Every child has the right to be educated, including students experiencing homelessness. They are protected under a federal act known as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Under the McKinney-Vento legislation, children have the right to:
- Continue their education in the school they attended before they became homeless, if feasible and if that is their family’s choice;
- Receive transportation to the school they attended before their family became homeless;
- Attend a school and participate in school programs with children who are not homeless. Children cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless;
- Enroll in school without giving a permanent address. Schools cannot require proof of residency that might prevent or delay school enrollment;
- Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.