Information for families:
The 2002 reauthorization requires that children and youths experiencing homelessness are immediately enrolled in school and have educational opportunities equal to those of their non-homeless peers. The statute requires every public school district and charter holder to designate a Homeless Liaison to ensure that homeless students are identified and their needs are being met. (Arizona Department of Education)
If your family lives in any of the following situations:
- In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
- On the street
- In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodation
- Doubled-up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing
Then your preschool-aged and school-aged children have certain rights or protections under the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.
You have the right to:
- Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there.
- Continue at the school you attended before you become homeless or the school you last attended
- Receive transportation to the school you attended before you became homeless
- Enroll in school without giving a permanent address
- Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school records and/or immunization records
If your family lives in any of the above conditions, you may be eligible for assistance under the McKinney-Vento Act. Please contact us in determining your eligibility for our programs.
Community Education Director