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MCKINNEY-VENTO ASSISTANCE ACT 

 Provides certain rights and protection for families experiencing transitional living situations. 

According to the McKinney-Vento, anyone who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate night-time residence has specific educational rights.

 

A student is considered part of the McKinney-Vento Assistance Act if he or she is presently:

  • “Doubled up” living with friends or family due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
  • Living in a shelter
  • Living in a motel, hotel, or campground due to lack of adequate housing
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations or similar settings
  • An “unaccompanied youth” living without a parent/guardian
  • A child of a migrant worker
  • In other situations that are not fixed, regular, or adequate for nighttime residence

 

Know your educational rights! Under the federal McKinney-Vento Act, children and youth have the right to: 

  • Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as a birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records
  • Enroll, attend classes, and participate fully in all school activities while the school gathers records
  • Attend either the local school or the “school of origin”, if this is in their best interest; the “school of origin” is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled
  • Receive transportation support to and from the “school of origin” if in the best interest of the child(ren)
  • Free lunches for the school year
  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs

For more information about your child(ren)’s rights under the 
McKinney-Vento Assistant Act, please contact:

 

Kris Widmann,

School Counselor/Homeless Liaison

Grantham Village School

75 Learning Drive, Grantham, NH 03753

603-863-1681

 Resources

 National Center for Homeless Education

 NH Department of Education Homeless Education Resources

 NH Coalition to End Homelessness

 NH Street Outreach Programs

 Home4Hope

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