Students Experiencing Homelessness

as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act

Students experiencing homelessness have the right to:

  • Attend school, no matter where they live now or how long they have lived there

  • Enroll in school and participate immediately, even if they are missing records and documents normally required for enrollment

  • Attend the neighborhood school closest to where they currently live, or, attend their school-of-origin. School-of-origin is the school the student attended when permanently houses or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled

  • Receive transportation to and from their school-of-origin), whenever feasible

  • Participate fully in all school activities, while their new school arranges for records transfers

  • Receive the same programs and services as their schoolmates, and be treated with the same respect and receive equitable attention as their classmates. It is against federal law to separate students based on their living conditions and it harms the educational process

  • To learn more about federal law specifically protecting the rights of students facing homelessness, and district supports under the law, read about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. For more information, contact the Office of Children & Youth in Transition


  1. 1 in 30 youth aged 13 - 17 endures some form of homelessness in a year.

  2. Schools often serve as a community hub of resources and connections, and therefore are in a unique position to bring awareness to the issue and link young people to information and available services.

  3. Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) is a public awareness campaign designed to “shine a light” on the experiences of runaway and homeless youth that too often remain invisible. It is also an opportunity to spotlight the resources available to support youth in crisis throughout the nation and in our county.

  4. NRPM is spearheaded nationwide by one of those resources, the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). The NRS operates a national crisis and communication system for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth, NRS responds to youth and families in crisis through their hotline (1-800-RUNAWAY) and online services (, including chat, email and forum services. Visit to learn more.

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