• McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act was authorized by Congress, December 2001, as part of the No Child Left Behind legislation.  The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Act is to remove barriers to education for homeless/transitional students and provide educational support and stability.
     
    Who is considered eligible for the Homeless Education Program's (McKinney-Vento) assistance and services?
    Any child or youth, including migrant and unaccompanied youth, who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence is considered homeless and McKinney-Vento eligible for assistance and services.  This includes children and youth who are temporarily sharing housing with others due to loss of housing or economic hardship, those who are living in hotels, camping grounds, emergency shelters, cars, bus or train stations, or other similar settings, transitional housing programs, and those awaiting foster care or are in temporary placements.

    Education Rights of Children and Youth who Quality for Services and Assistance
    The Lakewood School District provides equal and comparable access to all students regardless of their home living situation.  McKinney-Vento eligible children and youth have specific rights that include:
    1. Maintain attendance at the school of origin-current school for the remainder of the current school year (if this is in the child's best interest and feasible) or enroll in the neighborhood school where currently residing
    2. Transportation assistance if needed
    3. Eligible for FREE food services
    4. Appropriate support services and programs for which they are eligible such programs as highly capable, special education, career and technical education, preschool
    5. Assistance obtaining needed records and documentation
    6. Academic assistance through the district's federally funded Title I program
    7. Parent or guardian involvement in school activities.

    The Lakewood School District also works closely with neighboring districts in an effort to create a region-wide educational network to support students and their families in short-term/temporary and transitional/homeless housing situations.