As parents raising children while trying to manage the difficulties of homelessness, the last thing you want to worry about is your children’s education. The McKinney-Vento act was created to give your children rights as you navigate your way to a permanent housing situation. Your children rights include the following:
1. The right to enroll immediately, even if you do not have all the required paperwork.
2. The right to school placement at the school that is in your best interest.
3. The right to other services such as fees for breakfast and lunch provided by the school, as well as fees for textbooks, should be waived for the children.
4. The right to appeal decisions regarding enrollment and services.
5. The right to attend school and school activities without the fear of being singled out.
WHO CAN HELP
Trina Noel is the NESC’s McKinney-Vento Liaison. Her role is to assist families in homeless situations with school related issues such as: enrollment, transportation, and obtaining records for the school.
Contact Trina Noel at 812-696-2176 or by email at [email protected]
Quick links for Parents/Youths
McKinney-VentoAct: http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/mckinny-vento-homeless-assistant-actNational Association for Homeless Children: http://www.naehcy.org