McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

In compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the Weston Public Schools support the needs of any homeless students in the district. Homeless students as defined by the above law are youth who lack a fixed regular and adequate residence, including but not limited to “children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason” and/or unaccompanied youth, a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. Guidance counselors, administrators, special education personnel, and preschool teachers work in conjunction with the Homeless Education Liaison office to identify and assess the needs of any student who is homeless. Homeless children are included in the “Child Find” process for early identification of special needs.
Students who meet the definition of homeless as specified in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act are entitled to the following:
  • The right to either remain in their school of origin or to attend school where they are temporarily residing
  • The right to be enrolled immediately, even if they do not bring the records usually required for enrollment (including immunization records)
  • The right to be transported to the school of origin.
  • The right to participate in free meal benefits.
  • The right to appeal a decision regarding homelessness and the subsequent right to enroll in the Weston Public Schools.
  • The right to Title I services, regardless of whether or not the student attends Title 1 Schools.
A complete file of the legal rights of homeless students as provided by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act is on file in the Student Services Office. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the same office.

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