McKinney-Vento Act/ Students in Transition

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INFORMATION  For School-Age Youth

You may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.

  • 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 with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship

Eligible students have the right to: 

• Receive a free, appropriate public education.
• Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required
for enrollment.
• Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
• Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school
they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last
enrolled), if that is their preference and is feasible.
* If the school district believes that the school selected is not in his/her best
interest, then the district must provide the student with a written explanation
of its position and inform the student of his/her right to appeal its decision.
• Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested.
• Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students,
according to the students’ needs.

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