Are you or is someone you know Homeless?
If you live in any of the following situations...
In an emergency or transitional shelter
In a motel, hotel, trailer park, campground, abandoned in a hospital or awaiting foster care
In a car, park, public place, bus or train station or in an abandoned building
Doubled up with a relative or friend
As a migratory child in any of the above conditions
...you have rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.
You have the right to:
Attend school - no matter where you live or how long you have lived there. You must be given immediate access to the same public education provided to other students.
Continue in the school - you attended before you became homeless or the school you last attended. You have a choice.
Support in accessing education - via the district's local Homeless Education Liaison: this Liaison is mandated to explain to you the federal law that protects your education rights while homeless as well as support and assist you in your efforts in securing those rights.
Transportation - to school and school programs.
Attend and participate - in school programs with students who are not homeless. Students cannot be separated from their permanently-housed peers due to homelessness.
Enroll and attend immediately -
a. while school arranges for transfer of school immunization records or other required documents; schools cannot require proof of residency that might prevent or delay school enrollment.
b. while enrollment dispute is resolved.
For information and assistance, please contact:
National Center for Homeless Education (800) 308-2145
Rosanne Plumadore, Gloversville District Liaison for the Homeless, (518) 775-5796