If you and your family are dealing with homelessness, it might be tough
enrolling your children in school and making sure they attend every day.
If your children have special needs, the issues might be even tougher.
• You might not know whom to talk to about school services.
• You might not know if your children’s problems in school are caused
by a disability or the stress of being homeless.
• You and your family might move from one temporary housing
situation to another; or your children might change from one school
• You might have trouble finding time and transportation for meetings at school.
• You might not understand the special education process.
There are two laws that help make sure that homeless children and youth with disabilities can
enroll and do well in school. Those laws are:
• The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
• The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
The McKinney-Vento Act gives homeless children and youth the right to enroll in school immediately, even if they do not have documents that are usually required for enrollment. The law gives them the right to attend school immediately, even if they don’t have a school uniform or school supplies. The law also gives these children and youth the right to stay in one school, even if they are moving around, and to get transportation to that school. Every school district has a local homeless education liaison, whose job is to make sure that homeless children and youth can go to school and get all the services they need. The National Center for Homeless Education’s website has information about the McKinney-Vento Act at http://www.serve.org/nche. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees rights and services for children and youth with special needs.
Please contact your students building principal or CCSD#1's Director of Curriculum for more information about homeless services.