• McKinney-Vento is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in U.S. public schools. It was reauthorized as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002.

    • Homeless students have a right to either remain in their school of origin or to attend school where they are temporarily residing;
    • Students who choose to remain in their school of origin have the right to remain there until the end of the school year in which they get permanent housing;
    • Students who choose to enroll in school where they are temporarily residing must be enrolled immediately, even if they do not bring the records usually required for enrollment with them; and
    • If a homeless student arrives without records, the school district's designated Homeless Education Liaison must assist the family and contact the previously attended school system to obtain the required records.
    For more information on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Program, contact the U.S. Department of Education, Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs (SASA), Office of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Website: www.ed.gov/programs/homeless/index.html .
     
    For more information contact your building principal.
     
    Illinois State Board of Education:   http://www.isbe.net/homeless/pdf/policy.pdf
     
    NAEHCY: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
     
    NCHE: additional information and resources on providing assistance for schools serving displaced students
     
    Columbia CUSD4 Board Policy 6:140 Education and Homeless Children
     
    Columbia CUSD4 Board Policy 7:60 Residence