McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, ensures that children and youth experiencing homelessness have full and equal access to an appropriate public education and experience. A student is considered to be experiencing homelessness if he or she lacks a fixed, regular and adequate night-time residence, and is:
- living in a motel, hotel, campground, trailer park, car, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing due to lack of alternative adequate housing;
- living in an emergency or transitional shelter;
- sharing housing with relatives or others due to loss of housing or economic hardship;
- living in a car, park, public place not meant for habitation;
- a youth not living in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian due to incarceration or death of parent, or because the youth has run away;
- classified migratory and living in circumstances which or not a fixed, regular and adequate night-time residence.
What Are My Rights?
- immediate school enrollment in the zone school and full participation in all school activities, even when required records for enrollment are not available
- right to remain in the school of origin (Current/last school attended, or where they were attending at the time housing was lost)
- transportation to and from the school of origin
- rights and protections for unaccompanied youth (youth who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian) who are experiencing homelessness, including allowing them to be immediately enrolled without proof of guardianship;
- right to dispute an enrollment decision and for a child or youth to be admitted to the school in which enrollment is sought, pending the resolution of the dispute.
What services are available?
- Transportation to school of origin to promote school stability, including inter-district transportation
- Assistance with some school fees
- Resource room with household items, clothing, hygiene products, school supplies, and food
- Case management for families and unaccompanied youth
- Connections to community resources
- Tutoring in local shelters and youth programs
- Parent training pertaining to the rights of homeless students
- Consultation and training for RPS staff and community agencies to ensure compliance with McKinney-Vento law and our obligation to protect students educational rights
If you are experiencing housing instability and have a student in RPS, or are a student in RPS, complete the online McKinney-Vento screening form. A RPS staff will contact you to review the screening form, determine eligibility, and connect to helpful resources.