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 the right to:

  • Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there.

  • Continue in the school in which they began the school year before you became homeless or the school they last attended, if that is the choice and it is 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 required 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 children learn English

  • Gifted or talented programs

  • Summer school programs

  • Pre-School programs

After-School programs