Services for Students Experiencing Homelessness
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act
The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, local educational agencies must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth.
Homeless children and youth must have access to the educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment.
States and school districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth.
Each school district must employ a Homeless Liaison to help ensure timely enrollment of students experiencing homelessness and provide necesary support. The Richmond County School System also employs a Social Worker for the Homeless to work specifically with students and families in transition.