Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness 

Students may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act if they live in any of the following situations:

  • In a shelter

  • In a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation

  • In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station

  • Doubled up (sharing the housing of others, whether relatives or friends, due to loss of housing, economic hardship, domestic violence or similar reason.)

  • Students who are unaccompanied (living w/o a parent or guardian) and are living in circumstances described above

  • Migrant students who qualify as homeless because the students are living in circumstances described above

Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Have the Right To:

  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long that they have lived there 

  • Continue in the school that they last attended before becoming homeless 

  • Receive transportation to the school they last attended 

  • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address 

  • Enroll in & attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment

  • Receive free meals at school

Family Rights Under Title IA

  • Right to request teacher qualifications

  • Request opportunities to meet with staff for parent involvement

  • Participate in decisions affecting your child

  • Review school’s Title I program and make suggestions

  • Participate in school activities

Title 1 Education Program