Students in Transition

Information For Parents

If your family lives in any of the following situations:

♦  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

Your school-age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the
Federal McKinney-Vento Act.

Your eligible children have the right to:

♦  Receive a free, appropriate public education.

♦  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 of origin (the school
    they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last
    enrolled), if that is your 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.

♦  Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students,
    according to your children’s needs.

If you believe your children may be eligible, contact the local liaison to find out what services and
supports may be available. There also may be supports available for your preschool-age children.

Local Liaison                                                                     State Coordinator

Dr. Veronica Macklin                                                            Donna Cash

314-653-8164                                                                      573-522-8763

If you need further assistance with your children’s educational needs, please contact the
National Center for Homeless Education: