Do you know the Facts about Homelessness?
Mckinney-Vento assists children who
are experiencing homelessness. In 2012 school year, 1.16 million homeless
children were enrolled in public schools. This is a 71% increase since 2007
school year. This number didn't include pre-school students or children
too young to be in school so the number is actually much higher than reported.
Which students could be considered
Children who lack a regular and
adequate place to sleep at night would be considered as meeting the homeless
But, what does that mean?
It means, students living in
shelters, transitional/substandard housing, cars, motels, campgrounds, or
sharing a home with someone due to economic hardship would be considered
How can the school system help
students experiencing homelessness?
- If it is in the best interest of the child, the school
system will work to provide transportation so the student may remain in
one school if the student is no longer living in that school district.
- Immediate Enrollment. The school system will
assist with getting enrollment documents as necessary.
- There is a district and state homeless coordinator in
each county/state to implement the McKinney-Vento requirements; to enhance
educational opportunities, eliminate enrollment barriers, and provide
assistance in keeping homeless students in school. For more
information about McKinney-Vento Federal Guidelines click on McKinney-Vento