Wellness Policy: Please refer to our student handbook
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Information:
The task of providing an education to homeless students is becoming increasingly challenging. Each year, more than 1.35 million children in the United States face homelessness, with over 29,000 of them experiencing this situation in Indiana alone. Homeless individuals, who lack a permanent residence, display a high degree of mobility, moving as frequently as 12 times compared to their permanently housed counterparts. Moreover, a significant portion of homeless parents, up to 63%, is affected by domestic violence.
The constant instability that homeless children endure as they shuffle between the homes of family or friends and shelters creates significant obstacles for them to find a suitable place to complete homework or attend school regularly. Additionally, the enrollment of these students can be hindered due to the absence of essential records such as immunization or birth certificates, school transcripts, or a stable residential address. The resulting delays and absences put these children at a disadvantage, causing them to quickly fall behind in their education.
In response to reports indicating that as many as 50% of homeless children were not attending school, Congress established the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The McKinney-Vento Act was formulated with the objective of ensuring that homeless children and youth are enrolled, attend, and succeed in school. It allocates funding to states to help eliminate the barriers to education.
Homeless children and youth seek shelter in a variety of locations. To assist educators in identifying homeless children, the Act provides a definition of who qualifies as homeless. According to the U.S. Department of Education, individuals residing in the following circumstances are considered homeless:
- Staying with family or friends due to economic challenges.
- Residing in motels and hotels because of a lack of suitable housing.
- Runaway and “Throwaway” children and youth.
- Living in homes for unwed or expectant mothers due to a lack of housing options.
- Seeking refuge in homeless and domestic violence shelters.
- Participating in transitional housing programs.
- Living on the streets.
- Occupying abandoned buildings.
- Staying in public places is not intended for housing.
- Residing in cars, trailers, and campgrounds.
- Awaiting placement in foster care.
- Migratory children residing in inadequate housing.
School liaison contact Student services
Director of Student Services,
IDOE state coordinators’ contact:
Director of Student Pathways & Opportunities
Homeless Education Specialist,
Homeless students’ rights Students’ Rights (in.gov)
IDOE’s website’s DOE: McKinney-Vento: Homeless Children and Youth Program
National Center for Homeless Education McKinney-Vento – National Center for Homeless Education