The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program
If you live in any of the following situations, school age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act:
- In a shelter
- In a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation
- In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station
- Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program ensures that homeless children and youth are provided a free, appropriate public education, despite lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian. The state public school admission statute assuring the right of homeless and other children and youth in similar circumstances to enroll in schools is ORS 399.115(7).
Eligible students have the right to:
- Receive equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a preschool education, as provided to other children and youths
- Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment
- Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents
- Enroll in the local school, or continue attending their school or origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they last enrolled), if that is their preference and is feasible. If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision.
- Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this.
- Access educational and other services comparable to those provided to other students, according to their needs
Every school district in Oregon has at least one designated Homeless Student Liaison to provide direct assistance to homeless families and unaccompanied youths to access and achieve in school.
The Neah-Kah-Nie School District also employs a Family Resource Coordinator at each of the elementary schools, as well as a Student Support Coordinator at the middle school who supports students at the high school. These support staff assist families to connect with various community resources and help access clothing and school supplies for students. Families may contact these staff at their child’s school or contact the Neah-Kah-Nie District liaison for support.