Rights of Homeless Students

The school district shall provide an educational environment that treats all students with dignity and respect. Every homeless student shall have equal access to the same free and appropriate educational opportunities as students who are not homeless. This commitment to the educational rights of homeless children, youth, and youth not living with a parent or guardian, applies to all services, programs, and activities provided or made available.

A student is considered "homeless” if he or she is presently living:

  • in a shelter
  • sharing housing with relatives or others due to lack of housing
  • in a motel/hotel, camping ground, or similar situation due to lack of alternative, adequate housing
  • at a train or bus station, park, or in a car in an abandoned building

All Homeless Students Have Rights To:

  • Immediate school enrollment. A school must immediately enroll students even if they lack health, immunization or school records, proof of guardianship, or proof of residency.
  • Enroll in:
    • the school he/she attended when permanently housed (school of origin)
    • the school in which he/she was last enrolled (school of origin)
    • any school that non-homeless students living in the same attendance area in which the homeless child or youth is actually living are eligible to attend.
  • Remain enrolled in his/her selected school for as long as he/she remains homeless or, if the student becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic year.
  • Priority in certain preschool programs.
  • Participate in a tutorial-instructional support program, school-related activities, and/or receive other support services.
  • Obtain information regarding how to get fee waivers, free uniforms, and low-cost or free medical referrals.
  • Transportation services- A homeless student attending his or her school of origin has a right to transportation to go to and from the school of origin as long as he or she is homeless or, if the student becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic year.

McKinney-Vento Rights: Posters for Families to Print
1. Poster Written in English
2. Poster Written in Spanish

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