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Homeless Education Services

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act of 2002 (known as McKinney-Vento) defines homelessness for schools and the outlines the educational rights of homeless students.

You are considered homeless under McKinney-Vento if you are living in one of the below situations:

  • A shelter (including hotels and motels)
  • A campground, park, car, or public building,
  • Doubled up with friends or relatives due to loss of housing or economic hardship,
  • An unaccompanied youth, or
  • Awaiting foster care.

Some of the educational rights of homeless students under McKinney-Vento are:

  • School selection - students have the right to remain in the last school attended (school of origin) or to enroll locally
  • Transportation back to the last school attended (in accordance with the SPS Transportation Policy)
  • Immediate enrollment with or without records
  • Free lunch (and breakfast if served)

Homeless Education Services can be reached at the PACE Center or by phone at 413.787.6764.

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