Your Rights

  • If your family lost housing and lives in any of the following situations:

    • In a shelter, motel, vehicle or campground
    • On the street
    • In an abandoned building, inadequate trailer, or similar accommodations, or
    • Doubled up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing

    Then, your preschool-aged and school-aged children have certain rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.

    Your children have the right to:

    • Go to school. They must be given access to the same public education, including preschool education, provided to other children.
    • 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.
    • If feasible receive transportation to and from the school of origin.
    • Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as birth certificates, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/ medical records.
    • Enroll and attend classes even while the school and you seek to resolve a dispute over enrollment.
    • Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation, educational services and free meals.