Information about the McKinney-Vento Act:

  • The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that is designed to eliminate barriers to enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school when students and families are experiencing homelessness.  Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the same rights to access educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same high academic standards to which all students are held.  


    Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children and youth who lack a “fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence”, and living in one of the following situations may be eligible for services:




    Campground/Tent or camper

    Abandoned building

    Bus or Train station

    Sharing housing with other people due to loss of your housing or economic hardship

    Living in any other inadequate accommodation not meant for human habitation (car, public place, dwelling with no running water, electricity, etc.)

    *Children awaiting foster care placement (*effective 12/10/16, this category will no longer be eligible for McKinney-Vento services.)


    Eligible students have the right to:


    • Receive the free, appropriate public education to which they are entitled.
    • Be enrolled in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
    • Be enrolled in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documentation.
    • Enroll in the local school near where they are living; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is their preference.  If the school district believes that the school selected by the student is not in his/her best interest, then the district must provide the student with a written explanation of its position and offer him/her the opportunity to appeal its decision.
    • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested.
    • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to all other students, according to the student’s needs.


    If you believe you or your child may be eligible, or have any questions about the Transylvania County Schools McKinney-Vento program, please contact Beth Branagan, School Social Worker/Homeless Education Liaison at 884-9567, or by e-mail to:  to find out what services and supports may be available.


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