The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Anyone who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence may be identified under McKinney-Vento, including those in the following situations:
- Sharing housing with relatives, friends, or strangers due to economic hardship or lack of housing;
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, camping grounds due to economic hardship or lack of housing;
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces, bus or train stations, or abandoned buildings;
- Migratory children or youth living in circumstances described above; and/or
- Unaccompanied youth, meaning youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, such as runaways and youth denied housing by their families
The McKinney-Vento Act ensures educational rights and protection for youth and children experiencing homelessness.
Parents/Guardians who think they may qualify for services under McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act should contact Charles City Public Schools Homeless Education Liaison, Stephanie Leek, at 804-301-1871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a student is found eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act, the school district can provide the following services:
- Immediate school enrollment
- Free meals
- Referrals to community resources for food, clothing, shelter, etc.
Charles City County Public Schools will provide transportation assistance (where feasible) for students approved as McKinney-Vento eligible so that the student may remain at his/her current school (school of origin). This transportation is arranged through the Homeless Education Liaison.