School systems need to identify school-age children who may be homeless. These students have certain educational rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. The McKinney Act ensures homeless children transportation to and from school free of charge, allowing children to attend their school of origin (last school enrolled or the school they attended when they first become homeless) regardless of what district the family resides in. It further requires schools to register homeless children even if they lack normally required documents, such as immunization records or proof of residence.
If you can identify a homeless child who is not receiving educational services, please have the parents or an interested person – including yourself – contact their local school system.