For families that are homeless, their school-aged children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinny-Vento Act.

Whether they live in a shelter, motel, car, park, abandoned building, or doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship, there could be assistance available.

Any eligible children have the right to:

  • a free, appropriate public education;
  • transportation to and from school, if requested;
  • educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to their individual needs.

Parents may enroll their students, even if documents normally needed to enroll are not available.

Students will be able to attend school while the school gathers all needed documents.

If the school district rules that attending the selected school is not in the best interest of the child, it can provide parents with a written explanation of its position and inform them of their rights to appeal.