The McKinney-Vento Act
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that defines the education rights of homeless children and youth and the responsibilities of Local Education Agencies (LEAs). The full legislation can be viewed here.
Do You Qualify?
Students qualify if they lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. Is your student in any of the following situations?
- Sharing the housing of other persons temporarily due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason. (doubled up).
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters.
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
- Living motels, hotels, temporary trailer parks, or camp grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations
- Awaiting foster care placement
- Migratory children living in one (1) of the above circumstances described above.
- Unaccompanied Youth (student not accompanied by a legal guardian), living in one (1) of the above circumstance described above.
If any of these situations describes your students current housing, then they may qualify for the Students in Transition Program.
If you qualify for the Students in Transition Program, you have the following rights under the McKinney-Vento Act:
- Right to equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as housed students.
- Right to attend either the last school in which you were enrolled (school of origin) prior to being homeless or the zoned school for where you are currently residing.
- Right to immediately enroll in school, even if you are missing required documents, such as immunization records and proof of a physical.
- Right to free meals, regardless of income.
- Right to request transportation assistance to the school of origin.
- Right to have the requirement of residency documents temporarily waived
Whenever a dispute arises, the student must be admitted immediately to the requested school (school of origin OR zoned school) while the dispute is being resolved. When a determination has been made, the school district must provide the parent or guardian with a written explanation of its school placement decision and the right to appeal.
Students in Transition Program
7227 Land O Lakes Blvd,
Land O Lakes, FL 34638
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Courtney J. Walker
Title IX, Part A – Florida McKinney-Vento Program
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 352
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 245-9946 Office