Homeless Students

Homeless Liaison: Reagan Shoemaker

Homeless students are defined by the McKinney-Vento Act as those students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:

  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, 
    economic hardship, or similar reason

  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to   
    lack of alternative adequate accommodations

  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters

  • Abandoned in hospitals

  • Awaiting foster care placement

Unaccompanied youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian are considered homeless as are migratory children who live in circumstances listed above.

While the district receives no additional federal funding to provide services to homeless children, the McKinney-Vento Act requires that homeless children be placed in schools that are in the best interest of the child. While the district does not receive additional funds to support services for homeless children, Title I set-aside funds are available for specific needs that support academic success. ESSA requires that homeless children receive the same educational services as all other children. Therefore, children in grades K-12 who are considered homeless receive the same services in schoolwide programs as all other children. 

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

Information for Parents