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McKinney-Vento Training

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McKinney-Vento
School districts must provide some form of transportation to children and youth experiencing homelessness

If the child or youth continues to live in the area served by the school district in which the school of origin is located, transportation will be provided by that district

If the child or youth relocates outside of the district in which the school of origin is located and wants to continue to attend the school of origin, the district where the child or youth is living and the district of the school of origin will work together to provided transportation
School on Wheels
Content

History


Definitions


Rights of Homeless Children and Youth


Responsibilities


Other Services
McKinney-Vento Homeless
Assistance Act Training

Signed into law as the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act in 1987

Renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act in 2000

9 sections or “Titles.” The Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program is only one of four programs in Title VII
The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program was reauthorized in 2002 as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act


Amended and reauthorized in 2010 by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act.
The term "homeless children and youths"—

(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence

(B) includes—

(i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
(ii) children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings (within the meaning of section 103(a)(2)(C));

(iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

(iv) migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).
Rights: Enrollment
The enrolling school shall immediately refer the parent or guardian of the child or youth to the local educational liaison for help obtaining records or immunizations

Homeless children automatically qualify for free lunch
If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment, the child or youth shall be immediately admitted to the school pending resolution of the dispute

The parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth shall be put in contact with the liaison to guide them through the dispute process

Parents, guardians, and unaccompanied youth can provide either written or oral documentation to support their positions about school selection or enrollment

A complete, brief, easy to understand written explanation of the decision must be provided to the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth
If the dispute remains unresolved at the district level or is appealed it must be passed on to and resolved by the county office of education in 5 business days

If the dispute remains unresolved at the county level or is appealed it must be passed on to and resolved by the state office of education in 10 business days
Homeless children and youth must be immediately enrolled in school even if the child or youth is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment, such as previous academic records, medical records, proof of residency, or other documentation

The enrolling school shall immediately contact the school last attended by the child or youth to obtain records
The enrolling school shall immediately refer the parent or guardian of the child or youth to the local educational liaison for help obtaining records or immunizations

Homeless children automatically qualify for free lunch
Definitions
Dispute Resolution Process
Rights: Enrollment
Rights: School of
Origin
Definition: The school that the child or youth attended when permanently housed or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled

The child or youth has the right to stay in the school of origin for the duration of homelessness whether they became homeless during the academic year or between academic years

If the child or youth becomes permanently housed during an academic year, they have the right to remain in the school of origin for the remainder of the academic year
Rights: Transportation

School districts must provide some form of transportation to children and youth experiencing homelessness

If the child or youth continues to live in the area served by the school district in which the school of origin is located, transportation will be provided by that district

If the child or youth relocates outside of the district in which the school of origin is located and wants to continue to attend the school of origin, the district where the child or youth is living and the district of the school of origin will work together to provided transportation
Other Rights

Homeless children have the right to full and equal opportunity to succeed in school

Preschool-aged homeless children must have equal access to the same free, appropriate public preschool education as other children

Homeless children cannot be required to attend a separate school for homeless children or youths

Homeless families must be informed of their rights and the services available to them
Responsibilities: Federal and State

The Secretary of Education reviews state applications and decides how much money to award each state department of education

The state establishes an Office of Coordinator for Education of Homeless Children and Youths

The state office must gather reliable, valid, and comprehensive information on the nature and extent of the problems homeless children and youths face
Other Services

School districts may apply for sub-grants from the state which can be used for the following:

Tutoring, supplemental instruction, and enriched educational services

The provision of expedited evaluations of strengths and needs of homeless children and youths

Professional development and other activities for educators and pupil services personnel
Other Services

The provision of referral services to homeless children and youths for medical, dental, mental, and other health services

The provision for homeless children and youths of before and after-school mentoring and summer programs

Education and training to parents of homeless children and youths about their rights

The provision of school supplies, including those supplies to be distributed at shelters or other appropriate locations
Resources and Websites

Ventura County Homeless Liaison List:

http://www.vcoe.org/spes/HomelessEdProject/VenturaCountySchoolDistrictHomelessLiaisions.aspx

LA County Homeless Liaison List:

homeless.lacoe.edu
 
California Homeless Liaison List:

www.cde.ca.gov/sp/hs/cy/

McKinney Vento:

http://center.serve.org/nche/downloads/briefs/reauthorization.pdf
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