, or proof of residency. The Haysville Public Schools has a strong commitment to ensure that all homeless children and youth receive a meaningful opportunity to enroll and attend all public schools in the district. The Haysville Public Schools Support Services Office acts as a resource for families in need and school personnel facing questions or assistance related to homeless children and youth. The program provided services to over 250 students in the 2012-2013 school year. If you would like more information about the Support Services in Haysville contact program director, Linda Long.
Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act a student is considered homeless if he or she has lost housing and is presently:
- living in a shelter
- living in a hotel, motel, or a campground due to lack of housing
- sharing housing with relatives or others due to a lack of housing
- living at a train or bus station, in a park, or in a car
- living in an abandoned building
- youth not living with parent or guardian
- a child awaiting foster care placement
- in other situations that are not fixed, regular, or adequate for nighttime residence.
Homeless students have right to:
- Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there. They must be given access to the same public education, including preschool education, provided to other children.
- Continue in the school they attended before becoming homeless or the school they last attended, if that is your choice and is feasible. If a school sends a homeless child to a school other than the one requested, the school must provide a written explanation and offer the right to appeal the decision.
- Receive transportation to the school they attended before the family became homeless or the school they last attended, if requesting such transportation.
- Attend a school and participate in school programs with children who are not homeless. Children cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless.
- Enroll in school without giving permanent address. Schools cannot require proof of residency that might prevent or delay school enrollment.
- Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
- Enroll and attend classes in the school of their choice even while the school they are seeking to attend resolves a dispute over the enrollment.
- 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.