This program helps provide educational stability – stability that is essential for academic success – for children and youth whose lives have been disrupted by the loss of housing.
The McKinney – Vento program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, State educational agencies (SEAs) must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth. Homeless children and youth should have access to the educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment. States and districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth.
Based on the definition of homelessness developed under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act:
A homeless individual is one who:
1. does not have a fixed, regular, and adequate residence.
2. has a primary night-time residence in a supervised public or privately owned shelter.
3. is temporarily staying with relatives of friends because of loss of job, other income loss, house loss.
4. is staying in a motel, hotel, campground or similar setting due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
It is the desire of the district to ensure that homeless children have access to a free and appropriate education comparable to the education of children who are non-homeless.
To complete a student residency questionnaire or to obtain more information, please contact a counselor at any school. You may also contact Bob Wales, Homeless Liaison, at 225-262-1919 or Dr. Janet Stevens, at 225-650-2906.
National Center for Homeless Education: http://center.serve.org/nche/