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
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what services and supports may be available.
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