If you lost your housing and now live doubled-up with family or friends, in a shelter, motel, vehicle, on the street, your child may be able to receive help through a federal law called the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act.
A child who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The child may live “doubled-up” with relatives or friends due to a loss of housing, natural disaster, or economic hardship. The child may live in a shelter, a motel, a car, a campground, or on the street.
Students have the right to: Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there; Attend either the local school or the school or origin; Receive transportation to and from the school of origin; Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records normally required for enrollment, such as birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization records.
A student is considered an unaccompanied homeless youth if he or she is under the age of 18, experiencing homelessness, and not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. Unaccompanied homeless youth are protected under the McKinney-Vento Act and entitled to the above listed rights.
What will I need to enroll my child?
The McKinney-Vento Act requires that children experiencing homelessness be enrolled in school without delay. When registering, parents will be asked for school records, birth certificate, and immunization records. If the parent does not have all of these items, the child will be enrolled and the school will work with you to obtain these documents.
Who is the school-based liaison for families experiencing homelessness?
The ACPS Division Student and Family Support Specialist is designated as the liaison for families that are experiencing homelessness. The school-based liaison is responsible for giving you a copy of the parent and student rights under the McKinney-Vento Act, providing you a list of family resources and working with you to complete the McKinney-Vento Program's Homeless Student Services form.
How will my child get to school?
Transportation will be provided for students to the school of origin or the school within the residential boundaries, except for students who live within walking distance.
Who do I call if there is a delay in enrollment?
Contact the ACPS Division Student and Family Support Specialist if you have questions or concerns regarding enrollment.