In Indiana over 29,000 children experience homelessness each year. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was created with the goal of ensuring the enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and youth in school.
The McKinney-Vento Act provides certain rights for homeless students. This includes waiving certain requirements such as proof of residency when students are enrolling and allowing eligibility for certain services, such as free textbooks.
When families and students find themselves in transition due to their housing situation, it is important that they know their rights regarding education. If students meet the requirements as stated in the McKinney- Vento Act (42 U.S.C11431) (TitleVII, Subtitle B), their rights are as follows:
Students may attend their school of origin or the school where they are temporarily residing.
Students must be provided a written statement of their rights when they enroll and at least two additional times per year.
Students may enroll without school, medical or similar records.
Students have a right to transportation to school.
Students must be provided a statement explaining why they are denied enrollment or any other services.
Students must receive services, such as transportation, while disputes are being settled.
Students are automatically eligible for Title I services. Educational services for which the homeless student meets eligibility criteria including services provided under Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act or similar State or local programs, educational programs for students with limited English proficiency.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, people living in the following situations are considered homeless:
Doubled up with family or friends due to loss of housing or economic hardship
Living in motels and hotels for lack of other suitable housing
Runaway and displaced children and youth– Unaccompanied Youth
Homes for unwed or expectant mothers for lack of a place to live
Homeless and domestic violence shelters
Transitional housing programs
Public places not meant for housing
Cars, trailers(does not include mobile homes intended for permanent housing), and campgrounds
Migratory children staying in housing not fit for habitation
District McKinney-Vento Liaison
Mrs. Joy Goshert
Wawasee Community Schoool Corporation
1 Warrior Path, Bldg. 2
Syracuse, IN 46567
Phone: (574) 457-3188
Fax: (574) 457-4962
Building Level McKinney-Vento Liaisons for each school are as follows:
North Webster Elementary
5745 N 750 E
North Webster, IN 46555
Phone: (574) 834-7644
Mr. Jim Thompson
Student Services Coordinator
Wawasee High School
1 Warrior Path, Bldg. 1
Syracuse, IN 46567
Phone: (574) 457-3147
Mr. Jason Pickler