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Homeless Children

Homeless Children

You may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.

If you live in any of the following situations:

  • Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship;
  • A shelter;
  • A motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation;
  • A car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station.  

As an eligible student you have the right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education.
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
  • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
  • Enroll in the local school or continue attending your school of origin (the school you attended when permanently housed or the school in which you were last enrolled), if that is your preference and is feasible. 
    If the school district believes that the school selected is not in your best interest, the district must provide you a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision.
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin if you request this.
  • Received educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your needs as a student. 

SACS District Liaison for Homeless Children:
Jeanine Kleber