McKinney-Vento Homeless Education
THE McKINNEY-VENTO ACT COVERS CHILDREN AND YOUTH WHO DON'T HAVE A FIXED, ADEQUATE AND REGULAR NIGHTTIME RESIDENCE, SUCH AS THOSE LIVING:
-in an emergency or transitional shelter;
-with friends or relatives due to loss of housing or economic hardship (also known as doubled up);
-in a motel, hotel or campground;
-in a car, bus or train station or other public place;
-in an abandoned building or some other inadequate accommodations; or
-in temporary situations while awating foster care placement.
THEY CAN CHOOSE FROM:
-the school they went to when permanently housed (known as the school of origin);
-the last school they went to (also known as the school of origin); or
-the school located in the attendance area where they are temporarily living (known as the local school).
STUDENTS IN TEMPORARY HOUSING HAVE THE RIGHT TO:
-immediately enroll in school and attend classes;
-get free transportation to the school of origin even if it is in another district;
-get free transportation to the local school if transportation is provided to other students;
-get special education services immediately if the student has a current IEP (even if the IEP itself is not available or if it si from another district);
-participate in any school activity that is available to other students and get transportation to an from all before or after-school activities if it is provided to other students; and
-get free school meals without filling out an application.
Each School District in New York State and BOCES has a Homeless Liasion. If you have questions, contact Mary K. Kline, Homeless Liasion for Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES at 315-867-2079.